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Starstruck by Cyn Balog
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Read from August 02 to 04, 2011

I cringed. Multiple times. On Gwen's behalf. So many unfortunate things happening to one girl: an accidental encounter with someone's nails that turns bloody for her; a wardrobe malfuntion that's so ill timed, it's almost tragic; a ten dollar hair cut on the fly. And a pinching incident that had me questioning her intelligence.

I wanted to smack WISH on one occassion too. One incredibly revealing moment where he more or less says 'being beautiful sucks.'

But, I confused myself by hoping for a moment of Christian, the pothead poser, who's just might be literary scholar (her words, not mine)

And now, I'm torn. Did I enjoy it or not?

I like funny. Really, I do. And while Gwen's observations of others dripped with sarcasm and had me laughing, the comments she directed at herself were PAINFUL to read. Self-depracting humor isn't a bad thing, but when it's page after page after page of just that well, I could only feel sad for her. One thing is clear: she has a very unhealthy relationship with her body. Oi! And all that in the first half of the book without WISH. Once he's in the picture things got a bit more awkward/confusing.

Was she too focused on the physical? Or were the people around her too focused thereon? Was she too sensitive, wrapped up in how others saw her? A resounding yes to all questions. I think these are the things that had me not loving her as a character (even given her humor, which zinged.)

And Startstruck would have been an OK humorous contemporary read too. One-third in, two-thirds in and I was thinking, predicting really that it'd be a 'love is blind' story, along the lines of that Black/Paltrow movie. You know, a funny and sweet romcom. And it was at first, but come chapter twenty-something, I hit a wall when a new element was thrown into the mix. AND I really don't know how I felt about the direction the story went after that!

I mean really, wasn't it already imbalanced with him looking the way he did and her feeling the way she did? Did it really have to have a magical/cult explanation? Seriously? Without that, STARSTRUCK would have been a three point five for me, given Christian, and Gwen's humor, but with that twist, I have to settle for a 3


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Favorite line:

"It's all me. I'm not just one flavor. You're not either. So it all comes down to which 'you' you want to show the world."

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message 1: by Angela (new)

Angela Looking forward to your review. Been thinking of reading this.


JoJo - JJJ (Jo Anna) Janesko me too, me too!


Isamlq oh lordy... i got side tracked by another book (GM) will definitely review once done though... so far so good anyway :)


JoJo - JJJ (Jo Anna) Janesko Hmm I can't tell if you liked it or not. I had higher hopes that it would be an outstanding read for you.


message 5: by Isamlq (last edited Aug 05, 2011 02:28PM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Isamlq JoJo (Jo Anna) wrote: "Hmm I can't tell if you liked it or not. I had higher hopes that it would be an outstanding read for you."

lol! let's just say that i liked parts of it... ;)


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