Article Title

Girl Made of Stars


Emma Patton


Excellent, Young Adult, Rape, bisexual, genderqueer, twins, siblings, trauma, secrets, healing, truth

Document Type

Book Review


Mara is lucky to have Owen in her life. He’s her twin brother and one of her best friends. But when Hannah, one of Mara’s best friends, accuses Owen of raping her, all of Mara’s relationships turn complicated. Mara’s ex-girlfriend Charlie begs Mara to face reality and believe Hannah’s word. Hannah is emotionally broken in the aftermath of her trauma but desperately wants to connect. However, Mara’s parents insist that Hannah must be mistaken and are standing by their son’s word no matter what. Mara wishes she could do the same, but something tells her that Owen might not be telling the truth. Though she wishes this weren’t happening, she cannot deny the sneaking suspicion that she does not know her brother or what he is capable of as well as she thought she did. As she grapples with all of these concerns, memories of her own hidden trauma threaten to break her open. In light of Hannah’s accusations, Mara isn’t sure how she can possibly keep her secret any longer.