Summer of Supernovasby Darcy Woods
Published by Crown Books for Young Readers on May 10th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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.
In her debut novel, Darcy Woods managed to write:
- a summer-themed romance
- a coming to terms with loss themed-story
- and a story featuring a love triangle that is front and center
I mean, the entire story is about a love triangle. And that is exactly why this adorably fun and cute story worked for me; it wasn’t pretending to be anything it wasn’t.
Non-spoiler: If you don’t like love triangles, just don’t read this story.
The story opens up with Wilamena Carlisle (or ‘Wil’, as her friends call her) sitting on little deck that wraps around near the top of a water tower in her Midwestern town. She is trying to track the Milky Way in the summer sky. Wil has been studying Astrology (and Astronomy by extension) for years as a way to stay close to her mother. Her mother would often sneak a 6 year old Wil outside in the middle of the night to lay on the lawn and to look up at the night sky. I don’t want to spoil the fun but what goes down in the next few pages is flat out hysterical, unbelievable, and completely the BEST way for Wil to meet her soul-mate, Grant.
Unfortunately for Wil, she can’t see past the astrology chart her mother put in her hands when Wil was 6 years old to take a chance on this perfect guy that even she sees in Grant. Wil sticks to the promise her six year old self made to her mother and will only see her potential love match as being born on a certain date under a certain sign. And apparently Grant’s brother Seth fits that description. ∗Sigh∗
I hate love triangles. But if you lookie up top ↑, you’ll see I gave this book a 5 star review. Hmmm, what’s up with that? It’s because the story, when it comes right down to it, isn’t really a love triangle. Oh, Wil dates Seth and Seth does his smoothest and charming-est best to woo Wil. But as the reader, we really know what’s going on. We just don’t know how Wil will get over herself to get to her happily ever after. The side characters might help, though 🙂
Besides the unique story, I think what really put my rating over the top were those awesome side characters. Of course, Wil is a strong protagonist and leads the story very well. At times I wanted to shake some sense into her but I quickly reminded myself that I wasn’t in her shoes nor did I have her past and, oh yeah, she’s a made up character.
On the other side is Grant Walker, guitar player in an indie band heading off to college to major in accounting. He comes from money but doesn’t show or act like it, from his pickle-colored station wagon all the way down to the duct tape on his sneakers. His younger brother, Seth, on the other hand, has no problem using and showing off his family’s money. He drives a Lexus (’nuff said).
But I have no adequate words to describe Wil’s best friend Irina. I’ll just say that the girl kicks ass. And Manny, Grant’s brother from another mother? Tee, hee… That’s all I’ve got.
My long-winded point is that these characters are so completely developed that it is easy to form mental pictures of them, as well anticipate their next moves.
I just freakin’ loved getting lost in this story.
Although that ending? I didn’t see a certain twist coming. Glove clap, Ms. Woods. Perhaps if I payed more attention in the beginning, I may have caught a clue. Hey, at least there’s closure at the end and not the dreaded cliff hanger!!