Book review: Star-crossed | Minnie Darke

Star-crossed is a feelgood Australian novel that feels like more like watching a rom com than reading a book.

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 perhaps it’s written in the stars.

Justine is an office gopher at the Alexandria Park Star, biding time until her big journalistic break arrives, when she learns that Nick relies on the magazine’s astrology column to guide him in life. Looking for a way to get Nick’s attention, Justine has the (terrible) idea of making a few alterations to Aquarius before it goes to print.

The ensuing chaos and gradually worsening situation in which Justine finds herself is fairly standard fodder for the genre, and ‘Star-crossed’ holds few surprises in that regard. The inclusion of some of the city’s residents and the effect of Justine’s actions on them adds pops of colour to the story, and some of the characters, particularly employees at the Star, are cleverly realised.

In terms of popular fiction, Star-crossed sits fairly solidly at the top of the middle of the pack, if that makes sense. While it’s unlikely to achieve global ‘must-read’ status, it’s an easy, enjoyable read which would translate easily to the screen.

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