(blurb and cover from Goodreads.com)
By: Nikki Godwin
Publication: August 29th, 2013
Genre(s): young adult, contemporary, romance
Synopsis: 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 is a cute, fan-girly story that follows 3 sisters as their summer is change by a Canadian boy band. The book follows Chloe Brenson, the oldest sister, as the main character. Chloe has just gone through a huge breakup and is tired of drama. She and her younger sister, Aralie, has plans to make their summer amazing in every way. It is, but not in the way they expected- and not with the people they expected either.
~Milo~: Chloe’s love interest and a truly sweet, level-headed, polite boy.
~Jules~: typical bad boy who might not be so bad….
~Noah~: funny, best-friend kind of guy who’s always joking.
~Benji~: twitter-addicted, moody lead singer who’s the most popular of the band in terms of fans
~Tate~: not much is mentioned about Tate. He’s supposed to be a goofball, I think?
I loved seeing Chloe and Aralie developing friendships (and romance) with the boys from SAS. It took awhile though-both girls were not very happy to have an international boy band living in their house for most of the summer. The third Branson sister, however, was.
Emery, a six year old super fan of Spaceships Around Saturn, is hilarious throughout this book. She’s obsessive, over-protective, and annoying, and I would NOT want to be Benij, the lead singer of the band, who she won’t leave alone. She’s a memorable character, and I laughed out loud when she thought Milo was naked in Chloe’s room (not true, he had a towel over his swim trunks) and kept bringing it up! Very funny moment. And not the last one you’ll get out of this book.
Here are some specific things I liked:
* The wish lantern scene! I thought it was awesome that Chloe wished for strength, not for Milo. She was being real with herself. The band wasn’t going to be around forever.She wished for something possible, she wished for herself to be strong, she didn’t black out reality for some boy.
* Chloe didn’t get personal revenge on her back-stabbing best friend, Paige. She didn’t rub it in Paige’s face that SAS was in her house for the summer; Chloe went on with her life and forgave Paige. She forgave and forgot!
* Chloe and Aralie held onto their romances, even after the band left. Neither of them broke up with their boyfriends from the band because the boys had to go back to reality. They accepted everything, even if it was hard to let SAS go on with their lives.
* Godfrey (G-man!)
Things I didn’t like:
* Aralie felt like the older sister to me. Chloe seemed like a 16 year old, not an 18 year old girl who’s about to go to college. She didn’t feel that mature to me. She was always fan-girling over Milo. We only heard about that and her breakup with some guy when school ended. I wanted to know what was next for her: college, her interests in terms of jobs, a place she might want to live when she gets older. Chloe didn’t seem to be thinking about that stuff.
* I was able to predict some of the plot (like who Aralie would end up with).
* At the end of the book, the question, “Why would the U.S. government hide a CANADIAN boyband??? Why wouldn’t CANADA deal with it?” popped into my head. Yes, at the beginning Chloe’s dad explains by saying something along the lines of, “We figured that since the shooting happened on U.S. soil, it would only be best to keep them here. So I said they could stay with us.”
Why wouldn’t the our government and Canada’s government talk it out and transport the band back home so they could be with their families? That seems like what everyone would do if a shooting actually happened.
*The SAS boys didn’t seemed scared or distressed by the fact that they were shot at.
Summing it up:
As a whole, lots of humor and heart goes into this book. You’ve got wish lanterns, tree-house dates, oreos (!!!), friendship bracelets, and a bittersweet ending. As the reader, I was upset knowing that the SAS boys were leaving and wondering how the relationships were going to work out. I was sad for Chloe, Aralie, and Emery. I look forward to reading the next book in the series that come out in 2015.
My rating: 3.5