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The Stars of Summer

(All Four Stars #2)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  793 ratings  ·  114 reviews
It’s not easy being an undercover restaurant critic—especially when you’re only twelve years old!

After successfully completing her first restaurant review for the New York Standard newspaper, Gladys Gatsby is looking forward to a quiet summer of cooking and eating. But her plans quickly go awry when her friend Charissa Bentley delivers Gladys’s birthday gift: a free summer
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by Putnam Juvenile
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Sep 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
“Find the best hot dog in New York City.

Leave no street corner unvisited, and no dog untasted!”

Gladys Gatsby is now twelve-years-old and there isn’t anything she’s more enthusiastic about than delicious foods. Since that incident with the blowtorch (it really was only a small fire), Gladys has convinced her parents to allow her more opportunities to improve her skills in the kitchen. Gladys also continues to review for the New York Standard even though it’s becoming increasingly difficult to
Annah Stevenson

i ship hamilton and gladys

can we figure out a ship name??

4.5 Stars

I received an advanced copy of this book for free from the tour host/publisher in exchange of an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

To say that The Stars of Summer was charming would be an understatement. I absolutely adored this sequel to All Four Stars very, very much.

Eleven year old Gladys is back again and still as adorable and sweet and still as interested in food as ever. She’s finally gotten one food review for the New York st
Ms. Yingling
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In this sequel to All Four Stars, Gladys is given a summer at camp by new friend Charissa Bentley, whose parents run the local camp. Since her friend Sandy is being sent to a sleep away camp, she hopes to be able to use the opportunity to sneak into New York and complete some of her reviewing assignments for the newspaper who mistakenly thinks she is much older. Instead, she gets sucked into working in the camp kitchen and into remedial swimming lessons with camp celebrity, a teen author who som ...more
Jun 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, 2015
This one had me smiling. I like how Gladys is being forced to due different things, met new people and learning she likes it. I love how Gladys is so serious about her reviews and how sneaky she is at getting them done. The way that her friends help her has me laughing. I do agree with Gladys that she needs to clue in her parents. I think they will be receptive to helping her.

I was a bit surprised by the drama at Gladys's reviewing job. She handled things perfectly in a way that was good for he
Jen (Pop! Goes The Reader)
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“Jen, have a look at this,” he said. “Charissa’s family has given Gladdy a free summer at Camp Bentley!” He plucked the paper out of Gladys’ hand and passed it to her mom.
“Oh, how generous!” she exclaimed. “Honey, what a great opportunity for you to make even more friends!”
But Gladys didn’t want more friends. In fact, she wasn’t sure she wanted to keep all the ones she had at the moment.

Gladys Gatsby is back and be
Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Pretty much more of the same as the first, but I will try to find the third, because they are fun and don't take long to read, and because (view spoiler). ...more
Louise Galveston
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was so thrilled to receive an advanced reader copy of this book, because my kids and I adored ALL FOUR STARS. I was not disappointed!

The adventures of food critic and budding chef, Gladys Gatsby, continue as she ends up at summer camp where they serve food "kids like," such as bologna sandwiches on white bread. But never fear campers, Gladys is on the scene! And not only is she faced with a cranky camp cook who is hard-boiled and set in her ways, but she also has to face the humiliation of lea
Michael Kott
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jake-zoe
I really liked what MS Dairmen did with that first book, All Four Stars. It was so cute I ordered the second book, The Stars of Summer. It was even better! Not often a second in a series beats the first. Now I look forward to further adventure os Gladys, Charissa and Hamilton. Well done, pass the hot dogs!
May 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on May 7, 2015 on For What It's Worth:

I adored Dairman’s debut mid-grade book, All Four Stars, about aspiring chef and food critic, 11 year old Gladys Gatsby.

The series continues as Glady’s juggles her new (top secret) position as a food critic for the New York Standard’s Dining section with an unexpected trip to summer camp.

Glady’s is thrilled to get cooking detail at Camp Bentley until she meets the very inflexible head cook, Mrs. Spin
Sep 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
{originally posted on my blog: Ciao Bella}

As popular of a setting as it is, I’ve never actually been to the “traditional” summer camp, where, if my knowledge from books and movies will suffice, your cabin mates become your best friends, the mess hall becomes your second home, and your days and nights intertwine to become an endless slew of fun. Though my opportunity to go to summer camp has since passed, there are a number of novels that allow me to visit the classic destination in a different f
Rebecca Petruck
Gladys Gatsby is at it again with her making me want to eat everything all the time. The food descriptions alone are worth the price of admission, but so are her food metaphors and, of course, her story. Gladys is a level-headed girl who tries to be fair and has the passion of her passion to sway people to be their better selves. I admire her willingness not only to try something new but also to give people (and food) another chance. First impressions (for self-important boys and hot dogs) do a ...more
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Gladys Gatsby lives a complicated life: she’s a 12-year restaurant critic (though her employer is not aware of her age, nor her parents of this profession); she’s been invited to her friend Charissa’s summer camp (that she has no interest in going to); and her next writing assignment is the find the best hot dog in New York City (hot dogs are gross!)

Dairman’s continues Gladys’ madcap adventures in her follow-up to her ridiculously charming All Four Stars and I think I might have enjoyed this se
Mary Sanchez
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In this sequel, eleven-year-old Gladys Gatsby, a foodie, has anonymously written a food review published in a NYC newspaper and is now looking forward to the summer before middle school where she can explore and learn more about cooking. But after her birthday celebration at a NYC restaurant, one of her friends gives her the gift of a free summer camp experience. The saving grace is that Gladys has been assigned to kitchen duty. She soon discovers she has to make meals the kids like-- "salty mea ...more
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I discovered All Four Stars years ago and loved it as an adult foodie! I found The Stars of Summer at a Goodwill book store, my library does not carry Dariman. This story is FICTION as there is no way a 12 year old could pull this off or write like Gladys. The story picked up where All Four Stars left off and the part of her family coming together is the best part. I loved the book, but it was like reading a soap opera, which is fine with me right now. I do not think I would want my 12 year old ...more
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's quick, it's fun, it's cute.

This isn't really a criticism, but I gotta say: there's a weird tension I feel when reading. To some degree this series has the flavor of a heist story, with how Gladys plans her reviewing excursions. While she's not doing anything illegal, her actions are still "wrong," and I can't help but wait for the other shoe to drop. "Hey, kids! Lie to your parents and wander around Manhattan on your own! It'll work out great!" Like, she can't keep getting away with this,
Amy Oberts
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a scrumptious sequel! Tara Dairman's "The Stars of Summer" is a well-crafted story that combines several key ingredients, including the thoughtful development of several characters, use of unexpected plot twists, integration of "coming-of-age" moments, and subtle foreshadowing to future adventures. Gladys' journeys--as a preteen during the summer months, as well as an up-and-coming food critic--intersect to reveal bittersweet discoveries and, ultimately, mature reflections (...and all throu ...more
My mom and I are working our way through this series for our mother daughter book club and these books are among our favorites. In this latest installment Gladys attends summer camp and continues her secret life as a food critic. This book was my favorite in the series so far because we see a lot of personal growth from Gladys in this series. I also like the fact that the relationship between Gladys and her parents has greatly improved. This book ended with the possibility of a big reveal in the ...more
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
My daughter and I enjoyed the first book in the series and this book was just as good. Gladys is at summer camp with her friend Charissa, with a kitchen job that is not what she expected, swimming lessons and other campers that are very different from herself. At least she has her job at the newspaper, well maybe she does? This is going to be a long summer!
I loved how everything starts one way and ends up going the other way. What a great summer adventure. Makes me wish I went to summer camp. My
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was a treat to discover that this sequel to All Four Stars was every bit as good -- even better than its predecessor. Due to shenanigans by her fellow food critic at the Daily Standard, Gladys is assigned the task of finding the best hot dog in NYC. Hilarity ensues as she tries to find ways to get rides into the city and review as many hot dog vendors as possible. One of the strengths of this series is watching Gladys and her friends problem-solve. They are very creative and occasionally cros ...more
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
This was such a fun, sweet read and the food just made me so hungry! I want to make it all!! I enjoyed Gatsby's summer adventures and how she learns to make true friends and bond with her parents in such a unique way. When faced with a challenge, she succeeds in a manner that is truly unique and adds a playful depth to the story. Who knew how awesome and "cultural"hot dogs could be ;)
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Darling book! Read with my daughter and she's glued to this series. On to the next! I loved how this book used a plain old kid food like hot dogs and turned it into something fun for adults and kids to read about! I might have even liked this one better than the first, it was slightly less preposterous and just a lot of fun, while also managing to include real-life friend issues that kids face.
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book and series are absolutely wonderful!! It is great to see Gladys grow as a person, and see some of the jams (pun intended) she gets herself into. I hope the author writes more in this series.
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another fabulous book, possibly even better than the first. I really love how Gladys is growing and learning, both about food, her writing, and her friends. I am thoroughly enjoying this series, and I hope Ms. Dairman continues writing it.
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing! Just as good as the first. It took a lot of unexpected twists and turns. The book was super descriptive, with a lot of references to cooking that really made the story even more amazing. The book had some suspense that made me want to finish the book in one sitting.
Maybeline Tay
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this book to bits. I enjoyed the first book and this second one was every bit delicious! I am not only talking about the food in this book. I love how Gladys tried out unlikely things, relationships and learnt to withhold judgements. Can’t wait to sink my teeth into the next book.
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Read this with my daughter. We enjoyed it just as much as the first. A well written and fun series. She is looking forward to getting the next one.
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Listened to the audio and thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters are truly unique and their development enjoyable. A fun read with some definite twists.
Rajani LaRocca
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A worthy successor to All Four Stars. Combines summer camp adventures, inside jokes about publishing/fame, and the beginnings of middle school romance.
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Tara Dairman is the author of the middle-grade foodie novels ALL FOUR STARS, THE STARS OF SUMMER, STARS SO SWEET, and THE GREAT HIBERNATION (coming in 2017), all published by Penguin Random House. She is also a playwright and a recovering round-the-world honeymooner (2 years, 74 countries!).

Tara holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from Dartmouth College and is represented by Ammi-Joan Paquette of th

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