Fans of Jennifer E. Smith and Jenny Han will fall in love with this heartfelt and humor-laced debut following one girl’s race to find the guy of her cosmic dreams.
When zodiac-obsessed teen Wilamena Carlisle discovers a planetary alignment that won’t repeat for a decade, she’s forced to tackle her greatest astrological fear: The Fifth House—relationships and love.
But when Wil falls for a sensitive guitar player hailing from the wrong side of the astrology chart, she must decide whether a cosmically doomed love is worth rejecting her dead mother’s legacy and the very system she’s faithfully followed through a lifetime of unfailing belief.
Description taken from Goodreads. I received an advance copy of this book, published May 10th, 2016
If you love the astronomical signs and contemporary fiction, this book practically fell out of the sky just so you could read it. Summer of Supernovas is cute and fluffy. It perfectly incorporates its themes. I loved the way that Darcy showed how Wil was letting her love for the stars put her entire life on hold. There were so many surprising and beautifully written passages to the book. Even though I don’t believe in the whole astrology signs thing, it was interesting to read about and explore.
But I would be lying if I said it’s definitely a 4 star read for me.
Maybe it was the complete suspension of belief.
Maybe it was the love triangle that I had no idea happened between two brothers.
Maybe it wasn’t the right time to read this book. I wanted a fluffy contemporary, but this tried to be serious in all the wrong ways. Even though I liked it, I have to admit that their problems were pretty cliché.
Like I mentioned before, I was pleasantly surprised by the way Darcy wove her points into the story. Wil’s love for the stars is completely entrenched in keeping up with her deceased mother, and everyone can see it but her. This story wasn’t just about Wil’s romance; it was also about her finally grieving her mom properly. Like many of the other character traits, this was somewhat trite. I felt like it didn’t live up to it’s potential and that the mother’s death was forgotten too easily.
While we’re talking about things falling into place, Wil seems to magically get whatever she wants within the span of a few seconds. People generally adore her, her love interests love everything about her like she’s the only thing in the world that matters. I’m not going to call Mary Sue, though this book dangled very close to that.
I guess my true issue with this book was that it didn’t feel real, and not in the realistic this-could-never-happen sense. There was nothing meaningful about it. As much as I wanted to love this book, it’s only a book that I would pick up as a harmless read when I’ve read too much gritty fiction and need to take a break.
In this book’s defense, I’m not the biggest contemporary reader. I can see people loving this story. It’s sweet, and it’s funny. I loved Wil with both of the boys in this book, and I thought both of them were sweet. Albeit, they were basically carbon copies of each other with one being generally darker and one being generally lighter than the other, but they had defining traits that made them easy to distinguish.
In the end, it wasn’t written in the stars. The story didn’t draw me in the way I’d hoped that it would, although I can see myself recommending it to others. If you don’t an unrealistic contemporary, don’t read this one. If you want good date ideas, read this one. 2 stars.