Jul 07, 2021cknightkc rated this title 2 out of 5 stars
WHERE THE FOREST MEETS THE STARS is a new addition to what’s popularly dubbed: "retreat into nature" books. Stories from this genre often feature a woman who lives on her own to find herself or to deal with a problem in her life. But compared to other books in this category (THE GREAT ALONE, WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING, and WILD), author Glendy Vanderah’s FOREST is underwhelming. This is Vanderah’s debut novel, and it shows. At times, the writing is amateurish and the dialogue’s clunky. The plot is contrived and saccharine. Serious issues are superficially explored, and I found most of the characters flat and unlikable. I’m giving the book a generous 2-star rating, only because the first half was okay..., but just okay. Some critics call WHERE THE FOREST MEETS THE STARS "mysterious and magical". To me, the only mystery is why anyone would recommend it.