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About the Book
: A Constellation of Roses
: Miranda Asebedo
: November 5th 2019
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Ever since her mother walked out, Trix McCabe has been determined to make it on her own. And with her near-magical gift for pulling valuables off unsuspecting strangers, Trix is confident she has what it takes to survive. Until she’s caught and given a choice: jail time, or go live with her long-lost family in the tiny town of Rocksaw, Kansas.
Trix doesn’t plan to stick around Rocksaw long, but there’s something special about her McCabe relatives that she is drawn to. Her aunt, Mia, bakes pies that seem to cure all ills. Her cousin, Ember, can tell a person’s deepest secret with the touch of a hand. And Trix’s great-aunt takes one look at Trix’s palm and tells her that if she doesn’t put down roots somewhere, she won’t have a future anywhere.
Before long, Trix feels like she might finally belong with this special group of women in this tiny town in Kansas. But when her past comes back to haunt her, she’ll have to decide whether to take a chance on this new life . . . or keep running from the one she’s always known.
With lovable and flawed characters, an evocative setting, and friendships to treasure, A Constellation of Roses is the perfect companion to Miranda Asebedo’s debut novel The Deepest Roots.
This book was so beautiful. It’s a story about grief, abandonment, and friendship.
Trix’s character is so complicated. Her mother disappeared, she’s been in foster care after foster care home, and is living in a hotel when her case worker finally finds her and lets her know she has other family out there. When she finds herself in the home of relatives she never knew existed Trix decides right away that she’s not going to stay. She believes she’s better off on her own and isn’t willing to take a chance on the strange women that take her in. Why didn’t they find her sooner? Did they even know about her? It isn’t until she makes a deal with her new cousin Ember that she finally takes a chance.
I really enjoyed Trix’s journey to trusting those around her. I think it was done very well and the magical realism made this such a beautiful story. We don’t always want to open up after so much heartache but when we do it often times leads us to build relationships we thought we’d never have. That is exactly what happens in this YA Contemporary.
This book explores many things from drug use, homelessness, abandonment, suicide, and grief for the life one wishes they had. Trix is forced to learn to find a way to trust this new family and to make friends in a new place. She has always known to run when times get tough but this time just may be different.
After reading this book I want to read all of Miranda’s books!
About the Author
Miranda Asebedo was born and raised in rural Kansas with a love of fast cars, open skies, and books. She carried that love of books to college, where she got her B.A. and M.A. in English, with an emphasis in Creative Writing and Literature. A Seaton Fellowship recipient, her short fiction has appeared in Kansas Voices, Touchstone, and Midway Journal.
Miranda still lives on the prairie today with her husband, two kids, and two majestic bulldogs named Princess Jellybean and Captain Jack Wobbles. If Miranda’s not writing or reading, she’s most likely convinced everyone to load up in the family muscle car and hit the road.
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