Summer of Supernovas by Darcy Woods
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.
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Aw man, I’m SO sorry to hear this book didn’t work for you–it stinks when that happens! It sounds like you have some pretty solid reasons for not liking it, though–thank you for sharing them with us! I’m still going to keep an eye out for this book in the future, as it sounds super intriguing to me, but I appreciate your honesty and will keep it in mind when/if I pick this up!
Happy book-ing to you, in the future! Hopefully your next read is much more entertaining.
Wow. That sucks. This was supposed to be the romance book of the summer. Everyone on Twitter gets talking and raving about it. I’ll think I will skip this one. Trying to read more romantic contemporaries but I will not waste my time with this rubbish. Thanks for the heads up.
Thanks for the review Lola! I was definitely hesitant about this one and now that you’ve pointed out some things, I definitely don’t think this book would be for me either!
hahaha love the supernatural pack of sheep chasing wolves analogy- that gave me a good laugh. Great review!! I don’t think I’ll be picking this one up
I have seen some mixed reviews on this one. Some thought it was cute but sounds like you definitely did not. Sorry this one didn’t work out for you!!
That blurb sounded really promising, I’m so annoyed it wasn’t good! I know exactly what you mean – contemporaries are meant to be about things that could happen to me in real life, not ridiculous things like that
Brilliant, honest review. I had zero plans to read this and it’s glad to see I made the right decision 😂 Sorry this one was DNF for you though!
Oh I’m sorry to hear that it wasn’t for you but I understand, I hope your next read will be better! (I didn’t know about this one but I’ll pass)
“That doesn’t mean nothing extraordinary can happen, but it needs to happen in a realistic way and for realistic reasons.”
This is exactly how I feel! I have suspend some disbelief, but in some cases it’s just too much to take!
Ahem…’ultra negative revew.’ LOL It’s too bad this one didn’t work out for you, but you had legitimate reasons. Sometimes ultra negative is the only way to go.
It happens, at least you DNF’d it versus forcing yourself to finish a book that’s not so savory
Girl I love contemporaries, but I always like to stay away from the ones that are too damn cute. I don’t fluff, and I damn sure don’t like arrogant characters. I felt the same exact way while reading You Know Me Well by David Levithan and Nina Lacour. The characters had this way of having the deepest of deep conversations, and 1. They barely knew each other, and 2. They were literally at the weirdest times. I’m with you, if you’re not feeling a book, it’s best just to DNF and move on.
Ultra negative review ws too good to miss 😉
Yikes! Sorry this one wasn’t for you.
I’m sorry to hear you didn’t like the book. I have been eyeing this for quite a while now on TBD but now, I don’t think I would get it. Great review!
LOL I had mixed thoughts on this one, but your points were exactly on the spot. The love triangle between the brothers had me threatening to put it down several times. (I kept going though because it was a book won from a giveaway and the author was nice, so why not continue (lol)) And for real, some YA books these days are really missing out on what it is to write contemporary stories that feature REALISTIC characters and dialogue. Sigh, hope your next read is better!
UH OHHHH. Dones look like you really cared for this one LIKE. AT. ALL. 😦 I can’t stand love triangles, sometimes it makes the story COOL and ON YOUR TOES and stuff but pfft, in most cases, it doesn’t… I liked the fact that Zodiac signs were used because that gives it a weird element to it but I guess that just didn’t win any cookie points, right? Meh.
I’ve seen quite a few positive reviews for this one, it’s too bad it didn’t work for you. On toward better books!
Ack, glad I skipped this one – the blurb alone had me a bit skeptical! I’m quite picky when it comes to YA contemporaries, because so many of them tend to get on my nerves.