Review: The Promise of Stardust, by Priscille Sibley
The Promise of Stardust, by Priscille Sibley • Published by William Morrow Paperbacks • ★★★★½ • Goodreads • TBDThere are things The Promise of Stardust didn't promise in the synopsis but delivered regardless. Things like finding closure and letting go. It is a poignant story, full of unexpected turns that are both pleasant and unpleasant.
Matt was very clear on how Elle would not want to live, but nothing prepared them for the situation that was so, so rare. The court proceedings were tedious and you could feel it through the pages, through Matt's thoughts. Going up against your family in court was even more draining, let alone a case with such high media exposure. It was cruel and ugly to have accusations thrown in your face by people who didn't know the lives you led.
But going to court, despite breaking apart Matt's family at first, also brought them together even more closely later. Curiously, it was only Adam left that stood against the whole idea of continuing Elle's life support. It brought me to wonder if the time he spent with Elle was quality time of understanding another person, or simply living together. Or perhaps Adam felt so strongly for his own principles of life, or for what he wanted, or he may even be vindictive at Matt's chance of a family with Elle that he was so close to having. I don't know, but it was a curious incident.
It's hard for me to connect to the characters, maybe because I'm not a parent. But it doesn't hinder me from understanding the lessons Stardust is trying to teach and the issues it wants to bring to light. Morals, medical ethics, pro-life, and so on. Regardless, it still had a happy ending.
If you want a book that makes you cry, this is not it. But if you want a book that provokes your thoughts on an unborn child's rights and more medical things, try this one.