Lost Stars

Lost Stars

Book - 2016
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Eleanor & Park meets Perks of Being a Wallflower in this bittersweet 1980's story about love, loss, and a comet that only comes around every ninety-seven years.

When Carrie looks through her telescope, the world makes sense. It's life here on Earth that's hard to decipher. Since her older sister, Ginny, died, Carrie has been floating in the orbit of Ginny's friends, the cool kids, who are far more interested in bands and partying than science.

Carrie's reckless behavior crosses a line, and her father enrolls her in a summer work camp at a local state park. There, Carrie pulls weeds and endures pep talks about the power of hard work. Despite her best efforts to hate the job, Carrie actually feels happy out in nature. And when she meets Dean--warm, thoughtful, and perceptive--she starts to discover that her life can be like her beloved night sky, with black holes of grief for Ginny and dazzling meteors of joy from first love.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780544785069
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Davis
Characteristics: 277 pages ; 22 cm

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Overall, this book was alright. I had high hopes for it as it had a very nice cover and description but it personally did not meet my expectations of a good book.
This story revolves around a young sixteen year old girl Carrie "Caraway" who is entering her junior year of high school. She is in love with astrophysics, and her new neighbour Dean someone tall, charismatic and strong. Carrie is in the conflicts with her dad, runaway mother, her passed away sister and friends that she is about to lose in the upcoming year. Carrie is frustrated and scares of what is going to happen in the future.
Personally I didn't like this book very much. Carrie seemed to be an irritating person who only cared about taking drugs or being around her friends
She refuses to cooperate and understand her dad, and constantly slacks at her work. I understand that she has had a rather rough childhood, but it's still hard to emphasize with her actions. What I do like about the story is that Carrie has a great passion for space and astrophysics. I find that quite admirable and it brings more character to her. I feel some other characters like her parents, or her friends also have some interesting back stories to get into as they expressed their fair share of conflicts too.
This book had a very somewhat relatable plot for me being in highschool and not necessarily liking everything you are doing. There are many many references to music and a wide variety of older bands being spoken about too. Some background characters I wanted to know more about. The two main characters Carrie and Dean didn't have the best romantic relationship and it could be better though more communication/interaction. The settings were well described and there was some interesting facts that were presented as well.
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The book Lost Stars was good, although it was a little bit slow in the beginning. A girl – Caraway – was in love with the stars. Her sister just died and Caraway fell into the wrong crowd (her sister’s friends). But then she met a boy who liked her for the real her.
I liked Dean, the boy who was good to her. I liked how he helped her in many ways. I didn’t like how slow the beginning was pretty slow and wasn’t a book I just couldn’t put down. The book provided good imagery, you could really envision some parts of the book. The plot was well planned. Conflict between the girl and her dad was well written. There was some humour, and the humour was good. This book would be good for younger teens (12 or 13).

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