Summer of Supernovas – Darcy Woods – Crown Books – Published 10 May 2016
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.
I usually steer away from books with love triangles and this book is centred around a girl who is torn between two guys. So I’m not sure why I was so excited to read it. Maybe because of that beautiful cover. Or maybe it was the many glowing reviews. Or maybe just because it sounded fantastic. Whichever reason, I am very glad I did because this was a great book., fun, exciting and romantic. Summer of Supernovas has a slightly crazy but loveable protagonist, a supportive and eccentric best friend, a few family secrets and complications, a warm summery setting and two very charming love interests.
Wil, short for Wilamena, has always believed the stars hold the answer to her destiny. By looking at the stars she feels closer to the mother she tragically lost. And a current planetary alignment means she has just one month to find her soul mate. So when she meets two brothers, one who she is irresistibly drawn to and the other who the charts say is perfect for her, she knows chaos is likely to ensue.
I liked Wil. She is funny, wears vintage clothes and is a protective friend, loving granddaughter, baker, and is deathly afraid of clowns and needles. Yes, she is torn between two guys, and yes, during the majority of book she swings between knowing which one she wants and which one she thinks she should want. But the story is never infuriating or ridiculous. There are plenty of great lines to laugh at and hilarious near-death experiences.
While there are some heavy topics that underpin this storyline, from the death of family and friends, addiction and family secrets, the story remains a simple and light romance.
And I really liked the ending!! I thought it was clever and a great way to tie up this story, which is equal parts romance, humour and cosmic perfection (with a little chaos thrown in for good measure).
Category: Young adult fiction.
Themes: Romance, astrology, star signs, love, family, .
Reading age guide: Ages 14 and up.
Advisory: Sexual references and implied sexual scenes. Coarse language, s***, f***, sl**, bit**. References to drug use.
Published: 10 May 2016 by Crown Books for Young Readers.
Format: Hardcover, ebook. 352 pages.