What a treat it is to read a Young Adult novel that weaves past lives and present issues into an evocative blend. Grace Curley’s FINDING LOST STARS is enlivened with innovative illustrations and quotes as the tale of Oscar Gray and Lincoln Aesten unfolds. Contemporary teens who meet via art therapy, these two young men from radically different circumstances feel an instant bond that allows them to begin sharing, not only friendship, but also some explosively painful secrets they had kept mostly hidden. Oscar is ill in a way there may be no coming back from and Lincoln comes from a home life not many people would want to talk about.
Simultaneously, FINDING LOST STARS is also a story that begins in 1270 BCE. A story of silver and golden boys. Icarus. Daedalus. Apollo. Athene. Zeus. Queen Pasiphaë. It is a tale of yearning to fly. Of the power of art, the power of love, the power of freedom and dreams, and how love, art, and dreaming of freedom can go right on ahead to change one’s entire life. It is a LGBTQ tale about connecting with true kindred spirits and a story of forgiveness and flawed individuals, of wounded families, chosen family, and ancient ancestral lines from the time when Gods and Goddesses ruled. It is a tale of abuse, self-discovery, prayer, and rebirth.
Sometimes passionate, sometimes heartbreaking, FINDING LOST STARS is not seamless in its development of plot points or character depth. Secondary characters, such as Jem, Alice, Kieran, and Rhaena are underdeveloped, for example. Nor is it flawless in formatting (the e-book, for instance, has typos and looks different on various e-readers, with not all Table of Contents chapter links working on some platforms, etc.) As a whole, the storyline doesn’t always quite hang together. Still, it is overall a brave, worthy endeavor that comes off as a work of art with its own unique flavor and peculiar take on just how people of any age — past, present or future — can go about learning how to fully live.
Sharing the journey of the eclectic individuals in Grace Curley’s FINDING LOST STARS as they discover the true meaning of family, friendship, and forgiveness is distinctively ripe with the sensation of hearts opening wide.
~C.S. Holmes for IndieReader