Review: ‘The Art of Getting Stared At’ by Laura Langston

I received this book for free from requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘The Art of Getting Stared At’ by Laura LangstonThe Art of Getting Stared At by Laura Langston
Published by Razorbill Canada on September 9th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 288
Format: ARC
Source: requested from publisher
Sixteen-year-old Sloane is given the biggest opportunity of her life—a chance for a film school scholarship—but she only has less than two weeks to produce a video. She also has to work with Isaac Alexander, an irresponsible charmer with whom she shares an uneasy history.

Then comes a horrifying discovery: Sloane finds a bald spot on her head. The pink patch, no bigger than a quarter, 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 they might be there for life. She could become completely bald. No one knows.

Determined to produce her video and keep her condition secret, Sloane finds herself turning into the kind of person she has always mocked: someone obsessed with their looks. She’s also forced to confront a painful truth: she is as judgmental as anyone else … but she saves the harshest judgments for herself.

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Slogan loves nothing but movies, making them, editing them and filming them. A documentary about shoes goes viral on the Internet and she gets noticed by a film school. Her teacher tells her to go for the scholarship that is being given but the deadline is tight, only a month away. With the help of her sexy classmate she tries to get her video done. But then her hair starts to fall out in clumps and the worry and stress about how she looks like starts to get to her and she becomes a changed person. Will she realize there’s more to life than just losing all her hair or will she also lose her ambition too?


Sloan is one of those main characters that make you super frustrated. At first, she is driven and wants nothing but to go to film school. Then when she realized what her disease did to her hair, she became obsessed. And that obsession was with how she looked like, something I tried to understand. I felt that Laura Langston really had the voice of a teenager, one who whines and complains about her problems. I know those were her problems she tried to fix, but I really couldn’t stand that she compared it to cancer. She gets to live and isn’t sick at all. I wanted her to go through a huge character arc and realize how petty she’s being. In the end, I kind of gave up on her changing her mind. One thing that I was dying to know was if she even got the scholarship. I was disappointed to learn that there was no conclusion to her hard work.


A decent easy-to-read book with a disease that would feel like it’s the worst possible thing to have. Langston writes with a true teenage voice, and I recommend it to anyone looking for a good contemporary read.



Mom has told me for years that beauty can hide a lot of ugly. She’s right. (6)
Women want someone to make them laugh while men prefer to make people laugh. (59)
I take care of myself. I’m a good person. This isn’t fair. (75)
Better to try and fail than not try at all. (83)
You obsess just like the rest of us. Only you obsess about being different. (92)
You know a pile of cool trivia. You don’t follow the crowd. You’re passionate about film. I like that. (101)
Life as you know it had changed and the only thing you can control is who you tell. (120)
I am more than the hair on my head. More than my looks. (152)
Sometimes the most courageous thing we can do is ask for help. (165)
Pity is just another form of judgement. (185)
You’re the smart one and you’ll never be pretty but you don’t care what you look like because you’re better than that and it’s substance over style. (214)
I never realized how easy it was to hide behind being normal until normal was gone. (235)
Beauty is doing the best we can with whatever situation we find ourselves in. (261)

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  1. Jaime Lynn

    December 18, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    I can’t read a book where a character compares losing their hair to a cancer patient. Yes, I can imagine it would be heartbreaking. It would make me incredibly sad, but I would never say something like that because of exactly what you said. Sure she lost her hair, but she isn’t fighting every single day for her life, not knowing if that fight is winnable. I may have tried this one before hearing that, but now? I’m out!

  2. Lotus

    December 18, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    Thanks for the review. I agree that the ending would be disappointing for me as well. I won’t be putting this on my TBR list.

  3. Cali W.

    December 18, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    Good review. This story sounds interesting with the girl and her obsessions.

    • giselle

      December 18, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      It definitely was different!

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