The Stars In Her Eyes


Fiction - Short Story/Novela
112 Pages
Reviewed on 08/30/2018
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Reviewed by Peggy Jo Wipf for Readers' Favorite

The Stars in Her Eyes is a unique work that will completely surprise you with the depth of feeling, description, and soul within its simple verses. Isabel Scheck paints a picture of a boy in love and the sadness of being bullied that sucked the life out of his girlfriend, Stella. He compares her to the heavenly stars, and the joy he gets just watching her fills him. He slowly watches her spirit die as she surrenders her self-confidence to depression and the mean girls in her school. Regretfully, it isn't until the damage has taken its toll that the girls regret their actions.

I found Isabel Scheck to be a powerful author with a rare voice that young people can relate to. The Stars in Her Eyes is a strong message about suicide and the one left behind. The question was asked that is seldom voiced, but always felt: "Why wasn't I enough for you?" Isabel Scheck documents the thoughts of this young man and the helplessness he felt as he watched his universe turn inside out. Isabel Scheck captured the emotions like a screen shot in verse, allowing the reader to relate to their relationship in joy, sadness, anger, fear, and hope. Hope that this young man won't complete her cycle. I also felt this author can relate to and wishes to prevent someone else from committing this act. Plus, this novella puts into words what someone may be experiencing but be unable to express themselves. The most important implication would be that the one who is left behind is affected the most.

Romuald Dzemo

The Stars in Her Eyes is a tragic story in a poetic style, a story you can read in less than an hour. It is poignant and emotionally rich. The story is about “her”, the girl with the brightest stars in her eyes, beloved of the narrator. The light in her starts at 100% and ebbs through each decreasing percentage, through each page, while the young lover watches helplessly, unable to rescue her. Yet as he watches her pick up the note he leaves in her locker, a smile on her lips, he feels like heaven. But he undergoes great suffering, as the cracks appear in her soul, cracks caused by bullies, by those who tell her that she is not a star. He will watch life ebb from her until sadness kills her. He sobs as she is cremated, his Stella, who couldn’t truly be happy with him.

This is a beautiful poem, a story of a young man who loves a girl so passionately. The style is very simple, mimicking the naïve, yet engrossing voice of the narrator. The poem is broken into short stanzas, each page a moment of the story, each page capturing an emotion, each page marking a decrease in Stella’s color. The poetry is beautiful and the imagery captivating, and the author succeeds in portraying the languor in a fragile heart and illustrates with vivid images and emotion what bullying can do to a young soul.

The Stars in Her Eyes is a story that will inspire young readers to learn to be sensitive and to treat their peers with respect. This is a very inspiring tale with well-crafted imagery that reaches readers' hearts. It is not surprising that the author of this book enjoys working with children for she captures emotions with the skill of a professional, allowing humanity to shine through the poetic narrative.