Once in a while, you fall in love with a book. Completely. Shamelessly. Head over heels. This is one of those books for me.
Title: What Planet Can I Blame This On?
Author: Ellie Pilcher
Publisher: Hodder Studio
Date of publication: TODAY! June 3rd 2021
Genre: Must-Read / Contemporary / Rom-Com / Absolute belter
Number of pages: 325 pages
The stars are not in position – and Krystal Baker is determined to make them fall in line.
It’s Krystal’s 29th birthday. This year:
· Her boyfriend finally proposed after six years of dating (only for her to find out he cheated on her for five and a half of them)
· She landed her dream job as a writer at Craze magazine (which swiftly fell into administration)
· She moved into her dream flat overlooking the city (just for the pipes to explode making the place unliveable)
As she mourns everything wrong in her life, her best friend mutters the dreaded words: Saturn Return. The time in a woman’s life where Saturn returns to the position it was in on the day of their birth, 29.5 years ago, and, according to legend, everything falls apart. Krystal has never bought into astrology but maybe it’s time to re-evaluate – because if the stars got her into this mess, they can get her out of it. And she only has six months to make things right.
Loaded with crystals, horoscopes, tarot cards and a carefully aligned chakra or two, Krystal’s determined to have her life back on track by the time Saturn returns. No longer shall she brand herself a ‘human disaster’ because this time it’s not her fault, it’s written in the treacherous stars.
It’s Krystal versus the universe in a fight for her future that she’s determined to win.
Where do you find comfort?
I make myself a cup of tea. I pick a pastry. I give my dog a cuddle. I choose a book from my favorite series.
I now have a new favorite go-to novel to pick me up on rainy days, sad times, boring moments, or when I need to meet with friends.
Hello, What Planet Can I Blame This On?
Buffy, Willow, and Xander have nothing against Kris, Paige, and Tina! How do you like finding your perfect BFFs in books? I LOVE IT. Let me explain what I mean by perfect BFFs… No, I don’t have in mind clever talks every Thursday nights, high-octave voices, “aww”ing in all dishonesty at your amazing homemade pie. I’m talking PJ parties, brunches in the middle of the living room, late night calls, endless texts and instant messages, ugly-crying and belly-laughing. Those few people who see you at your best and at your worst. The ones you sometimes push to their limits because you know deep down that they will always be here for you. The ones you’d help bury a body. I must thank Ellie Pilcher for gifting me a brilliant team of friends. It is easy to idealise relationships, but this book delivers the real deal.
I discussed friendships, but there is more in the planet’s scheme! Yes, love is in the air. Well, love, tears, dead romance, douchebags, cuties, surprises, and adorable moments. I feel I am making lists of all the good things this book is about, but I just can’t help it because that’s what happens when a story pulls at your heartstrings and makes its way into your head forever. Kris gets engaged at the beginning of the book. No, this is not a spoiler. This is a “wait until you get the full picture” and a “OMG this is awful, relatable, perfect, and I feel bad for laughing!”
HOW DOES SHE DO IT?
I am hypersensitive but few books really get to me in every way. This one did. I was BOILING at Kris’s boyfriend newly promoted fiancé. As if I’d just opened the door to a place I already knew, I was swept away by the events, pulled in by the irresistible writing. I was excited about Kris’s new job. I was envious of her dream place in London. I think I related to her so much because I am fighting for my dream job, looking for my new home in London, and hoping I could get the kind of friendships she and the girls have. But that’s not the only reason. The author’s prose is easy, flowing seamlessly, and takes you down a road you can connect to, whatever your age or the stage of life you’re in. Some things are universal, and Ellie Pilcher has a knack for putting them on to paper in an enchanting and fun way.
Alright, I’m rambling on and on, but what does happen in Which Planet Can I Blame This On?
Well, to put it simply, Kris’s life hits a wall. Not in extraordinary ways. No, that would be too easy. Her fiancé has a weird idea of fidelity and marriage. Her perfect apartment is not so perfect, her new job disappears. She’s left bereft and lost. We’ve all reached that point when everything we thought we wanted, everything we’d taken for granted, vanished for one reason or another.
What you do when it happens is what matters. For Kris, it starts with a simple sentence from a friend, mentioning Saturn’s return. Don’t worry, you don’t have to know what it means. I didn’t either! In fact, I’m not into astrology. At all. I think stars are pretty to look at, that’s all. Don’t question me about planets or signs. I’m a Virgo, that much I know. The rest I am not interested in! But our main character needs a lifeline. So, she begins to look for the meaning behind Saturn’s return. Basically, it’s the reset button. Saturn returns to the place it was at for your birth, and everything turns sour. What best than blame the stars for her bad luck and rough days?? I must confess that I am very, very, very, VERY down to earth, so I didn’t know how well this part would play for me. Guess what. It was brought so suddenly, out of nowhere, and yet so simply that I found myself thinking “hm, why not?” Curiosity kills the cat, but in this case, curiosity got me read a little quicker to try and understand what the planets had to do with our lives, and if Kris could find her way back thanks to them.
Followed one of the cutest, warmest, “makes you chuckle” story I’ve ever read. London, its tube and unexpected encounters. Some wisdom. Brighter days. Worst days. Big days. Big fails. Big everything. I just can’t find the perfect words to convey how amazing the novel is. How good it feels to go clubbing with the girls. At the core of What Planet Can I Blame This On is a beating heart, and existential questions we all go through. What do I want? How can I go through this? Who am I? But in a “laughing so hard you can’t breathe and the dogs roll their eyes because you interrupted their nap” kind of way.
Tina and Paige, Krystal’s best friends, are one of the gems of the novel. They’ll make you wish you had their number so you could text them about your life too. My favorite part is and will remain their friendship and what the author does with it. Your friends are some the most precious things you have, never lose sight of them, even if you’re wrapped in the worst cloud of life ever. Lessons are sprinkled throughout the novel, in sweet messages that we can keep with us, knitted together by a writing full of personality and absolutely delicious. I need more!
I know we often fall for stories and recommend them but this one is special. It will talk to you. It’ll whisper in your ear and make you smile/tear up/laugh out loud, and so much more!
Do yourself a favor, buy this book! Amazon
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Hodder Studio and darling Ellie!