Review: Stargazing from Nowhere by Isabel Thomas and Marilyn Thomas

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Published July 22nd 2013 by Do Art Publishing


Kristen Morgan's blog is about to get her into trouble. Deep trouble. Online, she is known as "Stargazer" from the popular Stargazing from Nowhere blog, while in real life she is a regular fifteen-year-old high school student. This online anonymity is quite liberating, allowing her to be completely honest with her readers. 

Through a twist of fate, Rising Tide, the band she has bashed the most online, ends up in her small town, which sends Kristen into an excited panic. To continue gathering fresh material for her blog, she poses as a Rising Tide fan. After sneaking into the band's private party, she comes face to face with the band's drummer, Michael Stevens, who happens to be even more gorgeous in person than she cares to admit. 

Something unexpected also happens to her when she meets him: she becomes giddy, nervous, and inarticulate, leading Kristen to realize that her interest in Michael has nothing to do with her blog, but everything to do with her heart. As Kristen and Michael grow closer, does she have to make a choice between blog or boyfriend...Or is the choice made for her?


I hate to give this book such low rating. I mean, everything was there, kind of. So Kirsten runs an anonymous blog (she's only 15) about a big rock band who she's WAS crazy about but now not so much. She's helping with a fan base of sorts. Encouraging others to chat about Rising Tide and their next endeavours including album. I did like this aspect. It's normal to want to chat online about music, arts, books etc (Clue: Thats what I'm doing here!)

I liked her friend, Maggie. Both of them started out being good, funny and together as friends are. By coincidence Kirsten's Uncle is an out of work music producer and soon news travels that the band are visiting her small town to work, write new tracks and possibly...yes, you guessed it, work with her Uncle.

Kirsten has already had a hot crush on Michael, the drummer, for the longest time so the fact that they're vising sends her, Maggie, their friend Peter, and the rest of the town into a tizz. soon enough they get to a party and Michael and Kirsten meet. From here on in, Maggie implores Kirsten to tell Michael about her blog which has becoming notorious to them band. They all hate what they're reading on it because it's mostly dissing them.

Okay. So that's enough with the story without giving spoilers away:)

My main problem with this book was the ages of the characters. Kirsten is 15. The big star rock band members are 17. For one thing, how can they be so big and famous at that age. I'm no expert in the music business but it takes a good year for an accomplished band to bring out new music and tour. Which also takes me back to Kirsten who must have been 13 or early 14 when she first liked the band. Okay, nothing wrong there. But then lets bring in Michael's established relationship ex, Evangeline. We're talking about people who have no experience of life and are way to young to be making these kind of decisions about long term commitment. Kirsten's mother, however comes over as queen bitch, but I can see her point. She tries to de-stabalize any hopes of this being a forever romance before it starts. again, can I say Kirsten is 15?

So, on the whole I get the story, and it's sweet and slightly quirky, funny in some parts, annoying in others (the face mask - really?) But the whole age thing had my teeth on edge and pushed me over the 'unbelievable' barrier. I'd like to know if there's a sequel to carry on from this. Overall I was expecting more than I got.

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