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Maureen Johnson's The Name of the Star is a fascinating and unique book! It is a bit different from her earlier, humor-driven work, but the writing is just as good as ever, and while the book isn't necessary serious, the mystery of the brutal deaths and the threat to Rory does have a bit of a sobering effect. That being said, there is still a lot of great humor in The Name of the Star, and some fantastic, quirky characters that entertain to no end. Rory is an excellent narrator--she's hardworking, funny, loyal, and when the going gets tough, she's a pretty noble person, even if the circumstances terrify her. The boarding school setting is a great one, with lots of fun and drama, and it's the perfect location for the Rippermania to take place.Read more ›
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson stars Rory, a teen from Louisiana, who goes to London to attend school. She is quickly met with headlines proclaiming there is a new Jack the Ripper serial killer on the loose. While Rory is trying to maneuver living with a roommate and crushing on a cute guy who also is obsessed with Jack, the killer seems to be aware of her in a scary way. Things get a bit more paranormal, but I'll let the reader discover that for themselves.
I really enjoyed the writing of this book. The setting and mood were very London-ish and the book was well researched. I loved Rory and her crazy family back in Louisiana, and I enjoyed getting to know some of the supporting cast, which I won't go into as to not spoil any readers.
I agree with some of the other reviewers that in the middle it seems to stagnate a bit, and I thought this a solid four star novel for a while. Not to mention, the romance seemed pretty lackluster. But with a paranormal plot twist, and a terrific ending-- the only way it could have ended--I was impressed enough to give it another half star.
I believe Johnson is just getting started and is a promising new writer, and I'll definitely be picking up the next installment.
Within 30 pages, I knew that Rory, the story's heroine, was one of my new book BFFs.
"I decided to deflect her attitude by giving a long Southern answer. I come from people who know how to draw things out. Annoy a Southern, and we will drain away the moments of your life with our slow, detailed replies until you are nothing but a husk of your former self and that much closer to death."
Rory doesn't take any guff from her British classmates. While she does stick out like a sore thumb, she doesn't hide. She shares her differences and love of Cheese Whiz with her classmates openly. It was refreshing to have a main female character embrace her differences and flaunt them. I wanted to be more like Rory in almost every way!
The details of the Ripper murders happen quite quickly as the replicated murders happen in the same timeframe as the original murders. Under the scrutiny of the 24-hour news cycle it was not difficult imagine the world waiting for the next murder to happen. It's crazy what constant access to news and security footage does to society. The history of the Ripper murders were shared via news updates which was helpful and made sense given the context of the story. It also allowed the characters to be out in the thick of it rather than stuck in a dank library.
The narration for the audiobook was well done. Nicola Barber slipped between various English accents and an American Southern accent easily.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is so incredible. Funny, smart, scary, sexy— it has everything I could ever want in a book.Published 4 days ago by Audra Harrington-Sarver
I really did not like this book. The first quarter of the book was very good and kept me interested, until the plot got into all this ghost stuff. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love Ms. Johnson's voice. Love the characters. Love the story. An American teen in school in London. Ghosts. Jack the Ripper. What else do you need?Published 2 months ago by Carol Collett
Really loved the voice on this one, and such a totally unique premise. Highly recommend!Published 3 months ago by Meghan
Five stars is probably a little high for a YA book when compared to all the books ever written, but if you focus in on Teen/YA and more specifically paranormal YA, this one really... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Noelle M.
An incredibly fun and equally creepy read. I found this to be a very enjoyable book. Great characters, great setting, and a great story line. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bes
What a great read! I was so involved with this book and it's main character, I did NOT see what was coming at the end!Published 6 months ago by Karmen (bookyesican)
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