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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
The Stars In Her Eyes by Isabel Scheck is a novella about the evolution of the relationship between two individuals, one who is so enamored by and in love with a young teenaged woman (or girl, as she is often referred to) that they equate her with and describe her as a shining star. The story is told in an entirely poetic format, delivered in lilting stanzas in the first person and always from the point of view of the one who adores the star. As the relationship appears to grow closer—at least in the eyes of the narrator—the frailty of his lover is slowly, steadily exposed, hinting at the diminishing brilliance of the star. Throughout, the narrator-protagonist remains true even as the people who surround the couple question their roles since it's clear the pairing will likely come to a tragic end.
The Stars In Her Eyes is absolutely gorgeous, with Isabel Scheck delivering a masterful story that could not have possibly been told with the same beauty in a traditionally formatted style. The build-up between the couple, from its love-at-first-swing origins and the subsequent development—its meteoric rise as the girl, the star, herself begins to fall—does well in allowing the reader to foretell (to a certain extent) what is to come. In the case of this book, less genuinely is more, and the lightness of its word count does nothing but increase the depth of the tale itself. The closing, which features an additional reason for the star being called as she is, is a bit of a twist that solidifies a sad but lovely story as a bright and shining piece of work.