Review: Starry Night by Isabel Gillies

Posted August 25, 2014 by lockhartbecca in Uncategorized / 12 Comments

Starry Night

Author: Isabel Gillies
Series: Standalone
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: ebook
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Source: egalley received from publisher via NetGalley
Rating: 1.5 Stars
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***I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way changed my opinion of the book. The review below is my open and honest opinion.***   


Synopsis
from Goodreads:
Sometimes one night can
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?

My
Review:
 
Um where do I start?
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. 
Let’s start with the
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
me crazy. 
The main character
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
was before. 
The guy was a major
dick. That’s all I have to say about that. 
And here’s the part
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. 
All in all, this was a
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!

Have you read this one? What did you think? Did you get upset about the casual way these teens had sex? 

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12 responses to “Review: Starry Night by Isabel Gillies

  1. Yeeesh. I'm glad that I skimmed a few pgs and decided to bring it back to the javits…I really couldn't get last the writing. I could barely stand the few pgs I read so good for you for pushing through! Too bad though. πŸ™

  2. Hmmm…how weird is it that after reading your review I sort of want to read the book???? πŸ™‚

    I actually read Isabel Gillies memoir and really liked it (and she's in one of my favorite movies ever, Metropolitan). So that made me really interested in reading this book. Sorry this one was so bad, I think this is the lowest rating I've ever seen you give. ~Pam

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