Book Review: What Planet Can I Blame This On? by Ellie Pilcher

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.

But can Krystal learn to follow her heart, not her horoscope?

What I Thought:

I’m a long-time subscriber to Ellie Pilcher’s newsletter so, when she announced that her debut novel had been bought for publication, I was sure I’d enjoy it.

On many levels, What Planet Can I Blame This On? is a really fun book – Krystal navigates her way through her new life circumstances with plenty of pratfalls and a supporting cast of hilarious characters like the ladies from her astrology class. In many other ways, though it has a serious point to make about our mental health as we age, and the way obsessive behaviours can overwhelm our daily life and relationships. But please don’t let me make it sound heavy – it really is a fun book to read!

Overall, Krystal is a likeable character and, even as you can see her getting pulled deeper into astrological mumbo-jumbo (disclosure: I am a confirmed cynic about all that stuff), it’s still really easy to sympathise with her and support her.

There are some lovely romantic touches to the book and who can argue with a book where a pivotal scene takes place in Waterstones Piccadilly?

Overall, this is a great debut – I don’t know HOW Ellie found time to write it among all her other jobs – and I’m excited to read more from her.

What Planet Can I Blame This On? is published by Hodder Studio.

You can find out more about Ellie, and subscribe to her Newsletter at www.ellesbellesnotebook.co.uk.

Please note: I was sent a copy of this book via Netgalley for review. All opinions are, as ever, my own.

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