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The Life History of a Star

3.45  ·  Rating Details ·  215 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
Fourteen-year-old Kristin uses her diary to record her confused thoughts about the physical changes brought on by adolescence and the emotional strain on her family of living with the "ghost" of her older brother who was physically and mentally destroyed while serving in Vietnam.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published May 25th 2004 by Simon Pulse (first published 2001)
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May 09, 2014 Marisa rated it liked it
The Life History of a Star is written in diary form. It's the diary of Kristen who is 14 at the beginning of the story. The "ghost" of her brother lives in the attic. He was injured in the Vietnam War.
Most of the book is about day to day life and while some of it was interesting I thought there would be more mention of the brother in the attic. It was a cute book, but not what I was expecting.
Jun 01, 2009 Patty rated it it was amazing
The genre of The Life History of a Star by Kelly Easton is fiction. I read the back of this novel and I could tell by the back alone that I have a lot in common with the main character Kristen Folger. This contributed to me choosing to read The Life History of a Star. When I was Kristins age my mom tried to make me dress girly, which Kristin experienced too. I had a lot of changes in my life similar to hers, her brother David had been in the Vietnam war. My cousin A.J., who is like my brother, ...more
Newport Librarians
Oct 12, 2011 Newport Librarians rated it really liked it
Shelves: ms-kathy, ya-fiction
It’s the early 1970s, the Vietnam War is raging, Nixon is in the last phases of his troubled presidency, and fourteen-year-old Kristin Folger is living the life of an average southern California teen, surrounded by her friends, her annoying brother Bobby, her flaky parents, and a grandmother who lives nearby in senior housing. But there is one thing, one very important thing, that makes Kristin’s life anything but average—it is the person who occupies a bedroom in the family attic, the person wh ...more
Hui Lin
Jun 01, 2008 Hui Lin rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: 09th
I got attracted by this book's cover and title, and that's the reason why I started to read this book. It turned out this book is really different from what I think it will be about. The protagonist is Kristin Folger, 14 years old and the whole book are diaries that she wrote. The book talks about the problems that Kristin are facing from school and home. I found this book connect to myself and probably every teenage girl. Because this book also talks about how Kristin got her first period and h ...more
Sue Wargo
Jun 07, 2011 Sue Wargo rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
A little editorializing first. I still can't get used to reading about the Vietnam War as history, but I digress from a great story. Kristin comes of age in high school when her brother has returned from Vietnam with a severe case of PTSD. She calls him "the ghost" and her brother lives in the attic with all of his mental, psychological, and health issues. This has monumental effects on all the familiy members throughout the story. She still manages to be a good kid and the story of her relation ...more
Florencia Mendoza
Oct 17, 2012 Florencia Mendoza rated it really liked it
The story, The Life Histor of a Star is about a girl named Kristin folger. Kristin lives with her Mom and brother she sometimes goes and spends time with her dad. she had a brother but he had died a while she is always talking about how close they used to be. Kristin is always thinking she is on another planet. She is gorwing so her body is developing and say how she hates everyting about her is changing. Her mom is always tring to make her wear dress so turn girly but Kristin never liked being ...more
Jan 05, 2009 Allison rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008-2009
The protagonist is Kristin Folger, who is fourteen years old. It talks about the problems that she is facing in school and at home. I think this book can connect to every teenage girl. Since it talks about how Kristin gets her first period and how her body is changing. I strongly think that the author is doing great on hooking the readers. First of all, she creates an interesting cover to attract readers’ attention. Secondly, she makes readers to wonder a lot in the book by bringing curious sit ...more
Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori. But what happens when your ghost lingers? Easton's story, set during the Vietnam war, addresses the aftermath of combat faced by one family and (after two wars) is far more relevant today than when she first published in 2001. Heart-wrenching, funny, and occasionally lovely, Easton reminds us that "out of the scraps and debris and beautiful things, we build our lives." I'd amend that to: Scraps, debris, beautiful things, and stories like these.
Andrea Gratton
The diary of a fourteen year old during the Vietnam war, this book shows the effects the war, politics and pop culture have on an individual. While I was able to follow most of the numerous 70s references, I feel that today's adolescents would struggle with this. I also feel like the main character is difficult to relate to in some ways, and for these reasons I would probably not recommend this book.
Nov 09, 2008 Hua rated it liked it
At first i thought this is going to be a really boring book but i read it anyways because it has a interesting cover page. But then it turned out to be more interesting than i thought. This book is about a girl who got her period. She found out that her body changed and she became more like a woman. And how she deal with her problems in school and at home. I recommand this book to any teenagers because i think it shows the inner part of teenagers. Its a really good book for me, you and us.
Hector Medina
Apr 25, 2013 Hector Medina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What can i say about this book. This book was one of the worst books I read,it was basically about a girl from the 1970's and this book was just boring me to death and it wasnt that interseting when i first read it. I actually thought it was a pretty good book when i saw the cover. Well you can't really judge a book by it's cover.
Anny B.
Aug 05, 2007 Anny B. rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to cry their eyeballs out

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.
Leann Henderson
May 06, 2008 Leann Henderson rated it did not like it
This book was so bad, I couldn't even finish it. It's written in the style of a journal or diary and is just so pointless. I rarely give up on a book entirely and just abandon it....I usually finish even the worst of books (Never Let Me Go for example), but I just couldn't waste my time with this one. Blech!
Mar 27, 2008 Annebella rated it it was amazing
This book could be about right now. It's the journal of a girl whose brother was in a useless war. Very funny, sharp and poignant.
Apr 22, 2009 Susan rated it it was amazing
Oh oh oh. Funny and sad, as a book about surviving the loss war brings should be. Beautiful character, and heartbreaking. Important read, and not just for young adults.
Samantha Barbery
Mar 04, 2008 Samantha Barbery rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: somebody who doesn't like Marie's style
Recommended to Samantha by: b&n
I really liked this book. I thought Marie would hate it, which is why I suggested it. So, my plan worked... and it continues to work! *MUAHAHAHAHA* sorry, marie.
Oct 05, 2009 Tyler rated it it was ok
Plain story, besides that lame "ghost" for disfigured brother word play. Growing pains + Alcoholic/worthless parents + sex/drug curious friends + diary = we get it.
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Oct 25, 2008 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Sad, funny, great 70s period touches.
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May 24, 2011 Zoë rated it liked it
I must, asy it was actually deeply depressing, despite the smiley face.
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