Star in the Middle

Star in the Middle

by Carol Millward

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ISBN-13: 9781934813133
Publisher: Westside Books
Publication date: 11/01/2009
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: HL620L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

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Star in the Middle 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
brandileigh2003 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Star in the Middle is a gripping and realistic tale of teenage pregnancy and the effects on the parents, their families, and how it changes your life. Star, the main character, is strong and determined, fiercely loving and protective of her son. Although she does not magically know all of the answers to motherhood (who does really-- if they seem that way, they are pretending!!!) she takes the steps necessary to be able to care for him. She is enrolled in a parenting program where they teach and assist her in being a parent. There are some really strong role models at the center, and I am a fan of their wisdom and how they push Star because they care. Her Grandmother is also an amazing woman, she has many faults, but I can totally understand why she does what she does. Wilson, the other main character (story is told in alternating points of view) is infuriating. I know that he is in denial, and this is a glimpse inside some males' perspective, but he was heartbreakingly clueless. And I mean this in the best possible way- because this means that he is well written and that his mindset was communicated. I appreciate the growth in his character though he has a long way to go, and I can't really say more without spoiling things. Some of the side characters- Bridgett, Elizabeth and Todd really helped make this story amazing for me. They really have depth and I care about them more than I have really been invested in characters besides the main character in quite a while. The plot is well paced, I think that information is given at just the right times, and that it never seems rushed or too drawn out. I appreciate that this book shows some of the hardships of teen parenting and does not do like some and glamorize the life of a teen mother. Babies are hard work- yes they are cute, yes they are amazing, but they can also be smelly, sick, and up all hours of the night. Not only is it realistic in the way that parenthood is portrayed but there are some deep issues talked about, and I believe that all sides of the issue are represented. I had never heard of this book before the publicist asked me to read it, and I don't know if it is because I am a relatively new blogger, or if this book just has not gotten the attention that it deserves. I highly recommend that you check it you!!! It deals sensitively, realistically, and beautifully with hard subjects that we all should give more thought to.
Aik More than 1 year ago
Star In The Middle is a story about a girl named Star who gave birth to a son as a result of teen sex. She named her son Wil after his father. She faced a lot of difficulties in caring for the child's needs and planning her own future, which seems bleak so far. And her boyfriend, the one who impregnated her is running away from his responsibilities as a father. He convinced himself that the child was not his and was doubtful about his maturity and ability to be a father when he still called his mother "mummy". This novel portrays the hardships of a single mother, the aftermath of unprotected teen sex and how this social issue is ruining teenagers' lives. The entire story is told from Star's and Wilson's (Star's boyfriend) alternating perspectives. Even though I tried my best to understand the characters' respective voices, I didn't manage to successfully connect with any of them. I failed to 'feel' the novel. I think the author's writing can be further improved with a little more emotion and descriptive words. There's not much going on, until the last part of the story where Star's dark secret originating from her childhood trauma starts to bubble up the surface. When Wilson learned about why Star had been acting so strangely, he tried to locate the one who caused her so much sadness and heartbreak. His actions were rash and irrational. I think this is where the story starts to appear not logical. The climax came and went hurriedly and easily, and this gave me an impression of a messy ending. Still, I won't say I disliked this book, for there are some parts where I really enjoyed reading. I observed the author's creativity in writing and her good sense of humour. She also managed to surprise me sometimes, such as how Star's best friend --- Elizabeth, reacts to Wilson's cowardice (not acknowledging his son). To sum up, this book offers readers a glimpse of what will happen if we do something without thinking the consequences. If you wish to have a child, please make sure that you are financially able to support his/her life, and that you are properly married. A kid who is born out of wedlock will be look down by others. Sorry, I'm blabbering again, isn't it? Pros: Original, amusing scenes, interesting climax. Cons: First half is plain, messy ending.
NCicero More than 1 year ago
The story centers on the teenage parents of a baby boy. The book is written from the viewpoints of both the teen Mother and the teen Father, presented in alternating chapters. It obviously deals with teen pregnancy, but in addition, it has several twists that make the story layered and very interesting. I think it is a great book for adults as well as teens and would provide Book Clubs several serious topics to discuss. In addition, I believe it will be helpful to professionals working with adolescents, both in the classroom and in the mental health field as a discussion book. I felt I knew the characters and that their voices revealed so much about the difficulties teen parents face. It explores the teen Mom's painful secret which enhances the story and opens another topic for discussion. A must read for teens and parents of adolescents. I couldn't put it down, so I highly recommend Star in the Middle!
NDrai More than 1 year ago
I literally could not put this book down. What a page-turner! Star in the Middle shows a realistic portrayal of the challenges that teen parents face. I found it engrossing that the author wrote in both the voice of Star (the teen mother) and Wilson (the father). I believe this book will spark interesting and important conversations among young adults and between young adults and their parents.