November 21, 2020

#BookReview: The Stories Stars Tell by C.L. Walters @peeledandcored

Synopsis: 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.


Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
My Review: This slow burn romance was beautifully done.  Emma and Tanner were so adorable and I just couldn't stop grinning throughout reading this story.  Although this is a whopping 500 page story I felt like it was over far too soon.  I needed more. 

This is one of those well rounded stories that doesn't shy away from the topics that need to be discussed.  From sexuality to religion and more.  I enjoyed every page and couldn't put it down.   

This story about coming of age and self discovery is one that will blow you away.  I loved every second I spend with each character and I can not wait for more. 


"A slow-burn romance that's heady, clever, engaging and emotionally charged. Best read of 2020." Rayna York, author of YA Contemporary When Life Gives You Lemons Instead of Lattes

About the Author

CL Walters writes in Hawai'i where she lives with her husband and two children. She's the author of the YA Contemporary series, The Cantos Chronicles (Swimming Sideways, The Ugly Truth and The Bones of Who We Are), as well as the adult book, The Letters She Left Behind. The Stories Stars Tell is her fifth novel. You can stay connected by signing up for her monthly newsletter. Visit her website at and follow her writer's journey on Instagram @cl.walters.

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