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?
Jenn Bennett has done it again. After reading Alex, Approximately and The Anatomical Shape of a Heart, I was super excited to get my hands on a copy of Starry Eyes, which the publishers were nice enough to send me. As soon as I got it, I sat down and read it in two days. Two days! 400 some-odd pages in two days. And I loved every second of it.
Why did I love this book so much? Because Jenn Bennett has a way of creating multi-dimensional characters that are so unique and believable, and immersing the reader into their lives from page 1. The plot also is so unique and gripping and entertaining. I kept telling myself, “one more chapter and then I really will get to my homework,” and then I read three more chapters because it was just too good to put down.
I loved Zorie and Lennon. I loved uncovering their past and discovering, along with them, what went wrong between them.
I loved how all of the side characters, no matter how small the role they played, they had a unique personality, and was clearly their own person.
I loved how wide of a cross section I was able to see of the characters lives. I had a full, unfiltered view into Zorie’s world, which made it so easy to love her and sympathize with her.
The story was fast paced and full of emotion. Although the book is long, it certainly doesn’t feel like it. It was a very quick read.
I would honestly recommend this book to anyone who likes YA, and to anyone who is looking to get into reading or get out of a book slump. Jenn Bennett has blown me away with her books this far, and if you haven’t read anything by her, I definitely would recommend picking one of her books up.
I am going to give Starry Eyes five out of five hearts!
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