The Blue Star: A Novel (Jim Glass #2)
Jim Glass has fallen in love, as only a teenage boy can fall in love, with his classmate Chrissie Steppe. Unfortunately, Chr...more
When Jim the Boy was published in 2000, a few reviewers dismissed it as retrograde nostalgia. More, however, praised it for its realistic, understated depiction of an earlier way of life. The Blue Star, which neither idealizes nor condemns this past world, is a worthy sequel
Jim Glass is learning what it is like to grow up. He has found a girl that he loves with just one problem, she has a fiancé overseas. Jim must now learn what it is like to not have what he wants most, to be just friends with the girl of his dreams. With World War II just starting he must consider doing his duty and signing up. Meanwhile his best friend seems to have problems of his own and Jim must try to keep him from getting hi...more
On the first day of school, he falls in love with a beautiful girl, Chrissie Steppe, who is obligated (broadly defined) to Bucky who is fighting the...more
The time frame is on the eve of World War II and Jim is now a senior in High School. Jim has broken up with his long time girlfriend Norma, and has become smitten with a half Indian girl named Chriss...more
When Jim digs deeper into the relationshi...more
Funny thing about me and reading, When books are part of a series, I have to read them one right after the other. I don't like to squeeze other books in between them, unless of course they are already 12 novels long and I've only just discovered them (then it becomes a bit like chocolate - tastes good for the first 3 or 4 pcs, then just gets to be sickening and depressing)... OR they are still being released, in which case, I have no choice but fill the time from one release date t...more
In the first novel, it seems to me that Earley began with a sentiment and feeling that he wished to elicit in the reader. The plot became a vehicle for leading the reader to these wonderfully nostalgic areas of wonder and innocence. In Blue Star, the plot takes a more central role. The nostalgia for me wasn't there.. Per...more
Jim is now seventeen (he was ten in Jim the Boy) and is continuing to discover his world. He lives in (very) rural western North Carolina and has not had to struggle financially as many did during the thirties. Jim's father die...more
This story is a love story, not a romance novel, but the story of a young man dis...more
Jim the Boy is a wonderful book. I found it al...more
Stunningly simple. Tony Earley's style is unadorned but TO THE POINT. The point being your heart.
Here's another example, it describes Jim (he has just graduated from high school) accepting a cup of coffee from a neighbor, even though he doesn't like coffee:
"He wrapped both hands around the cup and felt the heat crawl up his forearms. The attendant beauty an...more
I didn’t love this book, but I did like it. There are some charming passages, but I have the feeling a male could identify more with the story.