The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls ~ A Review

The Silver Star  3.5 Stars


A 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.


My thoughts:

The ending left a lot to be desired, but I guess the girls, like the emus, feel secure with the ropes (in the girl’s case, of a community, no matter how strange) that help lead the way as opposed to the confusion of freedom and not knowing where to be.

Walls did a good job with Maddox, the villian (and a horrible human being he is) of this story, although it is fairly easy to make an onlooker (the reader) hate someone when they have no redeeming qualities at all.

Walls way of writing about family ties and small town hospitality of accepting one’s kin is the reason this book is enjoyable to read.

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