Summer Of Supernovas

by Darcy Woods

3.67 of 5 stars 3 ratings • 2 reviews • 11 shelved
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Summer Of Supernovas

by Darcy Woods

3.67 of 5 stars 3 ratings • 2 reviews • 11 shelved
As the daughter of an astrologer, Wilamena Carlisle knows the truth lies within the stars, so when she discovers a rare planetary alignment she is forced to tackle her worst astrological fear--The Fifth House of Relationships and Love--but Wil must decide whether a cosmically doomed love is worth rejecting her mother's legacy when she falls for a sensitive guitar player.
  • ISBN13 9780553537048
  • Publish Date 15 May 2016
  • Publish Status Out of Print
  • Out of Print 24 June 2021
  • Publish Country US
  • Imprint Random House Books for Young Readers
  • Format Hardcover
  • Pages 352
  • Language English


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Rating: 4.5 Stars

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 book was all about a girl, who believed the stars held all her life's answers. I thought I would take a look at the attributes associated with my sign, Libra, and see how accurate they are.


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abigailjohnson 2 of 5 stars
I thought this book would be a perfect light and sweet contemporary YA, but more frustrating than anything else.

This book tried too hard. It tried to be cute, but felt forced. It tried to be deeply romantic, but felt cliche. It tried to be quirky, but felt irritating. The characters lacked depth, specifically the interchangeable love interests who both fell hopelessly in love with Will within moments of meeting her. Nothing about these characters felt authentically teenage. It was almost as if this book had originally been about adults and then was changed to make them teenagers.

And the insta-love. Someone save me from the insta-love. This book takes spans three weeks, and Wil is hardcore pinning after meeting Guy #1 almost from the first meeting. By the end of the first date with Guy #2, she fretting over how much she's still thinking of Guy #1. She continues to get hot and bothered over Guy #1 while on date number #2 with Guy #2, who by then is obsessively in love with her. But of course she can't switch guys after 2 dates! Because astrology! And her dead mother said promise you won't fall in love with a pisces!

I really hoped this would be like the movie Only You, where Marissa Tomei is following a fortune teller's advice about the name of her true love so she ignores her growing feelings for Robert Downey Jr. while he helps her track down the guy with the right name. It's all kinds of adorable and romantic and it builds to her realizing she doesn't care about the supposed fortune. SUMMER OF SUPERNOVA is angsty and forced, and the insta-love is unbearable. Not to mention the way the romances work out is pretty damaging to both guys.

This book could have been and should have been so much better than it was.