Stargazing for Beginners by Jenny McLachlan

32021893.jpgScience geek Meg is left to look after her little sister for ten days after her free-spirited mum leaves suddenly to follow up yet another of her Big Important Causes. But while Meg may understand how the universe was formed, baby Elsa is a complete mystery to her.

And Mum’s disappearance has come at the worst time: Meg is desperate to win a competition to get the chance to visit NASA headquarters, but to do this she has to beat close rival Ed. Can Meg pull off this double life of caring for Elsa and following her own dreams? She’ll need a miracle of cosmic proportions


Stargazing for beginners is such a great contemporary and although there is the cliche nerd girl ends up liking popular boy it was so cute and adorable I didn’t care.

Meg is a teen, smart, ambitious, shy, and riddled with social anxiety when presented with groups of people. She can seem stand offish or “snobby” which rang true if you’re awkward and shy a lot of people can see you like this which sucks but hey so can people, especially high schoolers.

Me at Meg’s Mum basically the whole book

Meg’s mum is a free spirit to say the LEAST, after her Mum decides an unexplained trip will be fun Meg A SIXTEEN YEAR OLD is left caring for her baby sister, she does have the option of going to her grandpas but umm uhhh he has chickens, hamster powered electricity and maybe a brewery with the chance of exploding plus he smokes inside and is all round a freaking mess. He’s clever and sharp but eccentric and seemingly carefree so it’s not the best environment for a baby let alone a human.


Deciding stuff her Family, Meg takes care or her baby sister Elsa, goes to school, studies her speech for the chance to win a trip to a space station and maybe get that one step closer to her dream of becoming an Astronaut.

I really loved Meg’s resolve, her finding a place in herself and a responsibility, but my fave thing was all the relationships she developed.

Meg found a connection with her baby sister Elsa she didn’t know she could have, she made un expected friends who were an amazing addition to the story and helped push her and support her, she got crazy with science and had fun, she was still shy and had anxiety but she worked on it and found she could be weird and talk science and have people listen and be interested.

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The ending felt just like the feeling you get after watching a warm and fuzzy movie that ends well, everything’s just perfect and I was smiling about how happy for Meg I was, I kinda expected some upbeat pop song to start playing and credits to roll.

To sum up, Cute, Nerdy, Fun 4/5 stars!

Also a big thank you to Mollie at Molliethereader your review is the one that made me want to read this! 

Have you read this? What other books staring smart girl main characters do you love? Let me know!

Thank you Netgalley and the publishers for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review

20 thoughts on “Stargazing for Beginners by Jenny McLachlan

  1. Hahahah @upbeat pop song! But, for real, imagine how cool it would be if books had this high-tech feature to include songs to accompany the story and somehow follow your reading speed too. :O I’m glad to hear how much you enjoyed this though! I almost thought you were going to include that “yeah, science!” gif with Aaron Paul!! 😀 😀 Great review!!

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    1. Damn missed opportunity in the gif department, I’m officially disappointed in myself XD
      It would just be awesome to have a life sound track following us everywhere! But yes to books with their own personal playlists to go with the plot mood.

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  2. I really enjoyed this one too Casey, have you read her Ladybirds series? That’s super cute and nerdy too. Hilariously funny. I just couldn’t move past how irresponsible her mother was. Free spirits don’t typically have children they abandon and then she returns and it’s all, well that was a great learning experience. No lady, it bloody well wasn’t. But I loved it. Meg is an intelligent girl interested in STEM subjects and I love fictional girls who want to push against that glass ceiling. Wonderful review Casey, so glad you enjoyed it ❤ ❤

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    1. I liked her mum at the start and then she just leaves i was like WHAT umm hey you have a 15 yr old and A BABY.
      I loved Meg and how interested in science she was, I wouldn’t mind a epilogue about her space adventures when she older xD
      I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did but it’s so cute I think it would actually make a really fun movie adaptation 🙂


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