Cyn Balog / May 27, 2020

Starstruck Gwendolyn Dough X doesn t think she has much going for her she carries a few extra pounds her family struggles with their small bakery in a town full of millionaires and the other kids at her New Je

  • Title: Starstruck
  • Author: Cyn Balog
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 438
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Gwendolyn Dough X doesn t think she has much going for her she carries a few extra pounds, her family struggles with their small bakery in a town full of millionaires, and the other kids at her New Jersey high school don t seem to know that she exists Thank the stars for her longtime boyfriend, Philip P Wishman or Wish He moved away to California three years ago, whGwendolyn Dough X doesn t think she has much going for her she carries a few extra pounds, her family struggles with their small bakery in a town full of millionaires, and the other kids at her New Jersey high school don t seem to know that she exists Thank the stars for her longtime boyfriend, Philip P Wishman or Wish He moved away to California three years ago, when they were 13, but then professed his love for her via e mail, and he s been her long distance BF ever since At the beginning of her junior year, though, Wish e mails that he s moving back to Jersey Great, right Well, except that Dough has gained about 70 pounds since the last time Wish saw her, while Wish according to his Facebook photos has morphed into a blonde god Convinced that she ll be headed for Dumpsville the minute Wish lays eyes on her, Dough delays their meeting as long as she possibly can.But when she sees Wish at school, something amazing happens He looks at Dough like she s just as gorgeous as he is But Wish is acting a little weird, obsessed with the sun and freaked out by rain And the creepy new guy working at the bakery, Christian, is convinced that there s to Wish s good looks than just healthy eating and lots of sun He tells Dough that a mark on Wish s neck marks him as a member of the Luminati an ancient cult of astrologers who can manipulate the stars to improve their lives Is Wish and Dough s love meant to be or are they star crossed From the Hardcover edition.

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      • Cyn Balog

        Cyn Balog is a normal, everyday Jersey Girl who always believed magical things can happen to us when we least expect them She is author of young adult paranormals FAIRY TALE 2009 , SLEEPLESS 2010 , STARSTRUCK 2011 , TOUCHED 2012 , and her most recent release DEAD RIVER 2013.e She lives outside Allentown, Pennsylvania with her husband and daughters.She also writes under the pen name Nichola Reilly Nichola Reilly is Cyn Balog s post apocalyptic fantasy writing alter ego The first book in her series, DROWNED, will be releasing from Harlequin TEEN sometime in 2014, followed by a sequel, BURIED, in 2015.


    1. I didn't finish this book. There's a couple of reasons why, the first one being this - and i'm quoting directly from the book"His eyes are like pools of chlorinated water"The book was really stupid. I'm not saying it was all bad, but come on, certain descriptions or actions of characters where just so incredibly dumb to the point where I was laughing and I wasn't sure if it was for real. I was so taken aback by so many things that were happening, like this one guy that dressed like a goth and se [...]

    2. Ugh! I can't believe I actually read this book! It was pretty bad, but I had to give it a second star because I will admit that I couldn't stop reading the first half. Then I had to force myself to finish the second half once the storyline got completely ridiculous. First, I couldn't stand the main character. Gwendolyn (aka Dough) is full of self-loathing which, while perhaps not completely unrealistic for some teens, got really old, really fast. I felt like the constant self-deprecation and rid [...]

    3. 3.75 starsA YA romance with a paranormal element.I liked that this was the first book I've read with an overweight heroine where she doesn't have to lose weight or change herself to win the guy - she starts out the book already winning him just as she is. She just has to realize it. Gwendolyn, "Dough", is overweight, from the wrong side of the tracks, works in her mom's bakery (where it's easy to grab a white cream donut or 2 or more), has a stick-thin twig of a younger sister, lots of snark, an [...]

    4. Starstruck by Cyn Balog left me cold. I was not at all impressed with this mediocre story.Synopsis: Gwendolyn "Dough" X doesn't think she has much going for her—she carries a few extra pounds, her family struggles with their small bakery in a town full of millionaires, and the other kids at her New Jersey high school don't seem to know that she exists. Thank the stars for her longtime boyfriend, Philip P. Wishman—or "Wish." He moved away to California three years ago, when they were 13, but [...]

    5. Oh glory. Yet another novel that fits onto the category of almost-long-enough, chic-flick-paranormal-crossover-wannabe shelf.It's never quite what it wants, or seems, to be.POSITIVE elements:1) it's funny. The whole fat girl approach makes for some cute and hilarious situations, admittedly at Dough's expense. 2) the main character is very original compared to modern ya literature.3) not much swearing or sexual contentGATIVE elements:1) three quarters chick flick, one quarter paranormal. Chronolo [...]

    6. Brief summary: Gwendolyn "Dough" is in a panic. Her long distance boyfriend, Wish, is coming back to live near her again. She's changed, though. She's gained a lot of weight, is pretty much invisible at school, and is worried what he'll think of his "loser" girlfriend. When Wish arrives, it is obvious he has changed too. He's rock star beautiful and he is instantly the most popular guy around. And yet, he wants to be with Gwen?! The new guy, Christan, working at Gwen's family's bakery thinks he [...]

    7. I was really excited when I heard of Cyn Balog's Starstruck. I originally read Ms. Balog's Fairy Tale and I absolutely loved it. So needless to say I was excited about the chance for an early reviewer's copy. I found the synopsis intriguing and unique since you rarely read a book where the heroine is obese. The fact that it had some fantasy elements made it even more seductive for me. And while I did like some of these elements, I really had a hard time reading this book. For starters, you are r [...]

    8. I have reached the skip-mass-portions-of-text reading phase of this book, starting with page 63. Yet another feel sorry for the poor, misfit, self-loathing fat girl story. More ridiculously bad luck is visited upon unlucky, unplucky "heroine" Dough in a single afternoon than can realistically be expected to happen to anyone in a monthIF that. Nobody is that unlucky--NOBODY. (On top of that, if I have to read one more paragraph of excruciating detail of obesity and self-hatred, I may scream. I ge [...]

    9. I picked up Starstruck because I loved Cyn's previous books, Fairy Tale and Sleepless, and I was not disappointed. The story is light but carries depth, and the supernatural element enjoyable and not overplayed. The humor was impeccable and the timing spot on. Dough was such an engaging character and her reactions to different situations were completely realistic. Simply put, I loved it. Wish did get on my nerves a few times, but what guy doesn't? Again, an engaging and realistic character. Oh, [...]

    10. I bought this book at the end of 2015 cause I loved how the cover looked, and it was like $2 at Book Outlet. I started it in Feb 2016, and just couldn't get into it, so I left it on my "currently reading" list until now (Jan 2017). The entire storyline is just one giant WTF is happening moment. I DID NOT see any of it coming honestly one of the strangest concepts I've ever read. I give it 3 stars cause it wasn't a horrible story (and it's super short) and it definetly had its moments where I wan [...]

    11. . Letto a tempo di record è un paranormal romance davvero insolito e fuori dagli schemi . Di per sé la storia è originale. Non ci sono vampiri ,licantropi,angeli o fate e questa è una vera novità. La protagonista è Gwendolyn Reilly ,per niente bella,grassottella, veste in modo spaventoso e considerata da tutti un’outsider. Questo già di per se è un passo avanti dalla solita ragazza bella ricca e dotata di qualche strano dono o maledizione. Lei è una comunissima umana. Sempre con una c [...]

    12. The beginning of this novel reads like a contemporary YA story. There really isn't any hint of supernatural elements until you get about 100 pages in, which is a lot considering this novel is only 256 pages long. The ONLY hint you will get is that Wish has somehow morphed into a head-turning hottie since the main character, Gwen, saw him last. Gwen was a breath of fresh air. She's a girl with a bit of a weight issue, who wears her insecurities on her sleeve. That really drew me in. It made me wa [...]

    13. I read Cyn Balog's Sleepless before, and was pretty bummed out about the direction the story went. Likewise, I experienced the same frustration with this novel. The Luminati story could definitely have been explored deeper. I was promised something supernatural/paranormal, but all I got was a mere mention of tattoos and astrology perfecting people's lives. Ummm, what? Care to explain some more, Balog? The Luminati are probably supposed to be mysterious and awesome, but I find them lacking and bo [...]

    14. Do looks matter? Are they worth compromising your life in order to appear as something you are not? These ideas are explored in Starstruck. I read this one straight through and really enjoyed it. I thought Gwendolyn "Dough" is very likable and sympathetic although she doesn't make you feel sorry for her. She knows she has gained weight and doesn't look like she did when her best friend, Wish, moves to California. Wish has his own secrets and feels as unloved as Dough does, except he has a secret [...]

    15. 3.5 starsI like the voice of the narrator, Dough, in this book. Her sarcasm was funny and her thoughts seemed very real. Her constant negativity did get somewhat irritating after a time though. She's already said she's overweight and unpopular so I did start to feel that it was a little too much when she kept repeating that.There are some things I was confused about. She seems to have been a normal size girl when she last saw Wish. A typical twelve year old girl would weigh about one hundred pou [...]

    16. Mermaids.Werewolves, ZombiesVampiresis book tackles a supernatural figure I have YET to read about, the Illuminati, who are people who can take energy from the stars and use it to manipulate their appearance with dire consequences. IN this book, Gwyndolyn "Dough" is a heavy girl who gets picked on at school becuase of her weight. Her boyfriend Wish, has been away for a while, and when he comes back, everyone is shocked that he is interested in her. He is MOVIE STAR gorgeous. Does he REALLY love [...]

    17. Why did I read this? I bought it for the high school and could download it to my Kindle from the library. I didn't realize it was paranormal romance, or I might not have read it at all. What was the weirdest is that it takes about 60% of the book before you even know it's a paranormal romance and not a fat girl self-pity book. This goes right into my pile of books that perpetuate the notion that it's okay for girls to date boys whose existence threatens their lives because it's romantic to be th [...]

    18. I was bored by the time I was about 1/3 in. I even considered not finishing it, but I thought it might get better, so I did finish. The characters were so bland. The guy was just like a block of wood, with no personality and seemingly no reason to exist other than to be the main guy character for this story. The other characters just were not compelling enough to carry the story. I really wanted to like it and had high expectations when I picked it up. I guess it just wasn't the book for me.

    19. Oh, this was just lovely. I thought for a bit that it would be a "fat girl realizes she's beautiful because some boy tells her she is," but that's not really what happens. And the main character is fiercely funny, awkward, and believable; I laughed out loud and cringed right along with her when she embarrassed herself.

    20. I got to the second page of chapter 8 where I read a description that really drew the line of me reading this book. I really don't like leaving a book part way through reading it unless I have no choice but I honestly can't finish this book.

    21. i really enjoyed reading this - liked the characters and the setting. the supernatural element was slow building, interesting and then really quickly resolved. that bit was weird. Also felt i needed more is there another one of these coming out?

    22. Yet another shitty author! Man, where are these crappy authors coming from??? This book should never be published

    23. Quick, easy read. The MC had terrible self-esteem, the love interest was underdeveloped, and the magic element wasn't fully explained. It was just okay.

    24. Originally reviewed on my blog, Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing. Starstruck by Cyn Balog is a book that has me pulled in so many different directions, made me feel so many things, and tossed me around so much that everything kind of balanced the other stuff out and I'm left feeling a little more positive than neutral. Does that even make sense? Let me see if I can clarify a little here.Gwendolyn (Dough) is the main character of the story and she is very overweight. Her younger sister is per [...]

    25. InhaltGwen und Wish waren schon immer beste Freunde, jetzt sind sie ein Paar und das obwohl Wish vor vier Jahren weggezogen ist. Jetzt kommt er zurück, was ja eigentlich eine gute Nachricht sein sollte, doch für Gwendolyn, alias Dough, ist es alles andere als das. In vier Jahren kann sich viel ändern, Gwen und Wish haben sich beide sehr verändert. Im Gegensatz zu Wish, der sich zum wohl attraktivsten Jungen der Schule entwickelt hat, hat Gwen zugenommen und findet sich selbst alles andere al [...]

    26. Cyn Balog is one of my favorite young adult authors. Her stories always have the perfect blend of magical realism/supernatural, romance, and wit. The unique spin she puts on paranormal stereotypes and expectations constantly amazes me. I adored FAIRY TALE and swooned at SLEEPLESS, so while I didn’t know what to expect with STARSTRUCK, I knew that I was in great hands. In STARSTRUCK, Ms. Balog has an unexpected protagonist. Gwendolyn is an overweight (230 pounds) teenage girl with unfortunate h [...]

    27. First impressions: Gwen/Dough is a fantastic narrator. She shows us who she is from the moment we meet her. She's funny, sarcastic, a bit down on herself, but able to handle anything thrown at her without losing sight of the big picture. There's no unnecessary drama here.Lasting impressions: The realistic elements of the story were more meaningful than the paranormal Luminati stuff. I wish the astrology part had been introduced sooner so it didn't seem like it was tacked on to the back end of an [...]

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