i work in the astronomy department of an ivy league university, so i'm surrounded by super smart scientists like owen shaughnessy all the time. they are super nice and often awkward and we somehow all muddle through it together. the one thing that would make me absolutely crazy is if they for real were fans of james patterson. i've never actually read a james patterson book on purpose. i've read over other people's shoulders on the t and just that was enough of a glimpse into the fact that he is a terrible writer that i have never felt the impulse to read his books. so i know that this is a ridiculous quibble, but i just couldn't believe that owen would be excited to read patterson. like why not george r. r. martin? at least you get the nerd cred there. i know his prose can veer into purple fairly quickly, but i don't know. i respect martin more than i do patterson i guess.
anyway, owen is our totally social awkward hero. but he's such a sweetheart. he overthinks everything, but he also has the most giving heart. so in a sky full of stars, when he meets brooke matthews and is thrown for a loop he has no idea what to do. his instincts are telling him to run away. but there is a pull and connection between them that he can't ignore.
and then they go on the most epic of dates. a random encounter at a diner turns into a week of being together. and even though there are some communication issues, and family issues, and misunderstandings between them, you never doubt that these two crazy kids belong together. it makes sense that the smartest and quietest of the shaughnessy brothers would end up falling head over heels and settle down with the girl of his dreams in an instant. (not that i've read the other books in this series, but you get a sense of the brothers from this one, and even so it totally stands on its own.)
**a sky full of stars published on june 6, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/sourcebooks casablanca in exchange for my honest review.