Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

The Details

Publisher:  Simon Pulse
Published: April 3rd, 2018
Genres: Fiction, YA, Romance, Contemporary
My Rating: 4.75 Stars

35297469 GoodReads Blurb

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?

My Review

Contemporary YA Romance is my jam. I will read these books all day every day, and Starry Eyes is a good one.

The central story of the book is that Zorie, the narrator, has been invited to go on a “glamping” trip with some of the more popular kids at school, which is sort of her crowd, including the boy she is crushing on and her former best friend now enemy– Lennon. There’s some fun drama, and Lennon and Zorie end up hiking through Sierra’s alone for a week.

I found this book to be cute and fun, YA contemporary romances can be a bit predictable, the end game is usually pretty easy to figure out from the blurb. The romance part of this one was on par for this category, but there is more going on than just the romance. I found that what was happening with Zorie’s parents added something to the story that other books similar to this one doesn’t have.

YA has a weird relationship with sex. Sometimes there will be a book that gets rated lower on GoodReads because there is sexual content, this one still has a high rating (which it deserves) but if it ends up falling, I would blame that part of the book. The sex scenes and mentions of sex are well done, and tasteful, nothing graphic and it doesn’t sneak up on you. As a reader you see it coming a few pages out.

Overall I greatly enjoyed this book, I flew through it very quickly– especially considering how long it’s been taking me to get through physical books lately. If you’re looking for a cute YA romance for the summer, this is only I would highly recommend. Definitely worth a read.

Until next time Internet,




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