Friday, August 16, 2013

Book Review: Written in the Stars by Carly Syms

Written in the Stars Cute, young-adult, chick-lit novel

Written in the Stars by Carly Syms

Reading Level: Young Adult
Release Date: September 11, 2012
Pages: 326 pages
Source: Purchased
Reviewed By: Kate McMurry

When 17-year-old Kate's long-time boyfriend Zach breaks up with her, he swears it isn't because he's fallen for someone else. He claims she doesn't have enough pizazz and she doesn't follow through on anything. Kate is devastated, but she's convinced that if she doesn't give up on him, Zach will take her back. She just has to figure out how to make that happen.

Her best friend Anna has been obsessed with reading her daily astrological horoscope for years, but Kate has always thought it was nonsense until she reads her horoscope the day of her boyfriend debacle and jumps on it as a lifeline, because it seems to point the way for how she can win back Zach. Every day she looks to her horoscope for guidance in achieving her goal, taking its rather cryptic messages as literal directives. Then one day she decides it is written in the stars for her to join a gym, and a handsome trainer only a few years older than she is takes her under his wing, becoming an important new friend.

This is a cute, chick-lit novel with a nice romance subplot as well. Poor Kate has a hard time accepting that the boyfriend who, up until now, has been quite good to her, has turned from Dr. Jekyll to Mr. Hyde--even when it becomes more than obvious he was lying through his teeth about not dumping her for another girl. While taking the horoscopes much too literally gets Kate into some comic mishaps, it also becomes a means for her to broaden her horizons, grow, and mature as a person.

This is a feel-good story with, as is the case for all comedies, a happy ending. It's a "clean read," suitable for teens of all ages, and a treat for adults who enjoy YA comedy.

I purchased the Kindle edition of this book. It is well formatted and edited.

I rate this book as follows:

Heroine: 4

Subcharacters: 4

Writing: 4

Chick-Lit Plot: 4

Romantic Subplot: 4

Overall: 4

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