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3.63  ·  Rating details ·  102 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Seventeen-year-old Rachel Ferguson is trying to get struck by lightning. Hopefully it will lead to finding her soul mate, like it did for her mother. And then maybe her mom will be as devoted to her as she is to her lightning strike survivors group.

When Rachel discovers a journal written by her mother's soul mate - the man she thought was her father - she begins to questio
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 12th 2018 by Sky Pony
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Jenny (Bookbookowl)
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebooks
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Sky Pony Press through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Actual rating 2.5 stars

Rachael is hoping to be struck by lightning.  Her mother was struck many years ago and seems more devoted to her lightning strike survivor group than her own daughter. Her mother also claims the lightning strike enabled her to see who her, and others, soul mates would be.  As she refuses to tell Rachael who her soul mate is, Rachael ho
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this YA book, it had a different story with the lightening survivors group and Rachel wanting to be a survivor because she wanted to fit in. It was a story about growing as a person and finding out where you fit in, to family, and socially, as a teen this can be a hard thing to do. I really liked Jay's character, I found it interesting to read about a character with Asperger and it was refreshing to have a love interest who was different to the norm. I thought the relationships ...more
Zoë ☆
May 18, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, netgalley
NOPE I did not like this unfortunately.
Soulstruck was a quick read, that kept my interest but it wasn't a great book. Some parts of it dragged and it took so long to explain how and why Rachel got her injuries - too long in my opinion, since it didn't seem that surprising by the time it was revealed. All in all, this was okay and I'm glad I read it, but it's not a book I'd recommend. ...more
Sara Oxton
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Soulstruck by Natasha Sinel a five-star read that will divide opinion. This is going to be one of those books that you will either love or hate much like marmite I’m guessing there won’t be much in between. Rachel as a character will do much the same, we get to see her grow and develop into the woman that she will become. Each of the characters brings a new angle to the story and add another layer to the story. Rachel's mum was a character that I didn’t know how to take at first there was someth ...more
Melissa Killian
Jun 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Rachel, the main character, is not very likable, but she is realistic. Teenagers can easily be so caught up in figuring out their own stuff that they fail to see what is going on with those around them, and how they themselves are a contributing factor to other peoples' stuff.

Rachel's mother was struck by lightning as a teenager and, as a result, now has some special ability to see who a person's soul mate is. (And no, this is not a supernatural story. It is solidly contemporary.) Her mother be
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-stars, reviewed
Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

I took maybe two or three weeks to get through this book. Partially because April is exam season for those of us in university, but mainly because I was just very bored.
We went round and round in circles with Rachel being obsessed with finding a soul mate to the point where she absolutely disrespects her love interests' (Jay, who by the way has Asperger's, a high-functioning form of Autism, meaning
Jill Jemmett
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Before reading this book, I had no idea what an impact getting struck by lightning has on a person. Of course, I know it could kill a person, but I didn't realize that it causes lifelong health problems and that you need to constantly get checked for symptoms for the rest of your life. There are even support groups like the one in this book, which I had never thought about before. I learned a lot in this book.

I loved Rachel. She was very real. She had ups and downs, like a real person. I could f
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Rachel has such a strong need to bond with her mother (who's lightening struck) that she develops an addiction to chasing lightening. The urge is so ingrained that she'd corrupted it with feelings of needing a soulmate without evening realizing what was at the core. After, getting her heart broken by the one she thought was her soulmate she realizes that she didn't really believe in the whole soulmate thing and that the entire time she was oblivious to someone perfect all along. While she was st ...more
Carol Riggs
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars rounded up to 5. The characters were really well-drawn in this book, with real emotions and motivations. Some sensory images were very strong and wonderfully unique. Rachel, the main character, navigates love and friendship within an interesting scenario of her mother being a lightning strike survivor. The twist at the end was great—a couple of twists, in fact. That was fun, even though I guessed one twist. FYI, the book includes profanity (F-word) sprinkled throughout and a scene or t ...more
Jill MacKenzie
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
By Alice M. Age 12

The book Soul Struck, by Natasha Sinel is a captivating tale about a girl named Rachel who has always lived in the company of her mom’s lighting-strike survivor support group. If she gets struck, too, hopefully, her mom will pay as much attention to her as she does to her precious support group. Maybe she’ll even find her soul mate through the strike, like her mom. She’s tried everything. Climbing trees, standing in an open field, but she just can’t get struck. Things seem even
Ms. Nguyen
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was able to read this ebook through NetGalley!

Rachel's mother was struck by lightning and can now "see" soulmates. While the title of this book might make you think that this is the only topic explored, it's definitely not. Rachel is trying to figure out a new crush on an old friend, getting over an ex, typical fights with her best friend, and a slightly strained relationship with her mother. It might seem like a lot going on, but I found it incredibly realistic (okay, minus the lightning stri
Cathy Schultz
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Soulstruck by Natasha Sinel is a quiet, beautifully told story about a girl looking for a soulmate, and in the process figuring out all the relationships in her life--with her mother, her best friend, a new boyfriend, and an old one. It’s a sweet story, set evocatively on Cape Cod in the off-season, with a romance that’s both charming and realistically (and sometimes hysterically) awkward. One of the characters (who became my favorite) has Aspergers, and Soulstruck sensitively depicts what it’s ...more
Laura's Book Addiction
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Having only just read The Fix last week, I was so excited to get approved for Soul Stuck, although the storyline is vastly different it didn't stop my enjoyment of the book. I read it in one sitting and I couldn't put it down.

Rachel's story of how her obsession with lightning and the relationship with her mother culminated in a great YA novel that explores how we relate to people when we don't always understand that person. It also explores coping mechanisms, and what draws us to them and ultim
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
A really interesting concept for a contemporary ya novel that focuses on friendship, love and family.

The romance which develops between Rachel and Jay is pretty believable, it’s not Insta love and all swoon worthy, it’s built more on their friendship and shared awkward moments which I liked, especially when it all realistically goes down hill!

The scenery is beautifully described and reminded me of The Rattled Bones by Shanon Parker.

A great read for fans of Gayle Foreman and Erin Lange.

Thank you
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sinel once again displays her confident storytelling skills, her keen ear for dialogue, and her perceptive insights about the complications of young love, as she did in The Fix. Here, the focus is on love and the longing for love - among friends, within family, and within sexual relationships. I especially welcomed Sinel's depiction of a young woman with a sexual appetite who takes the lead her less confident male partners. ...more
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rachel Ferguson has a tough life. Her single mother, who was struck by lightning as a teen, seems distant. Her two best friends are changing, and she develops feelings for Jay even as she is “dumped” by her bestie Serena. It is not too angsty, and the teens were likable. This was a comfort read, slow and easy. I thoroughly enjoyed it and appreciate NetGalley and the publisher, who allowed me to be an early reader for my fair and honest review.
Jodi McKay
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After falling in love with Sinel's first book, The Fix, I was so excited for Soulstruck and I definitely was not disappointed! Her knack for creating a well-developed cast of characters with relatable struggles, both internal and within their relationships, always draws me into the story and makes me miss them when I'm done reading. This is why I re-read her books and plan on doing the same with Soulstruck in 3...2...1... ...more
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down. Rachel and her friends were refreshingly real, and the lightning-strike-survivors element was an intriguing way to frame a very genuine and heartfelt drama. Natasha Sinel does an incredible job writing a romance from an empowered girl's perspective. And no spoilers, but I LOVED the ending!! ...more
MIriam Spitzer Frankllin
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A unique story full of interesting characters about friendship, family, and the bonds that connect us.

Mar 12, 2022 rated it it was ok
Shelves: eom-library
This was a super quick and easy read - but I didn't really feel anything for the protagonist and I thought her problems and friends were lame. ...more
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I want to be 17 again. This book brought back the heartache and drama and giggles from relationships with parents and best friends and boys. I loved this story!
Susan Lubner
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Seventeen year old Rachel has a lot going on in her life. And none of it seems to be easy. A broken heart, a fractured friendship, a complicated past, a frightening yearning to be struck by lightening...all of it seems to be coming at her at once. Natasha Sinel skillfully balances tender moments with a good dose of heartache in this page turner of a novel.
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Mar 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
I am a big lover of the “sleepy, summertime beach romance” YA literature genre, so I snapped up Soulstruck when it was available on Netgalley in order to get a jump on the warm weather – and as a Georgia native, summertime comes pretty darn quick here. Unfortunately, this was not a book I could sink my teeth into like I can with many of the other more established “summertime romance” YA veterans – this was an interesting concept, but it ultimately fell flat to me.

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Natasha Sinel is a writer of young adult fiction. She graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in English and from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business with an M.B.A. Before beginning her career as an author, she was director of business development at Showtime Networks. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., she now lives in Northern Westchester, New York with her husband and thre ...more

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