Friday, July 26, 2019

Starworld - YA Book Review and Giveaway


Authors: Paula Garner and Audrey Coulthurst

Book Overview:

Sam Jones and Zoe Miller have one thing in common: they both want an escape from reality. Loner Sam flies under the radar at school and walks on eggshells at home to manage her mom’s obsessive-compulsive disorder, wondering how she can ever leave to pursue her dream of studying aerospace engineering. Popular, people-pleasing Zoe puts up walls so no one can see her true self: the girl who was abandoned as an infant, whose adoptive mother has cancer, and whose disabled brother is being sent away to live in a facility. When an unexpected encounter results in the girls’ exchanging phone numbers, they forge a connection through text messages that expands into a private universe they call Starworld. In Starworld, they find hilarious adventures, kindness and understanding, and the magic of being seen for who they really are. But when Sam’s feelings for Zoe turn into something more, will the universe they’ve built survive the inevitable explosion?

In a novel in two voices, a popular teen and an artistic loner forge an unlikely bond — and create an entire universe — via texts. But how long before the real world invades Starworld?

My Review:

Told by two parties, Zoe and Sam, Starworld is a Young Adult novel about finding friendship in the unlikeliest of ways and finding your identity.  Zoe is the popular girl at school and has many friends.  People look up to her.  What most people don't know is that Zoe may look like she has it all together, but she's actually struggling with feelings and family life.  Zoe's mom is ill from a bout with cancer and her brother has learning and physical disabilities that sometimes take a toll.

One day, at school, Zoe meets Sam and the two forge a friendship.  Sam has her own family problems, from a mother with OCD and anxiety to a father who loves her, but doesn't live nearby.  Sam and Zoe become fast friends and escape the reality of the world by sending texts to each other about an imaginary place called Starworld.  It's through their texts and real life events that the two discover who they really are, even if it takes turmoil and tears to reach that point.

Although this story alternates between Zoe and Sam's point-of-views, I was able to follow along with ease.  I'll admit there were times were Sam seemed a little too weird and even pushing the boundaries of being a stalker.  I learned to like her character more as the story went on.

There's a lot of talk within the story of high school angst, figuring out sexual preference and identity, anxiety disorders, miscarriage, adoption, and other strong issues. The recommended age for this book is 14 and up.  I agree with that, due to sensitive talk and some curse words.

There are resources with numbers and websites in the back of the book that point a person to topics that are discussed in the book.


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16 comments:

tdk said...

I was a book nerd in school

aperry said...

I was a loner.

Amy said...

I was very shy in high school, and I'm still shy to this day.

Maggie Armstrong said...

I was the shy, nerdy, funny girl. Kinda a wierd mix!

Renee said...

Shy. Not very social.

Meghan said...

I had my own group of friends & just went with the flow.

Heather! said...


I was that girl who was in EVERY club possible...the fun ones, the geeky ones, and the nerdy ones. "One time, at band camp...." ;)

bison61 said...

I was very quiet and shy in school

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An Apel a Day said...

My son Mica pretty much only wants to read. I have to yank him out of his room to do anything else.

Leela said...

I was one of those heavy metal chicks.

Gloria's Bits and Pieces said...

I was kind of shy in school but not totally.

ken ohl said...

I was a jock in school

Jim said...

I was a nerd

Dynalroberson@gmail.com said...

In school I was an Outsider.

wen budro said...

I think that I was one of those weird outsiders. I did not enjoy school whatsoever.

AEKZ2 said...

I played sports in high school and I was kinda nerdy.