I have finished reading Stargazing For Beginners, one of the books I was lucky to receive as presents for my birthday. This is what I have to say about it:
Megara is a smart girl and Annie calls her an “uber-nerd”. Meg’s best friend was called Harriet. Although we don’t have the pleasure of meeting Harriet in this book, we are told that she is intelligent and popular. She can talk to people about pop-culture and isn’t at all socially awkward. Meg is on the other hand. What I find curious is that Meg acts like a certain red-haired geek that we all know and love. That’s right- I’m looking at you Harriet Manners!
I think that Meg’s character could be partially inspired by Harriet Manners (Geek Girl by Holly Smale) and the whole Harriet thing is a nod towards… Well, Harriet. I don’t know which author came up with their ideas first but I am extremely excited that there are more books on offer with strong and inspiring female protagonists. Meg Clark wants to be an astronaut and everyone she meets tries to make her give up her dream. But it’s something she is determined to achieve and no matter what problems life throws at her, with her newfound friends Jackson, Rose, Annie and Ed King From Science Class by her side she is ready to take on the world. Not before a sip of lucky rocket fuel though!
Meg is only fifteen but her mother leaves her alone to care for her baby sister for two weeks. I think this is a creative spin on the whole orphans make better book characters thing. I believe this is done way too often and there is more than one way to have your young hero or heroine take charge of the story. You need to get rid of the parents, yes, but I think that the book is aimed at teenaged girls and up. Not everyone finds relationships and interaction with others so easy and Meg and her mother are an example of a mother and daughter who need to figure some things out.
I think when you are a teenager your mother is your best friend but like with any best friend you are likely to fall out now and then. It can be hard to understand the other person’s point of view and as we progress through the novel we see Meg and her mum’s relationship evolve:
- At the start Meg loves her family but stays in her room almost all of the time. She feels like she needs stability and order and we know this because she is tidy and organised and Meg dislikes that her mother is messy. She views mess as chaotic.
- But then Meg’s routine is turned upside down and she learns that while having a strict schedule is useful it is also important to make time for friends and family and things outside of school and spontaneity has its benefits as well.
- She starts to feel some resent towards her mother because she feels abandoned and alone and Elsa’s crying certainly doesn’t help! But then something happens and Meg is worried for her mother’s safety and she realises just how important her mum is to her.
- Then, at the end of the book Meg finally talks to her mum and they agree that it leaving Meg on her own with Elsa was wrong and that they’ll make more time for each other.
Space is awesome! Reading the book made me realise how keen on space I was as a kid and I think that although I wouldn’t want to leave Earth (hello, “You can’t get much better than Earth- we’ve got cats. I mean, cats are a thing…” to quote Asa Butterfield) I would definitely like a career related to space somehow. I may change my mind but at the moment I think that’s something I would like to do.
That was three things I liked about Stargazing for Beginners by Jenny McLachlan.
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