STARGAZING BY JEN WANG
Genre: MG, COMICS, CONTEMPORARY
Publisher: First Second
Rating: 4.21 stars (Goodreads)
Summary: Moon is everything Christine isn’t. She’s confident, impulsive, artistic . . . and though they both grew up in the same Chinese-American suburb, Moon is somehow unlike anyone Christine has ever known.
When Moon’s family moves in next door to Christine’s, Moon goes from unlikely friend to best friend―maybe even the perfect friend. The girls share their favorite music videos, paint their toenails when Christine’s strict parents aren’t around, and make plans to enter the school talent show together. Moon even tells Christine her deepest secret: that she sometimes has visions of celestial beings who speak to her from the stars. Who reassure her that earth isn’t where she really belongs.
But when they’re least expecting it, catastrophe strikes. After relying on Moon for everything, can Christine find it in herself to be the friend Moon needs?
New York Times–bestselling author-illustrator Jen Wang draws on her childhood to paint a deeply personal yet wholly relatable friendship story that’s at turns joyful, heart-wrenching, and full of hope.
This is the story about two girls who grew up in the same environment yet they are really different from each other. When Moon moves closer to Christine’s house they start a friendship that will teach Christine what it means to be a real friend.
Another great middle grade graphic novel. I had no idea what it was about when i first started reading it, but it surprised me a lot. Like, i would never imagine that the topic of this story was what it was.
I think Jen Wang is amazing on teaching life lessons by her work. On the previous one i’ve read, the prince and the dressmaker, i saw so much otential on what Jen has to say and this novel totally showed me i was right. These two girls are about to learn what is friendship and respect for each other, in the most surprising way possible.
I really enjoyed the story and the art. There was something really amazing on how they really looked like children, i mean, so many times we want to sell children that they look like more grown up, but they don’t and they don’t have to be cool and amazing.
I think children will really enjoy this story, mostly because it speaks so much of their language.
Moon was adorable, Christine taught me a lot. I think these are chracters children can relate to and understand why are they doing what they are doing.
I really liked that the kids were studying chinese, because that is part of the heritage of the author, and it was protraited amazingly, as when Moon knew what she was reading and not translating what she didn’t understand.
I think that overall it was a really sweet story, although a bit short for my liking. I wished we got more time seeing these two characters interact between them and the other characters. I feel like it wasn’t enough. And i’m saying this because in the prince and the dressmaker there was enough time to develop an amazing story (Sorry, i’m obsessed with that one).
I give this one 3.5 stars mostly becuase it felt short so i didn’t end up crying. Although if it was longer i would’ve had.
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