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3.28  ·  Rating details ·  1,061 ratings  ·  179 reviews
Gwendolyn "Dough" X doesn't think she has much going for her—she carries a few extra pounds, her family struggles with their small bakery in a town full of millionaires, and the other kids at her New Jersey high school don't seem to know that she exists. Thank the stars for her longtime boyfriend, Philip P. Wishman—or "Wish." He moved away to California three years ago, ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published July 12th 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jun 26, 2011 rated it did not like it
I didn't finish this book. There's a couple of reasons why, the first one being this - and i'm quoting directly from the book

"His eyes are like pools of chlorinated water"

The book was really stupid. I'm not saying it was all bad, but come on, certain descriptions or actions of characters where just so incredibly dumb to the point where I was laughing and I wasn't sure if it was for real. I was so taken aback by so many things that were happening, like this one guy that dressed like a goth and
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
Ugh! I can't believe I actually read this book! It was pretty bad, but I had to give it a second star because I will admit that I couldn't stop reading the first half. Then I had to force myself to finish the second half once the storyline got completely ridiculous.
First, I couldn't stand the main character. Gwendolyn (aka Dough) is full of self-loathing which, while perhaps not completely unrealistic for some teens, got really old, really fast. I felt like the constant self-deprecation and
Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
Dec 19, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
3.75 stars

A YA romance with a paranormal element.

I liked that this was the first book I've read with an overweight heroine where she doesn't have to lose weight or change herself to win the guy - she starts out the book already winning him just as she is. She just has to realize it.

Gwendolyn, "Dough", is overweight, from the wrong side of the tracks, works in her mom's bakery (where it's easy to grab a white cream donut or 2 or more), has a stick-thin twig of a younger sister, lots of snark,
Oct 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: food-challenge
Brief summary:
Gwendolyn "Dough" is in a panic. Her long distance boyfriend, Wish, is coming back to live near her again. She's changed, though. She's gained a lot of weight, is pretty much invisible at school, and is worried what he'll think of his "loser" girlfriend. When Wish arrives, it is obvious he has changed too. He's rock star beautiful and he is instantly the most popular guy around. And yet, he wants to be with Gwen?! The new guy, Christan, working at Gwen's family's bakery thinks he
Jan 11, 2017 rated it liked it
I bought this book at the end of 2015 cause I loved how the cover looked, and it was like $2 at Book Outlet. I started it in Feb 2016, and just couldn't get into it, so I left it on my "currently reading" list until now (Jan 2017).

The entire storyline is just one giant WTF is happening moment. I DID NOT see any of it coming... honestly one of the strangest concepts I've ever read. I give it 3 stars cause it wasn't a horrible story (and it's super short) and it definetly had its moments where I
Samantha Haviland
Jul 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fairytales-read
I picked up Starstruck because I loved Cyn's previous books, Fairy Tale and Sleepless, and I was not disappointed. The story is light but carries depth, and the supernatural element enjoyable and not overplayed. The humor was impeccable and the timing spot on. Dough was such an engaging character and her reactions to different situations were completely realistic. Simply put, I loved it. Wish did get on my nerves a few times, but what guy doesn't? Again, an engaging and realistic character. Oh, ...more
Naomi Alexis
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much,I think it was awesome! ...more
Jan 22, 2011 rated it did not like it
Starstruck by Cyn Balog left me cold. I was not at all impressed with this mediocre story.

Synopsis: Gwendolyn "Dough" X doesn't think she has much going for her—she carries a few extra pounds, her family struggles with their small bakery in a town full of millionaires, and the other kids at her New Jersey high school don't seem to know that she exists. Thank the stars for her longtime boyfriend, Philip P. Wishman—or "Wish." He moved away to California three years ago, when they were 13, but then
I used to read but now I don't It's bad I know
Oh glory. Yet another novel that fits onto the category of almost-long-enough, chic-flick-paranormal-crossover-wannabe shelf.

It's never quite what it wants, or seems, to be.
POSITIVE elements:
1) it's funny. The whole fat girl approach makes for some cute and hilarious situations, admittedly at Dough's expense.
2) the main character is very original compared to modern ya literature.
3) not much swearing or sexual content.

NEGATIVE elements:
1) three quarters chick flick, one quarter paranormal.
Annie McElfresh
Sep 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
The beginning of this novel reads like a contemporary YA story. There really isn't any hint of supernatural elements until you get about 100 pages in, which is a lot considering this novel is only 256 pages long. The ONLY hint you will get is that Wish has somehow morphed into a head-turning hottie since the main character, Gwen, saw him last.

Gwen was a breath of fresh air. She's a girl with a bit of a weight issue, who wears her insecurities on her sleeve. That really drew me in. It made me
Jan 30, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: blog-tour
I was really excited when I heard of Cyn Balog's Starstruck. I originally read Ms. Balog's Fairy Tale and I absolutely loved it. So needless to say I was excited about the chance for an early reviewer's copy.

I found the synopsis intriguing and unique since you rarely read a book where the heroine is obese. The fact that it had some fantasy elements made it even more seductive for me. And while I did like some of these elements, I really had a hard time reading this book. For starters, you are
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011
I read Cyn Balog's Sleepless before, and was pretty bummed out about the direction the story went. Likewise, I experienced the same frustration with this novel.

The Luminati story could definitely have been explored deeper. I was promised something supernatural/paranormal, but all I got was a mere mention of tattoos and astrology perfecting people's lives. Ummm, what? Care to explain some more, Balog? The Luminati are probably supposed to be mysterious and awesome, but I find them lacking and
Jan 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Do looks matter? Are they worth compromising your life in order to appear as something you are not? These ideas are explored in Starstruck. I read this one straight through and really enjoyed it. I thought Gwendolyn "Dough" is very likable and sympathetic although she doesn't make you feel sorry for her. She knows she has gained weight and doesn't look like she did when her best friend, Wish, moves to California. Wish has his own secrets and feels as unloved as Dough does, except he has a secret ...more
Feb 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, 2012
3.5 stars
I like the voice of the narrator, Dough, in this book. Her sarcasm was funny and her thoughts seemed very real. Her constant negativity did get somewhat irritating after a time though. She's already said she's overweight and unpopular so I did start to feel that it was a little too much when she kept repeating that.
There are some things I was confused about. She seems to have been a normal size girl when she last saw Wish. A typical twelve year old girl would weigh about one hundred
I have reached the skip-mass-portions-of-text reading phase of this book, starting with page 63. Yet another feel sorry for the poor, misfit, self-loathing fat girl story. More ridiculously bad luck is visited upon unlucky, unplucky "heroine" Dough in a single afternoon than can realistically be expected to happen to anyone in a month...IF that. Nobody is that unlucky--NOBODY. (On top of that, if I have to read one more paragraph of excruciating detail of obesity and self-hatred, I may scream. I ...more
Apr 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Mermaids....Werewolves, Zombies...Vampires...this book tackles a supernatural figure I have YET to read about, the Illuminati, who are people who can take energy from the stars and use it to manipulate their appearance with dire consequences. IN this book, Gwyndolyn "Dough" is a heavy girl who gets picked on at school becuase of her weight. Her boyfriend Wish, has been away for a while, and when he comes back, everyone is shocked that he is interested in her. He is MOVIE STAR gorgeous. Does he ...more
Courtney Stoker
Oh, this was just lovely. I thought for a bit that it would be a "fat girl realizes she's beautiful because some boy tells her she is," but that's not really what happens. And the main character is fiercely funny, awkward, and believable; I laughed out loud and cringed right along with her when she embarrassed herself.
Sian Lile-Pastore
i really enjoyed reading this - liked the characters and the setting. the supernatural element was slow building, interesting and then really quickly resolved. that bit was weird. Also felt i needed more... is there another one of these coming out?
Helen (pagesandpeaches)
This book was good and very easy to read, but there were a lot of hard things that the character went through that weren't discussed as bad or hurtful. There wasn't really a turn around for the character's self-esteem and little to no character growth. I did enjoy the story, but I wish that the concept of the Luminati was more the main focus and not our main character, Dough.
Mar 10, 2018 rated it liked it
While it was an interesting story, I didn't like this one as much as her others. I felt it needed more story development and less self deprecating thoughts from the main character. I really didn't enjoy this one.
Ena Kate
Nov 01, 2017 rated it did not like it

This is easily the worst book I've ever read.

Actual rating: 2.5 stars
Heather Flowers
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Quick, easy read. The MC had terrible self-esteem, the love interest was underdeveloped, and the magic element wasn't fully explained. It was just okay.
Sep 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, review-copy, blog, signed
Originally reviewed on my blog, Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing.

Starstruck by Cyn Balog is a book that has me pulled in so many different directions, made me feel so many things, and tossed me around so much that everything kind of balanced the other stuff out and I'm left feeling a little more positive than neutral. Does that even make sense? Let me see if I can clarify a little here.

Gwendolyn (Dough) is the main character of the story and she is very overweight. Her younger sister is
Rachel Harris
Aug 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Cyn Balog is one of my favorite young adult authors. Her stories always have the perfect blend of magical realism/supernatural, romance, and wit. The unique spin she puts on paranormal stereotypes and expectations constantly amazes me. I adored FAIRY TALE and swooned at SLEEPLESS, so while I didn’t know what to expect with STARSTRUCK, I knew that I was in great hands.

In STARSTRUCK, Ms. Balog has an unexpected protagonist. Gwendolyn is an overweight (230 pounds) teenage girl with unfortunate
Jul 01, 2011 rated it liked it
First impressions: Gwen/Dough is a fantastic narrator. She shows us who she is from the moment we meet her. She's funny, sarcastic, a bit down on herself, but able to handle anything thrown at her without losing sight of the big picture. There's no unnecessary drama here.

Lasting impressions: The realistic elements of the story were more meaningful than the paranormal Luminati stuff. I wish the astrology part had been introduced sooner so it didn't seem like it was tacked on to the back end of an
Sep 19, 2011 rated it really liked it

From Delacorte (Random House):

Gwendolyn "Dough" X doesn't think she has much going for her—she carries a few extra pounds, her family struggles with their small bakery in a town full of millionaires, and the other kids at her New Jersey high school don't seem to know that she exists. Thank the stars for her longtime boyfriend, Philip P. Wishman—or "Wish." He moved away to California three years ago, when they were 13, but then professed his love for her via e-mail, and he's been her
Nov 03, 2010 added it
Starstruck by Cyn Balog is the one book you can read whilst legitimately eating a donut and you know what? I TOTALLY DID. Not only did an early image of the book have a donut on the cover (I believe it was changed, presumably so it could not be blamed for encouraging mass donut eating worldwide) but our main protagonist Gwendolyn or Dough as she is more affectionately known lives in a bakery. Sounds like heaven, right? Not quite. Here’s the synopsis:

“When Gwendolyn “Dough” Reilly’s boyfriend and
Aug 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
Discovery: Cyn Balog’s first book, Fairy Tale, was a really fun read so I was excited to read her unique take on star-crossed lovers.

+ Supernatural twists. I’ve been reading fantasy/paranormal stories since I was a little girl, so I don’t often find supernatural stories that present something I haven’t seen before. I loved the idea of the Luminati. Everyone knows that the stars were mystified and worshipped, but Cyn Balog takes it a step further. I was especially intrigued by the idea that it’s
May 18, 2011 rated it liked it
I loved how original this book was! That had to be my favorite part. The paranormal element to the story is a lot different than other thing I've read about, and the heroine herself is nothing like all the other girls in books. This is mostly due to the fact that Gwen or "Dough" weighs over 200 pounds.

At its core, this book is about body image. Dough is made fun of every day at school, and she's hyper-aware of how she looks. She constantly compares herself to her younger, thinner sister, and
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Cyn Balog is a normal, everyday Jersey Girl who always believed magical things can happen to us when we least expect them. She is author of young adult paranormals FAIRY TALE (2009), SLEEPLESS(2010), STARSTRUCK (2011), TOUCHED (2012), and her most recent release: DEAD RIVER (2013).e. She lives outside Allentown, Pennsylvania with her husband and daughters.

She also writes under the pen name Nichola
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“I'm not just one flavor. You're not either. So it all comes down to which 'you' you want to show the world.” 23 likes
“Twenty minutes later, I walk out of Melinda's hotel with a plate of finger sandwiches, a bag of prostitute clothes, and a weird wedge on my head that makes me look like you could tip me upside down and fill it with cream of mushroom.

I need another donut.”
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