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Starry Nights

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  723 ratings  ·  154 reviews
Seventeen-year-old Julien is a romantic—he loves spending his free time at the museum poring over the great works of the Impressionists. But one night, a peach falls out of a Cezanne, Degas ballerinas dance across the floor, and Julien is not hallucinating.

The art is reacting to a curse that trapped a beautiful girl, Clio, in a painting forever. Julien has a chance to free
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Faye, la Patata
UPDATE: You can now see some pictures of my stay in Montmartre on the blog, along with this review! Click here to check it out!

There were a lot of reasons why I really wanted to read Starry Nights.

La première raison:The setting is in France. I love France. I studied there for a while, stayed for a bit in Strasbourg, Paris, and Épernay, and spent time with a few foster families. My boyfriend is French. I love their champagne. You get the picture. I'm not the ultimate Francophile, but that cou
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
At first, I totally thought this was going to be one of those times where I really like a book that most of my friends did not. The early reviews were discouraging, but it was a 4 star book for the first 75 pages or so. From there, things slid downhill. My hopes were high for Starry Nights, but, sadly, a highly original, creative, beautiful concept turns into a cheesy pile of instalove. Be warned that this review does contain some spoilers.

The opening of this novel is so strong. Whitney's a tale
Sadly, this book just didn't do it for me. I ended up with way too many questions after the fact and everything was just very unsatisfying which makes me sad because that cover is beautiful and it sounded like such an interesting premise.

Maybe it's my fault. I was expecting magical paintings wrapped in mystery, surprise, wonderment, but I didn't really get any of that. When the paintings started to come to life, so one questioned it. The MC just acted like it was normal so then how was I suppos
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
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I really wanted to love this novel. It has all the things that ostensibly, I should love: Paris? Paintings that come alive? Some interesting uses of mythology? A feminist twist? An author that has been garnering more and more acclaim and attention? But sadly for me, Starry Nights never panned out or impressed me. Honestly, if Starry Nights wasn't such a short, simple, and easily digestible novel, I doubt whether I would have finished. All
Feb 25, 2013 marked it as to-read
Set in modern-day Paris, the book follows a teenage boy and tour guide at Musée d’Orsay who falls for a girl that is “trapped inside a painting.”

Pitched as “Night at the Museum meets The Da Vinci Code, with a feminist twist.”

I can't breathe.

Rating: 2 Stars/DNF

Where to begin with Starry Nights? From the beginning itself, the narration struck me as off and as the novel progressed, I was unable to connect with the story. Unlike Whitney’s last book, When You Were Here, her latest is devoid of much emotion. I was unable to become emotionally attached to any of the characters or even come to care about them. Moreover, for a novel set in France, this book could very well be set anywhere on Earth. Whitney fails to describe her vivid settin
Mar 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club
This was very different from any YA novel I've read, and it was very clever in its subversion of the notion of "muses" and the nature of art. It is definitely on the slow side and has quite a bit of detail regarding art (which is very accurate and well-done, and I say this as someone who studied a lot of art history in college), so it's definitely not a novel for everyone. Julien is an interesting narrator, rather sensitive, and a bit unexpected. I actually liked that Paris is the setting, but s ...more
Oda Renate
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I started this a month ago or so,and dident get any further than the first chapter.
Then I picked it up again yesterday,read one chapter and read the rest of it today.
I have to say, the only bad things I have to say about it is the semi slow start.From chapter 3 and out it never stops being interesting,and it never stops entertaining me.

This book has it all.
Heart, a message, mystery, an interesting setting, good lines,funny lines. Friendships,family and love stories.
Characters you can relate to a
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: middle school to high school students
Recommended to Kim by: giveaway
Shelves: romance
this would be a good read for a middle school to a high school student to read. this is book number from and is a first read book for me,
was a very good book
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: france, relationships
An unexpectedly wacky novel that I could never begin to explain, but let's just say it involves Muses, Renoir, the Louvre, a dancer, a friend who keeps a goat on his balcony, people stepping out of paintings, art that appears to be dying, and an ordinary boy who learns he may be the only one who can save it. I'd never have guess that such a zany tale lay inside the pages of this book with a cover of yet another couple kissing beside the Eiffel Tower. It is fun and romantic and surprising and (ma ...more
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Daisy Whitney takes a departure from the contemporary novels she's known for in the magical realist tale of love, inspiration, and freedom set in Paris's famous Musée d'Orsay. Julien has nighttime access to the museum thanks to his mother, which comes in handy when he sees the paintings come to life at night.

STARRY NIGHTS has a premise that's been done before, but Whitney does it well. The paintings can not only come to life, but also get sick. It's up to Julien to heal them, but he doesn't know
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Loved this one! It made my inner art history nerd flail. Full review to come!
Feb 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I'm not sure if the author's way of showing the male main characters thoughts were realistic or not...
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was fine. The premise was clever, and I found myself wanting to know how the story would resolve, but it isn't something I will ever want to read again. A lot of it felt very over-done, with plot twists that would have suited a middle school oriented novel much better than one marketed for older teens. The writing style was inconsistent, going back and forth between beautiful and heavily mediocre. It's worth a read, but more of a "get-it-out-of-the-library-once" book than a "buy-your-o ...more
Dark Faerie Tales
May 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed-by-zed
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: For the love of Art.

Opening Sentence: A peach falls out of a Cezanne.

The Review:

My thought process throughout this entire book was: ‘How many pages are left?’ Without being unreasonably harsh, I’ll try to outline the few good parts of the story. I learned more about art, Paris, the nine muses and museum security!

Now, onto the not so great parts… My main issue with Starry Nights was that it was too unrealistic and way over the top. Paintings that
Jun 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Check out more of my reviews at ***Singing and Reading in the Rain***!

Daisy Whitney's Starry Nights had it all: a gorgeous backdrop for the perfect depiction, the right blend of characters, yet it still fell flat.

I was honestly disappointed with how long it took me to get through a 300-page book such as this. The plot moved at a snail's pace, boring me beyond belief. From the synopsis, I thought Starry Nights to be a suspenseful and engaging read. Instead, I got a boring novel that kept me from
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Julien Garnier is like any other seventeen-year-old boy: he doesn't take his studies as seriously as he should, he's moving on after a disastrous relationship, and he works as a tour guide at the Musée d’Orsay. What isn't typical about Julien, however, is that he has after-hours access to some of the world's most valuable paintings. His mother is the museum's curator and the art world is abuzz with excitement as the news spreads of the discovery of a lost Renoir. Af
Kimberly Sabatini
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of the biggest things that I love about Daisy Whitney's writing (and I love a lot) is just when I think I know who she is as a writer, she redefines herself. Often, for authors, this kind of an evolution is a by-product of an ever changing market. I don't feel that's true for Daisy. I think she is a sponge in her own life, soaking up a million people, places and things that are interesting. And then she writes about the things she loves and the things that fascinate her. She writes about the ...more
Kayla (Kayla's Book Nook)
*3.75 Stars*

Picking through rows and rows of YA books at my local library, the pretty Eiffel Tower cover of this book screamed my name, and I was summoned to pick it up. I have to say, it was love at first sight- but even though I did like what was inside this cute little book, I didn't necessarily love it.

For a summary, Starry Nights centres around Julien, a hopeless romantic. When a peach falls out of a Cezanne painting, he somehow sees ballerinas fall out from it as well and dance on the floo
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
I love it when a book blurs the lines between reality and the exciting "what if". Daisy Whitney has done just that with Starry Nights. Her story blends real life with something extraordinary, and unbelievable to create something that bloomed to life while reading her book. I love that when authors do that. While reading Starry Nights I began to feel not so weird for the times I've stared at a painting secret;u waiting for something, anything to happen within it. Not to mention the times I have t ...more
Oct 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
The premise of this story was adorable; Night at the Museum meets YA meets romance. The execution, on the other hand, left much to be desired.

Starry Nights just jumps in to paintings coming to life and reveals the "why"s as it goes along. Unfortunately, it is inconsistent in its own world-building, having the female lead both artistically historic (130 years old or so) and at times confused by modern day lingo and at other times, unrealistically knowledgeable about what something means or what t
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
First I have to say that this book is BRILLIANT! Holy Rembrandt I love art so much! I could spend all my time in the art museum and not get bored. I just love looking at all the paintings and artifacts it is like reading a history book but in person. But Starry Night has a twist to it and no I am not going to spoil it for the reader but lord this book and the pictures in it is absolutely BRILLIANT!

Julien is a 17 year old art lover. He loves everything about art and works in a museum. One night w
A copy of this novel was provided by Bloomsbury Australia for review.

Yet another two star read for yours truly. I seriously don’t know what’s going on at the moment with me and my reads – it is thoroughly disappointing that I am reading so many mediocre books at the moment, especially when they have great potential, like Starry Nights did. I was immediately interested in Starry Nights, back when I read a book by the same author earlier in the year. Paintings that come to life? A guy who falls in
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it
It was a little bit too teen-ish, and too insta love for me. Overall, a three star read, but I'm not sure I would pick anything else up by this author.
Kelly Hager
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I think this is one of those novels where, if a different author wrote it, it would be an absolute train wreck. This idea is so completely out there that it could easily have become ridiculous. Not surprisingly, Daisy Whitney handles this with a deft hand and makes it so believable and wonderful.

In a lot of ways, it reminded me of Midnight in Paris. It's a completely outlandish concept, but you almost immediately start to believe that it's possible and actually happening. (And seriously, if thin
Aug 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Ughhh! Lots of thoughts but basically, I only thought it was okay towards the end. The beginning, I LOVED but then...sigh. Oh, Emily. I'm on TEAM EMILY.
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-release

**This is an ARC review.
Any quotes or excerpts are taken from an unfinished copy
and are therefore subject to change before the final print**

I’ve seen this book described as “Night at the Museum with a feminist twist” and there are definitely some correlations there. But as I was reading Starry Nights I kept thinking that it read as a fairy tale, a fairy tale with an awesome dose of art history added in.

There is a curse and there is a myth. There is a love at first sight type of romance built i
Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it
I read this book because one of my friends recommended it to me. When she told me about it, it sounded right up my ally because it embodied all of my favorite aspects: romance, art, and far away places like Paris. I had high expectations for this book, and I was a little bit let down. The story was good, and the ideas were there but I feel like the details were lacking, and it made the book feel rushed and impersonal. The art was an important part of this book, because the plot was centered arou ...more
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
*Also posted at Oops! I Read A Book Again*

Thank you to Daisy Whitney for the review copy! Still, this in no way affected my views of the novel. And since I'm in a list-y mood, lists all the way!

Seven Reasons Why I Love Julien/Seven Proofs that Julien is Too Good to Be True

1. His name is JULIEN. The French counterpart of my favorite guy name JULIAN. How can I not love him? That is impossible. Names are a big thing for me so with just this bit, my eyes turned into hearts.

2. He's French. Did you kn
Feb 07, 2019 rated it liked it
This was okay I guess. Honestly, it's perfect for the target audience: teens. I read it as a teen and really liked it, but as an adult I think my taste in books has changed. It wasn't bad, per se, but the main character is a lot more whiny and pessimistic at the beginning than I remember. Plus there are plot lines that feel like they were there just to make the book a little longer. Like I said, it's not bad but it's not as good as I remember.
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By day, Daisy Whitney is a reporter and ghostwriter. At night, she writes novels for teens and is the author of THE MOCKINGBIRDS and its sequel THE RIVALS (Little, Brown). Her third novel WHEN YOU WERE HERE releases in June 2013 (Little, Brown), and her fourth novel STARRY NIGHTS (Bloomsbury) hits shelves in September 2013. When Daisy's not inventing fictional high school worlds, she can be found ...more

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