Sarah is forced to take a summer poetry class as penance for trashing the home of a famous poet, in this fresh novel about finding your own voice. Sarah has had her happy ending: she is at the party of the year with the most popular boy in school. But when that boy turns out to be a troublemaker who decided to throw a party at a cottage museum dedicated to renowned poet Rufus Baylor, everything changes. By the end of the party, the whole cottage is trashed-curtains up in flames, walls damaged, mementos smashed-and when the partygoers are caught, they're all sentenced to take a summer class studying Rufus Baylor's poetry-with Baylor as their teacher. For Sarah, Baylor is a revelation. Unlike her mother, who is obsessed with keeping up appearances, and her estranged father, for whom she can't do anything right, Rufus Baylor listens to what she has to say and appreciates her ear for language. Through his classes, Sarah starts to see her relationships and the world in a new light and finds that maybe her happy ending is really only part of a much more interesting beginning. The Language of Stars is a gorgeous celebration of poetry, language, and love from celebrated author Louise Hawes.
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"Narrator Katie Schorr's voice is soft as she begins Sarah Wheeler's first-person story. This gentleness conveys the meekness of a girl who is cowed by her boorish father, controlling mother, and domineering boyfriend. Schorr's gentle tone also represents Sarah's dreamy, poetic side. Her conflicted feelings intensify as Sarah ignores her convictions and parties in a museum that is dedicated to her town's hero, Poet Laureate Rufus Baylor. When the museum is destroyed, the wrongdoers must take a class with Baylor himself. Schorr captures Baylor's melodic Southern tones, disarming charm, and growing tenderness toward Sarah. Gradually, her narration reflects Sarah's increasing belief in herself and discovery of what's truly important to her. Schorr's excellent portrayals are crucial to a this character-driven novel. S.W. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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