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Moon is everything Christine isn’t. She’s confident, impulsive, artistic . . . and though they both grew up in the same Chinese-American suburb, Moon is somehow unlike anyone Christine has ever known.

When Moon’s family moves in next door to Christine’s, Moon goes from unlikely friend to best friend―maybe even the perfect friend. The girls share their favorite music vide
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 10th 2019 by First Second
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Jen Wang has such a way with storytelling that always manages to make me smile and laugh while still punching me in the heart with feels (in a good way), and Stargazing followed that trend beautifully. I absolutely adored this graphic novel! Moon and Christine are both so precious, and they feel like real kids, you know? The diversity represented is so sweet and the commentary on biracial and/or Asian-American kids feeling "not Asian enough" made my chest ache for friends who have told me they've gone thr ...more
alexandra ling
ugh im EMO. full review tc because i have a lot of feelings
Kevin (Irish Reader)
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was such a cute and innocent story!

I had already read The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang and loved it; so going into this one I was expecting to also love it and I most certainly did! This was such a unique story and I really loved it! The artwork was stunning but I did read an ARC copy so it was in black and white instead of the finished copy which will be in colour. I plan on getting a copy of the finished copy and rereading when it’s in full colour. There was a a lot of diversi
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Kate (GirlReading)
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was full of the pure innocence only children have. It was utterly wonderful and the epitome of adorable. The story warmed my heart in so many ways and I have no doubt, whoever you are, wherever you were born, no matter your race, ethnicity, gender etc. there is a part of you that will be able to relate to a part of this story. The artwork was absolutely gorgeous and perfectly lifted the innocence of the characters and this story. I just want to put a copy of this into the library of every s ...more
laurel [suspected bibliophile]
Christine doesn't know what to think of Moon Lin, the girl living in her parent's backyard carriage house. Moon is impulsive, confident, Buddhist and a vegetarian...and she beats up kids. She's everything Christine is not—and she just might be an alien. But slowly these unlikely friends become best friends, until Christine starts to question their relationship.

I really, really enjoyed this book, and how it looked at Chinese-American children and how the sameness of experience makes any devia
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Jade Melody
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Everything about this story is adorable.
After reading, and loving, The Prince and the Dressmaker I knew this was going to be one of my most anticipated releases this year. AND IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT. Jen Wang just has a way. A way of making me love her characters. When they cry, I cry. When they're happy, I'm still crying. Nah, I'm happy too. For real though, I love Jen Wang's work and I will most likely read anything she creates in the future.

Ugh this story puts me in my feels.
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Laura
When I was in high school, I had a discussion with a Chinese-American friend of mine about what we were going to do in college. She told me she envied me, because I could major in anything I wanted, but she, she had to do what was expected of her, and become a doctor, even if she didn't want to.

I bring this up, because, Christine, in the story, is envious of Moon the same way, because unlike her family, where she is supposed to do well in school all the time, Moon can get away with g
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Maia
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a sweet, quiet, surprising book. Considering that it just tops 200 pages, it packs more a of punch, and more of a twist ending, than I was expecting. It starts with an orchestral performance at a church, in which Christine plays violin. She tries hard to be everything her parents want: academic, musical, and serious- never painting her nails, taking Chinese language lessons and extra math after school. Then Moon and her mother move into the granny unit behind their house. Moon is a bundl ...more
Alison (Story-eyed Reviews)
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stargazing is one of those books that I would love to hand to every kid in the world. And every adult, for that matter. This charming story about friendship, feeling alone in the world and defining who we are is a wonder of nostalgia and something that feels so original. I’m a huge fan of Jen Wang and she did not disappoint. One of my first reviews was another graphic novel by Jen Wang, The Prince and The Dressmaker, and I cannot recommend either of these books highly enough.

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Kelly
A good realistic middle grade novel, when you're an adult, is one that can take you right back to being in that space and place (there are other markers of good, too, of course). I found myself getting a little teary about this story of friendship between two Chinese American girls who are from very different backgrounds -- one is solidly middle class and has parents who expect a lot from her, while the other is nearly homeless and who has a lenient mother. When one does something mean to the ot ...more
Carolyn
Aug 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2019, diverse-books
3.5 stars

This new graphic novel from the author of Prince and the Dressmaker is so sweet and has a great message. It's a story of friendship, cultural and religious identity, and belonging. A quiet exploration of difference that nevertheless was touching and heartfelt. I can feel how much this book will mean to young Asian-American kids — Own Voices stories are so important and do resonate (author Jen Wang is Buddhist Asian-American like one of the main characters in this novel). Very subtly h
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Marissa
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what an amazing, heartfelt book! I can't wait to put this into the hands of my patrons, regardless of age! Everyone should read this!
Rian *fire and books*
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not my favorite Jen Wang, but who cares cuz it’s full of her cute as hell artistry and of course a stunning plot line.

Christine and Moon are both Chinese, but what exactly does that look like? Can you be Chinese if you paint your nails, are vegetarian, and a Buddhist? Or is it eating pork noodles, learning Chinese, studying hard, and going to church? Which experience is more Chinese than the other?

In addition to a great theme, this book tackled issues about anger management, homeles
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Megan Sanks
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cute and I definitely cried
Emily
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This one is going to be very popular at my library as soon as the Guts craze dies down a little bit. (The audience for Stargazing is definitely going to overlap with the legions of Raina Telgemeier devotees, so it'll be particularly enticing since Raina herself gave a positive blurb for the cover copy.) While I wish that the side characters were a little bit more dimensional, this story will resonate with a lot of readers. Lonesomeness, guilt, and intense friendship were all managed well.
Dani
I loved the Prince and the Dressmaker so I was very excited for Jen Wang’s newest. It was a bit of a departure from her last book, being more autobiographical and set in the present day. It was heartfelt and beautifully drawn; I highly recommend it for fans of Smile, Camp and other middle grade graphic novels!
USOM
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

After The Prince and the Dressmaker I have been trying to read all of Wang's previous and forthcoming work. Stargazing is a touching middle grade graphic novel about new experiences, not feeling Asian enough, and friendship. It's a story about making mistakes, feeling so utterly alone, and trying to make up for hurting those we care about. I could deeply empathize with both Christine
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Brian
May 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Christine is a traditional Chinese American girl who lives with her family including her hard on her father. But then Moon and her mom move into the apartment downstairs and Moon is the opposite of Christine: she's tough, she's artistic and she's strong minded. Can their friendship last? First off, I really enjoyed the author's illustrations, they were excellent. A plot twist came completely out of left field which didn't really make a huge amount of sense but after reading the author's endnotes ...more
Lily Williams
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is beautiful.
Emily Scheinman
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite graphic novels releasing this Fall
Anne
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've loved the books I've read from Jen Wang before, and I was excited to pick up an advanced copy of her latest graphic novel.

Stargazing is a wonderful middle grade graphic novel about friendship and finding yourself. Christine's world feels rocked when she meets her new neighbor Moon, who introduces her to things like dancing, Korean pop stars, and nail polish. Christine works hard to be the perfect daughter for her parents, but with Moon's encouragement she begins to discover new things about/>
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Sarah
Not just charming, but emotionally and socially profound without ever seeming to be so. It's astounding how many social themes Wang covers with the warm and colorful patchwork quilt of the story--like a cat rolled up underneath, unless you're looking out for them you probably won't even notice they're there until you sit on them. And sit on them you should--this is a definite read-it-twice, not just for the art but also for the nostalgic (and less-than-nostalgic) reminder of the simultaneously s ...more
Tammy
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cute story with a good message!

P.S. Ellen, because of certain sad parts you might want to wait to read it.
Dipali
So poignant and beautiful. A must-read!
Paul
4.5
This was so good! Recommended age around 10
Queen
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Short and sweet. Full of feels!
Zoe
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jen Wang is so flippin amazing!!! Was lucky enough to read an ARC of this gem and oh boy is it ever good!! The sweetest depiction of young female friendships and the confusion and heartache and love that make them special. I cried on my porch reading this, and 10/10 would do again.
Nic
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel, arc
I got an ARC of this at Book Expo! Yay!

Maybe 4.5 stars, just because I don't love it as much as I love some books (like Jen Wang's FABULOUS graphic novel The Prince and the Dressmaker). Still, I'm happy to round up. It's very cute and sweet, and the art is great. Stargazing is only slightly autobiographical, but I would definitely recommend it to fans of graphic childhood memoirs like Raina Telgemeier's Smile, Cece Bell's El Deafo, and Vera Brosgol's Be Prepared.
Brittany
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
There are real lessons here for kids on friendship, jealousy, communication, and illness. Just a complete joy of a book to read, as well.
Jennifer Mangler
This is a sweet story about friendship. I wish there'd been more to it, as it felt a bit slight, but I liked what was there.
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