Thursday, April 5, 2018

My Thoughts: Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

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Starry Eyes
by Jenn Bennett
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Publication Date: April 3rd 2018
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9781481478809
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
Source: Netgalley | Own

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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? (Goodreads)


Last year I read and enjoyed Jenn Bennett's Alex, Approximately, so of course when I discovered Starry Eyes, I couldn't wait to check it out! I was even more excited when I read the summary for the book and it was described as a modern day Californian version of the Montagues and Capulets. As if I wasn't curious enough before, I was even more so after reading that!

As you all probably know, I love a good contemporary novel, and I'm always on the lookout for new ones. Starry Eyes has everything I look for in a contemporary novel and more. The storyline was super cute, and I really enjoyed the friends-turned-enemies-turned-friends again relationship. It definitely brought to mind the Montagues and Capulets. I also really loved the setting for the book as well. It totally makes me want to go hiking and camping! (Yeah, that probably won't happen, but still!)

I also really liked the characters in the book.  I found the main character, Zorie, to be really relatable. She's a little on the nerdy side, which is so like me, AND, she looooves stars! (I, too, love looking at the stars and planets, and one day I hope to have a super awesome telescope just like hers.) Ahem, moving on. Lennon was super sweet as well. Their families were interesting as well, expect for one person, who definitely seemed to enjoy making everyone else pretty miserable. Ugh. Those people are the worst.

Overall; I think Jenn Bennett has another hit on her hands with Starry Eyes! I really enjoyed both the fun storyline and the interesting characters. They made for a really fun read, and I'll definitely be keeping my eye out for more books by her in the future! If you're a fan of contemporary novels, and haven't yet checked out a book by Jenn, you should totally do so!

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