Parents' Guide to

Star Daughter

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Vivid, unique fantasy highlights friendship, family.

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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

So Much Fun!

This is an excellent book for YA lovers about 13 and up. The imagery is gorgeous and the story is super fun. The writing is lyrical yet relatable and it's a positive story with a positive message.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Debut author Shveta Thakrar has created an intriguing fantasy that uniquely blends Hindu mythology and astronomy with a relatable teen protagonist on the cusp of adulthood. Thakrar's talent for descriptions evokes a vivid, sometimes dazzling array of sights and sounds in Star Daughter that draw the reader into a richly conceived and wildly imaginative world. Some of the writing is almost poetic, and the rest of the time it's solid but not exceptional. There's a large cast of colorful, relatable, and fully realized characters in both the real and fantasy worlds.

The pace of the story slows a bit here and there, but the plot is solid. A few twists are easy to see coming, but most of it will keep readers guessing until the very end. Main character Sheetal can be a bit frustrating at times, but she's especially admirable for her loyalty, empathy, and call for compassion. Teens will relate to her struggle into adulthood and her need to find a way to be her best, truest self without having to hide anything from anyone.

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