Review| Starstruck – S.E. Anderson

I have seen the book Starstruck around quite a few times, but didn’t have the chance to review it then. The author offered me a copy to read and review. I’m starting to be more interested in science fiction, so I was excited to read Starstruck.

After an incident with a hot-air balloon causes college-dropout Sally Webber to lose her job, she sets off to find direction in her life. Crashing into a teleporting alien, however, is not on her to-do list.

Now she’s on the run from TV-drama-loving aliens, and things are just getting started. Zander won’t stop reeling her into life-or-death situations to save her planet, as he waits for his laser-wielding sister to search the universe for him. Though Sally isn’t quite sure if he wants to save Earth from annihilation, or just quell his curiosity of all things human.

On top of this, she’s got to find lost alien emissaries, as well as a job, and stop the planet from getting incinerated in the process. But with Zander as her roommate, what could possibly go wrong?


I am having a hard time deciding between 3.5 and 4 stars. I am leaning toward 4 stars, because I really did enjoy reading this. While I really enjoyed the story and it was a fast read, there were some things I would’ve liked to seen more of/ differently.
Sally just isn’t having a good day. A hot-air balloon makes her late for work (and days later she still can’t find her alarm clock), she loses her job and her roommate is off to elope, so she needs to find someone fast.
On top of that, she runs someone over with her car who turns out to be an alien. Her life turns upside down after that. In between finding a job, dating and making sure the world isn’t blown up, she is just trying to be a normal girl.
I love this author’s writing style. I was sucked right into the story and it was a fast read. I’m just starting to read more science fiction and this one is an interesting one to continue with. I had a feeling while reading that there is more going on with Sally. A lot has happened in her life, but I kind of hoped we would learn more about her past. Later in the book we do learn a bit more, but I still felt like there are missing pieces that were needed in this story.
Zander was my favorite character in this book. He is still learning about earth and humans. I love that he gets interested in sci-fi shows and working. The sitations he ended up in definitely had me laughing out loud.
The alien aspect and the world ending was really interesting and I loved the action near the end of the book. Even though this has been solved, it’s clear that this isn’t the end of Sally’s story. She is still finding her way into the world and what she wants.
If you want an action filled book with humor, aliens and awkward human moments, I would definitely recommend Starstruck.

It’s also fun reading about series that you like or just having a main character be a fangirl in some way. I am really looking forward to the next book in this series!

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