This post contains affiliate links. I listened to Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah on audio while walking on my treadmill. At first, I thought it was the weirdest book I’ve ever read. Honestly, if I had been reading the book, I likely would have stopped reading. Thankfully, I kept listening because in the end, this book was quite a good read.
About Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Gelndy Vanderah
This book is set in Southern Illinois. Jo is a graduate student who is in Southern Illinois for the summer to research birds and their nesting habits. One day, she sees a girl around her house. The girl tells her that her name is Ursa and she is from another planet. She is visiting Earth and must witness five miracles before she can go back home.
Jo calls the police to report the missing child, but the police officer not only dismisses her concerns, but suggests that the girl is better off not being reported. If she was reported, she’d need to go to foster care, and the police officer didn’t recommend that.
Jo can’t stand to see the girl alone, without food or shelter, so she lets Ursa sleep on her couch.
Jo also befriends a reclusive neighbor, Gabe. Together, the two of them care for Ursa and try to figure out the mystery of her existence. The three of them grow closer during the summer. However, Ursa’s secret life unravels and puts all three in danger.
My Thoughts on The Book
At first, I thought, a girl from another planet? Really? I expected that the story would change, but no, Ursa continued to say that she was from another planet. Halfway through the book, I was over this story. And then, it got surprisingly good, and I found myself eagerly anticipating my treadmill time so I could listen to the story. By the end, I really enjoyed the book.
One minor annoyance is that the author made everyone from Southern Illinois sound like red-neck hicks, which got on my nerves a bit. I went to college in Southern Illinois, and I loved the area and the people. But, listening to the towns that Jo drove through that I know and remember was fun and made me miss the area.
I give Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah 5 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.
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