Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

Book Review #279

Title: Starry Eyes

Author: Jenn Bennett

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s UK

Genres: YA, Contemporary

Format: Paperback

Publication Date: May 17, 2018

Pages: 417

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?

At first, I was feeling like dropping this book and give it awhile before I start my pace again but then I forget this thought when I told myself that I should just continue reading it. I was glad that I continued along with Lennon and Zorie’s journey across the parks and into each other along with a whole lot more. Their story was worth to be told and definitely worth the read.

I find that the story started a bit week in the beginning when they went for glamping with friends that both of them aren’t particularly comfortable and and that close with. But I suppose the adventure side of them were brought out and they just went along. I was very intrigued about what had actually happened between the two of them and when it was finally revealed much later on, I was both heartbroken and understood why they did what they did.

The entire journey of progressively leading up to them confessing and putting out their entire emotions out in the wild is slow but gradually things start to unravel. Anyone could see how much they had feelings, it was evident and as much as they wanted to stop it, it was there all along the way and it would be useless to fight it off once one peeling after another started to show itself indicating the truths behind some of things that they have been keeping.

I have always wanted a vacation where it would be totally out of range, no distractions and absolute bliss in the quiet of each other’s company. But reading this book has given me an idea of that and someday I would love to experience this on my own with a significant other. It would be just the two of us, stargazing and absolutely nothing to come between us.

This story has taught me that surprises and unexpected things aren’t always bad. It can be good and leaving one with a great memory to later look back on. I ended up really enjoying this book just like all the other Jenn Bennett’s books and I look forward to reading more of her future works.

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