Published by Golden City Publilshing
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Source: Publisher ARC
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Adrienne Speck is the biggest loser in her high school, so she can hardly believe it when a magical boy falls from the heavens to grant her three wishes. He is cool, confident, and definitely popular-crowd material—everything Adrienne's not. With his help, she has a chance to get everything she's ever wanted: get kissed, get popular, and get a date for the upcoming dance.
But Adrienne discovers magic isn't all it's cracked up to be, and the road to popularity is paved with humiliation. To make her dreams come true, not only will she have to get the lead in the school play, ask out the most popular guy in school, and stand up to the current queen of popularity, but also keep her personal genie from trashing her room, dressing like a nerd, and revealing to her mom that he's living in their attic. For someone who's supposed to be helping her, he couldn't be making her life any worse. That is, until she starts to fall for him. - via GoodReads
I signed up for a blog tour to review Starlight because the synopsis sounded like my kind of story. Girl meets boy who sees a diamond in the rough in girl. Boy then polishes girl to a bright shine and everyone sees the great person she is. Right? Well you’d be wrong. Don’t worry, I was too.
My biggest complaint with Starlight is in fact the main character: Adrienne Speck. In all fairness that’s the way I’m supposed to feel. The problem is that Adrienne doesn’t even like Adrienne. I mean there are ll things that we don’t care for about ourselves but for the most part we have a few things that we at least like about ourselves. It is so hard to like someone who doesn’t like themselves.
The bad part is that I didn’t really even like Saiph either. I found him frustrating and a little antagonistic at times. The characters didn’t really work for me and unfortunately the story really didn’t either. I just felt like the message wasn’t a good one. Adrienne didn’t like herself until a magical boy showed her why she was great. To me that says Adrienne couldn’t do that without a boy telling her. I’m sure it’s not the message the author intended for me to find. I kept reading because I could see the potential of the book it just never made it there for me.