The Stories Stars Tell by C.L. Walters

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Every time I read a book by C.L. Walters, I am transported into the story, and I stay there until the end. This book was another amazing story by her, and it’s my favorite by her so far! I love that she is always able to touch on subjects that are hard-hitting, and real-feeling. They bring situations to life that people are struggling with and provide a perspective to consider and relate to.

Emma and Tanner are two teenagers, coming ever closer to their adult selves. They are both searching for who they are. This is a story of sexuality, but it also has religion mixed in, which gives it this interesting perspective that I haven’t read in a story before.

The characters were wonderfully written. They were brought to life by the descriptions and characteristics C.L. Walters provided. Emma is a teenager, almost an adult trying to understand her own sexuality. As a Christian, she struggles with the expectations provided by her parents, and her own fears and concerns. I loved how she felt so real in this story. I did not think that the exploration of sexuality was written in a negative context. Emma is researching, and making choices that are right for her at this time in her life.

Tanner has over-partied his teenage years. I think his questions about sexuality fit in well with Emma’s own, but also provided a different perspective. Together their stories intertwine and create this raw, real story that was a delight to read.

Overall, this story blew away my already high expectations for C.L. Walters. It was beautifully written with characters that drew me in. This is the type of story I wish had been available to me as a teen on the precipice of adulthood. It was relatable and all-consuming. I loved it!

Content Warning:

This story is one of sexual exploration, and while it is provided in a positive, informed way, it may not be a story for everyone.

To Read or Not To Read:

I would recommend The Stories Stars Tell to readers that enjoy coming-of-age stories with real-life situations.

Where to Find This Book:

The Stories Stars Tell by C.L. Walters is available at these sites.

Amazon ~ Kindle ~ Goodreads


Ever felt like the sum total of your choices have fixed your story in the stars?

For Emma Matthews, she feels like all of her choices are rooted in the fear of letting down her parents… God…of never being good enough.

For Tanner James, he’s wearing an identity he has created with his friends and their pact—Bro Code—fixed in sex, alcohol and bad choices.

Both are longing for a new story they look to one another to help them write.

Follow Emma and Tanner as they rewrite stories they thought had already been written into something new. To discover sometimes painful truths about love and identity.

About the ways that love can help us lose ourselves… or find ourselves.

How love can break us… or heal us. 

Just the Facts:

The Stories Stars Tell by C.L. Walters
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 506 pages
Publisher: Mixed Plate Press
Pub Date: October 13, 2020


I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily.

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