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Peek Inside Made of Stars

When eighteen-year-old Hunter Jackson and his half sister, Ashlin, return to their dad’s for the first winter in years, they expect everything to be just like the warmer months they’d spent there as kids. But Chance, the charismatic and adventurous boy who made their summers epic, is harboring deep secrets that are quickly spiraling into something else entirely. When someone turns up with a bullet to the head, all eyes shift to Chance's
family. Hunter and Ashlin know Chance is innocent...they just have to prove it. But how can they protect the boy they both love when they can’t trust a word he says?

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Even the stars are lies.

When eighteen-year-old Hunter Jackson and his half sister, Ashlin, return to their dad’s for the first winter in years, they expect everything to be just like the warmer months they’d spent there as kids. And it is—at first. But Chance, the charismatic and adventurous boy who made their summers epic, is harboring deep secrets. Secrets that are quickly spiraling into something else entirely.

The reason they’ve never met Chance’s parents or seen his home is becoming clearer. And what the siblings used to think of as Chance’s quirks—the outrageous stories, his clinginess, his dangerous impulsiveness—are now warning signs that something is seriously off.

Then someone turns up with a bullet to the head, and all eyes shift to Chance and his family. Hunter and Ashlin know Chance is innocent…they just have to prove it. But how can they protect the boy they both love when they can’t trust a word Chance says?


"Gripping, mesmerizing, haunting, and perfect. You won’t be able to put it down.”– Brigid Kemmerer, author of The Elemental series

"She writes stories that make me think, make my heart break in tiny pieces, and make me look at things surrounding me in new ways. She inspires me simply put." --Jen, Goodreads

"Well, that wrecked my heart, in all the ways that books should." --Such a Novel Idea

"MADE OF STARS is a book that chewed me up, spit me out, and left me reeling. In the BEST way possible." --Leeanna, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622660216
Release Date: Oct 1, 2013
Page Count: 304
Imprint: teen
Genre: contemporary, lgbtq, mystery & suspense, young adult
Tropes: bodyguard/protector, coming of age/family/social issues, overcoming odds

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By Jenn September 29, 2013

I don’t think I can put into proper words my feelings about Kelley York’s writing. Thus far, she’s always written LGBT young adult fiction with broken boys. But really, that’s putting her prose far too simply. She always writes with an authentic voice that somehow manages to come across childlike, b ...more

By Tina March 25, 2014

Hunter and Ashlin are half siblings, who love each other no matter what. While Hunter is a quiet and thoughtful guy, Ashlin is more expressive. They decide to live with their dad after graduation to help help him out and to meet their childhood friend, Chance.

But something is wrong with Chance. He ...more

By SueC November 05, 2013

3.5 Stars.

What did I like most about Made of Stars? The writing; I found a certain warmth (despite the constant melancholy) in the writing all along. Careful, loving storytelling without pretense; it felt like there were no extravagant props (bells and whistles) needed to carry the story along.

Here’ ...more

By Gordon June 06, 2018

"We're all made of stars." Und genau deshalb bekommt dieses Buch von mir auch ALLE Sterne, die es gibt. Ja, ich habe ein neues Lieblingsbuch. Und ich will nicht, dass es vorbei ist. Und jetzt werde ich weinen gehen.

UPDATE 25.04.2018 | Ich hatte einfach völlig VERGESSEN, wie dieses verdammte Buch end ...more

By MLE October 16, 2013

I received this book as an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

A really well written story of friendship and love. I really liked all the characters, and the depth of their bonds with each other. I loved how Ashlin, even though she didn’t get what she thought she wanted, was neve ...more

By Jess October 20, 2013

For this review & more, visit Such a Novel Idea.

Well, that wrecked my heart, in all the ways that books should.

My Thoughts

“When I kiss him, Chance sets a hand in my shirt to hold me right where I am. His lips are dry, but his mouth is warm, and I think… this is how life should be. Chance and me. ...more

By Cassandra December 17, 2016

"We’re all made of stars,” he agrees. “We burn bright, then we flicker away".

It’s no secret I’m addicted to Kelley York’s writing and all her lovely broken boys. Last December I read both Hushed and Suicide Watch and I absolutely loved them. They were without a doubt two of my favorite books of ...more

By Jolene July 13, 2012

This is one of those books that you finish and then sit in that bubble of amazing things and wish that it wasn't over.

Yes, It's that good.

These characters will stick with me for a long time. ...more

By Nyrae July 14, 2012

I am a huge fan of Kelley York's writing. She makes me fall in love with these broken, flawed characters who I don't expect to love. Made of Stars is an incredible book. It blew me away. ...more

By Muffinsandbooks May 15, 2020

Malgré un début un peu lent, j’ai beaucoup aimé cette histoire qui a su me surprendre et qui est vraiment belle. Tragique. Mais belle. ...more

By Leeanna October 29, 2013

This review originally appeared on my blog,


MADE OF STARS is a book that chewed me up, spit me out, and left me reeling. In the BEST way possible. This is not a YA book where there are happy endings and star-filled, easy love affairs. If you like twisty, dark, heart-breaking stories, th ...more

By Tanja (Tanychy) October 12, 2013

Review also posed at Ja čitam, a ti?

If I needed to describe this book using only few words it'd be full of surprises. Mostly because I had no idea what's this book about, but I have heard great things about Kelly York's writing so I wanted to get a full experience. I did accomplish that.

For one rea ...more

By J.S. November 02, 2014

I really want to write an amazing review for this, it deserves one. It's such an astoundingly beautiful story that will stay with me for a long, long time. Forever, even (I took these characters to heart and, damnit, they're staying there!). Thing is, though, the words to describe the soul deep impa ...more

By Will December 06, 2013


Chance why did you do that??!!



By Ashley October 19, 2013

OMG! THAT'S where it ENDS?!?!?! I am FREAKING out! I NEED MORE! I will be reviewing this on my blog, and will update this once it's been posted.

UPDATE (from my blog)

When I finished this book, I literally had to pick my jaw up from the floor! These were the words I wrote immediately after finishing: ...more

By Jillyn July 14, 2014

Chance is a constant in the lives of half-siblings Ashlin and Hunter. For as long as they can remember, their quirky friend has been by their sides. They're a perfect group of three. The siblings are ecstatic when they come to their Dad's house for the first time in years, knowing that things will p ...more

By Melissa October 02, 2013

*Thank you Entangled Teen for providing me with an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

It’s… wow.

Made of Stars impressed me beyond words. I never thought I would come to love this book so much, but God did it affect me. I am still lost in Kelley York’s words and in her intriguing cha ...more

By Maggie September 15, 2014

Oh this book...

If I were to rate this book on the journey I would rate it a 5++ stars. If I were to rate it on the destination, it would be a 1 star. I want to be fair and focus on 90 percent of the book for rating purposes.

This is a book that had two things that I was iffy about: One of the two ...more

By Pjm12 September 27, 2013

This is intense and absorbing. It starts out pretty much as a typical YA... teenage half-siblings hanging out for the summer break where they get to spend all their time with their elusive mate Chance. But of course things have to change. Their father is shot, which puts a halt to the extended visit ...more

By Alycia November 20, 2014

It's out today!!! If you love haunting, captivating, amazing books, then this is for you!! Plus, it's LGBT.

Exciting news this week for MADE OF STARS. It just sold to Random House Germany AND it's a Junior Library Guild selection!!! I have so much love for this book and for Chance. <3 ...more

[CHRONIQUE] Une très jolie histoire que je vous recommande !

==> ...more

By Mai July 21, 2018

Kelley York, Kelley York, Kelley York. You don't love a book, you love how the author manipulated you into reading it.

I loved Hushed so much and that's why I'm on a mission to read every single writing for Kelley York, I loved how she weaved a world building of murder and mystery inside a LGBT commu ...more

By Trisha January 17, 2015

I love Kelley York. I've loved her since Suicide Watch and I also adored her book Hushed, so when I saw this one and read the blurb, I knew I'd have to read it. It sounded like it would be my thing and it was. It was an awesome YA.

The only issue I have is the ending. But at the same time, I actuall ...more

By Jamie August 22, 2013

York has done it again with a beautiful, true-to-life story that grips you by the heart and doesn't let go--even AFTER it's over. A must read! ...more

By Kristin (Blood,Sweat and Books) October 02, 2013

"That's the sort of person Chance is.
He gets under your skin, and even when he's gone, you still feel him there like a dull ache.
A warm memory you can never quite reclaim."

Made of Stars is a book that is part mystery, part coming of age romance. The first half of the story read like any good comin ...more

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Kelley York

About the author

Kelley York

Kelley York is the author of HUSHED and SUICIDE WATCH. She was born and raised in central California, where she still resides with her lovely wife, daughter, and an abundance of pets. (Although she does fantasize about moving across the globe to Ireland.) She has a fascination with bells, adores all things furry - be them squeaky, barky or meow-y - is a lover of video games, manga and anime, and likes to pretend she's a decent photographer. Her life goal is to find a real unicorn. Or maybe a mermaid. Within young adult, she enjoys writing and reading a variety of genres from contemporary with a unique twist, psychological thrillers, paranormal/urban fantasy and horror. She loves stories where character development takes center stage.

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