My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Publication Date: May 10th 2016
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary, Humor, Romance
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.
I don’t know about you, dear readers, but I want my contemporaries to be as realistic as possible.
That doesn’t mean nothing extraordinary can happen, but it needs to happen in a realistic way and for realistic reasons.
Summer of Supernovas is as realistic as a pack of sheep with supernatural abilities chasing after a hundred wolves.
As in, it could happen, but only in your sweet little dreams (or nightmares).
Wil is crazy obsessed with astrology, especially zodiac signs and the connections between them. She thinks she’ll find her one true love by finding the guy with the right zodiac sign.
But the problem is she has fallen for the wrong guy! What to do, what to do?
The unrealistic elements include:
● The spontaneous yet unnecessary rescue in the beginning;
● Wil’s quickness to get whatever she desires, including interest of the opposite sex;
● The whole zodiac-related problem her mom inadvertently created for her (hell, Wil’s life would have been ten times simpler without her being aware of the danger looming over her love life);
● The interactions between characters;
● The narration itself.
That’s what irked me the most.
At first, I thought it was highly entertaining and just really damn fun. But it quickly dawned on me how never ever would teenagers from our world talk the way characters in this book do.
It’s annoying because it makes them look arrogant. No common mortal from this world uses figures of speech in every sentence or so.
It’s not the way we’re wired! We like to make our conversations as simple as possible, but these characters they use figures of speech to make their points, and after some time, I couldn’t take it anymore.
Contemporaries are supposed to make me relax, not scratch my head while trying understand what it all means.
I’m truthfully sorry about not having any quotes to support my points. I DNF’d this book a while ago, and only now thought about reviewing it.
I guess it could be fun if you get past the conceited characters and writing (narration) and how inappropriate to reality it all is.