A promise made before her mother’s death and a unique alignment of the stars mean that Wilamena has to get her love life in order pronto, but following the stars conflicts with following her heart. This conflict is the cornerstone for this sweet YA romance, and while it does lead to a dreaded love triangle, it makes for an engaging and bumpy ride in Wil’s journey to finding love. I gave Summer of Supernovas four stars, and fans of contemporary, light YA romance will enjoy it as well.
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.
The characters are lightly quirky and wholly believable, and the romantic gestures are actually romantic. My only real issue was Wil’s (completely understandable and yet still annoying) devotion to the astrology that is so clearly leading her astray. I think most readers would like to think that there is a sure fire way of knowing that you are getting it right in love, though, so the majority of readers will be willing to cut her some slack. This is a fun read that doesn’t plum too far into the depths but still manages to create a world readers will enjoy escaping into. Language and situations are appropriate for grades 8+.
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.