Star-Crossed

There were things that I really enjoyed about this book and found myself wanting to find out how everyone’s lives were affected by the horoscopes.  There were other things that annoyed me and prevented me from giving this a higher ratting but it was a quick, fun read and I would recommend it as a summer read.

Justine and Nick grew up together and their mother’s always thought romance was in their future.  When they bump into each other years later, Justine is writing for a magazine and Nick is a struggling actor who believes in the astrological and always follows his horoscope—the horoscope that is published in the magazine Justine works for.  When Justine realizes she is in love with Nick, she decides to rewrite his horoscope to make him see they are made for each other.  The only problem?  All the other Aquarius’s that are listening to her predictions and making life decisions based on them.  Will Nick realize they are meant to be? Or will Justine find out that you shouldn’t mess with the stars?

This book was very cute and enjoyable.  There wasn’t too much angst and even though the reader should find Justine somewhat unlikable based on her actions, I still found myself rooting for her and Nick.  What I found surprising was my interest in the other characters and stories more than the central one.  I found both Nick and Justine to be okay characters but I didn’t feel as though they truly loved each other and was frustrated that Justine didn’t just tell Nick how she felt.   Nick was a bit boring as a love interest and I didn’t feel like he truly loved Justine.  At the same time, I was confused where Justine’s strong feelings of love came from all of a sudden.  They shared one kiss, one night together when they were teenagers and all of a sudden she is so in love with him that she risks her entire career and her credibility to send him secret messages through the horoscope?  Despite these issues, I wanted to see how their story would conclude and I liked the ending. Of more interest to me were the side characters and how their lives and decisions were influenced by the altered horoscopes. Most of the humor was found in those sections and I found myself laughing out loud several times.  I would have read books on several of them if Darke were to write a follow up.

Overall, this book is a great summer read and people who like movies like “Love Actually” where multiple characters fates are seen will enjoy it.  I would read other books by this author if I am looking for something without too much angst and some clever dialogue.

 

Author: Minnie Darke

Expected Publication Date:  May 21, 2019

Rating:  3.5 Stars

*I received an advanced copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

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