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"Whether or not you believe in fate or reading the stars, if you believe in happiness and love to laugh, read Summer of Supernovas."--Jay Asher, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Thirteen Reasons Why

Fans of Jennifer E. Smith and Jenny Han will fall in love with this heartfelt and humor-laced debut following one zodiac-obsessed teen as she struggles to find the guy of her cosmic dreams.

As the daughter of an expert astrologer, Wilamena Carlisle knows that truth lies within the stars. So when she 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 Wil must decide whether to trust her heart or her chart when she falls for a sensitive guitar player whose zodiac sign points to cosmic disaster.

If Wil’s fate is truly written in the stars, then this summer is about to go supernova . . .

“This sweet summer romance will have you flipping the pages all night long!” —Bustle

One of “The 10 Best New Young Adult Books in May 2016” —Paste Magazine

“Astrology lovers and YA fans alike will adore this entertaining read.” —RT Book Reviews

“A lovely, quirky, and hysterical book about questioning fate and what you’ve been taught to believe.”—BookRiot

"A must-have title for upcoming beach reads recommendation lists."—SLJ

From the Hardcover edition.

352 pages, Hardcover

First published May 10, 2016

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Darcy Woods

2 books181 followers
Award-winning young adult author Darcy Woods has held an eclectic mix of professions—from refueling helicopters in the U.S. Army to recharging bodies and spirits at a spa—but her most beloved career is being an author. She lives in Michigan with her husband and two tuxedo cats (who overdress for everything).

SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS is her double RITA®-nominated debut novel and has been translated into five languages. SMOKE is her second novel.

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Profile Image for Laurie Flynn.
Author 9 books1,067 followers
October 9, 2015
People put their faith in a lot of things. Science, religion, music, friendship, love. Wilamena Carlisle puts her faith in the stars. But when Wil fears that her Fifth House—the house of relationships and love—is doomed, she’s on a mission to find her perfect astrological match before time runs out. Problem is, she falls for two brothers—one whom the charts deem right, and the other who couldn’t be more wrong. And Wil made a promise to honor her mother’s legacy, so she’s not taking any chances with cosmically doomed love.

On the subject of love… quite simply, I fell in love with this book. I know people often say how they couldn’t put a book down, but SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS was literally glued to my fingertips. One page—more like one line—of Wil’s voice had me completely starry-eyed. It’s quirky, unique, hilarious, and so insightful, all rolled into one unforgettable character. I wanted Wil to burst from the pages and become my BFF. Thanks to Darcy’s exquisite writing style, it often did feel like Wil was about to jump from the pages, vintage dresses and all.

This story is everything. It’s humor and heart and risks and disappointment and self-discovery. It’s fear and chance and comedy and tragedy and regret and forgiveness. Most of all, though, it’s about different kinds of love. Family love and friend love and romantic love. I adored Wil’s relationship with her Gram, who raised her after her mother died. And Wil’s dueling feelings for Grant and Seth, the brothers at opposite ends of the astrological spectrum, left me breathless and at the edge of my seat.

Wil ties her fate to the stars, and puts her faith in everything they offer. No matter how much or little a reader can relate to that, we can all relate to putting our faith, our hopes and dreams, in something another person might not understand. For this reason, I think Wil’s words are going to feel like a warm hug for all readers. She’s a heroine who is trying to do the right thing and honor her mother’s wishes and also make her own heart happy in the process.

There’s a line somewhere in this book that I love so much I wrote it down after reluctantly turning the last page: “Because it isn’t the stars keeping us together, it’s… love. And it always will be.” Whether you believe in destiny or not—if you read your horoscope religiously or couldn’t care less about signs—this is the kind of cosmic beauty immersed in every page of SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS. A book like this—a book this funny, heartwarming, and completely one-of-a-kind unique—comes around about as often as a supernova. Don’t miss out!
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Author 3 books187 followers
October 1, 2015
One girl. Two brothers. An astrological chart. Love. Fate. A promise to a deceased mother. Darcy Woods brings you all this and more in her gorgeous debut, Summer of Supernovas. It took me about two seconds to fall in love with Wil, the quirky and unique main character who made me laugh time and again. Wil is unlike any protag I’ve met in the pages of contemporary YA and positively addicting. Readers will love Wil’s passion and confused heart. She’s hilarious, with all the idiosyncrasies that make her endearing and relatable. But underneath the flirty, funny, romancy cast and their dialogue, there is deep emotion in SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS. Woods asks her characters (and readers) to consider how we honor, accept and share every kind of love and this (for me) was the gem at the core of this shining debut. It is a rare book that has me laughing while simultaneously contemplating the rules of my heart, but that is the gift of SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS.
(I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review)
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Author 1 book126 followers
November 24, 2015
I guess I'm a writer or something, but I cannot adequately express with words the feelings this book made me feel! You know how Iron Man has that Arc Reactor that makes his heart all bright and glowy? THAT is what Summer of Supernovas did to me, but instead of Science causing the glow, it was SWOON.

I will now allow Tangled gifs to say what I cannot:

The main character, Wil, is funny and warm and stylish and kick-ass and I loved her and want to be her best friend!

The love interests (and one in particular, HE KNOWS WHO HE IS, *cough-musical note tattoo-cough*) were the dreamiest.

Which brings me to the swoon. SO MUCH SWOON, YOU GUYS.

Along with the swoon and humor and vintage dresses and PIES (yes, pies!), there are very real, intensely heart-tugging moments. They brought me closer to the characters, made me cry, and hit me hard.

And when it was all over, the only thing I wanted to do was start it over again. And do this:

Prepare your feels and get ready for Summer of Supernovas!
Profile Image for Jaime Arkin.
1,419 reviews1,326 followers
February 1, 2016
4.5 stars - and I loved it!!

Wilamena Carlisle’s mom was an expert astrologer, so to say that stars are her thing would be an understatement. She grew up hearing her mom talk about how they can tell her everything she needs to know. Now she’s ready to figure out her Fifth House, the house of relationships and she only has 22 days to find ‘the one’ and she’s got his astrological make-up, who he should be… and definitely who he should NOT be, now it’s just a matter of finding someone to fit the map.

I don’t want to say too much about the love interests here because I truly don’t want to give anything away, though I know that I have to warn all you anti-love triangle people out there. This has one, and it’s complicated!

Obviously I was on the “love it” end of the spectrum. I don’t dislike love-triangles (don’t get the torches) when they are done well, and this one is. Woods captures perfectly with Wil, the desire and struggle to honor her mom the things she taught her, and yet still find the person who fits her best. The two boys she finds herself connected to are completely different, and while it was at times difficult to see the ways in which she was being pulled, the growth that Wil has from beginning to end of the story is what makes the struggle worthwhile.

Woods has created a story filled with romance, love and friendship and from the very first page I found myself connected to Wil. She’s quirky and fun, and most of all she’s completely real and relatable. The relationships that are explored and shared here are absolutely wonderful. I think that I adored her relationship with her grandmother most though, and I looked forward to their interactions. The love between the two just jumped off the pages. And her friendship with Irina was the best. I don’t even know what else to say except that these two were meant to be best friends and it shows.

The boys… *sigh* I refuse to say anything other than Seth and Grant will have you swooning … And they certainly don’t make it easy for her to figure out who she is ‘meant’ to be with. The romance isn’t instant even if the connections may seem that way. Woods weaves the threads of friendship and love expertly and I truly enjoyed getting to know these boys as Wil figures out just exactly who she should be with.

If you’re looking for something that you can’t put down once you start, I highly recommend Summer of Supernovas. The writing is beautiful, the relationships are complex and complicated but wonderfully leveled out with moments of humor and light hearted fun. This story isn’t so much about finding “the one” as it is finding yourself and Woods definitely has a fan in me and I can’t wait for more from her in the future!
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Author 12 books3,610 followers
December 6, 2015
So many happy sighs right now. This book is such a beautiful, romantic read. Epic love triangle, so much swoon, and a main character whose growth and journey is really lovely. This is a story about trusting your gut, falling in love, grief, and having faith. Countless wonderful moments in Wil's story!
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2,694 reviews701 followers
April 27, 2016
I downloaded this because Christina was pushing it at me daily. And I'm so so so glad she did.

Love love loved Wil and Grant and Seth. It's not exactly a triangle, but there are two swoony boys who say and do some of the sweetest things. And let's not forget the awesome secondary characters in Irina and Manny. I would happily devour a companion novel from either of them.

I did get a bit irritated at some of the things Wil chose to do, but her snark helped me overlook them. The plot may have been a bit predictable, but I loved every page of it. And that ending was perfection.

**Huge thanks to Crown Books for Young Readers and NetGalley for providing the arc in exchange for an honest review**
Profile Image for Jen Ryland.
1,450 reviews897 followers
February 12, 2018
I'm glad that other readers enjoyed this, but it was really not for me.

My take: this felt too much like a script for a high concept rom com, from the meet cute at the beginning (the main character is sitting on a bridge, contemplating life, and the love interest thinks she's about to jump to her death and calls 911) to the very forced premise (the main character's dead mother told her that astrology should rule her life and that men of a certain astrological sign should be avoided at all costs. I should add here that I actually read my horoscope every day, despite my family's relentless mockery. But I would never let astrology tell me who I should like or hang out with...)

Because of this extremely questionable romantic advice, the main character proceeds to rebuff the guy she obviously likes to take up with another guy, who is ...

...wait for it ...

*cue screaming*

I'm not always opposed to love triangles. Really - I'm not. But to me, this was just a for-no-good-reason love triangle that annoyed me to no end. Pretty much everything that happens in the book (the sitting on a bridge, the character's obsession with astrology to the point of not thinking for herself, the ignoring the right guy and dating the wrong guy, the "accidental" making out with the right guy while dating the wrong guy) just struck me as Things Characters Do For No Rational Reason Except That They Fit The (Farfetched) Premise of the Story.

Recommended for: readers who like their contemporaries on the cutesy side, readers who are fine with main characters on the brainwashed side, and readers who don't mind what is, in my opinion, the very worst type of love triangle.

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Thanks to the publisher for providing a free advance copy of this book for me to review.
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Author 4 books82 followers
January 15, 2016
A unique and beautiful read! When you finish this book, you'll have a totally fresh understanding of what it means to be truly "star-crossed"--in life, and in love.

Definitely do NOT miss this wonderfully unpredictable and beautifully satisfying story due to fears of a dreaded, dull love Triangle! A triangle exists in one-dimensional space, and this book has so many dimensions, I think it moved out of the realm of astrology and into physics. (Maybe it's a pyramid--deep, mystical, well-built, with lots of twists and turns and treasure inside. Yup, if anything, it's a Love Pyramid.) This author is brilliant, and she makes it utterly work. Here's the story:

Quirky, relatable and often hilarious Wilamena is too busy following astrological signs to notice any other kind of sign. Like "STOP", or "YIELD". Or even "WRONG WAY".

But this heroine isn't an airhead; she's only trying to follow the destiny her astrologer mother figured out before she died, when Wilamena was only a child. So when her friend Irina helps her find a gorgeous, sexy guy (Seth) who's the perfect fit according to the stars, Wilamena goes for it, knowing the universe is going to love her choice...and so would her mom.

Too bad that on the same evening, she meets the absolute *wrong* guy--Grant-- who somehow feels just too damn right.

Neither one of these guys is going to make it easy for Wil to figure out how to deal with this situation. It doesn't help that they're brothers, either!

The romance is firmly interwoven into a network of relationships. It has all kinds of love: from Wilamena's best friend, to her warm but tough grandmother who raised her, to her dear departed mother and even the question of her absent father. Seth and Grant have their own engaging network, as well, with family and friends and complex stories that led them to this moment.

The way the author lovingly crafted every single sentence of this book provides still another dimension to the Pyramid. She gives the heroine the kind of "voice" that draws you in and makes you love her so much, you completely get why both Grant and Seth would love her, too. For example:

"...the yoga DVD says this will help open my channels of energy and awaken my kundalini. Which...come to think of it, sounds kind of scary and messy."

Or this one: "The grin on my face feels crooked, like a picture frame you tap this way and that, impossible to level."

And how about: “...if time were really measured in grains of sand, I would take this grain and flatten it. Stretch it as far as physics allowed, let myself bask in this feeling. Forever and ever and ever.”

I had to stop and re-read this stuff just to savor it--and there were so many more quotable lines!

Now I'm sitting with this lovely book on the sofa next to me--a book that kept me caught up in its spell for days. I feel reluctant to write this review, because it means the book is finished, it's over, I'm not living with these characters anymore.

But I hope you will...and I hope you can wait until May!

SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS lit up my heart!

(I was allowed to read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.)
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14 reviews17 followers
January 2, 2016
I absolutely LOVED this book! I read it over the course of two days -- I even changed my dinner plans to an easy crockpot meal just so I had more time to read SoS!

Wil actually reminded me of my superstitious self, so I totally related to her. Not only that -- the guys! Swoon! This is a 2016 must-read!

:) Jennie
Profile Image for Rosalyn Eves.
Author 9 books649 followers
January 11, 2016
SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS was just as charming as you might expect about a headstrong young woman, Wilamena (Wil) Carlisle, who plots her future according to her astrological chart. Believing this summer to be her last shot at finding true love until the next time the stars align in nearly a decade, Wil is determined to find her one true love. Naturally, just as Wil decides she's meant to find true love, she stumbles across two boys: one who's perfect on paper, the other who makes her heart sing, but is totally, fatally wrong for her according to their astrological signs. As Wil tries to navigate a tricky tangle of relationships, hilarity and heartbreak ensue.

I adored Wil: she was complex, funny, strong, sweet, and loyal. I would have gladly followed Wil through just about any story--it was just my good luck that hers happened to be an epic romance. But for all that the romance had my heart pounding and twisting in a painfully good way, the core of the story was about much more than that. This was a story about friendship and family and finding yourself even as you fall more deeply in love with the ones around you.
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Author 11 books316 followers
June 27, 2016
Wil is a girl who’s always checking the stars for answers to life’s questions. As someone who also tends to look for signs to show me I’m on the right path, I totally got this. But in Wil’s case, the astrological charts and signs she’s reading conflict with what her heart’s telling her. And I totally understood how devastating this can be. It’s so easy to get caught up in what you think your future should be, especially when a gorgeous guy appears and proves himself to be your perfect match. But…there’s this other gorgeous guy. With a guitar. One who conquered his own fears to save her. By this point, I was hooked. I needed to read on and find out how this was going to turn out!

Summer of Supernovas was a perfect YA romance. I loved Darcy Wood’s heartfelt, yet witty writing. She crafted a main character who made me laugh and cry. And the supporting cast was also fantastic. I loved Manny. Everyone needs a Manny in their life! A stellar debut—I can’t wait to read more by this author.
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Author 3 books83 followers
January 21, 2016
I'm not going to lie: I signed up to read an advanced readers copy as soon as I read the blurb about this book. As an otherwise sensible Capricorn, I cop to reading my horoscope daily and keeping an eye out for mercury in retrograde. The heroine of this book, Wil, does the same.

Wil has 22 days to find the love of her life, the love pre-destined in the astrology chart her late mother prepared for her on the day she was born. Her mother ignored her own chart when it came to love, with disastrous results. Wil is determined not to make the same mistake. But then she meets Grant, and Seth, and things become, well, complicated.

The characters in this book seemed so real to me! I loved Wil and her best friend Irina, Gram felt just like I thought Gram should feel and the love interests were, to put it succinctly, hot. This book is going to be devoured by fans of YA romantic fiction and good storytelling and I predict when the book comes out (which I believe is when the Zodiac is in Aries) many astrological charts will be plotted.... Well done Darcy Woods!
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Author 7 books140 followers
February 2, 2016
This was a fantastic, witty YA romance that left me breathless. Manny was just so ... wonderfully Manny. Everyone needs a Manny in their lives.

I love Darcy Wood's writing style. She had me engaged from the first page and I fell in love with all of the characters immediately, even set-in-her-ways grandma. There was humor, heartache, and a shattering of beliefs. It's amazing how much one's life can change when we let go of our beliefs.

I can't imagine anyone not liking this book. It's romance but not of the stereotypical type. It's clean, fun, exciting, exploring. It's perfect in every way. The water tower scene had me in stitches.

I received an ARC of this book, but trust me, I'll be standing there in line on release day to grab my own forever copy. I am so looking forward to other books by this author.
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Author 5 books227 followers
April 6, 2016
If you like romance (and getting caught in the rain...), offbeat, stylish heroines; delicious cakes and pastries; and your most-used emojis are the cat-with-hearts-for-eyes, the magical crystal ball and a selection of hearts in different colours, Summer of Supernovas is the book you'll be clutching in your hand one warm evening, probably while lying on the bonnet of a vintage car, gazing up at the night sky and sighing wistfully a lot.

This is a starry-eyed SWOONBOMB of a novel, but it's not just puppy love - there's bittersweet depth and complexity in among the kisses and chemistry, and it's incredibly funny (how many romance heroines start their love story by accidentally mooning a boy from up a ladder?). Think Anna and the French Kiss meets your best horoscope ever.
Author 3 books24 followers
October 26, 2015
This is a gloriously fun story!

Wilamena Carlisle loves the night sky, so of course she climbs up a water tower for better viewing, and of course a sensitive guy races up to stop her jumping, and of course he is afraid of heights... did I mention this story is fun?

Wil's faithful stars tell her she has a small window of opportunity to find Mr. Right, so she sets off astrology chart in hand to find her match. But while the charts point to his brother, the person Wil can't stop thinking about is Grant, her would-be rescuer from the water tower.

There then is the true wonder of this story, because beneath the hilarity, Darcy Woods gives us a complex and heartwarming story about a girl learning to trust herself. I read this book in one sitting, while both laughing and tearing up.

(I was lucky--so lucky--to read an advanced copy of Summer of Supernovas.)
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Author 18 books768 followers
January 11, 2016
It's official: Wil is now one of my all-time favorite YA heroines!

I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review, and it was the perfect pick-me-up read for a chilly winter's day, making me dream of summer. It would also be a perfect beach read. Or a perfect any time read!

This book evoked such strong feelings as it reminded me, through Wil, what it's like to feel the hope, fears, confusion, and sheer rushing joy of falling in love. (Wil's love of astrology is an added bonus, speaking as someone who's into that sort of thing). In short, I'd highly encourage everyone to take the journey this book will bring them on.
Profile Image for Jamie (Books and Ladders).
1,256 reviews188 followers
July 21, 2016
Disclaimer: I won a copy of this book in a giveaway!
Actual Rating: 4.5*

This book was one of the cutest contemporary novels I have read in a long time. I loved the introspection of how people can hold so tightly onto something that they forget to live for themselves. I also loved that while this was about romance, when it came down to it, it was about Wil's love for her friends and family as well.

I am such a sucker for cute romances, especially when people try to change their destiny or think their fate should be one thing, but it's really another. And that is what this book does really well. I liked that Wil clung to her beliefs so tightly that she almost missed out on a good thing because we all have certain things that we keep a mental list of in our minds that closes us off from what could be the best thing ever.

Reading this, I felt like Wil was a real person and I was living vicariously through her. She had her logics and her reasons and I was fully captivated by her and her story. I liked that even though she was conflicted in manners of the heart, she was a pretty black and white type of person when it came down to it. She wanted things done a certain way and ensured that they would be done that way.

The other characters were all well developed. I liked meeting them all through Wil's perspective but also seeing them in a bit of their natural habitat as well. I would have liked to see more of Grant's and Seth's friends because they seemed like an interesting bunch, but everyone we met seemed to have their own motivations and story arc. I definitely would have like to see more of Irina but only because she was everything I would ever want in a best friend and she embodies what I want to be when I grow up.

I was a little iffy on the love triangle, especially because it was between brothers. I know it happens in real life but I just dislike when one brother is made out to be a shining star and the other a douchebag when in reality everyone is a bit of both. And I think that was my main issue: Grant was put up on a pedestal pretty much and Seth was a nice guy but so materialistic and very jealous and it just didn't sit right with me. I think I would have preferred if both of them had been nice guys and Wil just didn't feel the love for one over the other. But it still worked. I still felt all the same tugs toward both of them that Wil did.

I liked the use of astrology in this book. I liked that there was something that we could all relate to and see ourselves in. And if you haven't read your horoscope once, you're a liar. I am pretty curious as to what but I'm glad Wil didn't open it at the end. It's a bit of a mystery! I really recommend this one if you are looking for a cute contemporary novel that will also pull at your heart strings.

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Author 1 book113 followers
January 9, 2016
Oh, I had so much fun reading this! Wil is such a charming, quirky spirit, just spending time with her would have been reason enough to keep reading and reading. She's smart and thoughtful, and absolutely committed to finding her perfect astrological match. Now, I don't believe in astrology, but Wil has such compelling reasons for her commitment to it, I found myself fully empathizing with her belief that she had to make it work. After all, it's about her love for her late mother, and what could be more important than that? So when she finds herself drawn to a guy who's exactly the sign that her mother warned her against, well, that's a huge dilemma. But oh, this guy!

This book is full of heart; it's about romantic love and family love and friends' love for each other. It's also witty, delightful, and full of cupcakes that sound so delicious, I could almost taste them. An all-around scrumptious read.
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Author 7 books1,036 followers
December 16, 2015
I was lucky to get an ARC for an honest review.
And I'm so glad I did!
Favorite YA contemporary romance book I've read in a long time! Darcy Woods writing was a complete treat full of witty, funny, clever, romantic, charming, and playful scenes. I laughed and cried and the moment I was finished wanted to read the book again.
This is a romance that will make your heart pound and your chest ache and leave you happy giddy in the end. It's clear that Darcy Woods is an expert romance writer. I can't wait to see what she writes next. Hopefully ******'s story. Pretty please.

I would recommend this book to any reader that loves a great witty contemporary romance. Fans of E. Lockhart, Jenny Han, and Colleen Hoover will devour this book.
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Author 5 books123 followers
January 25, 2016
This book! I couldn't put it down -- I think I read it in one sitting. Maybe two. But from the first scene at the water tower to the last scene... not telling you that part ... it was a coming of age/ romance that captured my attention and my heart. I bought Mena's drive to find the one who fit the formula (full disclosure: if I had a map to the right person to be with, it would have saved me years of trial and error) and understand when she rebelled against the constraints of her fate, and when she found comfort in it. I won't say anything about the romance because it's too spoilery, but suffice to say, it made my heart pitter patter. And equal to those, the relationship between Mena and her grandmother was amazing and heartbreaking and lovely, not to mention to the one between Mena and her best friend, probably the character I would bet is least like any other character in the YA canon.

This is definitely a book I'll read over and over again, and an author who is officially on my auto-buy list.

** I received this book in exchange for an honest review. **
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Author 3 books138 followers
February 13, 2016
This book put stars in my eyes! Woods infuses her characters and words with so much sparkle. There is a lovely uniqueness to the main character, Wil (Wilamena), that just drew me in--from her vintage-loving style, to her astrological fixation. The heart of the story is deeply centered, a look at loss and letting go, portrayed honestly and with a sweet vulnerability, through Wil's humor-filled struggle to find love. I read this book in two days, because it was such a treat--as sweet a story as Gram's muffins. (Which, I'm warning you now--you're going to crave while reading this book!) A swoon-worthy debut!

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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225 reviews452 followers
August 13, 2016
4.5/5 Stars

A quick and fluffy read that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, Summer of Supernovas centers around teenage love, as well as how your beliefs can sometimes help you heal, and other times, they can hold you back. The opening scene of this book is probably one of the most hilarious things I've ever read in a YA contemporary, and it really pulled me into the story right away. Although I did find this book to occasionally be predictable or cliché, I was fully prepared for that when I added it to my TBR. Summer of Supernovas is everything it promises to be—an adorable and pleasant novel that's especially great to read when you're feeling bogged down by everyday life.


Read my full review of Summer of Supernovas here!.
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2,116 reviews11.1k followers
May 17, 2016
This book is so stinkin' adorable, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! While I don't put too much stock in star signs myself, it was fun to see how it really played a part in Wilamena's story. But it was also just a really cute romance!
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Author 3 books374 followers
November 10, 2015
I received an arc in return for a fair review.

This book was so much fun! And so lovely and happy that I really just want to hug it and maybe pet its cover a bit.

Wil is the daughter of a famous astrologer, and because of that she has a birth chart and knowledge that her fifth house - the house of romance and relationships - spell some troubling things. Mostly that she has a small window, right now, to find the right person and if she doesn't, then she has to wait years before the house will be so favorable again.

So she sets out to find him.

Enter two brothers: one who fits perfectly with her chart and one that's way off course. But if she's supposed to be finding the right person, why is she having so many troubles picking between the two.

I love how Wil is so decisive about things. Right away she knows she has to find someone or her window will close. And she sets out to do this, which I love. I also love how quirky she is, both in attitude and dress and how she's not afraid to do things that might be scary (like climbing to the top of a water tower, even if the ladder is rickety and rusted and even if maybe the cops don't think she should be doing so)

Mostly, it's humorous and sweet, sad and uplifting. It's about finding someone to be with, but mostly about finding yourself, out there in the stars, maybe.
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Author 10 books1,203 followers
March 6, 2016
I think it took me about two sentences to completely fall in love with SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS! I immediately connected with the voice of our heroine, Wil - she is such a wonderfully quirky, honest, loveable protagonist, filled with so much heart and emotion. As she tries to navigate her love life, using an astrological chart as her map, she unwittingly involves herself in a love triangle that will force her to question her beliefs about fate, free will, herself, and the universe. Not wanting to break a promise to her deceased mother, Wil struggles to make the right decision, as she learns to put her faith in herself. I loved the romance in this book - the connection between Wil and the one (I won't say which!) felt very real, as they bonded over their shared grief and an undeniable chemistry that was just so well done!

Meanwhile, I have to mention a couple of other things that I thought were great about this book...

The characters outside of the love triangle - Wil's best friend, Irina, her grandmother, and a host of others - even the more minor characters were so well-rounded, each having their own journeys. There were actually a lot of other characters in this book, and I thought it was an incredible feat that none of them ended up feeling as if they were just "extras" - they all had their own personalities and purposes.

And...coming from someone who is fascinated with astrology and astronomy - in all its extreme complexity - I thought Darcy Woods did such an amazing job of not only making it accessible, but exciting and magical.

All of this, coupled with beautiful writing, makes me highly recommend this book! For romantics, stargazers, and anyone who simply loves a great story!

*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review*
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Author 14 books68.4k followers
January 21, 2016
I really, really, really hope this gets adapted for TV or film. It was SO cute and charming, but there was also a surprising amount of depth when it came down to it. The book has a lot to say about fate, belief, love, and family, and no character was safe from learning hard lessons about all of these.

I must admit, I'm a sucker for a love triangle, especially of the "right guy for you/wrong guy for you" variety, and this book did really interesting things with that trope (because I SORT OF LOVED EVERYONE FOR DIFFERENT REASONS but also because of the added 'astrologically right/wrong' angle).

Wil was ADORABLE, bubbly and spunky and feisty when need be (from her very first interaction with Grant, I loved their banter and connection), and I seriously loooooooooved all of her relationships. Not just with Seth and Grant, but also with her grandmother and most especially with Irina. And let me just say: IRINA. Hilarious and wise and cool and everything I wanted to be when I was Wil's age. I'd never really run across a character quite like Irina in YA before (possibly ever?) and I found her so refreshing and charming. Woods did an EXCELLENT job of fleshing every character out but Irina and Wil especially felt *real* to me, and that made all of the tangles Wil hits toward the end that much more heartbreaking. She'll stay with me for a long time, I'm sure. <3
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2,981 reviews363 followers
April 22, 2016
Absolutely loved this, such a cute and fun read. Full review to come!

Edited to add review:
I read very little anymore from this genre so when I do, I want it to be something adorable, something fun, and most of all, something that will stand out and be noticed.

Summer of the Supernovas is so that read.

Funny, sweet, fast paced, and packed full of awesome amazing characters this is a love story that is both realistic and sweet with a guy that every girl will want and will definitely make many peoples top ten list this year.

Woods hit all the right buttons with this one. The ones that made you laugh, smile, get teary eyed, and most of all, the ones that will leave you eagerly and quickly flipping pages because you just can't get enough of Wil and Grant and their friends. Heck, even Gram was pretty fabulous.

A fun story perfect for this time of year. One that will leave you with a big smile of your face and a warm happy feeling in your heart.

*ARC copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
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498 reviews3 followers
May 4, 2016
Author: Darcy Woods
Pub. Date: May 10, 2016
Publisher: Crown BFYR
Format: Hardcover, eBook
Rate: 4 Stars

I would like to thank the publisher for proving me with an advance copy of Summer of Supernovas for an honest review.

Summer of Supernovas is quirky, cute, funny, and charming! There is amazing chemistry and I loved the friendships and family dynamics that really enriched the story. So many great life questions are addressed in this book. Are our lives better if we allow science to help us guide our future choices? Can love only cause us heartache in the long run if not with the person who aligns with our stars? This book was so great because of all the struggles that Wilamena fights within her own self to figure out, what she believes and what she wants.

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440 reviews108 followers
July 29, 2018
Full Review on my blog!
3.5 Stars
I absolutely LOVED this book! This book was one of the cutest contemporary novels I have read in a long time. I love contemporary books and this book made me realise why I love them so much.

Summer of Supernovas is a fun and flirty romantic comedy that will have you laughing on one page and tearing up on the next. 
I highly recommend it!

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Author 3 books452 followers
March 24, 2016
This romantic, YA contemp about a seventeen year old girl who--keeping a promise to her deceased mom--must use the astrological chart her mom drew up for her, and choose a boyfriend within twenty-two days--or risk having to wait ten years for another shot at true love.

This novel, by debut novelist Darcy Woods is so delicious, I wanted to eat it.
The humor is natural and infectious. The story sweet, romantic and reminds me a lot of the John Hughes comedies of the 1980's. (Think "Say Anything," "Sixteen Candles," "Some Kind of Wonderful" but fresh...updated for millennials.

And for anyone who hates romantic triangles....Yes. There is one. HOWEVER, Woods utilizes it as the very nexus of the novel. It isn't a side thought to titillate the tweeners. This is one done right, folks!
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