Monday, September 17

Book Review: Star Sullivan

Title: Star Sullivan

Author: Maeve Binchy

Pages: 106

Summary: 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...

My Rating: 7/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: Not a bad novella by the author. But not an amazing book either. I loved the narrative, Binchy captures a lovely narrative. I think that's why I enjoy her books so much, is she can write just beautiful narratives and pull you in. She also sets up this little community wonderfully. The issue I had with the book was the story itself, just didn't grip me. Nothing in particular wrong with it, it just wasn't a story that reached me. I couldn't connect to the characters, and I didn't care for them much at all.

It was a good novella. The at author tells the full story, and some great character development in the end. But overall it was just a short little read for me, nothing to separate it from other short little reads I've read.

Would I recommend it to read: I would if you're a fan of the author, it holds her voice nicely, but I'd recommend her other books before this one. Also, good luck trying to find the book!

What to read next: More books by the author, Cathy Kelly, Marian Keyes

Challenges: 12 in 12, 100+ Challenge, Ireland Reading Challenge


  1. I have never read anything by this author, but the summary that you posted intrigues me. I am on the fence about how I will feel about it though, due to your not really melding with the tale all that well. I might have to try this one when I am in the mood for something lighter. Fantastic review today!

    1. Maeve Binchy is well worth checking out. I'm not sure this is the best place to start out with. It's a quick little read, but her writing and story telling shine far better in her other books.

  2. good thing that I've read up your review gonna pick this one up and start to read the book and enjoy