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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
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 9th 2017 by Ember (first published May 10th 2016)
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Darcy Woods Hi Jane, thanks for your question! :) Yes, there is a love triangle in the story. A triangle that, IMHO, is so intrinsic to the main character's arc…moreHi Jane, thanks for your question! :) Yes, there is a love triangle in the story. A triangle that, IMHO, is so intrinsic to the main character's arc and journey. One boy is her astrological soul mate. The other is her astrological downfall. He challenges her entire belief system, forcing her to choose between her heart and the heavens.

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Lola
DNF

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 betw
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Laurie Flynn
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 w ...more
S.M. Parker
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 mak ...more
Michelle Andreani
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!
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The love interests (and one in pa
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Jaime Arkin
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 ma
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Ashley Blake
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Stacee
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
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Jen Ryland
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.
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Bridget Hodder
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romantic-ya
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
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Jennie Brown
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Rosalyn Eves
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jennifer
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jennifer by: http://www.darcywoods.com/
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 ...more
Wendy MacKnight
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads
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 r
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J. Ford
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Harriet Reuter Hapgood
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
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Ki-Wing
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 G
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Sarah Glenn Marsh
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
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Jamie (Books and Ladders)
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 th
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Jennifer Bardsley
Wanted: A woman who believes in love at first sight, who isn’t afraid of indulging in cupcakes, whose mind is open to the mysteries of the universe, and who would zip into a 1940s vintage dress in a heartbeat. If any of those descriptions describe you, then you’ve got to read Summer of Supernovas by Darcy Woods.

The main character is a teenage girl named Wil who is an avid astrology buff. Wil believes she must find her true love in the next month…or else the stars will doom her to ten years of lo
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Sonya Mukherjee
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Brittany (Brittany's Book Rambles)
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
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Erin
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 w
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Natalie
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jenny Moyer
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 Gr ...more
ALEXA
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-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!
Sarah Ahiers
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Amber Smith
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sweet-sixteens, ya
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 br ...more
Jenna (lostwithinwords)
This review was first published on Fictional Neverland

*I received a free ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

"Love can't be measured or quantified like stars. It's messy and unpredictable. Hell, sometimes it's even wrong. And sometimes wrong is right."

Oh my stars! My luck must have perfectly aligned the day I decided to pick up Summer of Supernovas. I didn't know exactly what I was in for but after DNFing m
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Emily
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
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 people
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Young adult author Darcy Woods had three big loves in grade school: Reading, writing, and pizza day. Some things never change. She lives in Michigan with her madly supportive husband, two tuxedo cats (who overdress for everything) and a closet full of neatly organized shoes.

SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS is her double RITA® nominated debut YA novel, available from Random House/Crown BFYR.
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