[New] (Starstruck) AUTHOR Cyn Balog
Nfold until halfway through the story after Gwen has thoroughly reminded readers of how fat and ugly she isWish was rather boring as a character unfortunately He wasn t uite a good guy cause you know of the Luminati connection but he wasn t a bad boy either He falls into this vague middle ground of boys in YA land that seem to have no true personality of their ownAs you can see I was not impressed with Starstruck I have never read anything by Cyn Balog and when I first read the synopsis I was efinitely intrigued Well I was letdown I guess it is bound to happen at some point I would be willing to try another Cyn Balog title however if I could get some kind of guarantee that the main character whether guy or girl had some pride or happiness in themselves I realize everyone has problems and yeah being overweight is not easy but surely there should have been something Gwen liked about herself So this book is a miss for meARC received from Around the World Tours I Money Blues to Blue Money didn t finish this book There s a couple of reasons why the first one being this and i m uotingirectly from the book His eyes are like pools of chlorinated waterThe book was really stupid I m not saying it was all bad but come on certain Facial Action Coding SystemInvestigator's Guide Part 16701 descriptions or actions of characters where just so incrediblyumb to the point where I was laughing and I wasn t sure if it was for real I was so taken aback by so many things that were happening like this one guy that Alchemy for Women dressed like a goth and seemed allark and Alchemy Martial Supreme depressed and then he s like it s all an act so that you think I m that way but I m not I m actually really smart and by looking this way peopleon t expect much of me But trust me I m smart wut This was one of those books that I ve wanted forever I marked it as to read in 2011 I had absolutely loved the cover and I still think it looks pretty cute I never actually got around to buying it but then I saw it on The Book Outlet for 199 and I Nicholas Flamels First Codex decided to get it remembering I had wanted it so badly before and clearly I was an easily impressed teen I mean have you read that summary a mark on Wish s neck marks him as a member of the Luminati an ancient cult of astrologers who can manipulate the stars to improve their lives the Luminati The Luminati THE LUMINATI it s fuckingumb on the plus side I ve grown as a reader Don t get me wrong the book wasn t ALL bad sure Dough has an incredible amount of pitty parties throughout the novel for being fat and ugly but I get her it s an easy enough subject to relate too we ve all felt like crap but the way we look at a certain point in our lives so you get where she s coming from and you really want to see her improve her perception of herself but all in all it was just so hard to read this book to the point where I was skipping pages until i Alien decided it really wasn t worth it anynf Brief summary Gwendolyn Dough is in a panic Her long istance boyfriend Wish is coming back to live near her again She s changed though She s gained a lot of weight is pretty much invisible at school and is worried what he ll think of his loser girlfriend When Wish arrives it "Is Obvious He Has Changed "obvious he has changed He s rock star beautiful and he is instantly the most popular guy around And yet he wants to be with Gwen The new guy Christan working at Gwen s family s bakery thinks he knows why view spoilerjust as Christian once was Wish is a member of the Luminati It s a secret colt like group of people who have learned how to control the stars think AstrologyThey can use the stars to control how they are perceived by others However playing with the stars can throw nature out of balance There a crazy storms even a tornado threatening her tiny seaside community and Wish is responsible When Gwen finally confronts him she is the one who actually needs to convince him that she loves the real Wish and not some false image In the end Wish gives up his strange addiction to the stars and he and Gwen find happiness and self acceptance together hide spoiler I loved this book so muchI think it was awesome I was really excited when I heard of Cyn Balog s Starstruck I originally read Ms Balog s Fairy Tale and I absolutely loved it So needless to say I was excited about the chance for an early reviewer s copy I found the synopsis intriguing and uniue since you rarely read a book where the heroine is obese The fact that it had some fantasy elements made it even seductive for me And while I id like some of these elements I really had a hard time reading this book For starters you are reading through Gwen s perspective Gwen whom although has these great inner African American Literature in Transition, 1830-1850 dialoguesoes nothing to stand up for herself takes major verbal abuse from her classmates goes from one humiliating situation to the next and spends most of her time comparing herself to her younger much prettier and thinner sister To be honest she made me feel as À quoi rêvent les algorithmes depressed as she was I truly tried to like her but I just couldn t get out of the funk that she put me inThen there was Wish I thought the plot revolving around his membership in the Luminati would lighten the story for me but I just found him as boring as Gwen was He was mediocre to say the least Not to mention the whole Luminati thingidn t really start until half way through our book The first half was just Gwen complaining about her weight comparing herself to almost every thin girl in school stuffing her face with all the BWWM (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) 40 (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) 40: Billionaires Secret Baby (Interracial African American Romance Urban Baby Romance Short Stories) donuts that crossed her path and wondering why Wishoesn t break up with her from the first moment he lays his eyes on her I found the whole thing stressfulSadly I just couldn t get into this one I "tried to like Gwen and there were moments when she made me laugh with her ark humor and witty comments but "to like Gwen and there were moments when she made me laugh with her ark humor and witty comments but those were few and scattered too far apar. As he is But Wish is acting a little weird obsessed with the sun and freaked out by rain And the creepy new guy working at the bakery Christian is convinced that there's to Wish's good looks than just healthy eating and lots of sun He tells Dough that a mark on Wish's neck marks him as a member of the Luminati an ancient cult of astrologers who can manipulate the stars to improve their lives Is Wish and Dough's love meant to be or are they star crossed From the Hardcover edition. ,
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375 starsA YA romance with a paranormal elementI liked that this was the first book I ve read with an overweight heroine where she Managing Activism A Guide to Dealing with Activists and Pressure Groups doesn t have to lose weight or change herself to win the guy she starts out the book already winning him just as she is She just has to realize it Gwendolyn Dough is overweight from the wrong side of the tracks works in her mom s bakery where it s easy to grab a white creamonut or 2 or has a stick thin twig of a younger sister lots of snark and no friends other than her long Faith Into Action: Thoughts on Selected Topics distance boyfriend She s known Wish forever and now he s coming back to town a gorgeous specimen of the male species But maybe he s just a little too perfect I found Gwen to be a believable heroine and enjoyed her coming into her own There is a bit of a makeover part where she starts wearing clothes that fit her and projecting confidence but all of that is to benefit her there s no All of a sudden the gorgeous guy notices her now that she looksifferent The supernatural side was interesting there are no sparkly vampires and the magic system was pretty uniue but I wish it had been explored Also there was an alarming lack of conseuence for the users of the magic bad stuff happened and they felt regret but I think they got off too easy I bought this book at the end of 2015 cause I loved how the cover looked and it was like 2 at Book Outlet I started it in Feb 2016 and just couldn t get into it so I left it on my currently reading list until now Jan 2017 The entire storyline is just one giant WTF is happening moment I DID NOT see any of it coming honestly one of the strangest concepts I ve ever read I give it 3 stars cause it wasn t a horrible story and it s super short and it Alien Generals Chosen Brion Brides definetly had its moments where I wanted to know but the self loathing main character was just TOO MUCH for me I love that she was an overweight character who had feelings and emotions like any other teen would but it just felt so cliche and overone Oh glory Yet another novel that fits onto the category of almost long enough chic flick paranormal crossover wannabe shelfIt s never uite what it wants or seems to bePOSITIVE elements1 it s funny The whole fat girl approach makes for some cute and hilarious situations admittedly at Dough s expense 2 the main character is very original compared to modern ya literature3 not much swearing or sexual contentNEGATIVE elements1 three uarters chick flick one uarter paranormal Chronologically Much of the book is very clich All the happy endings unfold as you like them Although certain character Academic Motherhood: How Faculty Manage Work and Family developments caught me by surprise theyidn t make the character in uestion a Alcohol Fuel: A Guide to Making and Using Ethanol as a Renewable Fuel deeper character As seen in Gwen s case her actions to try and attract Wish though unexpected actually make her a shallow character At the end she and Wish go through the overly clich motions of reenacting every childhood game they played She is suddenly best friends forever again with Wish unexpected and unfounded Sure he just saved her life but sheoubts her memory and she fell out of trust with him He himself says he can t uit and Uprising Emerge Series doesn t know how if a friend who had become arug "addict saved your life but told you he couldn t uit and there was no "saved your life but told you he couldn t uit and there was no that would work for him would you be all sunshine and Greenes Farevvell to Follie Sent to Courtiers and Scholers, as a President to Warne Them from the Vaine Delights, That Drawes Youth on to Repentance. 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(1617) daisies I love you so much let s be soul mates forever No You would tell him to get clean HopefullyExcept Wish isn t arug addict He s Well What he is is integral to the plot of he book and "All The Characters Sowell Let "the characters sowell let go look Maybe I should read it again Nope got everything the first time well GEE WhIZ I Dare To Be Hero don t know this is the problem with sticking sudden paranormality in the last uarter of your novel Here s what I got stars tattoo sunlight tornadoes black shirts and prunes Christian aka Mr Infodump tells Gwen the island storms that eventually threaten her life are being cause by Wish who isn t using his star power right The thing is we re never told right out that Wish s power over the starts is making him likeable Christian hints at it then Wish says heoesn t like acting like someone he s not And are the stars making Wish gorgeous Again we re not really told At the end suddenly Wish like goes cold turkey on stars and tattoos and tornadoes and whatever and suddenly no one likes him any Yet his exterior Sedition and Alchemy: A Biography of John Cale doesn t change Gwen sees his exterior as godlike but at the end she s all it s the good old Wish I can love now because he s not wearing black shirts Bolag must ve stressed the fact he was wearing a white shirt about five times Yet he still looks like a god Sounds lame to meSome authors theseays think putting a crapload of metaphors and similes on every page will improve their writing it The (Underground) Railroad in African American Literature doesn t here s a uote referring to a look of surpriseShe looked like an alien was going to pop out of her bellyTell me since when is astonishment shown by swelling of the abdomen Since whenoes surprise have anything to Handbook for Teaching African Literature African Writers do with mutated newbornsA lot of other things go unexplained How exactlyoes the tattoo work How in the world Indiras Objective Agronomy MCQs for Agricultural Competitive Examinations did Wish NOT know Chris was a exstar tattoo tornado guy too Why is Chris so uncaring about killing his girlfriend He was like well I got into this cult and started experimenting yeah accidentally killed my girlfriend sheied of fever was always kind of small anyway moved here to get a new life And excuse me but changing the position of the sun will NOT affect a tiny little 60000 people town on an island only leaving the rest of the world unaffected WILL NOT Gosh the I think about it the nonsensical it gets I ll leave it at this Too confusing to spend time on Ugh I can t believe I actually read this book It was pretty bad but I had to give it a second star because I will admit that I couldn t stop reading the first half Then Gwendolyn Dough X The Great Black Way: L.A. in the 1940s and the Lost African-American Renaissance doesn't think she has much going for her she carries a few extra pounds her family struggles with their small bakery in a town full of millionaires and the other kids at her New Jersey high schoolon't seem to know that she exists Thank the stars for her longtime boyfriend Philip P Wishman or Wish He moved away to California three years ago when they were 13 but then professed his love for her via e mail and he's been her long istance BF ever since At the begi. .
Had to force myself to finish the second half once the storyline got completely ridiculous First I couldn t stand the main character Gwendolyn aka Dough is full of self loathing which while perhaps not completely unrealistic for some teens got really old really fast I felt like the constant self eprecation and ridiculous rants on how fat and Story Alchemy Authors Craft Book 2 disgusting she is went on way too long and herisbelief that anyone could care about her because of her appearance was exhausting Anyway the main reason Dough is in such a tizzy about her weight is because her boyfriend whom she has not seen for years Wish is moving back to NJ after spending several years in CA When Wish arrives back to their coastal community everyone seems to be under his spell and Dough can t figure out why such a handsome and charismatic guy would want anything to Oral and Written Poetry in African Literature Today do with herI thought I was going to like this book because I thought WIsh was going to like Dough regardless of her appearance and as I was reading the first half before Wish arrived home I was eager to see how he would accept or reject Dough But here s where it got crazy the story takes a crazy supernatural turn which seemed totally unnecessary and flat out ridiculous to me Plus it just confirmed that Dough was correct that nobody gorgeous and charming like Wish would actually really love her for her Ion t want to explain the supernatural side to this story because if BWWM (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) 89 (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) 89: Billionaires Secret Baby (BWWM Interracial African American Romance Urban Baby Romance Short Stories) despite my warning that this book is a waste of time someone still wants to read it you should get to be shocked by the ridiculousness of it all for yourself I picked up Starstruck because I loved Cyn s previous books Fairy Tale and Sleepless and I was notisappointed The story is light but carries Digital Griots depth and the supernatural element enjoyable and not overplayed The humor was impeccable and the timing spot on Dough was such an engaging character and her reactions toifferent situations were completely realistic Simply put I loved it Wish The Handbook of Academic Writing did get on my nerves a few times but what guyoesn t Again an engaging and realistic character Oh and SPOILER ALERT if a seuel is released I a totally rooting for Christian as Dough s new boyfriend Definitely my favorite character in the novel All in all a fun and uick read worth the time spent Starstruck by Cyn Balog left me cold I was not at all impressed with this mediocre storySynopsis Gwendolyn Dough X The Future of Academic Freedom doesn t think she has much going for her she carries a few extra pounds her family struggles with their small bakery in a town full of millionaires and the other kids at her New Jersey high schoolon t seem to know that she exists Thank the stars for her longtime boyfriend Philip P Wishman or Wish He moved away to California three years ago when they were 13 but then professed his love for her via e mail and he s been her long istance BF ever sinceAt the beginning of her junior year though Wish e mails that he s moving back to Jersey Great right Well except that Dough has gained about 70 pounds since the last time Wish saw her while Wish according to his Facebook photos has morphed into a blonde god Convinced that "she ll be headed for Dumpsville the minute Wish lays eyes on her Dough elays "ll be headed for Dumpsville the minute Wish lays eyes on her Dough elays meeting as long as "SHE POSSIBLY CANBUT WHEN SHE SEES "possibly canBut when she sees at school something amazing happens He looks at Dough like she s just as gorgeous as he is But Wish is acting a little weird obsessed with the sun and freaked out by rain And the creepy new guy working at the bakery Christian is convinced that there s to Wish s good looks than just healthy eating and lots of sun He tells Dough that a mark on Wish s neck marks him as a member of the Luminati an ancient cult of astrologers who can manipulate the stars to improve their lives Is Wish and Dough s love meant to be or are they star crossed GoodreadsWhat made this book
miserable for me to read was the that Gwen known by family as Dough is absolutely miserable throughout the course of the story She hates her body She constantly compares herself to her younger thinner sister Evie She consoles herself with endless onuts from her mom s bakery She is ignored at school and the thing is she just takes it Seriously she never once stands up for herself never once tries to make herself happy She is apparently content to be miserable When Gwen Sustainable Agriculture discovers her best friend and boyfriend Wish is moving back to New Jersey from California she is kind of happy but than anything she is miserable Wish is hot good looking and all the girls at school are alreadyrooling over his Facebook profile Gwen on the other hand is heavy hides herself in Hanes sweatshirts and likes Articles on Agricultural Writers Including donuts Seriously there is aifference between being self Green Patriot Posters deprecating about one s weight and being totally miserable andepressed Gwen crosses that line for me She could not think of one thing she really liked about herself and she had no clue why Wish would want to stay with her after seeing her again Throughout the course of the book she kept expecting him to break up with her initiating that conversation a few times herself She had literally no self esteem that I could see Believe me when I say I am no stranger to weight anxiety but at the same time I recognize I have some great ualities outside my appearance For Gwen it was all about how her appearance was terrible how it conflicted with Wish s toned body I know I am reiterating this over and over again but you know what that s how Gwen talked in the bookHowever My Hero Academia - Ultra Analysis despite my ranting on it this is not the main plot of the story The story revolves around Wish and Gwen and the secret that Wish has He is not uite everything he appears to be He may just be a member of the Luminati a cult that worships the stars Of course this bit of informationoesn t really Nning of her junior year though Wish e mails that he's moving back to Jersey Great right Well except that Dough has gained about 70 pounds since the last time Wish saw her while Wish according to his Facebook photos has morphed into a blonde god Convinced that she'll be headed for Dumpsville the minute Wish lays eyes on her Dough elays their meeting as long as she possibly canBut when she sees Wish at school something amazing happens He looks at Dough like she's just as gorgeous. ,so miserable for me to read was the