To Read or Not to Read?

Naming the Stars by Susan Koefod

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Naming the Stars from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Naming the Stars is about a young girl who returns home from a swimming lesson and finds that not only is her reflection gone but her family can’t see her and her parents don’t even seem to realize that she’s missing.

And then she meets a boy (who she nicknames Fish) can see her. Only, when they start comparing what she “should” look like, she realizes he isn’t seeing what she thinks she should look like. That’s when Mary Louise starts to lose herself, starting to think that maybe she isn’t Mary Louise but Pearl, the woman who Fish thinks she looks like.

If you think this sounds confusing that’s because it is. I expected that eventually the whole thing would be resolved and Mary Louise did end up discovering who she really was but it didn’t quite make sense. The relationships didn’t make sense. And how everything was revealed and then brought up in the epilogue didn’t make sense. It was too fast.

And not only all of that but I didn’t like Mary Louise as a narrator whether she was herself or her other self. She was annoying and nonsensical. It really made me dislike the book which, given that the book is all about her, meant I didn’t like the book itself. I would not recommend this to anyone.


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