Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
Published by Simon Pulse
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Romance
Format: eBook, Audiobook
Read in: May 2019
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads
Source: Public Library
Add to: Goodreads
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? - via GoodReads
Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett is my first Jenn Bennett novel. I really enjoyed it. From start to finish it was *just* light enough that I could devour it but still dealt with some pretty serious stuff.
I could really relate to Zori and her lists and schedules. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to stop but that doesn’t mean that I can’t appreciate learning as a teen to embrace spontaneity. Also, in defense of planning, you get stuff done when you plan and making check off lists is particularly satisfying! I could really appreciate Zori’s situation (in the books overall). I honestly don’t know what I would have done in her shoes. A grown adult would have had a hard time with the same choice.
I really liked Lennon. I thought he balanced Zori out rather nicely. He was level-headed in a way that Zori wasn’t. I didn’t care for many of the other secondary characters and I understand that was sort of the point. I really, and I cannot stress this enough through text, really did not like Zori’s father. He was upsetting on a level that I hate remembering.
The reason I gave this 4 stars instead of 5 is I don’t find the issue between Zori and Lennon to be realistic. I find it really hard to believe that the issue between them could have even happened. Yes, yes, I know. It’s fiction. The author said it happened so it did. I respect that but once I realized what the situation was I just found it hard to believe that in today’s era of news being delivered via social media that it could have happened.
I really enjoyed Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett and even if I found part of it unrealistic it was still a fantastic read and one that I would recommend for anyone looking for a contemporary young adult book!
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- 2019 GoodReads