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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 videos,
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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 ...more
alexandra
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 diversity
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Calista
A great book about making friends and navigating the world of Middle school. The characters are Chinese American, but the situations and experiences of wanting to have fun, friends and fit in are universal.

Moon and her mom are in a tight spot, so Christine's family has them move into the mother's house on the property. Moon was known to have some issues with fighting and such and Christine is worried about living close to her. It turns out they can be pretty good friends. Moon is much more
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Jessica
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sweet fancy heck, how did I not know this book existed?! Then a couple of weeks ago it won the Asian/Pacific American Children's Book award, and a bunch of authors I trust were talking about how it was their favorite book of 2019 and I'm like, huh, I guess we'll try it . . . ?

It's. Wonderful.

Funny, sad, awkward, sweet, all the things you want in a coming-of-age story, beautifully told in graphic novel form. I'm almost ANGRY this book slipped under my radar! I could have had it on MY best of
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Julie
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
For once, my two daughters agree on something: 4 stars for this middle grades graphic novel.
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 deviation
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Kate (GirlReading)
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 ...more
Rod Brown
Nov 13, 2019 rated it liked it
My expectations were too high going in to this follow-up to Wang's The Prince and the Dressmaker, but it is still a nice, low-key kids book about a Chinese American girl who is struggling to meet her parents' ideas of perfection when a more carefree and outgoing girl with a bad reputation moves in next door. Typical friendship and school complications ensue, until a dramatic twist based on the author's own life comes out of nowhere late in the book and rushes us to the ending and what amounts to ...more
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 getting Cs,
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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 ...more
mindful.librarian ☀️
Excellent middle grade graphic novel for fans of Raina T, Jennifer H, etc. Perfect for grades 4-7.
Erica
Straight-laced Christine is alarmed but intrigued by her new neighbor, imaginative, weird Moon whose violent reputation precedes her.

This is a charming story about friendship, familial expectations, personal expectations, jealousy, guilt, and the struggle of figuring out who you are and trying to be that person.
Alison (Story-eyed Reviews)
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, netgalley
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.

There are so many
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Jade Melody
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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. It's
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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 ...more
Tova
Welp, that made me emotional. RTC
Louise
Nov 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: comic, robin-reads
A cute book about friendship. I liked the easter eggs for people who grew up in the San Gabriel Valley.
Lost in Book Land
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I want to preface this with I was super excited to read this graphic novel and I love Jen Wang. :) A while back I saw a few of my bookish friends with the ARC of this book and I just knew I needed to read it, I was fortunate enough to get an ARC of this book as well from the publisher in exchange for an honest review and even if I hadn't I still would have read this book because I love Jen Wang. I think her stories are cute and funny and the art in her graphic novels is amazing and something to ...more
Carolyn
Aug 07, 2019 rated it liked it
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
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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!
Elizabeth A
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphix, kids-ya, 2020
This middle grade graphic novel is the third book I've read by Ms. Wang, and it's my fave of the lot. It's the story of two Chinese-American girls, their families, their struggles, and most importantly their friendship. There are important themes gently explored, and art is cute and colorful. The author adds some of her own experiences to this story, and there's an authenticity to this that's hard to deny. The ending felt a tad rushed, but overall, I really liked this one.
Melki
This is a terrific book for middle-grade readers about friendship, and understanding. The characters are likable, and though some serious issues are dealt with, the overall tone is light and humorous. I particularly loved the photos at the end of the book of the author and her sister as young girls. Aww!!!
vanessa
An incredibly sweet story about friendship, meeting expectations/growing up, and childhood illness. Jen Wang’s illustrations are full of heart - the way she draws facial expressions warms and breaks my heart at the same time. I stayed up late because I wanted to finish this in one sitting. I wish the conflict was fleshed out a little more - I wanted to feel all the emotions - but the end note from Wang makes it all make sense.
Anita Fajita Pita
I love it. I love it, I love it, I love it. Jen Wang is everything I wish for my younger self. I'm so happy to read these heartfelt coming of age graphics from the Asian American perspective, even decades after the fact. Knowing that they are here and so good warms my soul. Hearts hearts hearts.
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, homelessness, and
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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 ...more
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.
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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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!
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