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Your Eyes in Stars

3.03 of 5 stars 3.03  ·  rating details  ·  115 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Two unlikely friends--a German outsider and the daughter of the local prison warden--discover each other at the same time they discover Slater Carr, the boy who was a lifer at Cayuta Prison. His nightly bugle renditions of Taps hold their small town in thrall until his actions, one Halloween night, change everything. . . .
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 3rd 2007 by Harper Teen (first published January 3rd 2006)
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Alanna M.
I read "Your Eyes in Stars" by M.E. Kerr. It was about the challenges that faced a young girl, named Jessica, during the depression and how her dear friend, Elisa, struggled in Germany under Hitler's reign. The two girls first met in America after Elisa and her parents had just moved to Cayuta, New York, where Jessica, her mother, father, and brother, Seth, lived. In a matter of months the two became inseparable. They spent every moment together although their parents did not approve of this fri ...more
I had a hard time choosing between 2 and 3 stars for this book so I'm giving it a 2.5. The first part of Your Eyes in Stars wasn't bad. The characters were interesting, but I just didn't feel that wow factor. There were times when I was a little confused by the writing. I'm not really sure what Slater Carr had to do with the book. He could have been left out of the book completely and I don't think it would have hurt the story. I kind of felt like his part should have gone somewhere at least, bu ...more
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i realy didnt like this book at all. i had to read it for english class and it was not my kind of book at all. i dont enjoy reading about the holocoust.
This book was very disjointed. The end had almost nothing to do with the beginning, and the whole thing was very strange and slightly pointless.
Kind of left you hanging half way and changed to a letter story.
Amanda M.
“I’ll never forget meeting her that first afternoon, the little sideways grin on her face, the sparkle in her eyes as though we were friends who got a kick out of each other, even though we hadn’t yet spoken…I bent double laughing. She would always affect me that way, make me see the fun of things, even when the joke was on her” (7-8).

Jessie Myrer is a loquacious tomboy who lives next to a prison in Cayuta, New York since her dad is the prison warden, which later has a major effect on how everyo
I found this book incredibly disappointing. The first section of the book has almost nothing to do with the second section and, overall, nothing really happens. It establishes the friendship between Jessica and Elisa, but that's about it. We don't need to know about the Joys and about the convict and what was going on between Jessica's father and brother or mother or anybody. None of that adds anything to the story line, if you could really say this even has one. The first section doesn't even d ...more
Allyson R
Your Eyes in the Stars is a captivating novel mainly about two teenage girls growing up during the Great Depression. It is told both from the perspective of Jessica, the main character, and from the perspective of a criminal who is held prisoner at Jessica's father's prison where he is warden. As for the two teenagers, Jessica and Elisa seem at first an unlikely pair of friends. Jessica was born in America, however Elisa was born in Germany to a wealthy family who has traveled the world. Though ...more
Christina D.
In the book, "Your Eyes in Stars," by M.E. Kerr, Jess Myrer was lost. Fourteen year old Jess Myrer and her family have moved from her beloved Elmira, New York to Cayuta, New York when her Dad is relocated for his job. Mr. Myrer was the warden of the Elmira local prison. He and his family were treated differently in Elmira. They were popular and well liked because of hism important job as warden. Jess had many friends and went to the good high school in Elmira, until the day her father was reloca ...more
Aug 15, 2011 Hanna rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
Really, I have no idea what to think of this book. It was way different from books that I usually read. At first, I thought it would be all about the bugle boy at the prison on the hill. And it was, for the first part. There were A few lite mentionings of hitler and the holocaust, but it was mostly about the bugle boy, and the two girls friendship. Then, when the second part came, it totally changed to the girls writing letters back and forth and then it's the end. The second part really focused ...more
Brianne Schankin
I agree with the other reviews that if the entire book was formatted like the second half it would be a much better read
Set in the time preceding the World War II in a town that is home of a prison it is the story of a teenage girl whose father is the prison warden. It follows her friendship with the German girl who lives across the street. This book explores the idea of people being more than what they seem. The final section which is a correspondence between the friends after the German girl goes to Hitler-run Germany is compelling.
This book is weird. It takes such a long time to get going ... and then part two (which is only about 1/4 of the book) goes really fast and feels disconnected from the rest of the book. But, ultimately, I liked it for the quirky view it gave of the time period leading up to WWII. Not the best written book ever, but worth a read for those interested in the topic.
Dec 25, 2009 Annie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: younger kids, people not looking for an in-depth plot or character development
Recommended to Annie by: book club
Over all this book was okay, I thought the author tried to cram too many elements into such a small book: the prison, the Holocaust, Slater Carr, the girls' friendship, etc. Because of this, in the end she didn't explore any of these aspects in the detail I would have liked.
Too many elements in this book didn't come together cohesively. Not to mention the very abrupt switch between part one and part two. I liked the writing, but wish the plotting had been better.
I did not think this book would take a turn as it did. I like how the Author, M.E Kerr made the story seem like it was going to be about a romance, but it's not. She poses a great question: what if?
For young adults, a sweet and new-to-me holocaust-era story, set in 1930's upstate New York. Gangsters and prisoners as rock stars, young girls their disappointed groupies.
May 23, 2008 Dana marked it as to-read
I saw this book and the title caught my eye, it is different and interesting but I will love to read it and see what it is about!
The beginning is really weird. It took me a while to get into it, but around chapter 30 the story gets much interesting.
Not at all why I expected, and I mean that in a good way. This is a book that stays with you for a while.
This book was ok. The characters did not move me. Good story, but I just didn't "feel" this book.
Different. Haunting. One you continue to think about long after you have closed it.
Kate Lynn Beasley
A deep book that explored the meaning of a true friendship.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Takes place in Cayuta, NY, in the mid-1930s. Odd novel.
Nov 12, 2012 Jessie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: usa
Not the best WWII novel I've read.
3 1/2 stars - a good YA book.
God, what a dud.
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M. E. Kerr was born Marijane Meaker in Auburn, New York. Her interest in writing began with her father, who loved to read, and her mother, who loved to tell stories of neighborhood gossip. Unable to find an agent to represent her work, Meaker became her own agent, and wrote articles and books under a series of pseudonyms: Vin Packer, Ann Aldrich, Laura Winston, M. E. Kerr, and Mary James. As M. E. ...more
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