I included this one in my Ravenclaw book recommendations for good reason. It’s a bit like Divination class without tests. This is a story about fate, love, and the choices that we make in the face of both. It is fun, mischievous, fun-loving, and very witty. I have given Star-Crossed by Minnie Darke 4 out of 5 stars.
I absolutely love astrology, and was so excited when I read the premise of this book. I absolutely had to read it, and I am so glad that I did. The story is set in Australia, which was a fun change of pace from the mostly American and British books that I typically find myself reading. The chapter titles are each zodiac sign, with the chapters in between titled “cusp”. It is the simple but fun details that add to what makes this book so good.
Our main characters are Justine (Sagittarius and serious skeptic) and Nick (Aquarius and true believer) who grew up together but fell out of touch. Justine uses her position at work to attempt to sway Nick to choosing to give her a call for a date, but it goes south rather quickly. It’s quite a smart book, and I picked up many little details peppered throughout each chapter that related to the chapter title. For example, in Taurus there were places, events or otherwise that related back to the bull or characteristics of the bull. Darke really made this an entertaining read on many levels. The main characters felt believable and relatable, if not a little predictable.
If you are a fan of movies like New Year’s Day and Love Actually, you will love this book as well. I could see this easily adapting to the big screen. There were many other stories told in Star-Crossed in a similar way of those movies. At the beginning it was hard to follow along to all of these interweaving characters and stories, but as the book progressed it became more obvious how they were all tied together. I really appreciated that Darke mostly kept these other stories within the “cusp” chapters so it was easier to keep things organized in my mind.