Review / See You on a Starry Night

see-you-starry-nightBook: See You on a Starry Night (2018)
Author: Lisa Schroeder
Genre: MG, Contemporary

Basic plot: Juliet has moved with her mom and sister to a beach town. And it’s there that she meets the quirky Emma. When the girls throw bottles into the ocean—each with a message—it’s Juliet’s that gets a response. But the identity of the person won’t be revealed until Juliet makes somebody’s wish come true. Of course, Emma comes along for the ride.

WHAT’S COOL…

1) This was a fun book that involves a little mystery. Each girl throws a bottle into the water. Juliet gets a response to her email from “some kid at the beach”… Some Kid wants to start a “club”, and since Juliet mentioned really liking Starry Night by Van Gogh, the theme of the club is to make somebody’s wish come true. So, while Juliet goes about trying to grant wishes, she’s also trying to figure out the identity of the mysterious Some Kid.

2) The quirky Emma. I just love her. (And I love that Juliet considers herself quirky as well. Two quirky girls in this story!) And I simply adored Emma’s big family. (So does Juliet, by the way.) Although, I do find it a little funny that her family is considered “big” with just four kids. Sure, in this day and age, I suppose four kids is a big family. But I usually think of big families meaning a few more kids than that. 🙂

3) The name of the book comes from Juliet’s love of art, especially Van Gogh’s Starry Night. (Although, to be honest, I don’t think the fact that she’s an artist herself comes across in the book. She’s never doing any art that I remember.)

4) Every chapter ends with a fun little list. I love that even one of Emma’s lists gets in there. As somebody who loves lists, I really enjoyed this.

5) The beach setting was fun. And the fact that Emma’s family owns an ice cream stand. Whenever they’re ordering ice cream, I was drooling.

6) There’s a book mobile in the story. Need I say more?

WHAT’S NOT COOL…

1) Probably the biggest let down for me was the revelation of the identity of the person who finds the bottle. (At one point, I thought I had it figured out, but that didn’t pan out.) When I finally found out who it was, I was like: Wait? Who’s that? I had to go back to the beginning to re-read a few scenes. It’s there, but it’s kind of buried. (Or at least it was for me!)

FINAL THOUGHTS

Another book about moving to a new place. This one had the little added feature of a sort-of mystery. I spent the book trying to figure out the identity of the person with the bottle. While that revelation was slightly disappointing, I would still recommend the story. (And maybe you’ll figure it out better than I did!)


YOUR TURN…

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Note: I’m posting this for Greg Pattridge’s Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday

10 thoughts on “Review / See You on a Starry Night

  1. Haven’t read this book, but it does sound interesting. It’s interesting the person in the story who finds the message is buried in the beginning — a big set up with a let down. There must be a reason for it — or its not really important to the story, which sounds strong. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I also didn’t read this book when it came out. The title got buried in my TBR list. The characters and setup have me searching for a copy. I’ll read the beginning with care to see if I can find the right.character. Thanks for featuring on MMGM.

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  3. This author’s name sounded familiar, and it turns out I actually used to have a book by her called My Secret Guide to Paris, although I never read it. This book sounds quite fun! I love the idea of lists at the end of each chapter. Thanks for the great review!

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  4. This sounds intriguing! I love books with lists and the mystery in the bottle and beach setting sound fantastic. I also love quirky characters. Lisa Shroeder lives in my state (Oregon) and critiqued some of my writing at a SCBWI conference a while back. She’s a lovely person.

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