The Life History of a Star
Kristin Folger feels like she's on another planet. Her body keeps changing shape. Her mother wants her to dress like a girl. Her best friend's dating a weirdo. Her grandmother seems to be getting younger. And there's a ghost in the family's attic whom no one wants to talk about.
In the era of Watergate, the Vietnam War, and David Bowie, fourteen-year-old Kristin navigates t...more
I read it some time ago so the details are fuzzy. However this book, was very good. The writing was emotional and beautiful. It also has some historical relevance, as it is a brutal depiction the detrimental and horrific effect of the Vietnam War on US families and returning soldiers. The ending was absolutely amazing, I cried harder than I have ever cried.
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I’d always pictured it in colors of emerald and aquamarine, where black velvet fish with sequined eyes swim among plankton.
But, when my eyes adjust, I see gray stones, lost anchors, wet wood, buttons, hooks, and eyes, the salem witches who wouldn’t float, stars and stripes, missing vessels, windup toys, the souls of Romeo and Juliet, peaches, cream, pistons, screams, cages of ribs and birds, tunnels, nutcracker soldiers, satin bows, drugstore signs, Pandora box ripped open at its hinges.”