Kristin Folger feels like she's on another planet. Her body keeps changing shape. Her mother wants her to dress like a girl. Her best friend's dating a weirdo. And there's a ghost in the attic that no one wants to talk about.
In the era of Watergate, the Vietnam War, and David Bowie, fourteen-year-old Kristin navigates the external and internal changes that come at top speed. The Life History of a Star is Kristin's sometimes comical, sometimes cynical, always thoughtful diary about what her life has been like since the ghost arrived. It takes a lot of time and an unforgettable family therapy session for Kristin to begin to learn who the ghost was -- and who he still is. And where on earth she fits in.
Caught up in the politics of her time and in the middle of a family who doesn't always understand her, Kristin makes a memorable journey through the byways of adolescence -- all the way to the stars and back again.
Annette Curtis Klause author of Blood and Chocolate and The Silver Kiss I really enjoyed The Life History of a Star. I gobbled it down! I recognize myself in Kristin Folger and I recognize all these kids; I knew them in high school. This is a compelling fragile mix of funny and hurt -- a powerful portrayal of loss, and of a family in grieving, from the point of view of a sharp-witted teenaged girl, which creates a humorous, yet touching, and altogether real narrative. Tension and mystery are maintained in the midst of the description of everyday life, and the audience can laugh yet also read between the lines and sense the scary depths under the surface. I'll look forward to reading more by Kelly Easton.