Book Review: Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass

Every Soul A Star is the story of three very different kids whose lives are about to collide in unexpected ways.  Ally has grown up in the Moon Shadow campground, homeschooled all her life, and living free of social norms.  Bree is planning to be a supermodel, in the cheerleading squad, and at the top of the social ladder.  Jack is overweight, doesn't pay attention in school, and hides his love of drawing from everyone.  When the three of them meet just in time for a once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse experience, they learn from each other (and themselves) all about change, growing up, and who they really are.

Every Soul A Star

Things I Liked:
Because I studied astronomy, books like this have a special appeal for me.  Especially when the astronomy details are well done (which they are).  The characters are interesting and I definitely began to care about what happened to them and how they would deal with the difficult changes that are happening.  I think, however, the best part was the description of the eclipse.  I can still remember some details of an eclipse I saw in kindergarten.  It is definitely a memorable experience and Mass writes about it in gorgeous detail.  

Things I Didn't Like:
The story seemed just a touch sappy for me.  I liked how things didn't work out exactly as the characters would have liked, but it seems like something parents will want to give kids, but kids won't really pick up on their own.  Unless they really like astronomy. :)

11 Birthdays also by Mass

A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban

s-factor: none

mrg-factor: none

v-factor: none

Overall rating: ****

Do you sometimes like a sappy book or always hate them?

Posted as part of Tween Tuesday, hosted by GreenBeanTeenQueen.


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