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Every Soul A Star: 11/11/11

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Every Soul A Star by Wendy Mass is told from the points of view of three characters: Ally, Bree and Jack. The setting is a wilderness camp that specializes in star gazing lessons. This year it's in the path of a total eclipse and the camp will be packed with eclipse chasers.

Ally is the daughter of the current owners of the camp. She is home schooled and has spent her entire life at the camp. Her grandparents helped build it and she's fiercely proud of that fact.

Bree is the daughter of the new owners. She's from the big city and is used to having everything she wants. She's spoiled and shallow.

Jack is a visitor to the camp. He's on his own to see the eclipse. He makes friends on the bus trip to the camp and eventually with Ally and Bree.

Ally starts of the novel and has such a strong voice and well defined character that Bree and Jack just can't compete with her. Bree coming unwillingly to take over the camp that Ally so loves is enough of a shock. She's more interesting as a character from Ally's point of view than from her own. Thus to make it through the book I mostly read Ally's chapters, skimmed Jack's and skipped the majority of Bree's.

Three stars.

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