Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Review: American Girl on Saturn by Nikki Godwin

American Girl on Saturn

By Nikki Godwin

Blurb: The summer after graduation is supposed to be that first real taste of freedom - but not for eighteen-year-old Chloe Branson. Just as that breeze of freedom is making its way into her galaxy, her secret-service-agent dad drops a meteor-sized bomb of bad news on her and her sisters. An attempt has been made on the lives of Canadian boyband, Spaceships Around Saturn, during their USA tour, and the guys have to go into hiding ASAP. The only problem? In the midst of the crisis and media frenzy, their dad volunteered to hide the guys...in their house.

Six-year-old Emery is as ecstatic as any self-proclaimed Saturnite would be, but Chloe and her seventeen-year-old sister Aralie watch their summer plans crash and burn like a falling star. The SAS guys aren't happy with the situation, either. Bad boy Jules picks fights with Aralie about everything from his Twitter followers to his laundry, and heart-throb Benji can't escape Emery's fangirlisms for more than three minutes.

But after the super-cute Milo kisses Chloe during a game of hide-and-seek, she finally understands what Emery means when she talks about SAS being "out of this world." If this is what Saturn feels like, Chloe doesn't want to come back to Earth.


Genres: Young Adult Romance

Publication Date: August 29, 2013

Pages: 341

Series: Saturn (book 1)

My Rating: 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is the cutest thing that has ever been published in the history of the world. I don’t even like romance. But I read this while periodically squealing and once doing that little leg kick thing like this:


My inner fangirl was totally ignited. Can anyone tell me where I can get a Milo for myself? I would like one, please and thank you. He’s the perfect guy. I want to eat cookies with him and draw fake tattoos and get a song written for me each day I was apart from him (which sounds cheesy BUT IS LITERALLY SO CUTE I WAS DYING) 

Actually, I’ll settle for any one of the guys from Starships on Saturn, because they’re all cute as heck. Noah was the most wonderful friend; and he’s fine with being stuck in the friendzone and never once complains or gets angsty about it which is freaking refreshing in this sea of stupid YA guy-friends, let me tell you. Benji Bikini Baccarini is a saint for putting up with Emery. Tate’s a total goofball. And Jules…oh god the romantic tension between him and Aralie…I can’t.

The sisters, Chloe, Aralie, and Emery, are all really cute too. They have a realistic sisterly bond, and Emery is the embodiment of a pesky little sister. One that you just can’t help loving, but still a bit pesky. Chloe and Aralie’s dynamic was especially refreshing, because they act like best friends more than the usual ‘this is my sister, I act like I hate her, but she’s still my sister’ thing that popular culture usually perpetuates. 

American Girl on Saturn has cute moments, but it’s also laugh out loud funny sometimes. The number of Justin Bieber and 1D jokes in here should be applauded. The Biebs will now always be referred to by me as ‘Starships on Saturn’s Canadian Brother’—though maybe just in my head, because my family will have no idea what the h-e-double hockey sticks (HOCKEY STICKS. CANADA. UNINTENTIONAL PUN BUT I CRACK MYSELF UP) I’m talking about otherwise. 

I loved that this book didn’t paint any of the guys as dousches; the dynamics between the Branson sisters and them was so much more organic and real. Aralie yelling at Jules to do his laundry, Chloe pushing Noah in a pool, the ‘twitter feed’---even the non-romantic moments in this book were fantastically adorable. 

The greatest thing about this book? It’s completely character driven. There’s a plot, but not a drama-centric one. These books usually end up either “flames engulfing a whole forest fire and multiple towns having to be evacuated” horrible or really, really, good in my experience. And thankfully, American Girl on Saturn was the latter. 

I was left with the feeling of “I do not want this book to end”. It was the type of story where you just want to keep reading about the characters…I want the second book yesterday. This restored my faith in YA Romance. It’s the cutest thing I’ve ever read romance-wise, hands down. 

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