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The Art of Getting Stared At

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  335 ratings  ·  67 reviews
After a school video she produced goes viral, sixteen-year-old Sloane Kendrick is given a chance at a film school scholarship. She has less than two weeks to produce a second video, and she’s determined to do it. Unfortunately, she must work with Isaac Alexander, an irresponsible charmer with whom she shares an uneasy history.

On the heels of this opportunity comes a horrif
Published September 2014 by Razorbill (first published August 1st 2014)
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Zoe Stewart (Zoe's All Booked)

I loved the messages in this book, but I hated the main character for most of it. She treats some people like absolute shit for no reason except for the fact that her mother does it, so she does it too. They're both lovely people to everyone, but so judgemental when it comes to certain things.

The MC has alopecia, which is sudden hair loss, either on the top of your head only, your entire face, or your entire body. There's a chance it will grow back, but it doesn't always happen. We find ou
An Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review. Quotes pulled from the ARC may be incorrect and may be subject to change.

Sloane loves nothing but movies, making them, editing them and filming them. A documentary about shoes goes viral on the Internet and she gets noticed by a film school. Her teacher tells her to go for the scholarship that is being given but the deadline is tight, only a month away. With the help of her sexy classmate she tries to get her video done. But then
Jul 14, 2014 rated it liked it
See this review at YA Midnight Reads

I got this one unsolicited, so going into The Art of Getting Stared At I wasn’t sure what to except. I certainly hadn’t read anything before regarding autoimmune diseases and their effects in YA before, so this was a very enlightening and refreshing read for me.

I had a lot of difficult mixed feelings towards the main character, and at first had a lot of trouble connecting with her. She felt pretentious at times and very judgmental, she was the type to conside
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meh, contemporary, romance
Rating: 2/5
***Minor spoilers***

It has always been Sloane's dream to go to film school, but her parents don't really support her decision. When a video for her film class goes viral on YouTube, she catches the attention of Clear Eye, a film school, who will allow her to apply for a scholarship. Sloane is ecstatic at the opportunity. All she has to do is produce another video within a couple weeks, while working with Isaac, a relentless flirt. Everything is looking up for Sloane - until she notice
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Laura Langston’s Young Adult novel, The Art of Getting Stared At, is an edgy story that resonates. Langston skillfully and fluidly brings the reader into the mind and world of a sixteen-year-old girl, Sloane Kendrick, who is dealing with the usual high school turbulence: self-esteem issues, cliquey groups, and decisions that shape who she is becoming as she navigates her way through adolescence. The language and dialogue is current and universal. Young adults who read this book will instantly ma ...more
Aug 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so I received this book as part of a giveaway and it would be the least I could do then to write a review. Not only that, but this book DESERVES a review. I was skeptical at first, this being more of a YA book, and so I expected more of a fluffy read with not much substance. Boy, was I wrong! The protagonist of the story is very likeable and you immediately relate to her. There was great character development, which is not always the case with young adult novels.

I honestly hope this book
Chapter by Chapter
Jun 20, 2014 rated it liked it
The Art of Getting Stared At by Laura Langston opened up my eyes to an autoimmune disease that I had little to no knowledge about, alopecia areata. I can’t even begin to understand what sixteen year old main character, Sloane is going through…especially as a teenager where image is such a huge issue, as well as feeling accepted.

Sloane seems to be on the right track in pursuing her dreams in the film industry. After a short video about shoes goes totally viral (with hundreds of thousands of views
Aug 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Before I start my review I wanted to say something to my teenage self. I will admit that I was very body conscious when I was in high school and I will admit that it has not fully gone away. I have always been somewhat overweight and I have been teased because of it. But in high school it was not as overt as it was earlier on. I walked around in very baggy clothes to hide the body underneath and if I had a chance to say something to that girl that was hiding behind concert t-shirts and baggy jea ...more
Huge thank you to Razorbill Canada for this ARC!


This is a difficult novel to read, and one I think many may have to be in the right mindset for. I think The Art of Getting Stared At is a rich story that deals with illness and body image, and does it in such a way that it’s easy to relate to, but also something to reflect on.

When Sloane is diagnosed with alopecia, she becomes what she hates. Sloane is someone who didn't care about appearances or body image, but with her new circumstances, she
May 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another young adult contemporary that tackles meaningful issues while at the same time keeping the themes that make contemporary YA novels so loved (at least by me). In this novel, Sloane is a junior in high school and loved making films. Her dream is to go to film school. The book opens up with Sloane getting the chance to film another video; the first having gone viral and captured the attention of a sponsor that wanted her to enter a competition for a film school scholarship. Sloane i ...more
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
So I got this book through Goodreads First reads.
Sloane has just been given an amazing opportunity to win a film school scholarship. She does unfortunately have to work on her next video with Isaac a serial flirt who in her opinion is incapable of actually being any help. The Sloane finds that she has bald spots, that aren't normal and are growing. She is diagnosed with alopecia an autoimmune disease that has no clear cause or effective treatment. Her spots might grow, remain there for the rest
Nov 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
"The Art of Getting Stared At" is not without charm, and Laura Langston brings visibility to a non-health threatening condition (alopecia arealis or universalis) that is devastating to those who are unfortunate enough to suffer from it. At adolescence, when appearance and peer approval is everything, Sloane Kendrick discovers that she is rapidly losing her hair, and two specialists confirm that she will likely lose all of it including body hair and eyebrows and eyelashes. At first Sloane is dete ...more
Aug 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, first-reads
I received this book as a Goodreads FirstReads giveaway.

This book was a very well-written look at a young girl dealing with a disease that is not fatal, but still feels like her life as she knows it is ending.

I enjoyed going on Sloane's journey from her discovery of her first symptoms, to the rather open-ended conclusion. While the ending was happy, it did leave a lot of loose ends, and in this particular case it didn't bother me, because a story like this shouldn't have a hard and fast ending.
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I received 'The Art of Getting Stared At' by Laura Langston from Goodreads giveaway.

From the moment I started this book I couldn't put it down! Sloane Kendrick loves film and when she gets a chance to apply for a film school scholarship she is beyond excited. This is until she finds out she has to work with Issac Alexander,(school flirt). On top of everything Sloane is diagnosed with alopecia areata. In order to produce a video for the school scholarship she must find a way to cope with her hai
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Goodreads First Reads for this book. I found this book hard to put down. It's an excellent story with rich characters who develop over the course of the book. Although it could be uncomfortable for some readers who may not be familiar with every day life with illness and the obstacles which come along with that. It is a book that anyone could enjoy and perhaps gain some wisdom and perspective from it. ...more
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
Well I just read this quote and I cannot even believe this. She said and I quote "honestly cancer would be better. At least I could get chemo. And people would understand. Who understands baldness?" This is not okay. I understand she's a teenager in highschool and she'll probably be getting judgement from her peers but this quote made me so angry. if she had had cancer she'd be wishing for alopecia instead. I have a lot of issues with this book I would not recommend it to anyone ...more
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“But there is no escaping the truth. I am losing my hair. I will become bald. I can try to hide it but I cannot escape it. People will, inevitably, find out. Many already know. Many find it funny.”

The reality of anything is terrifying. In theory, everything is easy. Kind of like the first time you think about cutting your hair. The idea of it is great! You think, ‘I’ll look like a new person. I’ll look older!” How fascinating that our hair can add years or erase years on our appearance. How
Dec 28, 2017 rated it liked it
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Rachael Arsenault
Nov 06, 2017 rated it liked it
This book managed to scrape three stars. The message it tried to get across was often muddled and struggled to effectively make its point, and the point it ultimately reached didn't really feel like it justified the amount of drama that went into it. As far as I can tell, the book was trying to prove that beauty and intelligence/depth of characters aren't mutually exclusive and that it's okay to care about how you look - but also that you shouldn't care too much about how you look, at least as f ...more
The overall message of the story is meaningful but the characters ruined the story.

Sloane, the main character, was a hard POV to be in. She’s judgemental, rude, mean, and thinks she’s so much better than everyone. By the end of the story she obviously has a change of heart but at that point I didn’t care about her.

She’s so against everything. She’s obsessed about how people will think of her with her bald patches and yet all she does is slap on a hat. If I were her and I wanted to avoid looking
Jun 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
I thought I really didn't like this book at first. The more I read it, the more I just wanted to shake the main character and tell her that she was being a hypocrite and annoying. Although, when I was telling my boyfriend about this book when he asked me about it, despite Sloane being a major annoyance, I understood her. Sitting now, I am a 26 year old woman and I can tell you that if I lost all the hair on my body (I wouldn't mind about the actual body body hair), I would freak out and start to ...more
Teen-angst is explored in this book from a health persepctive but also from a family perspective. The main character explores not only her own identity, but grapples with her perspective of others as well.
A great quick read, I finished it in one go.

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Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book. The main character, Sloane, was so whiny. I know she had medical issues, but it could have been handled better. I really liked Issac as a character and wish he had been in it more.
Chanel Rice
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
The last four pages of this book really made it good. If the ending hadn't been like that I wouldn't have liked it I don't think ...more
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's amazing, being there through her journey! Made a single tear fall down my cheek at the end! ...more
Kierstyn Putnoky
May 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Nothing like an unnecessary romance to kill what could have been a decent story.
Nov 20, 2021 rated it liked it
Yikes. But also sort of maybe kinda relatable??
Daniel Giroux-Pare
Dec 16, 2021 rated it liked it
The ending came too fast. Needed more content. Not really a cliffhanger; just abrupt.
Adriyanna Zimmermann
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was immediately drawn into The Art of Getting Stared At by Laura Langston. The plot and character development are superb! I’m a huge fantasy/sci-fi reader, so on the rare occasion I do read contemporary it has to really stand out. I usually love contemporary reads selected for the Forest of Reading awards and I’m glad Langston’s novel lives up to that reputation. There’s a lot of conflict thrown Sloane’s way and her growth as an individual is outstanding.

Character development is huge in this n
Christa Seeley
This review originally posted at More Than Just Magic

Sloane has one dream – to make films. Specifically documentary films. It’s something she’s been working towards for a long time and it takes precedence over everything else. So when an opportunity to apply for a prestigious film school scholarship arises, she’s ready to give it everything she’s got.

Unfortunately her body has other plans. She’s developed a condition known as alopecia areata. It’s an autoimmune disease but its not life threateni
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