Friday, May 25, 2018

Star Struck by Jenny McLachlan - ADVISABLE

McLachlan, Jenny Star Struck, 264 pages. Feiwel and Friends (Macmillan), 2018. $19. Language: PG (3 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: PG (teen smoking and mild drinking, same sex kissing); Violence: PG13.

Pearl is sure she will land the role of Juliet in this year’s school musical, which means she will get to kiss super hot Jake Flower, so when a new girl auditions on her first day at school and “steals” the part, Pearl is out for revenge. But her plan to make Hoshi’s life miserable by becoming her frenemy backfires when she finds more friend in her than enemy. 

 What started as a light, funny read ended darker than I expected. There are some pretty serious undertones in this book - the mother doesn’t protect her daughter from the physically/emotionally abusive brother. Probably most appropriate for a high school interest level. 

HS - ADVISABLE Lisa Librarian

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