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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.