Monday, August 1, 2011

Starstruck by Cyn Balog

Title: Starstruck
Author: Cyn Balog
Published By: Delacorte Books For Young Readers (July 12, 2011)
Genre: YA Paranormal
My Rating: 5 Stars

Goodreads Description:
Gwendolyn "Dough" X doesn't think she has much going for her—she carries a few extra pounds, her family struggles with their small bakery in a town full of millionaires, and the other kids at her New Jersey high school don't seem to know that she exists. Thank the stars for her longtime boyfriend, Philip P. Wishman—or "Wish." He moved away to California three years ago, when they were 13, but then professed his love for her via e-mail, and he's been her long-distance BF ever since.
At the beginning of her junior year, though, Wish e-mails that he's moving back to Jersey. Great, right? Well, except that Dough has gained about 70 pounds since the last time Wish saw her, while Wish—according to his Facebook photos—has morphed into a blonde god. Convinced that she'll be headed for Dumpsville the minute Wish lays eyes on her, Dough delays their meeting as long as she possibly can.
But when she sees Wish at school, something amazing happens. He looks at Dough like she's just as gorgeous as he is. But Wish is acting a little weird, obsessed with the sun and freaked out by rain. And the creepy new guy working at the bakery, Christian, is convinced that there's more to Wish's good looks than just healthy eating and lots of sun. He tells Dough that a mark on Wish's neck marks him as a member of the Luminati—an ancient cult of astrologers who can manipulate the stars to improve their lives. Is Wish and Dough's love meant to be—or are they star-crossed?

My Review:
I would first like to start off saying that I just love this cover! I love all of Cyn Balog's covers, they are always so original and eye catching.
I have read all of Balog's books and have loved every single one of them but I think this one might just be my favorite.
I laughed so many times through out this story, the MC Gwen had such a great sense of humor and while it was self deprecating at times and did make me a little sad, it just seemed so real and so...her. It just fit her personality and was perfect for the story.
I think anyone in high school or even out of high school for that matter, can relate to Gwen. To always wanting to fit in and be part of the crowd yet knowing that being part of the "in crowd" isn't always a good thing.
I love how over time she comes to realize that just because she isn't a size 2 it doesn't mean that she isn't a great person and that she isn't beautiful. That there is so much more to life than that. I love that she has a fierce loyalty to those she loves and that those around her can see that and admire it and look past her weight issues. 
I love her and Wish together and how they grow with one another and the changes that they both go through.
As always I love the slight paranormal aspect all Balog's books have but most importantly I think the characters are all just so loveable and down to earth that it is hard not falling in love with her writing and with them and becoming invested in what happens to them. 
I really think this was a refreshing read. Something new and never before down and so very original. I love that and that is what will keep me always picking up Balog's books and looking forward to reading them all and wanting more when they are done.

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