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The name of the star
Johnson, Maureen
Teen Fiction JOHNSON

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Avatar for Emily Lloyd Emily Lloyd said:
This fits the bill perfectly for a good-but-not-taxing YA winter’s weekend read: an easy to get into (I imagine even for reluctant readers), creepy and occasionally terrifying ghost story set in London, mainly around a boarding school attended by American protagonist Rory. Premise: after having a near-death experience (in Rory’s case, embarrassingly choking in the dining hall on one of the first nights at her new school), some people are able to see ghosts--that at first they might not realize are ghosts. Right around the time Rory gains this sight, there happens to be a serial-killing ghost haunting London: corporeal enough to commit gruesome murders, but invisible to security cameras. The police, looking for a non-ghost perp, aren’t ever going to catch him. And, having seen her eyes register him in a crowd, he knows that Rory can see him. Fun, spooky, and strong enough that I immediately requested the sequel after finishing.
posted Dec 22, 2013 at 7:56AM
Avatar for Ryner Ryner said:
With her parents temporarily teaching American law at an English university, Aurora (Rory) has enrolled at Wexford, a private school in London. Just as she is getting acclimated to the school, her roommates and English customs at the start of the school year, the city is stunned by a murder. The victim was killed in the same location and in the same manner as Jack the Ripper’s first victim in 1888. When several more copycat murders are committed over the course of the next month, each occurring on the same day, in a similar location and by a comparable method as those from the tragic events of 1888, London goes into panic mode while also simultaneously welcoming the media spectacle. After discovering that she has seen a strange-looking man who was invisible to everyone else, Rory begins to fear for what role she may play in the mystery.

The Name of the Star was both charming and engaging, though I was initially dubious about the subject matter, not being especially enthusiastic about ghosts or the supernatural. I really enjoyed the authentic feel of Rory’s first-person narrative from a teenage perspective in the way that the teenagers in Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park rang slightly false. Looking forward to the sequel.
posted Jun 29, 2014 at 1:57PM
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