The Silver Star

Sunday, October 21, 2018

The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls: Realistic fiction book review. #bookreview #thisgirlreads #silverstar

Jeannette Walls
Scribner, 2013
Realistic Fiction 

I've had Jeannette Walls' book on my shelf for half a year and finally picked it up the other day. And I'm SO glad I did!

This lovely and moving coming-of-age book had me hooked early in.

It's a story of two girls, Liz and Bean, growing up in small-town California. When their mother, Charlotte takes off to "find herself", the girls decide to ride a bus to Virginia to stay with their widowed Uncle Tinsley in the family's decaying mansion.

Bean, who's 12 and devoted to her 15-year-old sister, Liz, is a cheerful and practical child. She's delighted to learn about her mysterious father and new family connections are made. The girls finally learn why their mother left her hometown and they gain some understanding of the family dynamics.

To the chagrin of their uncle, they both end up working for the mill foreman and town bully, Jerry Maddox. 

Liz, who seems to be coping well enough in their new situation, falls apart when something bad happens. Bean does her best to take charge of the situation and some very difficult decisions are made.

Their small town is deeply flawed and mired in resentment, fear and injustice. Yet despite this, it's also a place of comfort, determination, love and a struggle for a better life. 

I really enjoyed this book. Jeannette Walls is such an accomplished writer and has a lovely, gentle way with words. 

The story kept my interest high from beginning to end and I highly recommend it!







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