The Art Of Getting Stared At

Paperback | September 1, 2015

byLaura Langston

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A coming-of-age story that exposes the struggle we all face to accept ourselves for who we are.
     After a school video she produced goes viral, sixteen-year-old Sloane is given a chance for a film school scholarship. She has less than two weeks to produce a second video, and she's determined to do it. Unfortunately, she must work with Isaac Alexander, an irresponsible charmer with whom she shares an uneasy history.
    On the heels of this opportunity comes a horrifying discovery: a bald spot on her head. No bigger than a quarter, the patch shouldn't be there. Neither should the bald spots that follow. Horror gives way to devastation when Sloane is diagnosed with alopecia areata. The autoimmune disease has no cause, no cure, and no definitive outcome. The spots might grow over tomorrow or Sloane might become completely bald. No one knows.
    Determined to produce her video, hide her condition, and resist Isaac's every charm, Sloane finds herself turning into the kind of person she has always mocked: someone obsessed with their looks. And just when she thinks things can't get any worse, Sloane is forced to make the most difficult decision of her life.

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 A coming-of-age story that exposes the struggle we all face to accept ourselves for who we are.     After a school video she produced goes viral, sixteen-year-old Sloane is given a chance for a film school scholarship. She has less than two weeks to produce a second video, and she's determined to do it. Unfortunately, she must work wi...

 Award-winning author LAURA LANGSTON enjoys writing for all groups of readers: children, young adults, and adults alike. She has won the Kobzar Award and her fiction for young readers has been shortlisted numerous times for readers' choice awards such as the Silver Birch Award and the Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award. Langston live...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 7 × 5.03 × 0.94 inPublished:September 1, 2015Publisher:PRH Canada Young ReadersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143188453

ISBN - 13:9780143188452

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional! I was immediately drawn into The Art of Getting Stared At by Laura Langston. The plot and character development are superb! I’m a huge fantasy/sci-fi reader, so on the rare occasion I do read contemporary it has to really stand out. I usually love contemporary reads selected for the Forest of Reading awards and I’m glad Langston’s novel lives up to that reputation. There’s a lot of conflict thrown Sloane’s way and her growth as an individual is outstanding. Character development is huge in this novel and Langston makes sure to include various literary conflict. The protagonist, Sloane Kendrick is a very relatable character because she presents herself as a confident person while deep down inside battling with how people see her. She also battles with the idea of being pretty versus being smart. For years, she’s believed you can only be either or and lives with the decision of ‘smart’. Sloane’s mother believes you should be true with oneself while Sloane’s stepmother, Kim thinks Sloane should value looks. This leads to a lot of issues between the two, and Sloane has felt for the longest time Kim is trying to fix her. Sloane’s image of Kim is someone without substance, she only cares about being pretty and wearing make-up. The more I read, the more Sloane started to realize maybe there’s more to Kim than her pre-conceived image, and more importantly maybe Sloane can be pretty and smart. When I first started reading Kim’s portrayal as a vain individual, I was really hoping for character development like this. In my opinion, you can’t send an image like this to a reader and not further examine it. Langston is a genius at creating situations where the reader learns more about her characters, and where her characters learn more about each other. Sloane is a huge film nerd and I found that aspect of her personality very believable. I love when Langston introduces these little details, like Sloane observing a scene and thinking it’d make a great film shot. I don’t know much about film or have a lot of interest in it, but I do love art and photography so I’m always thinking about how that scene would make a great photo, or I wish I had a camera because that lighting is perfect, etc. In the novel, Sloane is diagnosed with alopecia areata, a disease where the immune system attacks the hair follicles, causing hair loss and I found this combined with her passion for film a very compelling element. While Sloane prefers producing film versus starring in it, she still has to engage with multiple people. All of a sudden Sloane is struggling with being seen and how she’s seen. Before the novel started, a film Sloane produced for a film class was uploaded onto Youtube and gained 600,000 views in under 24 hours. This catches the eye of Sloane’s top film school and she’s encouraged to apply for a scholarship. She has less than three weeks to create a second film and needs to work with Isaac Alexander, someone she doesn’t have the greatest relationship with. Both get to know each other and realize there’s more to the other person than previously thought. I did expect romance between the two, but it’s like that slow burn romance where both don’t realize they like each other until closer to the end. Isaac is more openly flirtatious and while Sloane gives off false confidence when he says things like “you’re beautiful”, inside she wonders how can anyone like her in that way. This conflict of Sloane versus self is huge here. As Sloane is coming to terms with her disease, the support system she wants most, her mother is away volunteering in Sudan [doctor]. Trying to hold in her frustration with Kim generates a lot of emotion. Every time this secret, that Sloane is losing her hair, is made known to another person and another, I felt her anxiety and fear. When a book creates such a great emotional response in the reader that makes a contemporary read so impressive to me. I was totally and completely in Sloane’s head and even though I know this isn’t real, I was upset for Sloane and felt her uncertainty of what the future holds. Langston is truly an exceptional writer and reading this book was like watching a film, the emotions of her characters is so well-done. I recommend this to both the contemporary and non-contemporary reader. The Art of Getting Stared At lives up to the reputation of the Forest of Reading program and most importantly, encourages me to continue participating in these programs [White Pine selection]. Langston ends her book with a lasting impression on the reader.
Date published: 2016-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Trials of a Teenager I received a copy of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway Contest. The story centres around a sixteen year old girl named Sloane who is a budding filmmaker. She is on the verge of receiving a huge break when a disease that affects her hair makes her face who she really is and what she stands for. I thought this was a good in the aspect that the lead character had to deal with several things that could change her life. The book did a good job of looking at her character and how it handled and changed with all the challenges thrown at her. I did think that the conflict between Sloane and her step-mother was settled too easily for what a normal teenager and stepmother might go through. But that is just an opinion. I do not believe that I was the target audience for this book. I believe that the target audience was the 12 to 18 year range. I thought it was a good book and would recommend it to people in that age range.
Date published: 2015-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story Sixteen-year-old Sloane has just been offered the chance to compete for a film scholarship. She has two weeks to produce a video. If that wasn?t hard enough, she has to work with Isaac Alexander and she has to move in with her dad and step-mother while her mom?s away. Then Sloane discovers a bald spot on her head, then another, and another. She has alopecia areata, something with no known cause or cure. Her hair might grow back, it might all fall out, the doctors just don?t know. Sloane tries to distract herself with the video and keep her condition a secret, but as it gets worse, she finds herself becoming more like the girls she?s always mocked: someone who obsessed over their looks. This novel really hit me as I was reading it. I have a sister who was diagnosed with alopecia so I had a lot of sympathy for Sloane. Every time another character treated her fears as insignificant or silly because it was just hair, I wanted to scream at them. Easy for them to say when it wasn?t happening to them. I really enjoyed Sloane?s inner fight between not wanting to be one of those girls who only care about her looks and realizing that she does care, and that it doesn?t have to be a bad thing. As more was revealed about why Sloane thought she shouldn?t care, and the more she realized she did, it was like we were seeing the real Sloane. I also liked the complicated relationships she had with her mother and her step-mother, especially the one with step-mom Kim. I appreciated that even with the diagnosis, that the book was so much more than just Sloane having alopecia. She had a life before and she?ll have one during. It didn?t become a ?this girl is her disease? novel. It forced her to grow up, to realize some harsh truths about herself, but it didn?t change what she loved or the things she was good at doing. I thought the author did a great job expressing Sloane?s reaction to her disease but I wish we?d gotten more of her parents? reactions and more time to see other characters react. The video project and Sloane?s forced work relationship with Isaac was a lot of fun. He turned out to be really sweet and I was definitely hoping he?d turn out to be a good guy for Sloane. Sloane?s best friend Lexi was also a lot of fun and I couldn?t stop from smiling when she would appear. I actually wouldn?t mind seeing the final video that they ended up producing. It sounded good. I love that YA books are tackling subjects like this and bringing awareness to things that don?t really get talked about all that often. I hope to see more of it happening.
Date published: 2014-10-07

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