The Silver Star ePub Edition by Jeannette Walls
Click Here to Download the Book The Silver Star, Jeannette Walls has written a heartbreaking and redemptive novel about an intrepid girl who challenges the injustice of the adult worldâ€”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.
Reviews Along with everyone else who has commented on this book, I also received an ARE of this book from Scribners. I am a big fan of Jeannette Walls. Her Half Broke Horses was the first book I read on my Kindle and was so thoroughly engrossed that I only stopped to recharge my brand new device. The Silver Star was no different. Perhaps because it is a novel and not a memoir, I did not feel as weighed down as I did with Glass Castles. Jean, the main character, reminded me so much of To Kill a Mockingbird's Scout that I was startled to see To Kill A Mockingbird mentioned in second half of the book. I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who is fan and those who are not already.
I wish I could give this 20 stars. I have not yet read The Glass Castle but it is nest on my to read list. While reading this, I kept thinking "This is delightful". But it's really not... the story isn't delightful at all. This story is told from the 12 year old Bean's point of view. Bean has an older sister, Liz who Bean thinks is smart and insightful and has sound advice on every situation. Bean and Liz live with their mom (sometimes) who is a musician and artist and free spirit who although clearly loves and cares for her daughters seems to need WAY too much "Free time" to clear her mind and find her inspiration. In this free time, she abandons her daughters for days at a time, lately the stretches of time becoming longer and longer. When she has a meltdown after Bean finds out she made up her last boyfriend, Charlotte disappears for weeks. After Bean and Liz get scared of being taken away by Children's Services, they hop on a bus cross country and head to their Uncle Tinsley's house in Virginia. There Bean hits her stride and learns about her past including her father and how he died. Along the way, something traumatic happens to Liz and the girls and their uncle and mother (when she finally returns their many calls)take on an adult bully/mean boy who feels he can do whatever he wants and get away with it. Jeanette Walls is such a wonderful writer... I was entranced by the story and the characters. I adored Bean and Uncle Tinsley and thought they were lovely in their own eccentric ways. I was left wanting a bit more of the story though, I wanted to know more of their story. Jeanette can you write another one telling more of their growing up and young adult years? Or when Liz and Bean get married and have their own kids? Oh I would love that!
A few years ago, I came across one of the best memoirs I ever read when a coworker left a copy of The Glass Castle by Janette Walls in the community library at work. I loved that book and hoped that I would feel the same about Ms. Walls leap into fiction. The Silver Star exceeded my expectations with memorable characters, beautiful prose, and so much heart I could feel it beating throughout the novel. Immediately after I finished reading The Silver Star, I wanted to read it again. Sometimes simple stories are the best. Sometimes honest straightforward characters hold your heart more than ones filled with angst and drama. Don’t get me wrong, there was conflict I knew would get resolved but I just didn’t know how. It had to. You can’t have such great characters and have only bad things happen. There has to be hope. I do feel the novel is flawed. The story is basic and elementary. I know some readers will find it lacking. Truth be told perhaps the plot could have been more complicated, however I appreciated The Silver Star for what it is: a simple story about two sisters who are brave beyond measure. I especially loved Bean and her ability to adjust to whatever came her way. She manages to be a chameleon yet never sacrifices her integrity and her true grit. Bean is a fighter, through and through. She has courage in spades and a resilience that is admirable. Ms. Walls wrote well-rounded characters that dealt with life as it came to them. No problem was too great because they had the one thing that held them steadfast through their trials, hope. It was the same hope that she captured in The Glass Castle and it’s this hope that makes The Silver Star one of the best novels I have read this year.
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