Author: Isabel Gillies
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Source: egalley received from publisher via NetGalley
Rating: 1.5 Stars
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change everything. On this particular night, Wren and her three best friends
are attending a black-tie party at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to celebrate
the opening of a major exhibit curated by her father. An enormous wind blasts
through the city, making everyone feel that something unexpected and perhaps
wonderful will happen. And for Wren, that something wonderful is Nolan. With
his root-beer-brown Michelangelo eyes, Nolan changes the way Wren’s heart
beats. In Isabel Gillies’s Starry Night, suddenly everything
is different. Nothing makes sense except for this boy. What happens to your
life when everything changes, even your heart? How much do you give up? How
much do you keep?
This book was a disaster. I honestly don’t know how or why I finished it.
Here’s the thing. I wanted to know what was going to happen. I wanted to hear
how all of this was going to crash and burn. But I was cringing the whole time
reading and getting so angry I was ready to throw my Kindle across the room.
writing. What a train wreck. I normally don’t comment on the writing in books
because I myself, while an aspiring writer, am not an actual writer myself and
I know it’s not easy so I don’t like to judge. But I could not handle the
writing in this book. It was bad, to say the least. For some reason there were
no contractions (please tell me I’m not the only one who noticed this) so all
the dialogue felt robotic and formal. It was weird and frustrating and
annoying. Secondly, the main character’s voice sounded so young. Younger than
the 15 years old she was. She sounded more like she was in middle school. Drove
actually just really drove me crazy. She was stupid, idiotic, and completely
flat. She basically lived her life based on what other people wanted out of
her. I mean seriously some of the decisions she made??? Even at 15 I knew
better than that. I at least knew enough to discuss with my parents or my
friends. But no. What does this girl do? She gets a boyfriend. Falls in love in
one day. Ditches all her friends. Stops communicating with her parents. And
blows off all her hopes and dreams. And then after all this, you would think
that she would learn her lesson, but I really felt like she didn’t. I mean, she
sort of did, but mostly she just seemed like the same immature person that she
dick. That’s all I have to say about that.
that made me the most angry. The casual way that these young teens had sex. Let
me tell you a little story. It’s about to get real personal up in here. I lost
my virginity at a young age. Not super young, but too young looking back. And
let me tell you, the guy was a jerk (of course) and it broke me. I did not get over it easily. It was a HUGE deal. And
these characters were just casually having sex, some of them with waaaay older
guys and it was just no big deal. No consequences. No nothing. This is not what
we should be teaching teens. Are you freaking kidding me? There were also drugs
and alcohol involved and no consequences for these either.
pretty terrible book. The only positive thing I can say is that I did really
want to know what happened. I think it was like when you watch something really
horrible and you can’t look away even though you desperately want to. So yeah.
Hopefully my next read will be a thousand times better. Happy reading all!