Laura Langston’s novel The Art Of Getting Stared At is a heartfelt character story. It explores the opposing pressures women face. Sloane has a step mother who wants her to focus more on her appearance and a mother who thinks that putting any effort into beauty makes you shallow. Both women are judgmental, and make assumptions based on appearances. Sloane has to learn for herself that taking pride in how she looks is ok but she can’t let her image define her or distract her from her more meaningful endeavors. This struggle becomes urgent when discovers she has an illness that causes her to lose her hair. She doesn’t want to care about how people see her, but this change in her appearance makes her very self-conscious and shakes her confidence in other areas of her life.
With an emotional story that will have teens examining their priorities, this novel has compelling characters and excellent writing.