In book reviews, a starred review is a review marked with a star to denote a book of distinction or particularly high quality.[1][2] A starred review can help to increase sales of a book.[3][4][5]

Kirkus Reviews faced criticism in 2017 after it removed its starred review from American Heart by Laura Moriarty after criticism was leveled at the book for having a white savior narrative.[6]


  1. ^ Charles, Ron (2014-05-14). "Kirkus unveils three $50,000 book prizes". Washington Post. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  2. ^ "Stars | Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books". Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  3. ^ Gottstein, R. (2010). A starred review. Library Journal, 135(19), 10. Retrieved from
  4. ^ Holley, Robert P., ed. (2015-09-15). Self-Publishing and Collection Development: Opportunities and Challenges for Libraries. Purdue University Press. doi:10.2307/j.ctt1wf4dpf.9. ISBN 9781612494425. JSTOR j.ctt1wf4dpf.
  5. ^ Waldman, Adelle (2003-09-12). "The book reviews that matter". Slate Magazine. Retrieved 2019-05-12.
  6. ^ Heller, Nathan (2017-10-23). "Kirkus Reviews and the Plight of the "Problematic" Book Review". ISSN 0028-792X. Retrieved 2019-05-12.