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The Language of Stars


The Language of Stars

THE LANGUAGE OF STARS, Louise Hawes’ first novel that includes poetry, is quite different from all of her other well-loved novels. Sarah is a soon-to-be high school senior and has gone from the “wrong” group to the “right” group after she started dating the most popular guy in school. Her mother has Sarah’s future all planned out for her: she is to attend medical school and come out as a successful doctor. Everything seems to be going okay for Sarah until a party at Whale Point’s only famous landmark turns into a large fire that burns down parts of the house, while other parts are trashed by partygoers. Those from families with power and money are let off the hook while the rest receive criticism from the small town’s population and summer lessons with Rufus Baylor, the legendary poet whose home they ruined.

“THE LANGUAGE OF STARS shows readers the true meaning of self-discovery and allows for the audience to enjoy nice poetry while trying to grasp the deeper meanings.”

THE LANGUAGE OF STARS shows readers the true meaning of self-discovery and allows for the audience to enjoy nice poetry while trying to grasp the deeper meanings. I absolutely loved reading THE LANGUAGE OF STARS because I could relate to Sarah so well. I’m still really unsure about what I want to pursue in the future. My parents wish for me to become a business lawyer, similar to Sarah’s mom’s longing for her to be a doctor; and I also have similar struggles as Sarah does when contemplating which friend circle to stay in. Another reason why I enjoyed reading this is because I’m a new fan of poetry. I’ve begun to enjoy reading as well as writing poetry on my own, so reading about a famous poet helping others find inspiration and teaching students to write poetry helped me as well. I loved the development of all of the characters in the novel and it was, overall, a very inspiring read.

Louise Hawes wrote a very well-written story that I find very few issues with. The timing of the story was good but there were events that I felt needed further explaining to help readers better understand the significance of them. The ending also felt a bit rushed, which I can somewhat understand since it didn’t impact the moral of the story too much. However, the ending is a pretty emotional part that could’ve been slowed down to allow for readers to take a breath after reading that section. One aspect that I loved about the book is how Hawes incorporated a poem at the end of every chapter, although I wish the poems reflected the progress of Sarah’s learning during that chapter so they’d be more meaningful. I would recommend this book to all poetry fans as well as non-poetry fans. I believe that anyone trying to figure out who they are and what their future will be like should read this for inspiration.

Reviewed by Alyssa L., Teen Board Member on May 23, 2016

The Language of Stars
by Louise Hawes

  • Publication Date: May 30, 2017
  • Genres: Family, Fiction, Young Adult 12+
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • ISBN-10: 1481462423
  • ISBN-13: 9781481462426