“Starry Nights” is a really wonderful book by author Daisy Whitney, to be published by Bloomsbury USA in September of this year… this is one of those galley copies I was lucky enough to get my hot mitts on at Book Expo America!
Named for the Van Gogh painting, “Starry Nights” takes readers through Paris, France on an adventure full of romance and mystery and drama (and a healthy dose of accurate art history, too!).
I have been to Paris and some of the locations mentioned and reading the detailed artistry describing this city of lights took me right back there! I could almost SMELL the cinnamon and spice from the crepes at the red awninged street stand.
Julien is a guide in the Musee d’Orsay, (a real museum in Paris, France…)… he also happens to be the son of the art curator. Julien’s dream is to become a famous artist but describes his art as mediocre at best. Almost every night he goes to the art museum to look it over and to explore, and every night the art comes alive.
He dances with the Degas.
Pets the cat from Manet’s Olympia…
and slowly and helplessly falls I love with the girl from what might look like Renoir’s Young Girl in the Garden.
But when all of a sudden all of the Renoirs and other famous ancient paintings start to fade, Julien is forced to realize that this thing he does in the museum is not all together okay, and that his love for the girl in the garden, Clio, is putting the paintings on edge.
This book was A M A Z I N G!!!! The writing is rich and detailed, its imagery art in itself. It is not an EASY, QUICK read, but it is an AWESOME one! Like a really good meal you want to savor and at the same exact time, gobble down like a hungry thing! If there was any title higher than a keeper shelf, this book would be on it!!!! Really just amazing!
Daisy Whitney does a wonderful job expressing Julien’s feelings as he falls for a girl that only he can see, and his struggle to find out who he really is….. outside of the paintings! I have already read this book 3 times in a week and I still can’t quite take in all of the details!!! SK-WEEEEE!!!! I just LOVE books like this!!!
Come September, just in time for start of school, you just MUST get your own copy! Seriously. Like… really.
In the meantime, Daisy Whitney has a blog that has some info on her stuff ( like her other books… The Mockingbirds and its sequel The Rivals… which I plan to
devour hoard read super soon) AND if you Facebook, you can “like” her author site there!
Kissing, a single fistfight, mentions of lustiness, nothing really horrible or scarring.
It has some wonderful history lessons inside of it and references to well know and NOT SO well known pieces of art, and lots of mentions of actual landmarks… (google them all!)
I would say a mature 11 and up.