Thursday, July 4, 2013

The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls

The Silver Star
Release Date: June 11th, 2013
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Canada
Genre: Fiction | Young Adult
Pages: 288 Pages
Series: Stand Alone
Format: Hardcover
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Goodreads
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

“Bean” Holladay is twelve and her sister, Liz, is fifteen when their artistic mother, Charlotte, a woman who “found something wrong with every place she ever lived,” takes off to find herself, leaving her girls enough money to last a month or two. When Bean returns from school one day and sees a police car outside the house, she and Liz decide to take the bus to Virginia, where their Uncle Tinsley lives in the decaying mansion that’s been in Charlotte’s family for generations.
An impetuous optimist, Bean soon discovers who her father was, and hears many stories about why their mother left Virginia in the first place. Because money is tight, Liz and Bean start babysitting and doing office work for Jerry Maddox, foreman of the mill in town—a big man who bullies his workers, his tenants, his children, and his wife. Bean adores her whip-smart older sister—inventor of word games, reader of Edgar Allan Poe, nonconformist. But when school starts in the fall, it’s Bean who easily adjusts and makes friends, and Liz who becomes increasingly withdrawn. And then something happens to Liz.

"They're to big to be birds. They have wings, but can't fly. They look like they shouldn't exist." "That's what makes them so special."

The summertime is when I like to indulge in my Fiction. I still love Young Adult but there is something about soaking up the sun while reading a really gripping fiction novel! However, The Silver Star will definitely appeal to lovers of Young Adult Fiction. You get the best of both worlds with this book!

Beautiful and at times heart breaking, The Silver Star will take you on a glorious road of self discovery. A tale about 2 girls that just kind of float through life by their mother's side; But when she picks up and takes off, the girls are forced to make a decision of their own, and it thrusts them into a life they've never known...A family life.

I laughed and cried throughout the entire novel. I have not had the pleasure of reading Jeannette Walls' previous work but that will definitely change. This is her debut into the Fiction world and she entered with a bang! She crafted stunning characters, a beautiful small time world and heart-pounding events all in a simple writing style that will hook you from Page 1. You will not be able to help yourself from devouring this novel in one sitting.

With it's short chapters and just 288 page package, this may give the impression of a quick read. While yes, it is small in size, what is bound between the covers is larger than life.  Bean is a character that will worm her way into your very soul. She is so simple; What you see is what you get! She says what is on her mind, and pays no mind to what others think. She is who she is, and is proud of it!  Although Bean is only 12, I learned a lot from her. That kid has moxy, I tell ya!

Liz is a beautiful character as well. At only 15 she pretty much sums up the motherly role for Bean. She has a big heart, but means business.

Liz and Bean may be the main attraction but this book is accompanied by a powerful secondary cast. Each character provides so much to this charming story.

The Silver Star packs so much punch. The only minimal quality in this novel is the Byler County!

A small town, family secrets and self discovery made every minute of this book a lovely reading experience!

Jeannette Walls rocked her Fiction debut!

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  1. I'm glad to hear her fictional debut is so good! Thanks for the recommendation; however, my to read list has grown again. :) You know how that can be.....hundreds of books just begging to be read. I love it!

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