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Oh My Stars by Lorna Landvik
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Feb 01, 2008

it was amazing
Recommended for: everyone

Wonderful plot, characters, theme, and setting.

Set in the 1930's in the Midwest, the book centers around a young girl named Violet. Abandoned by her mother, and when not being ignored was physically abused by her father, Violet still had a sense of humor, was smart, and was extremely talented with drawing and sewing. She was so tall and thin, she was teased by townspeople, kids in school, and her family. She grew up with no love and no confidence, but her talents gave her hope. Then an accident left her without her arm and with it her talents/hopes. On her way to San Fransico to end her life, she meets Kiev (sounds like Shell) and Austin. Kiev has always had lots of love and attention and has always tried to help people. He takes her under his wing and Violet joins their travels as they play their music. Austin is a talented guitarist and song writer but because he is black faces racial prejudice even from Violet. Their black and white band, the Pearlstones, became a hit despite racism and Violet became their manager. Their relationships grew past simply being friends, they became a family. And when one of them lost hope, the others picked him/her up.

Parts of it are very sad but it's still a hopeful book. Its story and message is sweet. Each character is so talented yet has something that holds them back; whether it be the color of their skin, a physical handicap, physical appearance, or family problems. Despite these handicaps, the characters all move past it to find some joy in life.

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