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The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

angelafangmeier's review against another edition

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emotional hopeful informative inspiring medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0

calbright14's review against another edition

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emotional hopeful inspiring tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

5.0

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5.0

I simply loved this book.

Jojo Moyes writes so beautifully, I felt immersed from beginning to end.

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5.0

I truly felt the authenticity of this book because I have spent some time in the mountains of eastern Kentucky. I love a book that can plop you right into the scenery & make it come to life. This is also the first time I’ve heard of the Packhorse Librarians...a badass group of women delivering books to families in need during the Great Depression! Totally awesome & based on a true story! The Pack Horse Library Program, was a Works Progress Administration project created by Franklin Roosevelt that delivered books to rural Appalachia between 1935 - 1943. Although the story is based on the adventures of Alice (from England), I loved Margery the most! She is the type of woman I admire: strong, determined & courageous at a time when women were really not free to reach their true potential! I loved the bonds that formed between all of the Packhorse librarians (Izzy, Alice, Sophia, Beth, Margery & Mrs. Brady)...they each found strength in supporting one another. I feel like many young women today take for granted their freedoms!

"We women face many unexpected challenges when we choose to step outside what are considered our habitual boundaries."

The Giver of Stars takes you on a heartfelt journey of love & evil too. From the jerk-face Van Cleve men to the sweetest man alive, Fred...and even the mule, Charley...this book will capture your heart!

“Time flew, and each ended the night full and happy, with the rare glow that comes from knowing your very being has been understood by somebody else, and that there might just be someone out there who will only ever see the best in you.”

JoJo Moyes wins my heart again. Me Before You & now The Giver of Stars...I’ve given her two 5-star reviews & think she’s a delightful writer! Who’s the Giver of Stars now? Lol Enjoy!

bambiann's review against another edition

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challenging funny informative mysterious slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.0


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sissonme's review against another edition

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adventurous hopeful inspiring

0.5

hdettinger's review against another edition

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adventurous informative inspiring medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

sadeyes2's review against another edition

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3.0

3.5 Stars

briannagates's review against another edition

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5.0

This book is out of my norm (I'm usually a fantasy reader), and I am so glad I gave it a read! Truly a chef's kiss book for me. It was so beautifully written and the characters were so strongly developed that I felt like I actually went on the journey with the Packhorse Librarians. Strong FMCs that are making an impact in their community, heck yes. The only thing that got to me was that the ending really left me wanting more. I felt like the wrap-ups in the last few pages were a bit of a disservice to the relationships that Moyes created between the characters and the reader. Despite that pain point, it was still a 5-star read for me!

megnavoy's review against another edition

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3.0

A nice light and easy read, and overall just okay book. At first I wasn't sure if I was even going to finish it because the beginning was pretty cheesy, but then I became more interested in where the story was going. There's a somewhat unexpected plot twist near the end that keeps things interesting. I did enjoy the anti capitalist, pro labor and pro union undertones throughout the book. I was hoping the romance aspect of the book would be between Margery and Alice but sadly it was very traditional. Overall an enjoyable book to read while in the bath that is very surface level.