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Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite
A Shooting Star (In My Heart) by Joe Cosentino is a romantic novella about the past love of two men. After winning an Academy Award, Jonathan Bello reflects back to David Star, his true love. When Jonathan was a freshman in college, his roommate was gorgeously handsome and charming David. Both in the theatre department, David aspired to teach Jonathan everything he knew, both in art and craft but also as a lover. It was wonderfully blissful until Jonathan discovered a darker side to David, a side some readers will have a hard time looking past. The lies, the cheating, the casual way in which he doesn't care that he's hurt people, including people he loves like Jonathan. The book looks at the concept of love in all shapes and forms and challenges the reader to look at their predetermined notions and re-imagine what love can mean.
Unlike most romances, this story has a bittersweet ending, which may turn off some readers expecting a traditional happy ending. However, I agree with the author and many other readers that, although this ending isn't perfect, ideal, or perhaps what I wanted to happen (or what I thought some of the characters deserved), it is a good ending for the story. So I think readers that understand this isn't a "happy ending" can still be satisfied with the way the story ends. It is a beautifully written story, full of life, love, heartbreak, tragedy, and maybe most importantly, triumph.