From Hachette Books
Seven years ago, readers everywhere fell in love with Jim Glass, the precocious ten-year-old at the heart of Tony Earley's bestseller Jim the Boy. Now a teenager, Jim returns in another tender and wise story of young love on the eve of World War Two. Jim Glass has fallen in love, as only a teenage boy can fall in love, with his classmate Chrissie Steppe. Unfortunately, Chrissie is Bucky Bucklaw's girlfriend, and Bucky has joined the Navy on the eve of war. Jim vows to win Chrissie's heart in his absence, but the war makes high school less than a safe haven, and gives a young man's emotions a grown man's gravity. With the uncanny insight into the well-intentioned heart that made Jim the Boy a favorite novel for thousands of readers, Tony Earley has fashioned another nuanced and unforgettable portrait of America in another time--making it again even realer than our own day. This is a timeless and moving story of discovery, loss and growing up, proving why Tony Earley's writing "radiates with a largeness of heart" (Esquire).
The Blue Star is a wonderful love story, and a journey into the era prior to and during WWII. Jim Glass is a sweet young man experiencing true love, but with a girl who is promised to someone else. He would do absolutely anything to gain Chrissie's love, but the situation is complicated because she is "tied" to another boy, in ways that make it almost impossible for her to even consider giving Jim a chance. I really enjoyed this book, and in particular, the historical backdrop was interesting. Tony Early writes with great attention to detail, and he makes you think about things that can sometimes be uncomfortable to think about, but that make the story seem more real.
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