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Summer of Supernovas – Darcy Woods

Summer of Supernovas – Darcy WoodsTitle: Summer of Supernovas by Darcy Woods
Publishing Info: May 10, 2016 by Random House Publishing Group
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: May 16, 2016

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.

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SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS sounded really cute and like the perfect light, summery read! I thought the astrology angle sounded very fun so I was excited to start when I received a copy for review from Penguin Random House! Checking out the ratings on Goodreads after finishing, it looks like I’m the total black sheep here. The book has a 4.16 rating (as of the day that I’m writing my review) which is pretty dang good and something I often look at before picking up a book… So I think I sadly just didn’t quite mesh with SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS from the start!

I’m all for meet-cute moments and SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS had quite a moment of its own to kick off the book! Maybe it was just my mood but the whole first chapter felt quite overdone and really just over the top for me. I’m not averse to things getting a little silly but when instance upon instance is piled one on top of the other, they start to lose their humor and just start to get cheesy. I really couldn’t get over how many “sillly” moments there were in the first chapter alone and the whole thing just really wasn’t working out for me. A misunderstanding, a near-death (or maybe just near-serious injury) experience, an accidental flashing, AND the meet cute with the boy-with-the-wrong-sign all in the first chapter was just too much all at once.

Then there were the things that flat out turned me off, which sadly were a few within the first few chapters. The entire premise of the book is based off of the fact that Wil puts a ton of faith in her astrology charts. According to the latest, she needs to find her true love this year, otherwise she’ll be off-sync with the dating world for another ten years, a which time in her words she will be an spinster at twenty-seven with ten cats. I realize that maybe for some teens, 27 is a long way away and many people may not want to be single well into their 20s, but I really didn’t appreciate the message that it’s not okay to be single at 27-years-old and that those who are have something wrong with them. I really didn’t like that this was the entire concept of the book and the reason why Wil is pressing to find herself a match in this immediate moment.

I also had issues with the way the characters talked about each other. I’m all for owning your sexuality but when Wil shows up to an event trying to play down some of her curves with a blouse and pencil skirt, a guy makes a comment about her figure calling her a sexy school teacher and actually refers to her breasts as apples. It just felt all wrong and something that really wasn’t appropriate for a young adult audience. I’m not saying that teenagers don’t say things like that but it felt like she was being a bit objectified and since I’m not someone who usually takes offense to these kinds of things when I’m reading, it really threw up a red flag for me that I found this so off-putting.

Lastly, the love triangle was just not working out for me either. I know people have some very strong opinions about love triangles but if they’re done well, they do often feel realistic and they really don’t bother me. When they’re not done well, it’s instantly frustrating. I actually ended up getting confused between the two guys at first because I felt like they were so similar for some reason and then we find out… they’re brothers. Sigh. Like I said, I don’t mind love triangles but the choosing-between-two-brothers triangle seems about as tropey as you can get and this just felt forced.

Sadly, I really struggled with SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS. I just didn’t jive with the writing overall and there were so many situations that felt much more dramatic than they needed to be. Once I started off on a bad foot, the rest of the book kind of slowly kept spiraling in the same direction and there wasn’t much to really pull myself out of that funk. There were a lot of things that seemed to be in the story for the sake of the story but didn’t quite flow naturally and I never found my rhythm with this book. Lots of friends have enjoyed it for it’s cutesy quality and just a light and fun read but this one just didn’t work out for me.

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Wil // Character Obsessions: Astrology, family, finding her perfect match.
Wil, Wil, Wil. She was just too much for me. I felt uncomfortable that her life was so dependent on astrology and she really let it dictate what she did. On the one hand, she was kind of a free spirit and didn’t care what people thought of her but on the other hand, her obsession with astrology drove her decisions and she really didn’t think for herself in a lot of ways. It was a cute concept but taken a bit too far, I think.

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Kept Me Hooked On: Fun hooks. The astrology hook really did bring me into this book! I wished it hadn’t “controlled” Wil’s life so much because if it had been more of a hook than an entire plot point, it would have been a lot less dramatic and much cuter.
Left Me Wanting More: Reality. This book was quite dramatic and it was too over the top in many ways. It just left things feeling unrealstic and went past cute and into cheesy for me.

Addiction Rating
Skip it

Normally when other friends enjoy a book so much and I don’t, I will recommend to try it but so many things turned me off about this one that I can’t really recommend it. Check out reviews and see what your friends say but this one is a pass for me.

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Pub Date

Hi, all! Welcome to back to our feature called PUB DATE where Estelle from Rather Be Reading, Andi from Andi’s ABCs, and Maggie from Just a Couple More Pages and I all team up to pair books + beers in harmony! Each week, one of us will features a beer and a book of our choice, each with a different theme for that month!

This month’s theme: Horoscope

Estelle came up with a really fun idea for this month’s Pub Date — using our Zodiac signs as a theme for each of our posts! I actually THINK we’re all a different sign (right?) so this could get super fun!

Epic Reads actually JUST did a post with this same idea — zodiac + books — shortly after we had selected the topic for this round of Pub Date (rats! They got to it first! Darn you, planning ahead) so you should definitely check out their posts of book recs for each Zodiac sign. The idea is a lot of fun and can really be done so many ways so I’m excited to do this a bit differently than the Epic Reads post!

My astrological sign is Pisces (my birthday is March 11th) and I’m smack in the middle of the Pisces range. For my post, I wanted to focus on a few aspects of the sign. Pisces are emotional, compassionate, and giving. They’re also dreamers and romantics (yes, pretty much all of this is true for me) so I wanted to pick books that represented all of these things — including a few books that represent the fact that Pisces is a water sign!

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Okay, so a little story about today’s post… I thought this one was going be an easy post. I had a lot of ideas, which apparently does not equal a lot of results. I went to the liquor store to get a beer either involving water or fish — seems easy, right? Where were all the water-themed beers???? I should have picked up Big Wave as I passed it but I already had the beer above in my hand which turned out to be a pale ale from Ballast Point. I paid for my beer and found out it cost me SEVENTEEN DOLLARS for a six pack. What?! Was this beer super high in alcohol content? Was there gold in it? Nope. Apparently it’s some sort of special edition and yes, it costs $15.99 which is a little over $17 after tax. I mean, not a huge deal. It’s a few more dollars than I’d spend on a six pack and I guess if you look at it this way, that’s only three pints if I went out to a bar and paid the same amount of money. BUT at least we know the liquor store didn’t rip me off, so that’s good. Long story short, Grunion Pale Ale is GOOD but I don’t know if it’s worth $15.99…

So then I was home, drinking my expensive beer and staring at my books. Where are all my water books??? How do I have no books involving water? I knew I wasn’t going to have any fish books, of course (I thought about my mermaid books but forgot I gave those away…) so I ended up grabbing a few books off my shelves that had water on the cover or took place near a body of water. (I DID have The Scorpio Races with that but since we were doing zodiac… I’m not a Scorpio… I put it back.) This ended up to be kind of a mess of a post or experience but hey, I guess it worked out in end, right?


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