Title: American Girl On Saturn
Author: Nikki Godwin
Release date: August 29th, 2013
Genre: Young Adult
Tour: Irresistible Reads Book Tours
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.
Guest Post - Inspiration
As much as I'd love to take credit for the idea of American Girl On Saturn, it was actually the idea of my sister, Emily. Many months ago, we were in the Taco Bell parking lot when she said, "You know what'd be a good book? If there was a boyband and something bad happened to them, so they had to go into hiding, and they ended up staying with some government agent and his family. And it'd be told from the point of view of the teenage daughter. You know, what it's like to have a boyband crashing at your house and spending your summer on lockdown."
Two weeks later, I was still thinking about this idea, so I asked her if she was planning on writing it. She said it'd be a fun book to read, but it wasn't "her type" of book to write. Then she said, "But you can write it if you want." I was on the couch that night with a bag of colored Sharpies and my One Direction notebook plotting American Girl On Saturn.
To be very honest, One Direction did inspire a lot of this book. How could they not? It's a book about a boyband, and they're only the most famous boyband in the world right now. I adore their music, and I admire their talent and drive to be the best they can be. I also very much respect them for taking on such an insane, hectic life at such young ages. Their music played in the background many nights while writing this.
But they aren't the only band who brought American Girl On Saturn to life. Punk-pop band Simple Plan influenced a lot of little things in this book (like Milo and Noah's middle names, the fact that the guys are from Canada, etc.) and rock band Hawthorne Heights inspired the fictional band Sebastian's Shadow, the main character Chloe's favorite band. Overall, a love for music in general inspired this book. Anyone who has ever fangirled over a band or stood in line for tickets or held tightly to an album to get them through a tough time will be able to relate to this book. Music is a universal language, and this story is a fun romance told from the point of view of a girl who gets to experience music from the other side.
About the Author:
Nikki Godwin is a Young Adult/New Adult author. She is a city girl who can’t live without Mountain Dew, black eyeliner, Hawthorne Heights, and candles from Bath & Body Works. When not writing, she’s not-so-secretly stalking her favorite bands. She may or may not completely love One Direction.