Star-crossed A novel

Minnie Darke

Book - 2019

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 horo...scope, and Fate itself, into her own hands.

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Subjects
Genres
Romance fiction
Published
New York : Crown Publishers [2019]
Edition
First United States edition
Language
English
Physical Description
347 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN
9781984822826
1984822829
Main Author
Minnie Darke (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Justine Carmichael—Sagittarius, grammar and punctuation enthusiast, vintage fashion wearer, aspiring journalist at the Alexandria Park Star—has been in love with childhood friend Nick Jordan for as long as she can remember. When Justine runs into Nick for the first time since an awkward encounter in their teens, it seems like the stars have finally aligned. Nick—Aquarius, actor, devout follower of Leo Thornbury's astrological predictions—is looking for direction after living for years in starving artist mode. Justine finds herself in a position to alter the horoscopes that seem to guide Nick's decision-making and decides to rewrite Aquarius to meet her own ends. But Nick isn't the only person who reads the Alexandria Park Star, and Justine sets off a chain of events with life-changing consequences for many. Darke deftly introduces an array of characters affected by Justine's meddling and weaves their stories seamlessly together as Nick and Justine's relationship develops. This cleverly structured first outing from the pseudonymous Darke will appeal to fans of romantic comedy, astrology, and chaos. Utterly charming and ripe for development as a film. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Justine Carmichael is a copy-runner, a sort of glorified gofer, for Australia's monthly Alexandria Park Star, though she hopes to become a full-time reporter. She and Nick Jordan were best friends growing up in Edenvale until his family moved away. When she runs into Nick on the street, it's been quite a while since they last saw each other on a dual family holiday. Nick is now an aspiring actor, taking advertising gigs (he's dressed as a fish) and waitering to make ends meet, and Justine is still in love with him after all these years. Nick is a huge fan of the Star, especially the astrology column and its contributor, Leo Thornbury. Is it fate that leads Justine to a promotion and the opportunity to "realign" Nick's horoscope to be in her favor? In her U.S. adult fiction debut, pseudonymous author Darke creates a world of stargazers whose destinies eventually collide. And, yes, love doesn't need astrology to find its way home. VERDICT Funny and enticing, this novel will appeal to readers who enjoy a hint of slapstick with their fiction. [See Prepub Alert, 11/26/18; library marketing.]—Bette-Lee Fox, Library Journal Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Darke's winning debut follows a horoscope writer's devious yet delightful plan to snag a boyfriend. Justine Carmichael has worked her way up at the Alexandria Park Star, an Australian magazine, and has recently been promoted to contributions manager. When she crosses paths with childhood sweetheart Nick Jordan, now a handsome actor and ardent astrology believer, she learns he reads the Star's weekly horoscope and hatches a scheme: she begins surreptitiously rewriting the horoscopes, into which she sprinkles subtle hints that Nick should ask her out. Unfortunately, Nick's interpretation of the messages leads him to start dating a model. Justine, meanwhile, learns that a lot of the magazine's readers make important life decisions based on her faux horoscopes, and she begins to wonder: Is everything "lucky, random chaos" or is there something more? Unpretentious, well-drawn characters and the fresh twist on the childhood sweethearts reunited setup make this perfect for fans of romantic comedies. (May) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Convinced that her childhood sweetheart and she are ideally suited upon discovering he is an astrology devotee, a secretly skeptical horoscope magazine writer takes matters into her own hands when the young man does not return her affections.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

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.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Convinced that her childhood sweetheart and she are ideally suited upon discovering he is an astrology devotee, a secretly skeptical horoscope magazine writer takes matters into her own hands when he does not return her affections.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Why rely on fate when you can rewrite the stars? In this sparkling romantic comedy, one woman decides to tinker with the horoscopes of the man of her dreams.'A bright, brilliant, joyful love story.''Josie Silver, #1 New York Times bestselling author of One Day in DecemberNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY REAL SIMPLE 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. As Nick continues to not fall headlong in love with her, Justine decides to take Nick's horoscope, and Fate itself, into her own hands. But, of course, Nick is not the only Aquarius making important life choices according to what is written in the stars.   Charting the ripple effects of Justine's astrological meddling, Star-Crossed is a delicious, intelligent, and affecting love story about friendship, chance, and how we all navigate the kinds of choices that are hard to face alone.Praise for Star-Crossed'swoon-worthy . . . a smart, sweet love story about friendship, destiny, and the power of choice.''Bustle"[A] juicy romance novel.''Good Housekeeping"Enchanting . . . this book will capture your attention and keep you entertained from the first page to the last.''BuzzFeed 'this cleverly structured first outing from the pseudonymous Darke will appeal to fans of romantic comedy, astrology, and chaos. Utterly charming and ripe for development as a film.''Booklist'Winning . . . Unpretentious, well-drawn characters and the fresh twist on the childhood sweethearts reunited setup make this perfect for fans of romantic comedies.''Publishers Weekly 'Darke creates a world of stargazers whose destinies eventually collide. . . . Funny and enticing.''Library Journal