The Name of the Star — Book Review


The Deets

author: Maureen Johnson

released: September 29, 2011

format: hard back, paper back, e-book, audiobook

pages: 400 pages

publisher: Speak; Reprint edition (Oct 2, 2012)

Read: April 28-9, 2013

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The Down-low

The day that Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London to start a new life at boarding school is also the day a series of brutal murders breaks out over the city, killings mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper spree of more than a century ago. Soon “Rippermania” takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him–the only one who can see him. And now Rory has become his next target. In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.. (from

Why You Should Buy It

Jack the Ripper returns!  The most famous unsolved mystery is at the heart of this book.  But there is also an American teenager trying to assimilate into the boarding school system of London, romance, and paranormal experiences.  This book will capture your attention with the creepy factor, but keep you hooked with humor and wit that only someone like Maureen Johnson can provide.

My Thoughts

This is another book I’ve been thinking of reading for a long time.  I think the original cover kept me away, it was not flattering at all!  However, I decided to pick it up and was more than pleasantly surprised   While it is different from Blue Envelopes, it has the same wit and charm that comes with a Maureen Johnson book.  I could not stop laughing at the main character’s personality.

There are some parts that are a tad predictable, but that is to be expected in a young adult book.  I read one review that stated they did not care for the romance part of the story, which I completely understand.  I think this is probably because it is more real — awkward, confusing, and hormonal.  This isn’t an Edward and Bella love fest, which is actually refreshing.

One criticism I have is that some important parts of the book seem glossed over or confusing.  While it detracted my attention, I don’t think it compromised the integrity of the plot.

Without giving much away, I was impressed with how the story line built around the Ripper story, but had its own stand alone intrigue.  If you are looking for something that includes International culture, an American outside of her element, and paranormal goodness, then this book is definitely for you!


Four out of Five Stars

6 thoughts on “The Name of the Star — Book Review

  1. I’ve actually never read a Maureen Johnson book – but after some amazon searching, I’ve gotta say that I think the covers of her other novels are far more off-putting than either the hardcover or paperback version of this one! Would “Name of the Star” be an okay book to start with, you think? I’m kinda sold based on your review 🙂

    • I don’t know why the gray cover of this book made me overlook it so many times, but the newer one looks really great. It kind of sparkles when it hits the light, which is cool. I am not really sold on any of her book covers, but luckily her writing style and personality wholly make up for that.

      As far as what to read first.. Okay so the 13 Envelopes series is still my favorite of hers… I really felt like I was traveling cross-country through Europe. But, there is a lot of sadness involved, since she is following the advice of her aunt who died. There is more romance in this book than the other too, so that kind of factors in to things.

      The Name of the Star is more mystery — you are still in London, but really we don’t see a lot of the city. She spends most of her time on the campus of her school. Also, it’s got the whole Jack the Ripper thing going on, which really was intriguing and drove the story forward.

      I know I didn’t REALLY answer your question, haha, but hopefully that helps narrow down which you’d like better. 🙂

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