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the silver star

July 13, 2013

The Silver Star

By Jeannette Walls


Let me preface this review by saying that I am a huge fan of Jeannette Walls’ The Glass Castle, which is one of my favorite books of all time! Thus, when I came across The Silver Star I approached it with excitement, but also a twinge of apprehension. Because really, how many authors can really top their first book?

Not many.

In any case, The Silver Star was a bit of a letdown. I won’t rehash the story line but I will say the premise was great…sort of like Dicey’s Song meets To Kill a Mockingbird. Still, I’m mystified why this novel was marketed to adults when it very clearly screams Young Adult?

Other issues I had with the book include a lack of character development, a predictable plot, and a far too neat and tidy ending. (Hate those kind of rushed, perfect endings).

I realize I’m dwelling on the negative, which is odd, because I actually did enjoy this book and finished it quickly. I also gave it 4/5 stars. I’m just disappointed that the author/publisher misled me (and judging from Amazon and GoodReads reviews, many others)into thinking this book would be something it wasn’t.

The Bottom Line: Jeanette Walls is obviously a talented writer but borrow this one from the library and don’t expect too be knocked off your feet!

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