Who is Audrey Byrd?
Ask her ex-best friend, Cline Somers, and he’ll tell you that she’s the girl who inexplicably stopped talking to him when they were fifteen years old, leaving him with nothing but questions and bitterness for the better part of the next six years.
Ask his roommate, Elliot Clark, and he would say that Audrey is the enigmatic girl who randomly showed up outside a window one day and turned his whole world upside down in a matter of moments.
Ask Audrey herself and she’ll tell you that she has no idea who she is, because her entire life is a lie. However, the older she gets the more she needs answers about who she really is.
What she discovers is a tangled web of secrets better left in the dark.
Some truths do more harm than good.
***Recommended for readers 18+ due to sensitive subject matter, language and situations.***
Amber L. Johnson is another author that I will drop everything for when she releases a new book. When I read the summary to She Dims the Stars, I jumped at the chance to read it because I just love how Johnson uses words to weave her stories.
The story of Audrey, Cline, and Elliot starts off quite humorous, and I soon fell in love with these three characters. Once Audrey begins to tell her story, and the three of them go on the journey she needs to make to not only discover herself, but also to get answers to questions she’s had for years.
Dealing with depression is something I have never experienced, but throughout this book, I felt like I was living Audrey’s life. The anxiety written is extremely realistic and I felt it in my very core. I shed tears and laughed along with her as she bared her soul for the two guys in her life.
Cline and Audrey grew up together and were close friends, until one day, Audrey wasn’t Cline’s friend anymore. No explanations, no answers given, nothing. Up until she meets Elliot, does Cline have any idea about why all of a sudden his best friend wasn’t his best friend. Her explanation brings up even more questions, questions that can only be answered by Audrey facing her past.
A road trip, romance, taking risks, and a new friend fill Audrey’s world and begin to provide her with a stability and protection as she tries to find out the truth to the questions she’s has since she was a kid. With her friends, she find a certain amount of strength to deal with her issues, yet also manages to help educate them in how to help someone who suffers from depression and anxiety.
Johnson deals with the subjects involved with sensitivity and subtlety which only enhances the story and makes it all the more compelling to read. I would love to read more about these characters, but I assume their story is finished.
If you only read one book this month, make it this one!