Marianne is a high school misfit, but that’s okay–she couldn’t care less about what people think.
Connel is one of the popular kids, and that’s fortunate because he does care about what everyone thinks. But being popular comes at a price; Connel has less liberty to act as he pleases—to see whom he chooses—than a social outcast like Marianne.
Frequently thrown together when he picks his mom up from Marianne’s mansion, (where his mom works as a cleaner), these two awkward teenagers find that they connect on a deeper level, both intellectually and emotionally.
Where the Forest Meets the Stars is a story about a young ornithologist named Jo, who rents a house in rural Illinois to study nesting birds. Her solitary routine is interrupted when a girl approaches her from the woods. She calls herself Ursa and claims to be an alien who came to Earth to study humanity. Supposedly, she’ll go back to her homeworld once she’s witnessed five miracles here on Earth.
Jo suspects her to be a runaway child whose return to an abusive home might put her in further danger. With help from a reclusive neighbor, Gabe, Jo tries to find out more about Ursa’s past in order to help her.
Stella Lane is great at math, but her autism makes her not-so-great with people. Kissing reminds her of a shark getting his mouth cleaned by a pilot fish, and making love is all about letting a man take pleasure in her body, without expecting the experience to be even remotely as pleasant to her.
Studious as she is, Stella concludes that if she practiced with a professional, she would eventually be able to enjoy sex more—or at least not freeze while someone is making love to her.