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Reviewed by Cheryl Schopen for Readers' Favorite
Written in the Stars by Jayme Ardente-Silliman starts off with 13-year-old Sophie Watters, who is beyond thrilled to go to The Spinners concert, go backstage, and meet the lead singer, Geoff Mann, her long-time crush. Not only did she meet him, but she also got a kiss on the cheek. Afterward, she was even more convinced that he was the love of her life and they were meant to be together. Just as her dreams seemed to be coming true, she loses her mom to cancer. She stops believing in fairytales, in dreams, and in love. Six years later, she is still grieving for her mom. On a trip to Italy to visit family with her best friend, she runs into her childhood dream: Geoff Mann. Reluctant to let him or anyone else in, she tries to keep him at a distance, even though he may be the one person who can show her that maybe dreams do come true, maybe fairytales do exist, and maybe love isn’t so dangerous and painful after all.
This was most definitely a modern day fairytale romance. Instead of an ordinary girl falling for a prince, it’s an ordinary girl falling for a famous singer/teen heartthrob. And I absolutely loved it. It had so much more depth than your typical fairytale. Sophie used to be full of life, someone who never doubted that dreams come true. Ever since her mom died, she has never been the same. Witnessing this heartbroken, lost young woman so scared of love was difficult, but it was also heartwarming to see someone try so hard to get through that wall she has put up for so long. I think a lot of us can relate to Sophie. Whether we’ve gone through a tragedy like she has or not, we stop believing in fairytales and dreams as we grow older. This story made me believe in those things again. Just because we reach a difficult point in our lives, it doesn’t mean we should stop reaching for our dreams. Thank you, Jayme Ardente-Silliman, for reminding me of this and for writing such a fantastic story. Written in the Stars will have you wanting to hold the people you love a little closer, open your heart to others, live life to the fullest, and fall in love either for the first time or all over again. It is an absolute must-read. And if my eyes are not deceiving me, there will be a sequel, which I practically squealed about, 13-year-old-Sophie style.