The Silver Star, by Jeanette Walls

4.5 Stars!!!!

From one of the bestselling memoirists of all time, a stunning and heartbreaking novel about an intrepid girl who challenges the injustice of the adult world—a triumph of imagination and storytelling. 
It is 1970. “Bean” Holladay is twelve and her sister Liz is fifteen when their artistic mother Charlotte, a woman “who flees every place she’s ever lived at the first sign of trouble,” takes off to “find herself.” She leaves her girls enough money for food to last a month or two. But when Bean gets home from school one day and sees a police car outside the house, she and Liz board a bus from California to Virginia, where their widowed Uncle Tinsley lives in the decaying antebellum mansion that’s been in the family for generations.

An impetuous optimist, Bean discovers who her father was and learns many stories about why their mother left Virginia in the first place. Money is tight, so Liz and Bean start babysitting and doing office work for Jerry Maddox, foreman of the mill in town, a big man who bullies workers, tenants, and his wife. Bean adores her whip-smart older sister, inventor of word games, reader of Edgar Allan Poe, non-conformist. But when school starts in the fall, it’s Bean who easily adjusts and makes friends, and Liz who becomes increasingly withdrawn. And then something happens to Liz in the car with Maddox.

Jeannette Walls was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and grew up in the southwest and Welch, West Virginia. She graduated from Barnard College and was a journalist in New York City for twenty years. Her memoir, The Glass Castle, has been a New York Times bestseller for more than five years. Walls lives in rural Virginia with her husband, the writer John Taylor. 

As a fan of "The Glass Castle" I was thrilled to see that Jeanette Walls had a new book out and that it was up for review! I grabbed it up in a second. I read this book in... pretty much 24 hrs. Told in "Glass Castle" fashion, this book was great!
This story takes you on a roller coaster ride with two sisters across the country to try to help themselves without the help of their mother. Well what would you do if your mother disappeared, you were running out of food and money, then the cops show up? These girls were smart, they took a bus across the country to find the only relative they knew about.

The character development was excellent. Both girls were very different and their characters and personalities held throughout the book. I loved them both. The story is told from the perspective of the younger sister. I liked this, it gave an interesting twist to the story. She was some gutsy girl!
I also really liked their Uncle who they went to stay with. I did not care for the mom of course, I don't think you were suppose to like her.
"Most times when folks ask for advise, they already know that they should do. They just want to hear it from someone else."
Because this took place in GA there was a lot of talk about the GA Bulldogs. Yay! Go Dawgs! I lived in Savannah for a while and I did become a Bulldog fan. So this was a nice added touch for me.
And... of course I loved the ending! It was perfect.

Thank you so much Netgalley for sending me this e-book to read and review!

This book does not come out till June 11, 2013.
You can pre-order it from amazon - HERE 
And from B&N - HERE


  1. I love Jeanette Walls, and am eager to read this one after your review. It sounds captivating, and also vibrant, which is something that really appeals to me. I'm so glad she came out with a second book! Nicely done today!

  2. This sounds awesome. I'm not familiar with this author. I would definitely give this one a try.