I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Stargazing from Nowhere by Isabel Thomas, Marilyn Thomas
Published by Do Art Publishing on July 22nd 2013
Kristen Morgan's blog is about to get her into trouble. Deep trouble. Online, she is known as "Stargazer" from the popular Stargazing from Nowhere blog, while in real life she is a regular fifteen-year-old high school student. This online anonymity is quite liberating, allowing her to be completely honest with her readers. Through a twist of fate, Rising Tide, the band she has bashed the most online, ends up in her small town, which sends Kristen into an excited panic. To continue gathering fresh material for her blog, she poses as a Rising Tide fan. After sneaking into the band's private party, she comes face to face with the band's drummer, Michael Stevens, who happens to be even more gorgeous in person than she cares to admit. Something unexpected also happens to her when she meets him: she becomes giddy, nervous, and inarticulate, leading Kristen to realize that her interest in Michael has nothing to do with her blog, but everything to do with her heart. As Kristen and Michael grow closer, does she have to make a choice between blog or boyfriend...Or is the choice made for her?
To just come out and flat out say it, I had mixed feelings about this book… The premises of this book where really interesting. A small town girl Kristen, also an anonymous blogger (can you see the irony?), meets the drummer of a famous band called Rising Tide, the same band she’s thoroughly trashed on her blog.
Kristen had me laughing and grinning most of the time. Honestly the girl got herself in the oddest situations, the awkwardness and embarrassment never failed to make me snort and laugh uncontrollably most of the time. These situations where highly unlikely to happen most of the time, but hey, it isn’t called fiction for nothing right?
The running theme about online anonymity and negativity was a definite plus. I can see how a person could start out blogging about their passion, in Kristen’s case music, and then lose themselves in the negativity and pessimism. I love that the authors of this book shone a flashlight on the idea that the negativity of other people can sweep you along and how people can get caught up in it. As a blogger myself, I really appreciated the theme and I see the importance of paying some attention to the subject. I can see how people might get stuck in negativism. It’s a subject that I haven’t seen discussed a lot, and I definitely think that it should be discussed more. While giving an honest opinion about something is okay, trashing somebody is definitely not. It easy for the lines to get blurred.
The hilarious and awkward scenes, as well as the theme were really positive aspects of the book, However, there were quite some other aspects that I was less enthusiastic about.
For instance, the story was really predictable. I don’t mind figuring out parts of the plot, but the whole plot? and knowing how its going to end? Nah, that’s kinda a no go for me. View Spoiler » Really, as soon as Kristen meets Michael and they start hanging out, I knew there was going to be a huge and with huge I mean a gigantic blowout when Michael would find out about Kristen being the Stargazer. I also knew that in the end, there would be forgiveness and they would get back together. I actually wrote it down in my notebook, at page 50. Looking back, I literally wrote down how I thought the book was going to end, and I nailed it. « Hide Spoiler
I also had a little problem with Kristen… While at first she was easy to like. Easy going and very good-natured, but she started to get under my skin, to the point of prompt reading pauses because I was really really annoyed with how she acted… she knew that not telling Michael was going to blow up in her face, she knew it, her best friend knew it and told her repeatedly, but she still didn’t tell him. Then when things did blow up, as expected, she was so down and miserable, and I was like WHAT DID YOU EXPECT? She was downright mean and snarky about the band, of course that isn’t going to sit well. She should’ve told them who she was in the beginning, at least that would’ve been honest and she would have spared herself a lot of trouble and hurt.
I do know Kristin was just a teenager, scared of how the guy she liked was going to react to her, not so great, second ‘secret’ identity. I’m not heartless and I think we all can relate to the nagging feeling, and knowing, that you have to tell someone something that you know they’re not going to like and is probably going to hurt them, especially if its the guy you like, but still… A little bit of common sense would’ve been nice. Not telling Michael was pretty selfish and something that pretty much irritated me throughout the book. (Michael, however, was a pretty cool and dreamy guy!)
In the end, this wasn’t a horrible read, but unfortunately I didn’t really like it either. Characters are what make a good book for me, and Kristen wasn’t my favourite character by a long shot.