When it comes to choosing a new read, my hands cannot help but reach for the memoirs aisle. Think of the chills you get when a movie director mentions, “Based on a true story,” at the end of a horror film, making it that much more real and personal. I like to think that memoirs do the same.
The book we will be taking a look is Jeannette Walls’ novel, The Silver Star. Although not a memoir (ohh shucks), the author herself is well known for her previous successful memoirs The Glass Castle and Half Broke Horses. I figured that since I loved her second book, The Silver Star must be just another spectacular read but surprisingly it didn’t catch my fancy.
LT Ratings: Overall rating: 6/10 | Tear Jerker: 4/10 | Witty: 7/10 | Adventure: 6/10 | Must Read/Average/Pass: Average
Let’s start on a positive note, when I read Walls’ novel I was immediately empowered through the female protagonists’ adventures. In this novel, the main heroine Bean (12) encompasses traits of bravery when she stands up to a business man in court and independence when Bean and her sister travel across the country to live with their uncle Tinsley. At 12, I was happily riding my bike and drawing pictures of ponies, definitely not challenging society’s standards.
Overall, the novel was very predictable, with many sections of the book that I did not find interest in reading such as the episode with the emus. I must admit, there were times when I was at the edge of my seat fearing for the well being of the characters like when Liz was gone for hours after a confrontation with her short tempered and manipulative employer. Some of the adventures the ladies had were borderline risky; however, there were occurrences where I considered putting the book away altogether because of its predictable development and uninteresting parts of the novel which felt like space fillers with no clear relevance to the plot.
Jeannette Walls has became one of my favourite authors after I read her previous memoir; however, The Silver Star is not become another favourite by her. Perhaps someone who can relate more to its plot line will find it a must read pick. Till next time!
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