Book: 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.
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!)
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!)
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…