coming of age, new adult, romance

Book Review: Unlit Star by Lindy Zart

unlit star

Title: Unlit Star
Author: Lindy Zart
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Length: 299, Kindle Book
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Coming of Age
Rating: 1 folded page

We are not guaranteed anything, not even this life.

Rivers Young is the popular guy untouchable by reality. He is like a star—bright, consuming, otherworldly. The thing about stars, though, is that they eventually fall, and he is no different.

He falls far and he falls hard.

Delilah Bana is the outcast enshrouded in all of life’s ironies. Alone, in the dark, like dusk as it falls on the world. When Rivers hits the ground, she is the night that catches him. In the darkness, they meld into something beautiful that shines like the sun.

Only, the greater the star is, the shorter its lifespan.

I’m pretty sure Zart tried just a little too hard to make Delilah a special snowflake and not hard enough to give Rivers a real personality. I have a hard time sugar coating my dislike (or like when that happens) for things and especially for books. I have no qualms in saying I didn’t enjoy this book at all. I actually got about halfway through before deciding that I couldn’t read another word and that I wasn’t enjoying the book in the least.

The plot was interesting enough. Loner girl ends up babysitting cool jock after a horrid accident left him “deformed” and unable to walk well and stuff ensues. Normally I would love a book like this. It screams my name! If only the characters weren’t so annoying. Delilah is all about being herself and doing what she wants when she wants and blah blah blah. Honestly, I was so bored with her straight forward personality when I was only 25% of the way in.

At that point, Rivers’ was still kind of mysterious so I decided to try and stick it out to see if it would get better. But once Rivers wasn’t mysterious he simply didn’t have a personality outside of Delilah. It was frustrating. I kept reading to see if maybe the rest of the plot would work out interestingly because they were together and happy by the 50% mark.

Delilah kept hinting at not living past the summer and her relationship with her mother isn’t good. And for a fraction of a second I was slightly curious about these things. But the way Zart pushed them made me feel less and less curious and more and more annoyed that we didn’t have answers yet.
I think this novel could have made a good novella. I probably would have finished it if it were shorter and we were given answers sooner. But with characters like this and a plot I didn’t have any investment in I dropped it. This novel has pretty great reviews on Amazon so I’m disappointed.

contemporary, young adult

Book Review: Sugar by Deirdre Riordan Hall

Sugar book cover

Author: Deirdre Riordan Hall
Publisher: Skyscape
Length: 276, Kindle
Genre: Contemporary
Rating: 1 Folded page


I’m the fat Puerto Rican–Polish girl who doesn’t feel like she belongs in her skin, or anywhere else for that matter. I’ve always been too much and yet not enough.

Sugar Legowski-Gracia wasn’t always fat, but fat is what she is now at age seventeen. Not as fat as her mama, who is so big she hasn’t gotten out of bed in months. Not as heavy as her brother, Skunk, who has more meanness in him than fat, which is saying something. But she’s large enough to be the object of ridicule wherever she is: at the grocery store, walking down the street, at school. Sugar’s life is dictated by taking care of Mama in their run-down home—cooking, shopping, and, well, eating. A lot of eating, which Sugar hates as much as she loves.

When Sugar meets Even (not Evan—his nearly illiterate father misspelled his name on the birth certificate), she has the new experience of someone seeing her and not her body. As their unlikely friendship builds, Sugar allows herself to think about the future for the first time, a future not weighed down by her body or her mother.

Soon Sugar will have to decide whether to become the girl that Even helps her see within herself or to sink into the darkness of the skin-deep role her family and her life have created for her.


I’m sad to say I got about 50 pages into this novel before stopping. I can’t force myself to finish it. It’s nothing against the book, I just don’t think it’s for me. This book isn’t technically released until June 1st. I got it from Kindle First. In case you don’t know, if you have Amazon Prime one of the perks is getting a novel that hasn’t been released yet 1-3 months before it’s released. You get to choose from four different books for this. For the month of April (I think not sure) I chose Sugar.

The book is very gritty and accurate in its description of binge eating. I definitely appreciate that. The writing is also very well done. I like the voice of Mercy, known by her pet name Sugar to most, as well.

So what is the reason I couldn’t finish it? Honestly I’m not sure. I just don’t think the book was for me. I don’t enjoy the idea of Mercy being saved solely because a boy can see her for who she is and not her body. But I think the plot is very slow moving. While reading the first 50 pages, I felt like a lot of things were repetitive and there wasn’t a real plot that I could feel. Nothing makes me drop a book faster than a slow plot.

I think this book could be good for others, but it just wasn’t my cup of tea.