Monday, April 9, 2018

Review: Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

Publication Date: April 3rd by Simon Pulse
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

About the book:

In this romantic dramedy from the author of Alex, Approximately, a teen girl’s way-too-ordinary life is driven off the beaten path when she’s abandoned in the wilderness with her worst adversary—the boy who broke her heart.
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 Thoughts:
I usually don’t post reviews here for Young Adult romances because first of all I don’t read many, and because this is primarily and adult blog.  But there were so many things to love about Starry Eyes I knew I had to post a review!

The setting! A locale I’m pretty familiar with was like another character in the story, and Jenn Bennett’s beautiful descriptions made it come alive! I could almost smell the pines and picture wading through the ferns while reading.

Backpacking! I used to be and avid backpacker so I loved that a good portion of Lennon and Zorie's story takes place while backpacking through the big redwoods. Trying to survive in the wilderness is a great way to be forced together again, and all those quite nights spent by the fire or in a little tent, set the stage for steamy encounters! Makes me want to rough it all over again!

Second chance romance! Zorie and Lennon are at odds, but circumstances throw them together again and I was thrilled with every step they took to get it right this time. I adore Jenn Bennett’s romances! So swoony!

I couldn’t stand Zorie’s dad! Ack! He was such a total dick! Judgmental and prejudice with he had ABSOLUTELY no right! What a hypocrite! Jenn Bennett creates characters you can’t help but care for so my emotions tend get a little high, lol. Especially when it’s in defense of another character.

 If you haven’t read one of Jenn Bennett’s Young Adult romances Starry Eyes is an excellent place to start, but I’ve also adored Alex, Approximately and The Anatomical Shape of a Heart. All are guaranteed to melt your heart!

4.5 Suns

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  1. I did not want to say to such about him in my review, but OMG, what a dick! I was so happy at the end

    1. Yes, for sure! I think he got off pretty easy in the end, though. :/

  2. Jenn Bennett is my JAM!

    DUDE WAS A MAJOR DICK. The way he talked about Lennon's moms? I wanted to punch him in his stupid face. I still seethe when I think about it. I'm so happy Lennon did what he did--so deserved.

    I adored watching them backpack through the forest! It forced them to be alone and actually talk to each other. They also had a lot of time with their own thoughts, and there wasn't anything else to get in the way. Sexlaxation... hahahahaha.

    Do You Dog-ear?

    1. Yes, I wanted punch him, too! Glad Lennon did it for me, lol! What a total douchebag! I thought Zorie was waaayyy too nice to him when all came out.

      Oh, yes, sexlaxation! Loved those parts, and I'm glad JB wrote teen romantic relationships in a realistic way. Thrilled you loved the book too, Lindsi! :)

  3. I like the occasional YA book and the premise of this one--with them getting stranded in the wilderness--totally makes me want to give this one a read. :) It sounds like a great summer/beach book.

    1. It was a wonderful read, Lark! I hope you pick it up sometime! :)