REVIEW: Starlight by Chelsea Campbell


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Adrienne Speck is the biggest loser in her high school, so she can hardly believe it when a magical boy falls from the heavens to grant her three wishes. He is cool, confident, and definitely popular-crowd material—everything Adrienne's not. With his help, she has a chance to get everything she's ever wanted: get kissed, get popular, and get a date for the upcoming dance.
But Adrienne discovers magic isn't all it's cracked up to be, and the road to popularity is paved with humiliation. To make her dreams come true, not only will she have to get the lead in the school play, ask out the most popular guy in school, and stand up to the current queen of popularity, but also keep her personal genie from trashing her room, dressing like a nerd, and revealing to her mom that he's living in their attic. For someone who's supposed to be helping her, he couldn't be making her life any worse. That is, until she starts to fall for him.
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Name one of your all-time favourite books?
Through a Glass Darkly by Karleen Koen.

Where is your favourite place to write?
My couch!

What is your favourite movie that was based on a book?
The Last Unicorn.

Name two of your favourite authors.
Sara Shepard and Andrew Smith.

Tell us a random fact about yourself.
My thumbs bend back really far. It grosses people out.

Who would play you in the movie about your life?
I don't know who would actually play me, but I aspire to be someone who would be played by Emma Stone or Jennette McCurdy.

Tell us an interesting fact about where you live.
Probably everyone already knows this, but Seattle is built on top of a previous version of itself. The old city that was there didn't work out--something about mud, if I remember right--so they built a new one on top of it. But parts of the old one are still there, underneath. You can go on tours. And when you're on the tour, you can look up and see these squares of purple glass, and then later when you're above ground, walking around town, you see the same purple glass and know you're above the old city.

Favourite myth / fairytale?
I really like all the creepy ones, which doesn't really narrow it down. If I have to pick just one... maybe Beauty and the Beast, because it's got some dark parts to it, but there's also love.

Who did you want to be when you were a kid?
Ariel, from The Little Mermaid. Except I wanted to keep the tail and live underwater, because you can pretty much go anywhere in the water, so it would be kind of like being able to fly. Now I think back on that and am like, "Why would I want to live in the ocean???"

This book totally charmed its way into my heart. I devoured it in a single sitting, it was so adorable! I love a sweet teen tale and this certainly didn't disappoint with the arrival of a very odd but totally loveable stranger to grant the main character, Adrienne, three wishes. Starlight is a little quirky, light-hearted and fun with some heart-wrenching moments in between. Everything you could want from a teen romance with an awesome fantasy twist. At times it reminded me of the movie Stardust (but just a little). This would also make an equally awesome teen movie.
Chelsea is a fabulous writer and I'll be checking out her other books in the near future.

Chelsea M. Campbell grew up in the Pacific Northwest, where it rains a lot. And then rains some more. She finished her first novel when she was twelve, sent it out, and promptly got rejected. Since then she's written many more novels, earned a degree in Latin and Ancient Greek, become an obsessive knitter and fiber artist, and started a collection of glass grapes. Besides writing, studying ancient languages, and collecting useless objects, Chelsea is a pop-culture fangirl at heart and can often be found rewatching episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Parks and Recreation, or dying a lot in Dark Souls.

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1 comment :

  1. Wonderful interview and review! I'm so glad you enjoyed! Thank you so much for hosting a tour stop!


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