Friday, March 28, 2014
The Chaos of Stars, by Kiersten White
Once out of Egypt, she makes some friends, meets a boy who looks good enough to be a god (but to the best of Isadora's knowledge is a mere mortal), and helps to supervise the set up of a small exhibit of some priceless odds and ends that her parents have lying around. There's some danger afoot but Isadora is worried most of all about Mom finding out that her new boyfriend is Greek (for understandable reason, Ancient Egyptian deities don't like the Greeks!).
It is all beautifully absurd and hilarious, and has a nice undercurrent about intergenerational understanding. The first half works spectacularly well as comedy (mostly based on the premise that modern dysfunctional families share a great deal in common with Egyptian gods) and is lively and fun. The second half is a decent adventure and mystery, but lacks the originality of the first part. That could be a mood killer, but overall there is that nice poignant familial reconciliation stuff that gets me all weepy. It's funny and ultimately uplifting, with a pleasant romantic coating. Overall, reminiscent of a better-than-average Meg Cabot novel like Avalon High.