Summer of Supernovas
by Darcy Woods
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.
Summer of Supernovas was sent to me by the publisher and doesn’t influence this review.
I don’t read contemporary often (maybe 5-6 a year), and even though I usually enjoy them they never really call to me.
The first chapter of Summer of Supernovas was HILARIOUS! I was dying while reading it so needless to say I had high hopes for this book. However, unfortunately this book wasn’t for me.
Our main character, Wilamena, is being raised by her grandmother because her mom passed away. Her mom loved astrology and it was the one thing they really connected with and Wilamena took it very seriously even though her grandmother doesn’t approve.
According to her astrology chart Wil’s time is running out to find her true love (eye rolls), so she needs to find him ASAP.
What I liked:
- The first chapter.
- The writing. Darcy”s writing is very good so there’s no argument here about her writing style.
- Her Russian best friend, Irina.
- That the Wilamena had curves and wore glasses
- The secondary characters. I liked the secondary characters better than the main characters. To be honest, this has never happened to me before.
What I didn’t like:
- Wilamena’s reasoning for making choices about which boy to date, by their sign, wasn’t adequate enough for me. She had a fairly good reason but it didn’t work for me.
- Love triangle with brothers Grant and Seth. Uggghhh
- For some reason both these brothers thought Wilamena was super cool, even though she seemed average to me. I mean, there was nothing wrong with her but I didn’t understand why two boys would instantly fall in love with her without really knowing her. (I’m not sure if this is a “I’m not normally a contemporary reader” issue or not)
Summer of Supernovas was too much insta-love and love triangle overload for me. While there were some things about it I enjoyed I felt myself rolling my eyes just a little too much while reading this. If you are a fan of contemporary and cutesy stories then you may enjoy it a lot more than me. 😉
I gave this book 2.5 stars.