Friday, 25 June 2010

Review: Star Crossed - Jo Cotterill

Acquired: Sent to me by Random House

Published: May 27th 2010, Red Fox

Pages: 256 pages (Paperback)

Series?: Yes – this is the first book in the Sweet Hearts series. The second title ‘Strictly Friends?’ is out later this year and there are six titles in the series.

Summary (from Goodreads): ‘'You did WHAT?' screamed Mari. 'You turned down the cutest boy ever? Are you crazy?' Fliss isn't exactly outgoing. But on stage she really comes alive. And this summer, she's playing Juliet opposite her dream Romeo - Tom Mayerling.

If only she could tell him how she feels! But unless Fliss finds some inner confidence, she's going to miss her chance with Tom. Because someone else has her eyes on Fliss' role - and her leading man...’

What I liked: I really like the whole idea of the Sweet Hearts series; how each book focuses on a different hobby. I also like the idea that, even though the books are in a series, each instalment doesn’t follow on from the last so they can all stand alone, which is something I find important and shows a strength in the writing.

Everything about Star Crossed is sweet. The characters are sweet, the storyline is sweet and the ending is nicely packaged with a pink bow that will leave you feeling very happy and content with the world around you. It’s nice to just sit down a read a book that has little to no angst in it – though I do love me a bit of angst, sometimes it does drag me down a bit. No angst in sight in Star Crossed, I’m happy to report.

Lovely Fliss, whose uninterested mother cares more about baking the perfect sponge than her daughter’s dreams, does make the odd little complaint that she wishes her mother would take more of an interest but it barely registers on the angst scale. Perfect for those days when you want to sit, read and come away happy.

The supporting characters are great too. Mari is a joy to read and I love poor Victoria’s terrible attempts at acting. Even our villain, Samantha, is great and it’s really worth checking out the character blogs on the Sweet Hearts website as they gave me a great insight to Samantha’s character.

What I didn’t like: There’s not really much not to like about Star Crossed (and I’m sure the same will be true about the rest of the Sweet Hearts series). It’s a sweetly packaged, summery story about a girl who wants to act and finally gets to pursue her passion opposite her dream Romeo.

First line: ‘“The next production,” said Candy, looking around to make sure she had everyone’s full attention, “will be Romeo and Juliet.”’

Final thoughts: A fun, summer read that is sure to be a huge hit with younger teens and I can wait for the next instalment!

Read if you liked...: Split by a Kiss – Luisa Plaja


Plot: 3.5/5

Writing: 3.5/5

Characters: 4/5

Cover: 4/5

Total: 15/20 (B)


  1. A series that has stand alone books, how great is that. Sound like a fun read great review.

  2. Thanks so much, Carly! You might like to know that when pitching the idea to Random House, one of the things they liked most was that each book was a stand-alone. In fact, they used to publish the series 'Sweet Dreams' back in the 80s, which worked on exactly the same concept. And I was delighted, because I was worried that I would get bored writing about the same characters all the time - so we were all pleased! Jo x


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