Summer of Supernovas Paperback – May 9, 2017
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“A lovely, quirky, and hysterical book about questioning fate and what you’ve been taught to believe.” —BookRiot
“A must-have title for upcoming beach reads recommendation lists.” —SLJ
“Romance readers will enjoy the unique framing of this star-crossed-lovers tale.” —Booklist
“Curling up with Darcy Woods’s romantic, funny Summer of Supernovas feels like the best sort of summer night—dreamy, warm, and full of possible star-crossed lives.” —Kim Culbertson, award-winning author of Catch a Falling Star and The Possibility of Now
“Sweet, funny, and swoony, Summer of Supernovas will leave you with stars in your eyes.” —Mindi Scott, author of Freefall
“Summer of Supernovas is as charming and original as Wil herself. I wanted to stay in this story forever.” —Erica O’Rourke, author of Dissonance and Resonance
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Actual Rating: 4.5*
This book was one of the cutest contemporary novels I have read in a long time. I loved the introspection of how people can hold so tightly onto something that they forget to live for themselves. I also loved that while this was about romance, when it came down to it, it was about Wil's love for her friends and family as well.
I am such a sucker for cute romances, especially when people try to change their destiny or think their fate should be one thing, but it's really another. And that is what this book does really well. I liked that Wil clung to her beliefs so tightly that she almost missed out on a good thing because we all have certain things that we keep a mental list of in our minds that closes us off from what could be the best thing ever.
Reading this, I felt like Wil was a real person and I was living vicariously through her. She had her logics and her reasons and I was fully captivated by her and her story. I liked that even though she was conflicted in manners of the heart, she was a pretty black and white type of person when it came down to it. She wanted things done a certain way and ensured that they would be done that way.
The other characters were all well developed. I liked meeting them all through Wil's perspective but also seeing them in a bit of their natural habitat as well. I would have liked to see more of Grant's and Seth's friends because they seemed like an interesting bunch, but everyone we met seemed to have their own motivations and story arc. I definitely would have like to see more of Irina but only because she was everything I would ever want in a best friend and she embodies what I want to be when I grow up.
I was a little iffy on the love triangle, especially because it was between brothers. I know it happens in real life but I just dislike when one brother is made out to be a shining star and the other a douchebag when in reality everyone is a bit of both. And I think that was my main issue: Grant was put up on a pedestal pretty much and Seth was a nice guy but so materialistic and very jealous and it just didn't sit right with me. I think I would have preferred if both of them had been nice guys and Wil just didn't feel the love for one over the other. But it still worked. I still felt all the same tugs toward both of them that Wil did.
I liked the use of astrology in this book. I liked that there was something that we could all relate to and see ourselves in. And if you haven't read your horoscope once, you're a liar. I am pretty curious as to what Grant's sign is and what his chart looked like, but I'm glad Wil didn't open it at the end. It's a bit of a mystery! I really recommend this one if you are looking for a cute contemporary novel that will also pull at your heart strings.
Wil thought all the answers were written in the stars, but maybe the stars aren't always right.
• Pro: Wil was fantastic! I loved every single quirk and cranny of this girl. She won me over with her passion for the stars, love of retro fashion, and her undying affection for her grandmother and her best friend. She was quickly wormed her way into my heart, and I was more than eager for her to get her fifth house in order.
• Pro: I swear every page is packed with fun. If they are not doing something fun, they are swapping witty banter. No lie, I eagerly inhaled every page with a huge smile on my face.
• Pro: Wil had a small circle, but they were the best. Between grandma and Irina, I knew Wil was in good hands.
• Con: The dreaded love triangle, and one of my least favorite configurations. It didn't play out in the worst way, though, and I am grateful for that.
• Pro: But, if I have to deal with a triangle, at least Woods assembled it with two great heroes. I found both Grant and Seth possessed many charms, though, I did lean more one way than the other.
• Pro: This story was, by all means, a full-fledged romance, but it was also a journey for Wil. She learned a lot about herself, and worked through some of those complicated emotions associated with her mother. It was wonderful to see her not only find love, but find herself.
Overall: This was a sweet and swoony romance, which I loved getting lost in.
This is definitely a book I'll read over and over again, and an author who is officially on my auto-buy list.
** I received this book in exchange for an honest review. **
One guy she meets, Seth, is astrologically perfect and the other, his tattoed, guitar-playing brother Grant, is an astrological disaster. “Ah, well, I don’t put much faith in the stars,” he says at one point. “I put mine in people.”
The prose of this book shines with originality and humor. Wil is utterly loveable in all her quirkiness, as are her best friend Irina and her sassy grandma. The journey Wil takes is one of self-discovery, getting to know yourself and trust your heart, and to live life to the fullest despite its messiness and all its imperfections.