Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Starry Nights by Daisy Whitney

Starry NightsSeventeen-year-old Julien is a romantic—he loves spending his free time at the museum poring over the great works of the Impressionists. But one night, a peach falls out of a Cezanne, Degas ballerinas dance across the floor, and Julien is not hallucinating.
The art is reacting to a curse that trapped a beautiful girl, Clio, in a painting forever. Julien has a chance to free Clio and he can't help but fall in love with her. But love is a curse in its own right. And soon paintings begin to bleed and disappear. Together Julien and Clio must save the world's greatest art . . . at the expense of the greatest love they've ever known.

I’m a huge fan of Daisy’s writing. However, I totally wasn’t expecting Starry Nights to end up the way it did. I went in to the novel without reading the summary, so I didn’t really have a full understanding of the plot before going into it. This lead me to be pleasantly surprised when I realized that Starry Nights isn’t just a Contemporary YA novel. It has this really cool thing going on, where the main character (Julien) can see paintings come to life after the museum closes. I love this idea so much. It’s super original and overall really fun to read.

Julien was *so* fantastic. I loved how much he loved art and how passionate he was about the museum. Clio was equally as great. The relationship between her and Julien was adorable, and I’m still not over it. I love how, despite the way things end up playing out, they still fight for each other. Starry Nights explores how far two people from (literally) different worlds will go to stay with each other. It is beautiful.

Daisy Whitney has always been one of my favorite writers, and Starry Nights just reinforces my love of her writing. Julien and Clio’s story will capture your heart and won’t let go. Starry Nights is the type of novel that, once you’ve finished reading it, you have to sit back and process the enormity of what you have just read. Whitney has written an original novel that I hope everyone will be talking about.

FTC- Received from publisher.