Please Note: I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence the opinions in my review in any way.
Synopsis (From GoodReads):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.
Review:Summer Of Supernovas starts with a fun premise: a girl tries to find her perfect mate using astrology. I thought that sounded kind of fun, so I requested it from NetGalley. I enjoyed the elements of the story (the romance, the friendships), but I thought the author forced the main problem of the story. Would a girl really be so stuck on a promise made to her mother when she was six year old? Perhaps at the beginning. The main dilemma of the story: which brother Wil liked more (Seth or Grant) was interesting all by itself.
What I Liked:
Characters:I enjoyed almost all of the characters, from the fiercely protective Gram to Wil's older friend Irina. The book was populated with interesting people. I thought that the brothers Seth and Grant were also fun and different enough that each had something unique to offer Wil. Seth was a grand romantic, while Grant expressed his emotions through his music. Since Wil's only family was her Gram, I could see how each guy would apeal to her.
Relationships:I thought that the relationship between Gram and Wil was complex. There had to be a lot of regrets and second-guessing on Gram's part since Wil's mother had her at seventeen and then died when Wil was six. I could see why Gram was so protective and concerned about Wil dating.
Wil had good things going with both Seth and Grant. I could see why she was so torn between them.
What I didn't Like:
The astrology "problem":The main issue preventing Wil from being with Grant is that he is a Pisces. Really? Apparently, Wil made a promise to her mother just before she died to never get involved with one - when she was six!
I don't know about you, but I barely remember anything that happened to me when I was six years old. I honestly don't think such a promise would hold such sway. I think just being attracted to two brothers, alone, is enough of a plot twist. The book didn't need such nonsense.
If you can get past this plot device, I think you may like this book. It has fun characters and a fun romance. But just as a summer fling isn't serious, neither is this book.
Release Date: May 10th, 2016
Format: E-book ARC
Recommendation: A fun book for summer if you can get past the silly plot device.