Gwendolyn “Dough” X doesn’t think she has much going for her—she carries a few extra pounds, her family struggles with their small bakery in a town full of millionaires, and the other kids at her New Jersey high school don’t seem to know that she exists. Thank the stars for her longtime boyfriend, Philip P. Wishman—or “Wish.” He moved away to California three years ago, when they were 13, but then professed his love for her via e-mail, and he’s been her long-distance BF ever since.
At the beginning of her junior year, though, Wish e-mails that he’s moving back to Jersey. Great, right? Well, except that Dough has gained about 70 pounds since the last time Wish saw her, while Wish—according to his Facebook photos—has morphed into a blonde god. Convinced that she’ll be headed for Dumpsville the minute Wish lays eyes on her, Dough delays their meeting as long as she possibly can.
But when she sees Wish at school, something amazing happens. He looks at Dough like she’s just as gorgeous as he is. But Wish is acting a little weird, obsessed with the sun and freaked out by rain. And the creepy new guy working at the bakery, Christian, is convinced that there’s more to Wish’s good looks than just healthy eating and lots of sun. He tells Dough that a mark on Wish’s neck marks him as a member of the Luminati—an ancient cult of astrologers who can manipulate the stars to improve their lives. Is Wish and Dough’s love meant to be—or are they star-crossed?
When I first read the description to this book I thought that I would love it. It sounded humorous and unlike anything I had ever read before. Unfortunately, this book just fell flat for me.
The beginning of this book was actually quite good. It was funny and horribly awkward, and I felt like a lot of people could easily relate to the protagonist. This was one of those books where no matter how hard you tried, you couldn’t stop cringing and squealing at the awkward parts. I think it goes without saying that the author really hit home on those parts.
However; this book started going downhill for me towards the middle. The author decided to ruin this realistic, funny story with a whole bunch of “star worshiper” crap. How would you even think to come up with a plot like that? It makes no sense and I found myself just getting lost and ready to put the book down.
I gave Starstruck 2/5 stars. It started out as a cute funny story about a girl who I’m sure plenty of people could relate to, and then turned into a dumb supernatural tale that made you want to throw the book across the room.
- “Twenty minutes later, I walk out of Melinda’s hotel with a plate of finger sandwiches, a bag of prostitute clothes, and a weird wedge on my head that makes me look like you could tip me upside down and fill it with cream of mushroom.
I need another donut.”
- “Hans and Christian just stare at me, faces grim. All I can think of is how awesome it would be if my name were Andersen.”
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