From The Repository is a collection of my old book reviews lifted from my old website. Check out the rest here.
Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
Pub Date: April 3, 2018 by Simon Pulse
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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?
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My Thoughts 🧠
Here’s the thing, Jenn Bennett writes awesome contemporaries. I can still remember how I fell in love with Anatomical Shape of the Heart and stole a great piece of my heart.
Going into this book blindly might have been the best decision. I think it’s really one of the best ways to get into something. Did I have any expectations? Maybe. I just knew that it’s going to be good. I easily devoured this book in a span of a weekend.
I’m not the biggest fan of hate to love trope, but I have to admit that it’s really growing on me. There’s always the tension and chemistry to look forward to, but mostly, it’s how the characters get drawn to each other in spite of everything.
For Zorie and Lennon, it was a case of getting in the middle of a family clash—it was mostly Zorie’s dad having issues with Lennon’s moms. Yep, MOMS. I really loved the family dynamics depicted in the book. Zorie with her stepmom Joy, and Lennon with his moms, Sunny and Mac.
To the Stars and Back
The characters were well developed and very relatable. I love Zorie’s love for astronomy and Lennon’s love for outdoor adventure. Zorie and Lennon really complemented each other’s personalities and it was a great experience reading their story: from being best friends to them falling out, and finally coming together again.
Emotions translated pretty well from the pages. Another thing I loved was the illustrations, which were maps from Lennon’s notebook.
Overall Thoughts 💡
Their whole adventure, being stuck with each other in the wild, was really interesting. I enjoyed the narration, and the voice made it easier to imagine the scenes.
Overall, Starry Eyes was a really lovely book. I adored literally everything about it. Jenn Bennett’s writing style is a wonder. She writes intricately and well fleshed out stories that will surely make their way to everyone’s hearts. Starry Eyes definitely made it to my favorite books of all time.
Let’s Chat! 💬
- Have you read anything from Jenn Bennett yet?
- What was your favorite book that involved a road trip or an adventure?
This review was first published on The Bibliophile Confessions on May 6, 2018. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher. This did not affect my review in any way.
I looove Jenn Bennett. She has yet to disappoint me and I eagerly anticipate every book of hers. I think Anatomical is still my favorite book from her, but honestly, all her books are 4 stars and upwards for me. Yes to everything you said about the family dynamics and the romance! Jenn is just really great writing both of those!
P.S I love the idea of re-posting your old reviews. I need to consider doing that!
Me too! I think Anatomical has really a special place in my heart, now I kinda miss Bex and Jack!
I’m reposting old reviews from my old blog because I have a lot! Hahaha! I guess I didn’t want to waste everything I wrote since 2014 LOL.
This sounds right up my street, fab review! I love that it made it into one of your favourite books, I’ll have to add it to my TBR. The cover is beautiful too! x
This sounds good! I actually did try one book by Jenn Bennet (something with moonlight in the title?) but I DNFed it pretty early because I was simply not enjoying it, unfortunately. And I had picked it up entirely because of the hype/reviews. Ever since then, I’ve just not been drawn to the author’s books as well, so I’m just going with my gut and picking up other ones haha.
I’ve only read two books from her so far and I loved them both! So sad you didn’t enjoy Serious Moonlight though.
Aww I love Jenn Bennett’s books. Excellent review, I really enjoyed Starry Eyes too. Now I want to reread it!
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I’ve only read this one and Anatomical as of now, but I have Alex, Approximately and Serious Moonlight sitting on my shelf. Can’t wait to read them!