YA Book Review

Starstruck by S.E. Anderson (Starstruck #1)

The Book:

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Book Title: Starstuck

Book Author: S.E. Anderson

Page Count: 386

Publishing Date: May 4th, 2017

Publisher: Bolide

Date Read: March 5th, 2018

Synopsis: After an incident with a hot-air balloon causes college-dropout Sally Webber to lose her job, she sets off to find direction in her life. Crashing into a teleporting alien, however, is not on her to-do list.

Now she’s on the run from TV-drama-loving aliens, and things are just getting started. Zander won’t stop reeling her into life-or-death situations to save her planet, as he waits for his laser-wielding sister to search the universe for him. Though Sally isn’t quite sure if he wants to save Earth from annihilation, or just quell his curiosity of all things human.

On top of this, she’s got to find lost alien emissaries, as well as a job, and stop the planet from getting incinerated in the process. But with Zander as her roommate, what could possibly go wrong?

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The Review:

Starstruck is bloody brilliant! It’s My So Called Life meets Doctor Who! S.E. Anderson has created comedy with a contemporary edge!

Oh man, this one was a blast to read! It was fun, refreshing, and hilarious! I loved how symbolic it was about the unpredictability of life too!

I enjoyed the story immensely. I could definitely tell the author was influenced by Doctor Who. Did I just drop the DW bomb twice? I so did! Why? Because Starstruck was just as brilliant!

Getting past the comparisons, Starstruck was a unique comedy with some unexpected twists. It was written so well that the unpredictability, and unexplainable plot occurrences (i.e. the hot air balloon), flowed seamlessly. The story was fast paced and highly engaging. It had wit and flair, and really entertaining characters.

I really loved Sally! She’d have made a perfect companion to The Doctor! She was quirky and genuine and full of sarcasm and humor!

Sally’s best friend Marcy was such a loveable character. I adored her loyalty to Sally and the way she cared for her. But, I also admired her need to do her own thing and not take any shit from Sally.

Zander totally cracked me up! He was so ridiculous and serious at the same time. He embodied whimsy and charm, and I would have followed him to any planet!

And, I totally adored Blayde. She was a firecracker! I loved how alien she was and admired her pride! She was seriously kick ass!

On the surface, this was a true comedy. Digging deeper, it was also a beautiful, quirky representation of life. It had LGBTQIAA representation and touched on issues of depression, anxiety, and loss of a loved one. It was richly symbolic of how messy life can be, and how sometimes the brain just can’t completely process a difficult situation.

Starstruck was a real page turner! I loved every detail, including the comical chapter titles! It had pizzazz, excitement, and amusement. It’s going down as one of my top reads, and I am dying to read the next one!


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