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Starry Nights

3.46  ·  Rating Details  ·  656 Ratings  ·  144 Reviews
Seventeen-year-old Julien is a romantic—he loves spending his free time at the museum poring over the great works of the Impressionists. But one night, a peach falls out of a Cezanne, Degas ballerinas dance across the floor, and Julien is not hallucinating.

The art is reacting to a curse that trapped a beautiful girl, Clio, in a painting forever. Julien has a chance to free
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Faye, la Patata
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There were a lot of reasons why I really wanted to read Starry Nights.

La première raison:The setting is in France. I love France. I studied there for a while, stayed for a bit in Strasbourg, Paris, and Épernay, and spent time with a few foster families. My boyfriend is French. I love their champagne. You get the picture. I'm not the ultimate Francophile, but that countr
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
At first, I totally thought this was going to be one of those times where I really like a book that most of my friends did not. The early reviews were discouraging, but it was a 4 star book for the first 75 pages or so. From there, things slid downhill. My hopes were high for Starry Nights, but, sadly, a highly original, creative, beautiful concept turns into a cheesy pile of instalove. Be warned that this review does contain some spoilers.

The opening of this novel is so strong. Whitney's a tale
Feb 25, 2013 Sarah marked it as to-read
Set in modern-day Paris, the book follows a teenage boy and tour guide at Musée d’Orsay who falls for a girl that is “trapped inside a painting.”

Pitched as “Night at the Museum meets The Da Vinci Code, with a feminist twist.”

I can't breathe.

Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
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I really wanted to love this novel. It has all the things that ostensibly, I should love: Paris? Paintings that come alive? Some interesting uses of mythology? A feminist twist? An author that has been garnering more and more acclaim and attention? But sadly for me, Starry Nights never panned out or impressed me. Honestly, if Starry Nights wasn't such a short, simple, and easily digestible novel, I doubt whether I would have finished.
Rating: 2 Stars/DNF

Where to begin with Starry Nights? From the beginning itself, the narration struck me as off and as the novel progressed, I was unable to connect with the story. Unlike Whitney’s last book, When You Were Here, her latest is devoid of much emotion. I was unable to become emotionally attached to any of the characters or even come to care about them. Moreover, for a novel set in France, this book could very well be set anywhere on Earth. Whitney fails to describe her vivid settin
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
First I have to say that this book is BRILLIANT! Holy Rembrandt I love art so much! I could spend all my time in the art museum and not get bored. I just love looking at all the paintings and artifacts it is like reading a history book but in person. But Starry Night has a twist to it and no I am not going to spoil it for the reader but lord this book and the pictures in it is absolutely BRILLIANT!

Julien is a 17 year old art lover. He loves everything about art and works in a museum. One night w
Sep 04, 2013 Liviania rated it really liked it
Daisy Whitney takes a departure from the contemporary novels she's known for in the magical realist tale of love, inspiration, and freedom set in Paris's famous Musée d'Orsay. Julien has nighttime access to the museum thanks to his mother, which comes in handy when he sees the paintings come to life at night.

STARRY NIGHTS has a premise that's been done before, but Whitney does it well. The paintings can not only come to life, but also get sick. It's up to Julien to heal them, but he doesn't know
Oct 19, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club
This was very different from any YA novel I've read, and it was very clever in its subversion of the notion of "muses" and the nature of art. It is definitely on the slow side and has quite a bit of detail regarding art (which is very accurate and well-done, and I say this as someone who studied a lot of art history in college), so it's definitely not a novel for everyone. Julien is an interesting narrator, rather sensitive, and a bit unexpected. I actually liked that Paris is the setting, but s ...more
Jana (That Artsy Reader Girl)
This book was a gift to my inner art historian, and is a brand new favorite of mine. The unique storyline is pure magic, and made my senses tingle. I’d give anything to be able to travel through paintings, watch them come to life, and interact with them. Starry Nights allowed me to do that. I would love to read more books like this, and will also definitely be seeking out more of Daisy Whitney’s works. Definitely read this book if you enjoy Paris, art, magic, and romance!

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Jun 02, 2013 tarawrawr rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Loved this one! It made my inner art history nerd flail. Full review to come!
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Starry Nights reminded me of A Night at the Museum, where the artwork comes alive at night. Set in Paris, Julien is a cultured young man, a rarity in young adult today. He finds pleasure in art, wandering the halls of the Musée d'Orsay where his mother is the curator. His relationship has just ended, where his former girlfriend has left him for another budding artist, so he immerses himself in his part time position as a tour host, while the gallery prepar
Chiara (delicate eternity)
A copy of this novel was provided by Bloomsbury Australia for review.

Yet another two star read for yours truly. I seriously don’t know what’s going on at the moment with me and my reads – it is thoroughly disappointing that I am reading so many mediocre books at the moment, especially when they have great potential, like Starry Nights did. I was immediately interested in Starry Nights, back when I read a book by the same author earlier in the year. Paintings that come to life? A guy who falls in
Kelly Hager
Sep 01, 2013 Kelly Hager rated it it was amazing
I think this is one of those novels where, if a different author wrote it, it would be an absolute train wreck. This idea is so completely out there that it could easily have become ridiculous. Not surprisingly, Daisy Whitney handles this with a deft hand and makes it so believable and wonderful.

In a lot of ways, it reminded me of Midnight in Paris. It's a completely outlandish concept, but you almost immediately start to believe that it's possible and actually happening. (And seriously, if thin
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
I love it when a book blurs the lines between reality and the exciting "what if". Daisy Whitney has done just that with Starry Nights. Her story blends real life with something extraordinary, and unbelievable to create something that bloomed to life while reading her book. I love that when authors do that. While reading Starry Nights I began to feel not so weird for the times I've stared at a painting secret;u waiting for something, anything to happen within it. Not to mention the times I have t ...more
Kimberly Sabatini
Aug 09, 2013 Kimberly Sabatini rated it it was amazing
One of the biggest things that I love about Daisy Whitney's writing (and I love a lot) is just when I think I know who she is as a writer, she redefines herself. Often, for authors, this kind of an evolution is a by-product of an ever changing market. I don't feel that's true for Daisy. I think she is a sponge in her own life, soaking up a million people, places and things that are interesting. And then she writes about the things she loves and the things that fascinate her. She writes about the ...more
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Julien Garnier is like any other seventeen-year-old boy: he doesn't take his studies as seriously as he should, he's moving on after a disastrous relationship, and he works as a tour guide at the Musée d’Orsay. What isn't typical about Julien, however, is that he has after-hours access to some of the world's most valuable paintings. His mother is the museum's curator and the art world is abuzz with excitement as the news spreads of the discovery of a lost Renoir. Af
Jun 15, 2013 Eileen rated it liked it
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Daisy Whitney's Starry Nights had it all: a gorgeous backdrop for the perfect depiction, the right blend of characters, yet it still fell flat.

I was honestly disappointed with how long it took me to get through a 300-page book such as this. The plot moved at a snail's pace, boring me beyond belief. From the synopsis, I thought Starry Nights to be a suspenseful and engaging read. Instead, I got a boring novel that kept me from
Jan 17, 2015 Oda rated it it was amazing
I started this a month ago or so,and dident get any further than the first chapter.
Then I picked it up again yesterday,read one chapter and read the rest of it today.
I have to say, the only bad things I have to say about it is the semi slow start.From chapter 3 and out it never stops being interesting,and it never stops entertaining me.

This book has it all.
Heart, a message, mystery, aninteresting setting, good lines,funny lines. Friendships,family and love stories.
Characters you can relate to an
Feb 10, 2014 Sandra rated it really liked it
“What’s it like? That kind of love?’
I start to speak, to tell her what it’s like -- it’s like you can do anything. It’s like the stars exist for you, it’s like you can stop time and fill it with the way your whole heart and mind clicks perfectly with another person.
That it’s like the impossible has become possible.
Instead, I put it in terms that she’ll understand. “It’s like finding a lost symphony.”

Love in Starry Nights is a symphony, a work of art that sweeps you into a fantasy world. Color
Paula Howard
Sep 13, 2015 Paula Howard rated it it was amazing
The description of this book utterly fascinated me from the 1st time

Starry Night is a little romance with a lot of art, art history and museums. It is a wonderful read. Julian's mother is in charge of one of the museums in France. Julian is an average type of boy whose only real interest is art. He begins to notice as he wanders the art museum at night that some of the paintings come to life. The people come out of the paintings.

The museum is given a painting that has been "lost" for years. Th
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Cover Story: Un Livre avec les Bisous, Mais J'adore
BFF Charm: Stuart Smalley
Swoonworthy Scale: 5
Talky Talk: C'est Daisy Whitney
Bonus Factors: Art, Museums, Paris
Relationship Status: Favourite Museum Guide

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Kimberly Westrope
Jul 07, 2015 Kimberly Westrope rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
If you love art, you will love this story. Teenage artist, Julien, whose mom happens to be curator of of a museum, is amazed one night when it seems the paintings are coming to life. He discovers one painting that has a very special attachment to him. When many of the paintings start having problems (fading and disintegrating), it is up to Julien and his friends to save them. In the midst of their caper, true love finds Julien, but will it last?

This is a wonderfully imaginative and well-written
Sep 05, 2015 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really loved the premise of this book - the idea behind it was very sweet and original for a novel, and yes while it did remind me of Night at the Museum, Whitney acknowledged the movie as a basis for inspiration. However, the idea of the Muses being real and the existence of a human muse is definitely something new and different that I haven't seen in other books I have read. I loved the art aspect as well, the whole story was nice and refreshing in some way. I think my only issue was that, w ...more
Feb 26, 2014 Cemeread rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
3.5 stars This book was a nice surprise. I didn't expect to like it as much as I did. The historical romance tale takes place in modern Paris where Julien has run of an art museum because his mother is the curator. Art begins to come alive for him at night. When the museum acquires a long lost piece of art rumored to have been hidden because two famous artists were in love with the girl in it life changes for Julien. He not only falls in love with the girl, but also has to help resolve a curse a ...more
Ughhh! Lots of thoughts but basically, I only thought it was okay towards the end. The beginning, I LOVED but then...sigh. Oh, Emily. I'm on TEAM EMILY.
Julien Garnier recently discovered that the art in the Musee d'Orsay comes alive at night, but it isn't until a lost Renoir comes to the museum that his life truly gets interesting. Starry Nights is full of magic, mystery, mythology and just enough weird to make it a delightful read. I loved Daisy Whitney's interesting characters and the way she weaves a mystery through a love story. The art is described simply, and I particularly enjoyed the pieces that were reproduced in the end pages of the b ...more
Jo ∞
May 26, 2014 Jo ∞ rated it liked it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I'm not sure if the author's way of showing the male main characters thoughts were realistic or not...
Apr 16, 2013 Lisa added it
So unique!!
Jun 12, 2015 Alexa rated it liked it
Shelves: age-ya, read-in-2013
Starry Nights has a tantalizing cover, complete with the mysterious silhouette of an embracing couple set against the lush backdrop of the sparkly Parisian landmark, the Eiffel Tower. It's poised to immediately captivate potential readers, but sadly, the contents of this novel fail to live up to the promise of its cover.

As always, the positive & negative things will be listed below:

The book would be appealing to lovers of art in all its forms. There are many variations of art touched upon in
Sep 14, 2014 Allisa rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, romance
This book was a sweet little thing that caught my interest in the beginning, but it started to wane towards the end. The book is clean and pleasant with a cute romance and lots of art. I'm not very familiar with art (though everyone's heard of Monet and Van Gogh) but this book was still very enjoyable and fluffy.

Julien lives in Paris with his mom and dad. He's pretty average... at everything. Average artist, student, boy. The one quirk is that his mom manages an art museum and Julien's allowed t
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By day, Daisy Whitney is a reporter and ghostwriter. At night, she writes novels for teens and is the author of THE MOCKINGBIRDS and its sequel THE RIVALS (Little, Brown). Her third novel WHEN YOU WERE HERE releases in June 2013 (Little, Brown), and her fourth novel STARRY NIGHTS (Bloomsbury) hits shelves in September 2013.When Daisy's not inventing fictional high school worlds, she can be found s ...more
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