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The Blue Star by Tony Earley
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Aug 01, 08

Read in August, 2008

I really enjoyed Earley's coming of age novel, Jim the Boy, about 10-year old Jim Glass growing up in North Carolina in the 1930s. In The Blue Star, Jim is in his senior year of high school, and the country is on the verge of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Jim finds himself struggling against what his family assumes he will do with his life - marry the school goodie two shoes and get a job nearby - and what he wants from life. He falls inexplicably in love with a mysterious half-Indian girl and learns that sometimes life does not always give you what you think you deserve. Jim is a bit overly naive at times, but I love his mother and Uncle Zeno - especially when they try to knock a little sense into him. Earley's is written with the language and straight-forwardness of a young adult novel. This is a nice easy story about choices (or lack thereof), regret, and learning how to stand on your own - even after choosing the wrong path.
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