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The Silver Star

A Novel

Walls, Jeannette

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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The Silver Star, Jeannette Walls has written a heartbreaking and redemptive novel about an intrepid girl who challenges the injustice of the adult world-a triumph of imagination and storytelling. It is 1970 in a small town in California. "Bean" Holladay is twelve and her sister, Liz, is fifteen when their artistic mother, Charlotte, a woman who "found something wrong with every place she ever lived," takes off to find herself, leaving her girls enough money to last a month or two. When Bean returns from school one day and sees a police car outside the house, she and Liz decide to take the bus to Virginia, where their Uncle Tinsley lives in the decaying mansion that's been in Charlotte's family for generations. An impetuous optimist, Bean soon discovers who her father was, and hears many stories about why their mother left Virginia in the first place. Because money is tight, Liz and Bean start babysitting and doing office work for Jerry Maddox, foreman of the mill in town-a big man who bullies his workers, his tenants, his children, and his wife. Bean adores her whip-smart older sister-inventor of word games, reader of Edgar Allan Poe, nonconformist. But when school starts in the fall, it's Bean who easily adjusts and makes friends, and Liz who becomes increasingly withdrawn. And then something happens to Liz. Jeannette Walls, supremely alert to abuse of adult power, has written a deeply moving novel about triumph over adversity and about people who find a way to love each other and the world, despite its flaws and injustices.
Publisher: New York :, Scribner,, 2013.
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781451661507
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9781451661552
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Characteristics: 269 pages ;,24 cm

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“The Silver Star” is about two sisters and their absentee mother. Liz and Bean are only young girls, and when their ‘artistic’ mother once again leaves them to their own device. In their mother’s absence the girls decide to hop on a bus and travel across the United States in order to visit their Uncle Tinsley. The girls arrive safely, and while their uncle is a little less than thrilled to see them, he allows them to live with him until their mother returns. As the novel progresses, Liz and Bean head off to work for a commanding man who ultimately causes more than a few, too many disastrous problems for the girl.

This novel is an endearing, heartwarming read. The characters of the novel are well-rounded, interesting, and believable. Readers will find their hearts go out to Bean, the main character, as she must deal with issues that would normally fall to people much, much older than her. The setting of the novel adds to the story, as it helps to bring the plot alive (the setting is a small town where racism is alive and people side with the villains, giving the novel a ‘man vs society’ feel that is all too realistic). The plot is intelligent and entertaining, and has no dull moments.

Overall, the author of this
review highly recommends “The Silver Star”. It is a unique, lovable novel that will charm readers while keeping them on the edge of their seats. This novel is suitable for ages twelve and up, and is a better pleasure read novel than it is an ‘essay novel’ or ‘book talk’.

Aug 06, 2014
  • sarajeandavis13 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I agree, not as good as the glass castle. Still it's a nice light summer read. Finished in a day

Jun 27, 2014
  • Sublurbanite rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I liked this book but didn't love it. Probably because I'm comparing it to the Glass Castle, which is an absolutely fabulous book. A quick and enjoyable read. The characters are great, as is the dialogue.

May 25, 2014
  • velvetcactus rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Completely predictable and un-engaging. Nothing can only go on for so long. Slowest plot line I have ever read. Or not read, I returned it at chapter four. zzzzzzz
I found the dialogue unrealistic.

Apr 05, 2014
  • jescar82 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Not as good as The Glass Castle which is one of my favorite books of all time.

Mar 22, 2014
  • emmadragons rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A great book i loved it. Shocking like all jeanette walls books. I was mad the angry then relived great book.

Mar 19, 2014
  • GLNovak rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book was a bit of a disappointment. I had read Walls' other two books and thoroughly enjoyed them. They had depth and direction, whereas this one sort of meandered all over the place. The story follows two sisters over the course of a year, a year where they are abandoned by their mother, taken in by their long-estranged Uncle, victimized by a big-shot in town, and integrated into the world of a small Virginia town. The characters were not as developed as I was expecting and the whole writing level seemed to be aimed at the YA group. However, a good quick read for a rainy afternoon when no real engagement is required or wanted.

Mar 02, 2014
  • Eil_1 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This was a quick-read. Half Broke Horses was,by far, superior to this latest offering. It is more suitable to a teenager.

Feb 20, 2014
  • MissAnnie rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Really enjoyable read. Bean is a grand girl.

i try to finish this book, but i bored me to hell icouldnt read it all..

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Nov 22, 2013
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