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The Silver Star

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

18 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

There is just something about Walls¿s writing that I can¿t defen

There is just something about Walls’s writing that I can’t defend my heart against.  I’m helpless, and I’m forced to say “goodbye” to anything else I was supposed to accomplish while I have her book in my hands.  She writes in a way that’s so intimate yet effortless tha...
There is just something about Walls’s writing that I can’t defend my heart against.  I’m helpless, and I’m forced to say “goodbye” to anything else I was supposed to accomplish while I have her book in my hands.  She writes in a way that’s so intimate yet effortless that it feels as though my best friend since birth is telling me a story over coffee, not that I’m reading a novel on my comfortable couch.  I’ve never read another author that can do this even half as well, and I would love to meet her in person (hint hint: book tour, please make a stop in Phoenix!) and ask her where this quality comes from.
Bean, the character who tells the story in first person, is twelve and is in that precious and frightening time where the entering of adolescence is providing first glimpses into adulthood.  She and her sister are faced with the issues of abandonment, sexism, racism, and politics in the passions of the American South and sometimes it seems as though the rights and wrongs have mixed into such a muddy grey that she doesn’t know what to do.
Even my very minor qualms with the story are truly attributes of the author’s talented writing.  Some of the side characters, other than Bean and Liz, felt under-developed, especially because their mother who was in and out of the story.  But because the story is told from Bean’s perspective and the abandonment by their mother creates such a filter of how they see the world, or possibly even the removal of her inaccurate filter from their vision, I see that Walls was creating the world for the reader that the girls were experience first hand.  Perhaps the development of their mother’s character is a bit latent because that’s the exact role she plays in her daughters’ lives: one of inconsistency.  I’m telling you, she is so impressive that even my small complaints must be turned into raving compliments!
Jeannette Walls’ writing is undeniable, and the complex stories she’s able to tell with the unstoppable voice of an early-adolescent ensures that this book will be a future classic that’s studied in literature classes for years to come.

posted by AmandaListon on June 13, 2013

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Mediocre

I enjoyed the beginnng, but the book fell flat. Ending had so much to be desired.

posted by LisatheTeacher on June 17, 2013

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  • Posted October 5, 2013

    Am I the only one who's tired of Wall's formulaic stories of dep

    Am I the only one who's tired of Wall's formulaic stories of deprived, deserted almost parentless kids who suffer & then come out on top????? As the book went on it took on the distinct similarity to a story I saw on TV about a small town where all the residents were afraid of a man who was terrorizing a whole town and the residents got together and shot him. No one admitted to seeing anything and no charges were ever brought. Problem solved. After the first 50 pages I knew where the story was going and ended up reading only the first sentence of each paragraph. This WILL be the last Walls book I ever read.

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

    Recommended

    I love Jeannette Walls books, but this was not as good as previous ones.

    The author is very good at developing characters and her stories are always fun to read. This book was more slanted to a teenage audience.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2013

    Disapointing

    Jennette Walls, in a short and breif discription, an amazing writer. This book was a disappointment. Walls is a talented writer. Writing is deffenitly her passion, but to be honest, i think Jeff Kinney and his series of Diary of a Wimpy Kid is better writen than this book. Im very disapointed.

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