Received: At the library
Rating: 3.5/5.0 stars
Yet another Rebecca Caudill nominee for the upcoming school year, Every Soul a Star is told using the multiple point-of-view format, including characters Ally, Bree, and Jack. Ally, a teen girl who lives in the woods with her family (who runs a campground), is a home-schooled girl who, although really smart, is lacking in her social skills. Ally loves astronomy and all things having to do with it. Bree, the complete opposite of Ally, is a teen girl who wants to be a model and is only concerned with the things that will land her a modeling gig. Ally is quite a superficial character who only seems to care about herself, her clothing, and how she looks. Jack is a teen boy who is kind of chubby, an outcast at school, and doesn’t get very good grades. For different reasons, all three characters are brought together to witness the Great Eclipse. Although, for the most part, the characters are quite different, they are all dealing with personal issues that they must face throughout the story. All three of their lives will be thrown upside down, especially with the very important task they are given, in Every Soul a Star.
I liked that Every Soul a Star is told using multiple points-of-view. I feel like telling the story this way enabled me to get a better understanding of each of the characters and their individual backgrounds. Plus, this method allowed me to see how each character reacted to different situations they were all experiencing at the same time. One aspect of the book that I did not like was how the characters were kind of stereotypical. For example, Ally was homeschooled and was therefore considered unsocial. Although there was some character growth throughout the book, it just wasn’t enough to make up for this negative aspect of the book. On the upside, I liked that there were twists and turns in the plot, not so much shocking events, but more life experiences that will keep readers on their toes.
I think this book would be a good choice for tweens or younger teens, especially if they want a “book that won’t make me blush”. Even with its flaws, it does tell a good story that this age group would appreciate.