BOOK REVIEW: THE BLUE STAR
The Blue Star is the sequel to Jim the Boy, Tony Earleyís first novel.
It is now several years later and Jim is 17. He has fallen madly in love with Chrissie Steppe, who is the daughter of an Indian and a white mother. Jimís favorite class is history. Why? It had nothing to do with the curriculum! Jim could not wait to get to this class because Chrissie would sit at the desk right in front of him. Jim would move his desk forward as close to her as possible so he could be near her long hair. There was a problem with Jimís feelings for Chrissie. She could not return them because her boyfriend, Bucky Bucklaw, is away in the Navy and he assumed that she would wait for him to return.
Bucky returns home a fallen hero and everything in Jimís life seems to be changing. What happens to Jim and Chrissie?
I have not read Jim the Boy but it is now my desire to go back and read this one too.
The Blue Star is a coming of age story of a young man who is confused about many things that one would consider normal for someone his age. The story includes many incidents of humor and times that are very touching. Tony Earley has created an exceptional character in Jim. He is someone you will like very much. He appears to be a thoughtful young man even though there are several aspects in his life that are in turmoil right now. This is a charming read and one that reflects a time in our lives when things were a lot different than they are now. Be sure to add The Blue Star to your reading list.
REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON
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