After her soldier brother is horribly wounded in Afghanistan, Gabriela must honor the vow she made: If anything ever happened to him, she would walk the Camino de Santiago through Spain, making a pilgrimage in his name. The worst part is that the promise stipulates that she must travel with her brother's best friend--a boy she has despised all her life. Her brother is in a coma, and Gabi feels that she has no time to waste, but she is unsure. Will she hesitate too long, or risk her own happiness to keep a promise? An up-close look at the lives of the children of military families, Beneath Wandering Stars takes readers on a journey of love, danger, laughter, and friendship, against all odds.
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Gabi is an army brat. That's all she's ever been and all she never wants to be again. She hates everything about it. The lack of a home, being forced to leave her friends, the endless questions and judgments from people. And then there's the fact that her brother decided to join up as well. When he's injured, it sets Gabi off on a journey of self discovery accompanied by the one person she blames for her brother's predicament - his best friend Seth.
I'm still amazed at Gabi's evolution as the story went on. It can all be summed up in the one line - "People may be the only home the army issues, but they're the only home that matters." That's a far cry from the resentment in the beginning of the book. She starts to see the world through different, wider, eyes.
Now, the story does move along quite slowly. There is romance, but I was disappointed there wasn't a little more. And although certain parts of the book made an incredible amount of sense, I still wished the characters would have acted a little differently, but at it's heart this book is about discovering yourself, not necessarily falling in love and I have to respect that.
In the end, this is one of the stories that stays with you, making you see things in a different light, and that makes it a book that is truly worth reading.