Title: American Girl on Saturn
Author: Nikki Godwin
Release Date: August 29, 2013
THOUGHTS: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.
Bar none, this is the single most entertaining, giggle-inducing, and to be succint (not that I ever am), most enjoyable YA book I have read this past year. Folks, if you need something light to read make you forget about that unending pile of homework or those long hours at work even for just a little while, this is the perfect book for you. (Last time I checked, it's on sale on Amazon too! *winkwinknudgenudge*) I usually read pretty slow on my kindle, and I always need to take several breaks as well (don't ask me why - I guess I still prefer feeling an actual book on my hands), but for American Girl on Saturn, I had no trouble breezing through this one heck of a fun, amazing read. (Well, I did have to pause for a few times while I was reading because I was trying my damn hardest not to squeal, but that's not really a bad thing, is it?)
In no way would I consider this book realistic, but the fact that it's so improbable is what makes it all the more fun! Come on, not only does the MC have a secret agent for a dad... add in the fact that somehow, when an unknown person makes an attempt on the lives of a famous boyband, the powers that be ultimately decide that YOUR HOUSE is the safest location for these boys to go into hiding! DUDE. I have to admit that the premise kind of made me roll my eyes for a bit, but in no time at all, Spaceships Around Saturn had me wrapped around their fingers. Suspension of disbelief kicked in, and a part of me actually felt like I was in lockdown with the MC Chloe, her sisters Aralie and Emery, and the boys, and I was just all sorts of excited to see what happens next!
The Branson sisters were easy enough to like, and in no part of the book did I want to bash their heads against the wall. (A huge achievement for me, folks!) Also, the story was entertaining from the get go - both Chloe and Aralie are pissed that they would be forced to spend a chunk of their vacation locked inside their house, while little Emery is beside herself with glee at the prospect of spending time with her favorite boyband. The boys aren't that pleased with the sudden turn of events either, and suffice to say we have a recipe for disaster - we have all these huge personalities stuck in a place where they would rather not be... and they're with people they don't even know that well! Dundundun!
I found myself laughing so hard at certain parts of this novel. I love how Emery basically attached herself to Benji, the lead singer, during the lockdown, and I actually wondered whether I would act the same way should something similar happen to me. (I probably would, come to think of it...) Benji's twitter withdrawal was so entertaining, and I found it so funny that Chloe and the girls had to devise a way for Benji to be able to 'tweet' while he wasn't allowed to go online. I really adored the other boys as well - we didn't exactly get a lot of Jules and Tate since they were closer to Aralie than Chloe, but we got a lot of Noah and Milo (especially Milo!) and what I knew I loved!
The writing was smooth, the story flowed, and I found myself enjoying how the relationships of everyone in the house evolved. Chloe and Noah's friendship was just beautiful, and I loved how Noah made sure to always look out for her. And Milo... Milo Milo Milo. Boy... where do I start? The chemistry between Chloe and Milo was just off the charts from the very beginning! Also, it was never about dating someone famous for Chloe - she was truly interested in Milo for Milo, and the scenes where the two snuck out to be alone to get to know each other better were favorites of mine.
I wouldn't say that this is a book about fangirls, or an inside look at how the the rich and the famous and live. Heck, let me point out that this isn't a book about aliens, abduction, or anything paranormal at all. Both the title and the cover are rather deceiving, so hopefully you know what you're getting yourself into. The best advice I can give to anybody about to read American Girl on Saturn is just to enjoy everything the book throws your way, and believe me, stressed out you will no longer be once you finish reading!
Rating: 4 Stars
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