Dec 11, 2014

Star Sullivan by Maeve Binchy

Molly Sullivan said that the new baby was a little star. She was no trouble at all and she was always smiling - so she became known as Star and no one remembered that her name was Oona.

Star Sullivan just wanted everyone to be happy - her father to stop gambling, her mother not to work so hard, her brother to stay out of trouble, her sister to stop worrying about every little thing she ate.

Then the Hale family moved in next door, and from the moment Star saw 23-year-old Laddy Hale, everything began to change - until Star was no longer the sweet, thoughtful girl everyone loved and no one worried about...
Because Oona Sullivan was such a special child everyone started to call her Star instead. She never made any trouble, she always smiled and she was sweet and kind to everyone. Her only wish in life was for everyone to be happy. Growing up that doesn't change. Star is a kind and dreamy teenager who doesn't have any real friends. She can't stop worrying. Her father has a gambling problem, her brother is destined to be in trouble with the police and her sister has an eating disorder. When she meets Laddy Hale, her new next door neighbour who is just a few years older than her Star begins to change. It's love at first sight, but he doesn't seem to notice her. For years she's been doing her very best to make him love her. Now that she's in love it doesn't mean she's stopped worrying though. Star doesn't share her fears with anyone, except maybe with Laddy. Is she going to be all right or will Star see her whole world fall apart?
Star isn't the brightest girl, but she's the most helpful and sweet girl there is. Because she's never any trouble to anyone, nobody really bothers with her either. That makes her a lonely girl. The worrying and trying to make people happy leads to having to keep many secrets and they make Star even more worried. Star means well, but like the cover of the book already says, that sometimes isn't enough. There's an important lesson to be learned. Star has to see what the consequences of her actions are. The reader of the story actually learns from this as well. I loved this quick read. It's an amazing story about a girl who cares so much it makes her forget about who she is. I'm a big fan of Maeve Binchy's work and this is another one of her wonderful stories.


  1. I love the sound of this

  2. This novel sounds wonderful, much like her other books. It's so sad that she passed away two years ago. Thankful for the wonderful stories she wrote while alive!


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