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Star-Crossed: A Novel de Minnie Darke
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Star-Crossed: A Novel (2019 original; edició 2019)

de Minnie Darke (Autor)

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When childhood sweethearts Justine (Sagittarius and serious skeptic) and Nick (Aquarius and true believer) bump into each other as adults, a life-changing love affair seems inevitable-- to Justine, anyway. Especially when she learns Nick is an astrological devotee, whose decisions are guided by the stars, and more specifically, by the horoscopes in his favorite magazine. The same magazine Justine happens to write for. When Nick doesn't fall in love with her, Justine decides to take his horoscope, and Fate itself, into her own hands.… (més)
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This book really appealed to me because it seemed like a very unique idea for a romance novel. I enjoyed the astrology aspect because it is such a great reminder that we are all interconnected. I find the idea of how small choices we make can have huge consequences, both positive and negative, for other people to be completely fascinating and I loved the parts of this book that focused on that.

Some of this book got a little wacky and went off on little spurts which were distracting for me as a reader but overall it was a cute and quick read. A big thank you to NetGalley and Crown Books for a copy of this book. ( )
  genthebookworm | Dec 19, 2020 |
Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review.

Younger me would have been all over this book. A book about how your astrology sign rules you life? I loved reading all of that stuff and figuring out what aspects of being an Aquarius I had. My friends and I all loved tarot cards and fortune tellers. Heck, I had a best friend who would go on about how her boyfriend was such a Gemini which meant full of contradictions and selfishness at times.

"Star-Crossed" has a lot of heart. We don't just follow the two main characters of Justine (Sagittarius) and Nick (Aquarius) we follow a bunch of other secondary characters who are affected along the way too. Not everyone gets a happy ending, but I found myself smiling and even tearing up a bit here and there. I also loved that the setting is Australia. I am all for romance books not always taking place in London and New York. The ending was definitely a great HEA.

"Star-Crossed" follows Nick and Justine from the day they were born and allows how the date of their birth is nudging them along. Nick and Justine's mothers are very good friends so these two do grow up together. But after one of the family's move, the two don't see each other again until they are 15 years old. And after that, almost another 10 years goes by. And when Justine runs into Nick again, she finds herself thinking about him and how maybe now they could have a relationship with each other. Nick has a girlfriend though. However, when Justine realizes that Nick's favorite astrologer writes for the magazine that she is employed at, she starts to wonder if maybe fate needs a helping hand.

I honestly took a little warming up to Justine after a bit though. I wasn't down for what she was attempting to do and I honestly didn't get why she couldn't just talk to Nick. That said, she leans a lot more Aquarius at times I thought with her sense of romance and how fate keeps throwing Nick in her path. Justine is sarcastic and obsessed with grammatical errors to the point I kept cracking up about it. She dreams of being a reporter and is worried that she's not going to get a real life while she watches her friends and family couple up and move on.

Nick was a dreamer, but I thought at times quite pragmatic. He's trying to make a living as an actor and finding it hard going. His model girlfriend is quite tired of him being poor and wants him to give up acting for more steady work. And though he is thinking about it, he keeps getting pushed by Justine to stay with acting.

The two together have a wonderful shared history and I loved their backstory.

Darke also follows a ton of other characters influenced by their horoscopes and this is where sometimes you will end up laughing or be sad. I thought it was great to follow them all from the beginning of the book to the end. Heck, we even get a dog as a character in this one and I won't get into his side-plot, but I was worried for the dog for a good portion of the book.

The writing takes a bit to get going along with the flow. However, once it does, the book really snaps along. I had a hard time putting this one down while I was on the road. I know a lot of people will probably roll their eyes about astrology, but honestly I think Darke does a good job of showing both sides of things. Those who rely too heavily on their astrological signs and those who focus too much on things being black or white.

Darke follows the secondary characters in the Cusp sections so at first you get introduced to a lot of new people, but she circles back to them again though so you can follow the progression of their stories separately from Nick and Justine (though sometimes they do interact with the cusp characters).

The ending was pitch perfect and I was sad to put this one down. I will definitely be on the lookout for future Darke books. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
So so so so cute!! I loved the short vignettes about all these different people reading the same column and the ways they were affected by the advice they read, and I loved the way the different stories intersected towards the end. I felt like the main conflict between Justine and Nick was resolved a little too quickly but overall I really enjoyed this ( )
  hatingongodot | May 3, 2020 |
When Justine crosses paths again with her childhood sweetheart, Nick, she is surprised to discover the spark she felt as a teen is still there. Frustrated after giving him her number and not receiving a call, Justine takes fate into her own hands. As she works at the magazine with the horoscope column Nick follows religiously, she decides to tweak the horoscope in a way that will convince him to call her. Of course, things don't turn out how Justine hoped and so she continues to tamper with the horoscopes every month. Of course, Justine's alterations have wider ramifications on the many other horoscope followers who share Nick's sign and Justine's advice causes wide ripples.

Such a sweet book at just the right time. I decidedly fall into the "horoscopes are bunk" group but whether you buy into them or not, there's plenty of story to charm you. Being set in Australia, it's fun to wrap my northern hemisphere brain around flipped seasons as the book takes place over the course of the year. Darke also does an excellent job of alternately exploring Justine and Nick's lives as well as the cascading consequences for other people who apply Justine's horoscopes to their lives. While there's no huge surprises along the way, the journey is a delight and comforting in knowing that all will be resolved for the good. Recommended if it sounds like your jam. ( )
  MickyFine | Apr 14, 2020 |
This novel will be a hit movie along the lines of Love Actually. It has all the ingredients: love, romance and comedy. Clever comedy. Star Crossed is tightly structured and written and one of the best feel-good novels I’ve read.
Many a self-improvement book has claimed the best thing for us is often right in front of us but we can’t see it. Nick Jordan is one of those people. And Justine Carmichael is metaphorically jumping up and down right in front of him.
Justine works at a magazine and is responsible for the pages the horoscope. Knowing Nick, struggling actor, lives by the words of the magazine’s astrologer, Leo – his name not his astrological sun sign. Nick is dating high-powered and successful model, Laura, who has her sights on wealth and fame. Their unsuitability is as clear as Nick and Justine’s suitability.
Justine is aware of this and decides to give Nick a not-so-subtle push by changing the predictions for Aquarius. But he misinterprets the predictions and there are hilarious consequences for a cast of minor characters who are also Aquarians.
I loved the witty writing: “It was true that Nick’s Laura-less days had often been lonely and despondent. But he’d enjoyed not having to worry about keeping up to Vogue living standards.” And: “Her brain had retreated to its inner quarters – a plush padded cell where it could rock from side to side and mumble incoherently.”
I connected with the characters and laughed out loud at their antics. I appreciated the witty writing. Most of all, I loved the warm and good feeling it gave me. ( )
  Neil_333 | Mar 6, 2020 |
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When childhood sweethearts Justine (Sagittarius and serious skeptic) and Nick (Aquarius and true believer) bump into each other as adults, a life-changing love affair seems inevitable-- to Justine, anyway. Especially when she learns Nick is an astrological devotee, whose decisions are guided by the stars, and more specifically, by the horoscopes in his favorite magazine. The same magazine Justine happens to write for. When Nick doesn't fall in love with her, Justine decides to take his horoscope, and Fate itself, into her own hands.

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