The Brightest Stars

The Stars Series, Book 1
By: Anna Todd
Narrated by: Brooke Bloomingdale
Series: Karina and Kale, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
4.0 out of 5 stars (148 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

International best-selling author Anna Todd returns with a gripping novel about a young woman's journey toward love and the obstacles life throws up at every turn.

Karina knows the harsh realities of military life. Like anyone who has grown up around an army base, she knows the background noise that follows a soldier home from war. That's why she's forging her own quiet life in her own little house. But she hasn't turned her back on her family. She's the glue that holds them together - when her father is deployed, when her brother, Austin, has another brush with the law. 

Karina knows she has to look after herself, that she can't always fix what's broken. But when Austin's behavior worsens and her father's reactions grow more extreme, Karina feels her own edges beginning to fray. That's when she meets him - a closed book she's desperate to open. 

At just 20, Kael is a handsome, brooding soldier struggling with the aftermath of two tours in Afghanistan. He's emotionally damaged and closed off. Quiet doesn't begin to describe him. But as Karina gets used to his stable presence, she finds it hard to ignore the way he makes her feel. In their time together, she finds the stillness she has always wanted and never found. She lets down her guard. She lets herself fill in the blanks about this mysterious man. 

But illusions quickly made are quickly shattered. That's when Karina has to find her own courage - to untangle the truth from the lies and decide what she's going to do about it. 

A riveting story about love and lies, The Brightest Stars will stay with you long after the final moment.

©2018 Anna Todd (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Great read !!!

If you want something that will grab your attention and hold it this is the story . Love , suspense , drkama.....i cant wait for book 2. loved this story !!!

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Terrible. Nothing like After

I listened to After by Anna Todd and loved it. So when I saw this book I was so excited! I loved books about the military and PTSD. I knew this one would be awesome. The narrator was great. I got an hour in and I was like what is going on??? It’s depressing. The lead is so boring. She gives all this random info on people in her past that lend nothing to the story. I felt NO chemistry between her and Kale. I made in 3.5 hours in before I gave up. That’s 1/2 way through the book. If you can’t hook me by the 1/2 way mark, I’m out. Stick with after and skip this one.

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not as good as after story was short and not enou

not as good as after story short and wont buy the next book. I was very disappointed

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The Brightest Stars

Not as exciting as other books written by this author. Tends to use the same phrases in her other books.

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Was a great book until the end. Doesn’t wrap up very well. Leaves you questioning.

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Very disappointed!!!

This book starts off real sloooow! Then once it finally got interesting it ends without any resolve!! Its like half of a book. I was hoping for so much more from the Author following The After Series.

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This book is so all over the place. I had to rewind multiple times thinking I missed something when the book wasn't very good at explaining anything. After just finishing the "After" series, this book is a disappointment for me.

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Cliffhanger Ending- Beware

Just wait for the other 2 books because it’s so annoying to end a book like that. I get that these authors want to extend their profits but truth? If I had to wait more than a couple of months I’d just never return to this story. It’s so incomplete. The story starts months ahead and then goes back in time and just stops abruptly.... never returning to the first scene or even acknowledging it. Just wait a couple of months- at least there is a release date. There was a different audible book that did the same thing only thing it’s been 5 years and no book to finish the story. Frustrating and annoying.

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BEST ONE YET

10 a F**KING 10! I relate to Karina so much it’s scary! I was so enthralled in this book! Best one I’ve read for a while! I CANT WAIT UNTIL SEPTEMBER TO GET THE SECOND ONE!

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I'm not sure

So listen. so we all know "After" by Anna Todd. That book literally made me cry. There was so much back and forth and ridiculousness. But I was like. I like the fact that it could be real life. Right? But there comes a point when we are like damn already. This book was so back and forth. I almost needed a Xanax how much over reaction can one book have and does it have to be 10 hours. I have the paper version of her other and Love and Hate them all the same. I guess I'm waiting for them to find a happy place but her characters never do. I realize everything isnt rainbows and unicorn poop but damn

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  • Claire
  • 04-02-20

Finished too soon

I enjoyed this story but I feel like it ended too soon I would have liked the story to be longer.

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  • Kelly
  • 01-15-20

another fantastic anna todd book!

loved it started reading and couldn't stop finished very quickly! cant wait for book 2 now!