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Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass
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Mar 09, 09

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Read in March, 2009

Wow! This was a great book. On reflection, it was not a great book for the usual reasons. The plot was pretty typical for the young adult market. The characters, although varied and somewhat three dimensional, were still stereotypes. The theme was the usual, again especially for young adult books. The parent-child interactions were for the most part overbearing, and the teens were definitely lacking in power in their day-to-day lives. Family members were depicted working against each other instead of together, and things that should have been shared were kept secret. The setting was nice, but there were no vibrant descriptions bringing it all to life for me. Those are the reasons I gave this book four stars instead of five.

Why didn't I give it fewer? The book is about a total solar eclipse, and although the author failed in so many other ways, she does a wonderful job of imbuing the eclipse with a sense of magic and mystery that makes me want to go to China to witness the one in 2009! That only made the book a great read! I highly recommend it.
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Green Elephant Girl ™ Out of curiosity, did you ever go?


Jacqueline No, going to China was simple out of the budget. My family is planning to travel in 2017 to see that next total solar eclipse that is viewable here in the U.S. though!


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