Title: American Girl on Saturn (Saturn #1)
Author: Nikki Godwin
Format acquired: ebook
Format acquired: ebook
Publication date: August 29, 2013
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.
American Girl on Saturn has boy band in it and those boys are in a summer lockdown with the three sisters—Chloe, Aralie and Emery—in one house and hell ensues. You’d think a book that has boy band in it will make you swoon. Well, not in my case.
I really liked the characters in this book. They’re all unique and fun to read. Especially Noah. And no, Noah’s not the main guy in this story. He’s actually just a side character in this book but as what I’ve observed, it seems that I’m more fascinated to side characters than the main ones lately if we based it to the recent books I’ve read. So back to Noah, I freaking love the guy! I definitely want to meet someone like him. He’s the guy that every single girl wants to be as their best friend. And since we’re on the topic of best friend, I also liked the friendship between him and Chloe. They’re so #friendshipgoals. Here’s a quote from the book to prove the adorableness of these two.
“What do I need, Noah?” I ask, as much as I don’t want to hear his goofy answer, whatever it may be.
“A new best friend,” he says. “You know, someone who listens to your problems, even when he hasn’t had his milk yet. Someone who keeps your new boyfriend a secret from everyone, even though it makes him look like an idiot sometimes. Or—best yet—someone who still covers for you after you pull him into the pool…fully dressed.”
See how adorable these two were? Friendship goal, people, friendship goal. Also, I also adored Chloe’s youngest sister! Emery was a whirlwind of emotions. She’s funny, sweet, devious, annoying (in an adorable way) and obsessive (over Benji). I never thought I’d get attached to a 5-year old character in a story, but I did. And can we also talk about Benji? That sweet pea. I loved how he doesn’t get mad at Emery for her constant clingy-ness over him. I honestly thought that Benji will be the snob and haughty one among the 5 members but he’s surprisingly a nice guy. I also loved Tate and his randomness. He didn’t get that much “screen time” in the book but I always look forward whenever he appears. It seems that I’m fond of all the characters except to the two main characters of this book, Chloe and Milo. I didn’t feel any connection with them. I think for a main character, they’re pretty bland compared to us. And don’t get me started with their chemistry. I just can’t see it. Milo and Chloe said a lot of sweet lines to each other but I just read it with my poker face on. I honestly have no care what’ll happen to their relationship. I’m honestly more invested towards Benji and Emery’s relationship. If only Emery isn’t a 5-year old kid, I would totally ship him with Benji. Alas, I can’t since that will be so wrong in so many levels.
Why rate it 3 stars? As much as I enjoyed and liked the characters in this book, the writing style of the author isn’t just for me. It’s confusing as hell. One moment I was reading a scene about Milo and Chloe then in the next paragraph, it’ll totally be a new one. The transition from one scene to another left me disoriented. I think the author needs subtlety in transitioning of scenes.
Overall, American Girl on Saturn is an okay book for me. I had fun reading it but it didn’t really left me with any lasting impression. If you’re into the whole boy band thing, then you should try to read this one.
, by Alyssa