What is this about?: The course of true love never did run smoothly, especially if you’re a journalist with access to the stars in your magazine and you’re trying to give your long lost crush recently returned to your life a big-ass clue.
What else is this about?: This is fun for a whole heap for reasons, that you’ll see in my review!
In this sparkling romantic comedy, a young journalist tampers with her magazine’s horoscopes to win her friend’s heart – and sets in motion an unpredictable and often hilarious ripple effect . . .
Sometimes destiny needs a nudge in the right direction . . .
When Justine Carmichael (Sagittarius, aspiring journalist and sceptic) bumps into her old friend Nick Jordan (Aquarius, struggling actor and true believer) it could be by chance. Or it could be written in the stars.
Justine works at the Alexandria Park Star – and Nick, she now learns, relies on the magazine’s astrology column to guide him in life.
Looking for a way to get Nick’s attention, Justine has the idea of making a few small alterations to ‘Aquarius’ before it goes to print.
It’s only a horoscope, after all. What harm could it possibly do?
‘Star-crossed is the funny, clever, big-hearted romance of the year. Brilliant!’ Heather Rose (Leo).
Do you read your horoscope? Do you believe in your horoscope?
In Star-Crossed, Justine really does not, but Nick Jordan her former bff, who she spent a night kissing as a teenager and never spoke to again, really does.
So that right there, is a recipe for some humour and warm fuzzies in this book.
Justine and Nick
The stars never did align for Justine and Nick as kids. Their mothers were BFFs, and they grew up together before Nick’s family moved away — but not before the first and only time Justine and Nick made out before they meet again in the book.
When they do (re) meet, Justine is the general dogsbody at the Alexandria Park Star, who just happens to have a horoscope section that Nick reads religiously — as she finds out when they meet again as adults.
When Justine is kind of, sort of promoted, she gains the responsibility of editing those very same horoscopes that Nick swears by, and well, given as he hasn’t called her despite her giving him her number, she decides to give him a little push via changing his horoscope. Or several. … and manages to push him back to an ex he was ready to move on from.
Nick is looking for purpose in his life: at his age — late 20s — he expected to make it big as an actor, but instead he’s playing Romeo and Juliet in productions that aren’t anywhere where he wants his acting career to go. His very successful model (ex) girlfriend expects him to grow up soon (among other things) but deep down, Nick knows that means letting go of his dream and he doesn’t want to do that. His horoscopes provide guidance he’s so desperately looking for.
While Justine is trying to nudge Nick towards thinking of her differently (this is during the part when the ex is still an ex), she finds that they become good friends again. Of course, you’ll probably see what’s coming a mile away, but that doesn’t mean the journey towards the end isn’t fun.
Justine is charming and relatable, while being a bit of a grammar nazi, but readers will like her. She probably has more than a few conversations with her brain that might sound familiar to you. Nick as well, for all his belief in the horoscope, is struggling a bit in life and is at a cross-roads I don’t think he was entirely prepared for. They’re incredibly opposite, but they’re remarkably fun together!
One issue I did have with this book is the length: while the book does focus on the effect that changed horoscopes have on Nick, it also include side-plots about the effects that they have on other people who read them, and are going through things in their own lives.
On the one hand, I enjoyed seeing the effect on a larger cast of characters, but I didn’t care about those characters as much as I did about Justine and Nick, and secondary characters within their orbit. In addition the book spans a year, and I could tell that this would have worked much better for Justine and Nick had their timeline been more compressed, and their love story a little more punchier.
All in all, this made me smile and laugh out loud, and want very desperately for Nick to get the right meaning from Justine’s rewritten horoscopes. (Also, if you do swear by a certain horoscope, please link me to your most accurate ones, because I am curious!)