Friday, July 17, 2015

Book Review: Every Soul a Star

Every Soul a Star
Wendy Mass
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company, 2008
Source: Purchased
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

One summer Ally, Bree, and Jack come from three different worlds to see a total solar eclipse at Moon Shadow Campgrounds.  Ally has known nothing other than Moon Shadow as her parents run the campgrounds and they live here year round.  Bree has big plans to start her modeling career this summer when her parents break the new that they'll be going to Moon Shadow.  Jack has failed Science and attending the eclipse with his teacher is the only way to get out of summer school.

At first I wasn't too thrilled with the characters.  Ally was just a stereotypical "weird" girl who speaks to "Aliens" and Bree a materialistic snob, while Jack was  an overweight loner who just wanted to read and be left alone.  Each chapter is told from a different point of view and with times overlapping.  It took me awhile to get into the excitement surrounding the eclipse because I was bored with the characters.  About a quarter of the way through I started to care about each of these characters because I could see their potential, the possibility for growth and change and they slowly become less one-dimensional.  However, they still had the feel of stereotypes hanging about them that was somewhat bothersome.

The eclipse is the main event, but the band of kids come together for more than that for different adventures and excitement.  The best part was the eclipse because it was described in such detail from each character's point of view.  Reading about it made me want to witness one at some point in my life.

Kids who are interested in astronomy will really enjoy this book about three kids who come together and witness a life altering event.

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