Author: Jenn Bennett
Published by: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: April 3, 2018
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.