The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
Read by: Megan/Copley Teen Room Intern
Louisiana native Rory moves to London to attend Wexford, a boarding school. Just as she is getting settled in, a killer begins to kill much in the same fashion as Jack the Ripper, the famous serial killer of 1888. Victims are found with their throats slit and their organs removed in the same pattern as the original Ripper murders. The police are utterly baffled, and the public is in fear and awe over this reprise of the Ripper murders. Despite the CCTV cameras stationed all over London, no one knows what the killer actually looks like. In the midst of this mysterious murder hype, Rory realizes that she can see the killer. That’s when things start to get really interesting.
I had a lot of fun with this book and enjoyed reading it. Maureen Johnson does a really good job of taking this infamous historical personality and taking it in a completely different direction. The overall plot is creative, and she has good pacing and story development. Things didn’t turn out quite how I expected, but I liked what the plot twist immensely. If I had anything to complain about the book, it was the character of Rory. While she has definite memorable traits, I did not feel that they did enough to make her feel believable. It is true that she is the narrator, but all she really does is convey the story. I wasn’t convinced that she really had that big of a role overall. Nevertheless, the story is worth a read.