When I finished Summer of Supernovas, the first thing I thought was: this book is so stinking adorable! I was a little hesitant about it because it’s got a main character who views the world through the lens of someone who believes in the value and accuracy of zodiac signs and star charts. But, as it turns out, I shouldn’t have been worried at all. This novel was a lovely little contemporary about a girl who learns that you can’t always predict what life is going to throw your way, whether it’s in relation to your family, friends or even your love life.
Basically, in Summer of Supernovas, Wilamena is determined to beat the odds when it comes to her love life. She knows she’s only got a small timeframe (set during the start of summer) where she can meet her “perfect match”, a person who she will determine based on the star chart left for her by her mother. But instead of the easy summer of falling in love she hoped for, she’s faced with choosing between two brothers – one who is her soulmate (based on her chart) and one who she can’t help being attracted to.
There are two things that I’m sure you’ve gleaned from this summary – there’s romance, and not only that, there also happens to be a love triangle. Some of you might hesitate to pick this one up, and that would be a crying shame! Summer of Supernovas is, in fact primarily romance-centered, but it doesn’t mean that the author doesn’t make sure to include other relationships in Wil’s life (like with her grandmother and with her best friend Irina). And that love triangle that you fear? It’s a real thing, but it’s handled really well, all things considered. That being said, this novel does read like your typical teen romantic comedy – and since I’m a sucker for stories like that, it’s not surprising I enjoyed it.
On another note, I loved Wilamena. I admired that she was so stalwart in her beliefs and her choices (even though that could also be frustrating), and that she was such a strong, unique personality. I also adored all of her relationships – her close ties with her grandmother, her friendship with Irina, and, of course, her love life – and how they were such a big part of her life. It was great to see her character growth by the end of the novel!
All in all, if you’re on the hunt for a light contemporary romance read for the summer, definitely look no further than Summer of Supernovas. It’ll make you smile, it’ll make you swoon and it’ll definitely leave you grinning when you hit the very last page.
Summer of Supernovas by Darcy Woods
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers | Publication Date: May 10, 2016
Source: ARC received from the publisher (Thank you!)
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.