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The Weight of the Stars

By K. Ancrum
The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum digital book - Fable

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A vivid, evocative YA lesbian romance about how the universe is full of second chances

Ryann Bird dreams of traveling across the stars. But a career in space isn’t an option for a girl who lives in a trailer park on the “wrong” side of town. So Ryann becomes her circumstances and settles for acting out and skipping school to hang out with her delinquent friends.

One day she meets Alexandria: a furious loner who spurns Ryann’s offer of friendship. After a horrific accident leaves Alexandria with a broken arm, the girls are brought together despite themselves—and Ryann learns her secret: Alexandria’s mother is an astronaut who volunteered for a one-way trip to the edge of the solar system.

Every night without fail, Alexandria waits to catch radio signals from her mother. And now it’s up to Ryann to lift her onto the roof day after day until the silence between them grows into friendship, and eventually something more.

The Weight of the Stars is the new LGBT young adult romance from K. Ancrum, written with the same style of short, micro-fiction chapters and immediacy that garnered acclaim for her debut, The Wicker King.


An Imprint Book

The Weight of the Stars is one of the most gentle, gracious, and, overall, kind books that I've read all year ... It's a YA romance about girls and stars and friendship and mercy and loss and regret and what we owe each other and what we give away to lift each other up ... This book is starlight on broken concrete, it's flowers on a broken rooftop, and it's a masterpiece.” —Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling author of Every Heart a Doorway

“As bright as it is stellar ... a story with a lush, dark atmosphere; heartbreaking circumstances; bright, new love that blossoms from ugliness; and vividly real, magnetic characters.” —Booklist (starred review)

“Touches on sexual identity, friendship, nontraditional families, and the price of human space exploration. The characters' resilience and vulnerability are deftly handled ... For readers who are drawn to the unconventional, this will be a satisfying read.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Their slow-burn romance ... is sweetly, devastatingly understated.” - BCCB

PRAISE FOR THE WICKER KING:

“Ancrum delves into the blurry space between reality and madness. A haunting and provocative read that will keep teens riveted.” —School Library Journal

“Teen fans of moody psychological horror will be entranced.” —Booklist

“Give this to readers who like complex, experimental fictions about intense relationships that acquire mythic resonance.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“An eerie piece of realistic fiction whose characters revel in intense emotions.” —Kirkus Reviews

“An eerie and mesmerizing thriller that questions the space where reality and perception overlap, The Wicker King is a spine-tingling read that will have you riveted.” —Caleb Roerhrig, author of Last Seen Leaving and White Rabbit

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3.5
“The feelings this book gave me…dang I think the narrative style could have been better but I know that plot wasn’t the point of the book I just feel like it could have been developed a little bit more to fully immerse the reader. I would have bought into these characters even more than I already have. Also there were so many things that confused me and like inconsistencies with the characters?? Like at one part Ryann is like get the baby home by 9 but the entire book they’ve been leaving him with their neighbor all heckin night and I think driving with him on her motor cycle?? Excuse me what…. But there were a lot of parts that were kinda hazy and not described well so idk But whatever I don’t care cuz there were so many beautiful lines and I loved the softness and the loneliness and the pining and the freaking AUTHORS NOTE was incredible can I please frame it and put it on my wall pls “Diversity is a flower that blooms with greater beauty and greater strength each time it is cross-pollinated.” “They don't want the danger, and the darkness and loneliness," Alexandria interrupted softly. "They want the heat and the light, but they don't want radiation." Roland closed his mouth and looked at Alexandria with indescribable pain and indescribable fondness. "The stars have weight," Alexandria finished. "And my little life wasn't heavy enough to outweigh your want of it.” “Love is not about holding people where you want them. It is about doing what's best for them because you need them to be okay.” "Every story has a hundred million perspectives. There is always something new in each of them. What really matters is the full picture when all the pieces are put together. In history, sometimes you can never find them all. But that is life, isn't it?" “Four light-years from the second largest pulsar, past the black dust and the white. In a small circle of golden light, made by a careful teenage star, I found you," Aexandria said seriously. "No matter what I did or said, there you stood. Like a fixed point, and the Earth moved around you.” Part of the author's note: "There are many things I wish I hadn't done. There are many places I wish I hadn't gone, things I wish I hadn't said, risks that weren't worth the risk. Part of being a person is making choices, and part of making choices is taking responsibility for the results, if that choice turns out to be a mistake." “Please look at them and know that you too can seize your failure by the neck and look it in the eyes. Know that you can gaze at the you that was and say, "I love you. You can be more than this." Know that you can step forward, even when everything in you is screaming to keep looking back. You are evolving and growing. You deserve to.””
“I don't care much for "beautiful" prose. I want actual events and actions in my stories. But some ppl probably just want to enjoy the human experience. Maybe this is for you, but not me. I want drama and I want mess. This was not it”

About K. Ancrum

K. Ancrum grew up in Chicago Illinois, under the illusory rigor of the Chicago Public School system. She attended Dominican University to study Fashion Merchandizing, but was lured into getting an English degree after spending too many nights experimenting with hard literary criticism and hanging out with unsavory types, like poetry students. Currently, she lives in River North, Chicago, and writes books at work when no one is looking. She is the author of The Wicker King and The Weight of the Stars.

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