Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

Posted May 7, 2018 | 34 Comments

Starry Eyes by Jenn BennettStarry Eyes
Author: Jenn Bennett
Published by: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: April 3, 2018
Format: eARC
Pages: 432
Source: Publisher

In this romantic dramedy from the author of Alex, Approximately, a teen girl’s way-too-ordinary life is driven off the beaten path when she’s abandoned in the wilderness with her worst adversary—the boy who broke her heart.

Ever since last year’s homecoming dance, best friends-turned-best enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. It doesn’t hurt that their families are the modern day, Californian version of the Montagues and Capulets.

But when a group camping trip goes south, Zorie and Lennon find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Alone. Together.

What could go wrong?

With no one but each other for company, Zorie and Lennon have no choice but to hash out their issues via witty jabs and insults as they try to make their way to safety. But fighting each other while also fighting off the forces of nature makes getting out of the woods in one piece less and less likely.

And as the two travel deeper into Northern California’s rugged backcountry, secrets and hidden feelings surface. But can Zorie and Lennon’s rekindled connection survive out in the real world? Or was it just a result of the fresh forest air and the magic of the twinkling stars?

Holy crap, do I ever LOVE THIS BOOK TO PIECES! So, so much because of the phenomenal characters, the dialogue, the different relationships, the amazing setting that’s near & dear to my heart (camping in the Sierras, baby!), and many more reasons. I honestly don’t even know how to adequately convey how wonderful Starry Eyes is.

Zorie and Lennon were best friends at one time, but something goes down that turns them into enemies. It gets interesting when these two get stranded on a camping trip and spend a few days alone. They are super adorable together! Even when they don’t get along because their bond is so evident. And the banter is delightful! It’s seriously impossible to not love them.

It isn’t only them that makes the story so wonderful, it’s also the moms. All of them, including grandma! I’ve praised Jenn’s portrayal of parents in previous books, and she deserves even more with this one. The women truly rock. I love how they were all there for each other and their children no matter what.

I love that the setting is California, more specifically camping in the Yosemite and Kings Canyon National Forest area. That’s my jam! I could seriously nerd out on it. Jenn does a wonderful job portraying the beauty (and dangers) of our national parks here. You have to experience the area at least once in your life! Also, the inclusion of astronomy is a major bonus. Oh! And the maps! I have a thing for maps, and the ones in this book are freaking adorable.

I honestly love every little thing about Starry Eyes. It’s perfection! If you haven’t read anything by this author yet, then you are sorely missing out.




34 responses to “Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

  1. Ha! It sounds so fantastic. I’ve camped in the Sierra’s at state parks, private parks, and Yosemite so I think I might get a big kick out of it, too. And, I already loved her last book.

  2. I’ve seen some awesome reviews for this one and I love the sound of it, especially the astronomy angle. And maps *nods* always love maps. 🙂 Glad this was good stuff!

  3. I love the sound of this and have never read this author before. I love hiking and biking in Northern CA and this is a must read for me ASAP! Great review and thanks for bringing this to my attention.

  4. I am finding reviews of YA with awesome parents tonight where I am, and I love it! Parents in YA definitely needs more attention.

  5. I just read this one and well and yep, Jenn did it again. So much freaking fun, in fact this might be my favorite book (YA) of hers yet. So much fun and I love how she didn’t sugar coat anything.

  6. I was waiting for the audiobook, I had the library book here at my house and returned in when I got the audio which is on my phone. I plan to start soon! Glad you loved it so much. I am so glad that you are back. I missed your ornery butt!

  7. I…have not read this author. I know, don’t hate me! I DO want to, I just never have the books for review so it gets pushed down on the list of things to read. However, I’m hearing RAVE things about this one – and here is another, from you!- and I know I need to read Starry Eyes at the very least.


    • Christy

      You should definitely read this one. I know you like to promote LGBT positive books, and this portrays Lennon’s moms wonderfully!

  8. I feel so bad for not having read a book by this author yet! I think Starry Eyes will be my first, because I’ve heard the BEST things about it. I’m excited for the awesome moms in this one!!! ♥

    • Christy

      You should be ASHAMED, Aimee! lol., Definitely read this or Night Owls (Anatomical Shape of a Heart).


    Okay, lol. Jenn Bennett is my jam and I love everything she writes! However, there was something spectacular about Starry Eyes, and I wanted to read it again as soon as I finished (minus Zorie’s dad, ugh), Lennon was incredible! He has emotions and isn’t afraid to share them, and he can navigate the wilderness! His moms were awesome, too.

    Glad you loved this one as much as I did! If you have read Bitter Spirits, I highly recommend reading that one next!

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear?

    • Christy

      Yeah, her dad could shove it. Moms rule! lol. I’ve only read her YA books so far. I’ve forcing myself to finish and/or catch up on series I’ve lagged on before starting any new ones, but both of hers are in my sights.

  10. This sounds wonderful, Christy! I have never been to Yosemite. My family always took our family camping trips up in Donner Pass. I have fond memories of those times as a child. I like maps in books too. 🙂

  11. I’m going to have to pick up this one. It sounds adorable. I love it when moms are portrayed so well – especially grandmas – and I also really appreciate when settings are somewhere familiar and the author gets it right. I’ll have to camp in the Sierras sometime. I’m sure it’ll be a different experience to the Rockies. 😉

  12. I absolutely LOVE Jenn Bennett as well Christy, she could slap a cover on her shopping list and I’d be waiting to read it with baited breath, I’ve read a few group camping type contemporaries but nothing even remotely as lovely as this one. I liked Zorie but it was Lennon that stole my heart and it was sad to learn why they had drifted apart. Another aspect I love about her books is how sex positive they are as well. I don’t know if I’ll be camping myself anytime soon, bugs and stuff but I absolutely adored this too Christy, beautiful review! ♥♥♥

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