The Name of the Star

The Name of the Star

Maureen Johnson / Apr 20, 2019

The Name of the Star This is a thrilling ghost hunting teen mystery as modern day London is plagued by a sudden outbreak of brutal murders that mimic the horrific crimes of Jack the Ripper

  • Title: The Name of the Star
  • Author: Maureen Johnson
  • ISBN: 9780007398638
  • Page: 466
  • Format: Paperback
  • This is a thrilling ghost hunting teen mystery as modern day London is plagued by a sudden outbreak of brutal murders that mimic the horrific crimes of Jack the Ripper.

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        Maureen knew from an early age she wanted to be a writer She went to high school at an all girls Catholic school and graduated from University of Delaware with a degree in writing She now lives and writes in New York City.Many of the adventures Maureen s characters face in her books are based on real life stories Maureen has traveled all over Europe, and is a Secret Sister to vlog brothers Hank and John Green.


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    1. As seen on The ReadventurerThe Name of the Star is a novel with a great premise but bogged down by a very mediocre writing.American teen Aurora (Rory) Deveaux is spending her senior year in London. Her parents work in nearby Bristol and Rory is all set to live and study at a boarding school. On the day of her arrival to London she learns that there is a brutal murderer on the loose. This murderer appears to be mimicking Jack the Ripper - his first victim was sliced and diced in exactly the same [...]


    2. Find the enhanced version of this and other reviews at: flashlightcommentary.The only thought in my head for much of the reading was that of Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore. It doesn’t do much credit to a story when the reader is perpetually distracted by a pop culture reference. You don’t see Heathcliff or Rochester being thrown around the literary world for a reason. The goal is to hook your reader, not set them in mind of other amusements. Perhaps I am too judgmental but I feel this was an [...]


    3. There are several things I love about Maureen Johnson’s writing. Her ability to describe a setting in such a way that causes vivid imagery to accompany her words, and her incredibly intellectual wit that makes me laugh out loud while reading. When I read that Johnson was publishing a paranormal YA book I knew I had to read it.Rory is a Southern girl going to school in London, I adore the way Rory sees the city and the brilliant deductions she makes about all things British. She is having an ok [...]


    4. Woaahhh. I'm shook? I bought this book in March 2016 because I wanted to read something by this author, and it took me until now to read it. And it was amazing?? I literally loved everything about it? I can't think of anything bad to say about it? The book begins with taking time to really set up the scene and introduce us to Rory. She comes from New Orleans to spend a year at a boarding sixth form college in England, and we meet her fellow students and learn about what life will be like there. [...]


    5. Amazing!! listened to the audiobook while driving back and forth on tour stops. I HATE driving long hours but I was honestly excited about getting back in the car so I could hit play and dive back into the world. plus, the woman who does the audio does TONS of accents and it was incredible! this story is creepy, unique, and has a touch of Gothic feel that I just adore. ordered book 2 the second I finished :)


    6. Audio book narrated by Nicola Barber(9h 50 min) has a great synopsis so I will not rehash the details here. Quite simply, "The Name of the Star" is a contemporary YA mystery with a mixture of romance and the supernatural set in London with a Jack the Ripper copycat. But like other reviewers, I felt there were so many chapters that served as "fillers" Pages of Rory's crazy family from Louisiana and endless details on the life of a British boarding school. A decent book, but it left me feeling un [...]


    7. This is actually the first book I’ve read that’s by Maureen Johnson, so I didn’t know what to expect. Normally, I would shy from these types of things; I mean come on it IS Jack the Ripper. Are you kidding me? I’m not a big fan of horror movies, or horror books ,for that matter. A few weeks ago before reading the book, I (foolishly) thought that this was a historical paranormal. So imagine my surprise when I started reading and found out that this was set in present day, not in the 1880 [...]


    8. This book had been on my shelf for years, seriously, before I actually picked it up to read it. I'm not even sure why, because the plot was always intriguing to me.I ended up having a great time with this story, and give it a solid 4. I thought the Jack The Ripper was stuff was interesting albeit a little on the fantastical side (the way London and the general media was reacting to these murders) but it didn't ruin the story for me. I enjoyed the main character, I enjoyed reading about the Londo [...]


    9. I was really intrigued and quite pleased with The Name of the Star. I read it after seeing many dazzling reviews, so my expectations were quite high and though it wasn't perfect, I was very satisfied with it.Jack the Ripper! That is all it took to entice me. Unless you have been born and raised under a rock, you have already heard about Jack the Ripper. His case is fascinating and very mysterious. I was really curious to find out how Maureen was going to use an extremely known story and make it [...]


    10. Fand es richtig cool! Toller Schreibstil, gute Geschichte. Und wenn Jack the Ripper vorkommt hat man bei mir sowieso gewonnen.


    11. Αυτό το βιβλίο έχει μέσα μυστήριο: τον Τζακ τον Αντεροβγάλτη με τους ανατριχιαστικούς του φόνους. Είναι φαντασίας: παραφυσικές δραστηριότητες και πολλά φαντάσματα. Έχει ανάλαφρο χιούμορ: η ηρωίδα είναι γλυκιά, γκαφατζού και πολυλογού. Και όλα αυτά ταιριασμένα αρμονικά και [...]


    12. DNF. Not bothering with an actual review. What a disappointing and dull book. You would expect a book about Jack the ripper to be an enjoyable and entertaining read. Though it was an absolute fail for a Jack the ripper story. I can't stop remembering this particular sceneIt’s when Rory and her love interest are kissing, and they pull apart and a string of their saliva hangs in-between them or something. Who the fuck puts that kind of description in a kissing scene? What a turn off. What was th [...]


    13. More like 3.5, but I haven't decided if I'm on the higher or lower side of it If you know me at all, you know I love serial killers. I don't love them in a way that'd make me want to be one or anything, don't worry, but I think their mentality and motives are absolutely fascinating. And there is no serial killer as famous as Jack the Ripper. People have been fascinated with the Ripper since he first started killing. There were no definitive eyewitnesses, he stopped at five women, and investigato [...]


    14. Okay, I love Maureen Johnson. She is a lovely and intelligent and hilarious person. So far, I've enjoyed all the books she's written. (I'm pretty sure I've read all of them)That said, I found The Name of the Star somewhat disappointing. I don't know, maybe I had unrealistically high expectations, and I also thought the book would be about something completely different. But, don't get me wrong. I did enjoy this book. But, I suppose it just wasn't quite as good as I had hoped it would be.First of [...]


    15. It's unfortunate to be on a YA Mystery binge and reach for a book marketed as YA Mystery, labeled as YA Mystery, dressed as YA Mystery and which decidedly isn't YA Mystery.But, hey, boarding school shenanigans!


    16. The Name of the Star was a hit with me. Maureen Johnson got my attention as an author with her short story, "The Law of Suspects." It was utterly chilling and fantastic suspense. I appreciated how she writes with a respect for the intelligence of her readership, even though they are the YA audience. Like CS Lewis, I believe the best children's book is one that an adult can enjoy. I knew I was going to follow her after reading this brilliant short story. So when I saw this book was coming out, I [...]


    17. The Name of the Star is the second book I've read by Maureen Johnson. I admit that I love reading her blog and her Twitter feed, but 13 Little Blue Envelopes fell a little flat for me so I always assumed I liked Maureen more than I actually liked her work. However, the premise of TNotS intrigued me (Girl moves to London and becomes tangled up in a Jack the Ripper style murder mystery) so I bought this pretty much as soon as it came out. I wasn't expecting much more than an enjoyable, entertainin [...]



    18. 3.25 stars, maybe 3.5?? I'm not sure.Who's ready for an unorganized review that contains spoilers?Great! Take a seat. So, this book is… like Harry Potter, except Peeves is the villain and there's no magic. There are obviously places where one can argue that this is not true, but hear me out. - Sassy main character - Both have abilities that make them ~different~ Yer a ghost seer, Rory. - Fricken Peeves- British boarding school! (Honestly I thought prefects were only a Harry Potter thing. I was [...]


    19. A great YA paranormal urban fantasy story and the good news is this is a series. This is my first read of this author and I was impressed with the gentle humour and genuine insight into the mind of late teens in general and Rory, the main character's, personality. The supporting characters are likeable too and the fact that the focus of this book was not teenaged angst and romance was a big plus. Call-me-Claudia, the hockey-loving house mistress was good fun too. I shall definitely be continuing [...]


    20. Αυτό το βιβλίο έχει τα πάντα! Φαντάσματα, χιούμορ, μια αξιολάτρευτη ηρωίδα και τον Τζακ τον Αντεροβγάλτη. Η δεκαεφτάχρονη Αουρόρα έρχεται απο την Αμερική να φοιτήσει στο Λονδίνο. Όταν φτάνει όμως, γίνεται μια δολοφονία με τον ίδιο τρόπο που χτύπαγε και ο Τζακ ο Αντεροβγάλτη [...]


    21. Jack the Ripper is one of those topics I really wish they'd cover in the History syllabus for school. Instead it's 20th century this, and 20th century that. Even at A level - which, for all you non-British, non-TNofS readers, are the two years of excrutiating study we have before university, in which we study four and then three subjects respectively, of our own choosing - the syllabus for the vast majority of the time is an unimaginative, repetitive look at 20th century European and USA history [...]


    22. WOW! That last page!This better be part of a series, or I will have a mini fit.The Name of the Star was one heck of a book - creepy, funny, adventure-and-action filled, I really enjoyed it! I read it slowly over a few days, however I'm glad I did as I was able to take it all in and marvel in its uniqueness. There's just something about Jack the Ripper that sends shivers down your spine. I knew, reading this, that I was going to look into the original Ripper murders, and my goodness, some of thos [...]


    23. You can also find my review on my blog thatgirlbookwormJust a fun fact about me: I don't read book blurbs. Whether I've been anticipating the book for a long time, or it's a book I've never heard of, I don't read blurbs. I find they give away too many little spoilers that I would much rather find out. Therefore I am a judge a book by it's cover type of person.That being said, I chose to read this entirely because I loved Maureen Johnson's story in Let It Snow. That was my entire reason and there [...]



    24. Από τη στιγμή που τελείωσα το συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο ένα πράγμα αναρωτιέμαι συνεχώς: γιατί όλοι το έκριναν τόσο άσχημα;Πολλές φορές και εγώ κρίνω αρκετά βιβλία πιο αυστηρά απ’ ότι αξίζουν, αλλά πραγματικά αισθάνομαι πως «το όνομα του άστρου» είναι ένα από τα βιβλία που αδική [...]


    25. I was excited to start this book, I won a copy and I was always interested to see how Maureen Johnston writes. This book was obvious the best choice for me to dive into this authors writing styles. The synopsis looked great; I’m interested in a good mystery, and a Jack the Ripper oned it could have been a great book if they removed everything paranormal about it. I was really enjoying the mystery and the story of this Jack the Ripper copy cat.The story opens with Rory Deveaux; just ordinary, v [...]


    26. This was one of those books that made me remember why I like to read YA fiction so much. The main character was funny and she didn't take herself too seriously, and acted in a way that seemed completely realistic for a young adult in that situation. The story moved along nicely and built up a good deal of suspense along the way, and the cast of supporting characters were nicely developed and had legitimate voices of their own. Overall, it was just very satisfying, and made me want to read the ne [...]


    27. I've had this sitting around for years and decided to give it a try once I got all three books, just in case I loved it enough to want to dive into the rest immediately. I didn't love it, but I enjoyed it immensely. I like school stories, which this sort of is, though it's probably more accurate to say the boarding school is the framework the story fits into. Rory is a great protagonist, smart but not offputtingly so, good at some things, bad at others, and very likeable. She's from New Orleans, [...]


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