Sunday, October 23, 2011
THE NAME OF THE STAR by Maureen Johnson
I should be pissed, because I chewed off all my fingernails reading it. Had I known it was going to be a series I could have relaxed a little knowing that my new best friend Rory would be fine. And really, is Maureen Johnson going to kill her heroine? This isn't GAME OF THRONES...
But back to the subject at hand - the awesomeness of this book. It was funny, scary, a little romantic and it even had a few surprises. A nice group of friends and apparently future co-workers.
I knew nothing about Rory and the Ripper before I started the book. I commend the person who wrote the jacket copy because they made me want to read the book immediately without ruining any of the well paced surprises. I had an inkling about a few things but I had the pleasure of being proved right rather than waiting for the spoilers I had (not!) already read to be proved true.
I am pretty sure this book will be huge. It is certainly going to be on the BHS summer reading list next year if it is out in paperback in time. My only complaint is the cover - the gray wispy guy in the back is far too cute to be the baddie and the sleeping/dead girl in the foreground is too young, pretty and un-disembowled to be one of the victims, and too still to be Rory. I supposed it could be (spoiler!) the girl who is hit with a lamp, but I imagine she would be a bit bloody-headed. It is an attractive, evocative cover, but not really indicative of what the book contains.
Well done, Maureen Johnson. I believe you will be the new summer reading record holder. 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES year one and BERMUDEZ TRIANGLE year two! You have left Gail Giles, David Levithan, and Jonathan Krakauer in your dust!