BOOK REVIEW: Star-Crossed by Minnie Darke

The Blurb (from Goodreads):

Sometimes even destiny needs a little bit of help. 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.

My Thoughts:

This novel is pure delight! I bought it on a sudden whim, feeling in need of something light-hearted and easy to read, and instead find myself reading the cleverest and most engaging contemporary romance I’ve ever encountered. There is so much to love in this book – it’s funny and yet poignant too, making me laugh out loud one moment and dab away a little tear the next. It’s crammed full of dozens and dozens of characters, yet each one is so deftly and vividly drawn that you have no trouble remembering who is who, and you find yourself a little in love with them all. It’s very Australian and yet very universal, and is crying out to be made into a rom-com. Oh, so much to love in this book!


Basically, an aspiring journalist named Justine bumps into her teenage crush one day and her heart gives an almighty bound. Discovering that gorgeous Nick relies on life advice from the horoscope page in the magazine she works for, Justine thinks she might give just a little tweak to his star sign that month. After all, what harm could it do?


I cannot say anymore without completely undoing the magic that is Star-Crossed. Read it and be charmed.

You might also like to read my review of Love or Nearest Offer by Adele Geras:

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