Starry Night by Isabel Gillies

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Last night I stayed up later than I was originally planning on to finish this book and boy was it worth it. Starry Night is a great work of young adult fiction that combines art, friendship, love, and struggles. I highly recommend it.

Starry Night is about a girl named Wren and all of her friends. Although Wren is the main character, all the Turtles (the name of her friend group) really have quite a few problems. Honestly, in high school, who doesn’t? The story really starts at a Party at the Met, where Wren’s father works. That’s when Nolan and Cy Dowd come into the picture and that’s really where the drama begins. What I love about this book is that the Turtles make bad choices, a lot of them, but that doesn’t mean that they are bad people or even bad kids. They’re all learning, but just because they run off into the night to dance or to party or just to “feel infinite” (quoting Perks of Being a Wallflower here), doesn’t mean they don’t have to own up to their actions. So many works in the YA genre glorify being a crazy kid but rarely do they actually show what happens after that. This book shows consequences without making it seem like the world is this huge and scary place that you need to be afraid of.

If there is anything you should take away from this book it’s this. If anyone is trying to keep you from your big dreams, whether it’s a boyfriend, girlfriend, friend, whatever, you don’t need them. Whoever it is trying to hold you back will still be there for you if they love you. When you’re young you need to be selfish about what you want, it’s you’re time to figure life out. This book is a good example of when you don’t put yourself first, it’s like choosing your classes based on what your friends chose; you’ll always have your interests, you may not always have your friends.

I wish I read this book while I was in high school, I feel like I could have gotten so much more from it. So I definitely recommend it.

Happy Reading!

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