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Love complicates his otherwise halcyon life, in the person of one Chrissie Steppe. We can't help whom we love, and Jim has made a big mistake by falling for Chrissie. She and her mother are in what amounts to indentured servitude up on the mountain, living on the property of the influential Bucklaws. Their son, Bucky, is in the Navy and expects that Chrissie will wait for him. She has nothing to say about it because she and her mother have nowhere to go if they are turned off Bucklaw's land because Chrissie has other ideas.
Earley's books are charming and evocative, calling back another time in this country when life was simpler, except in the realm of human emotions, which do not change with the times. He has a way of creating a time and place exactly as the people experiencing it would have felt, putting the reader in the picture. Finishing this book, the reader wonders what World War II and its aftermath will hold for Jim the boy, who is now a man. Perhaps Earley will tell us. --Valerie Ryan
It's been far too long between stories of Jim, his momma, uncles and friends. Like all his other stories Tony Earley quickly sets up the plot and characters and immediately draws... Read morePublished 4 months ago by rpricewa
I loved this book. I picked it up based on the cover. I wasn't sure I'd like a book about a young boy during the 40's, but I decided to try it. Read morePublished 11 months ago by L.H.
If you read "Jim the Boy" and loved it as much as I did, you will definitely want to pick up "The Blue Star" as it is a tremendous sequel to what was already a great first book. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Joseph Landes
It is not often that a good, readable book is also a sweet "coming of age" story, but this book fits the bill perfectly. Read morePublished 19 months ago by MARGARET S
This is a sequel to Jim the boy, which I really enjoyed. But this second book did not live up to my expectations. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Margery
I am reading this book now because I loved , "Jim the Boy." This earlier book was great from beginning to end.Published on November 20, 2012 by pgale
Tony Early's books about Jim Glass are two of the best works of American fiction in recent years. This book is so beautiful that it is simply hard to describe. Read morePublished on June 27, 2011 by J. Smallridge
THE BLUE STAR picks up the story of Jim Glass from Tony Earley's bestselling debut novel, JIM THE BOY. It is 1941, and Jim is now a senior in high school. Read morePublished on June 9, 2010 by Bookreporter
A portrait of life in America on the eve of World War II, The Blue Star tells the story of Jim Glass Jr during his last year of high school. Read morePublished on September 18, 2009 by Gaby at Starting Fresh blog