By Minnie Darke
Published May 2019 by Crown
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.
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Justine and Nick have been friends since basically birth. After losing touch for approximately a decade, they run into each other again.
Nick loves reading the horoscopes in the magazine Justine works for, and Justine decides to start changing the horoscopes to give Nick hints about how she feels about him.
But he doesn’t get it.
Instead, he sees the stars taking him a different direction, despite Justine feeling like she’s giving good clues.
I loved how this book captured various characters and how reading the stars affected their decisions. I’ll fully admit I’m not one to look at my horoscope (total Virgo here), but while reading this book, it occurred to me that plenty of people likely do. And that they see them as confirmation to decisions they need to/want to make.
I think it was a really neat way of encapsulating how Justine’s actions affected not just Nick, but anyone who read the magazine.
It was also interesting to see just how differently each person interpreted their stars, even multiple people under the same sign. I also loved how some of the characters connected with each other throughout the book. As a reader, I was wondering if all these various people we were being introduced to would somehow meet up, and some of them do.
I read this book with baited breath, hoping that Nick would finally see the direction Justine was trying to lead him with his stars.
Overall, Star-Crossed is a great read, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a romance under the stars.