Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett | Review

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?
I was so excited to read Starry Eyes, I could barely wait for the book to come into the mail. Jenn Bennett wrote Approximately, Alex which I LOVED. It was for sure the best book I read during the last fall semester. It stole my heart. I really loved the story line and Jenn Bennett’s style of writing. If her books were movies, they would be the best romance movies ever. Which, is exactly why I NEEDED to read Starry Eyes.

I really loved this book, but, in my opinion, it did not top Alex, Approximately. And that is completely okay, it was still a really good book. It was one that captured my attention and I could not put it down. I think I may have finished it in a day or two because it was that good. Anyone who is looking for a great romance novel needs to not only check out this book, but every book written by Jenn Bennett. These books are classified as young adult so there are parts that do feel a little more juvenile, but I wouldn’t let that stop you from reading the books because the overall stories are really good and well told.

There are spoilers going forward. The book starts with Zorie and Lennon hating each other even though they once were really good friends. And, what makes things worse is Zorie is not quite sure how they became best friends, who were in love with each other, turned enemies. Zorie is then invited to go camping with a group of popular kids from her high school. What she doesn’t know is that Lennon has been invited and will be tagging along (thank goodness though because this is the only kid that actually knows how to camp and without him they would probably all be dead).

The first section was mainly about getting to go camping and the disaster that would leave Zorie and Lennon stranded in the woods alone. I kind of think this section was a little dragged out mostly because we already kind of expect Zorie and Lennon will be stranded. But, I think that it included all of the details on exactly what happened. I’m glad that this section was not rushed, and I think it was better for it to be slowed down.

So, Zorie and Lennon get stranded and they have to hike to one of the spots where Zorie is expected to arrive in a few days. This was probably my favorite part because this is when we get answers, and I love getting all the answers. We find out all the tea (I’m actually a 12 year old child instead of 20 I know) , and we actually hate Zorie’s dad even more than before, if that is even possible.

And lastly, the final section. The couple ends up together, and all is right with the world. It does have a happy ending, but not without some pain and hardships. The thing I love about Jenn Bennett’s style is she allows the characters to fall for each other, but she puts them through some rough times before the happy ending. It is almost like she makes them work for their happy ending. I was very pleased with the ending. It was a little expected, but that never made the story boring. Instead, you actually want to know how they get there.