Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
Publication date: June 1, 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Source : Publisher
Ever since last year’s homecoming dance, best-friends-turned-worst-enemies Zorie and Lennon have
made an art of avoiding each other. It doesn’t hurt that their families are the modern-day 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.
Zorie and Lennon have no choice but to try to make their way to safety. But as the two travel deeper
into the rugged Californian countryside, secrets and hidden feelings surface. Soon it’s not simply a
matter of enduring each other’s company, but taming their growing feelings for each other.
One of my favourite books last year was Alex Approximately. It made two of my lists last year. My top twenty books of the year and couples I could swoon over forever. Zorrie and Lennon had high expectations to live up to . It wasn’t easy, given my love for Bennett’s last book. They had another of Bennett’s couples pitted against them and quite frankly, I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to Alex and Bailey and let someone else steal my heart, I thought with all good intentions.
Alex and Bailey were cute , fun and adorable. It was a total adorable fest. Their romance was sweet and never had a dull moment due to the sneakiness factor.
Zorrie and Landon on the other hand weren’t exactly cute at first. There was so much tension and the other characters don’t get me started about them. There was a highly contrasting situation here with these two. Neighbours, former best friend , now torn apart by a number of things. Zorrie surviving with plans , her step mother and organisation . Lennon is the mysterious X factor, information told through by Zorrie who adored his family once but it means nothing now. Only the distance that has grown, the past and reasons for the feuds. It seemed a shame given the mums’ in this book where all standout female figures . It leaves Zorrie with one question really she wants to know what happened but when you are in your own version of Montagues verse Capulets. Sparks fly.
Yet there was something untouchable about these two that made parting hard from their story despite the ugliness and pettiness that surround their lives. It made it seem mundane at the beginning. It seemed that only the surface was scratched .
Till it all came falling apart, finding themselves stranded . Then they had their moments that you would swoon about, tackling the wildness and distance between them. Really addressing things and allowing readers to get a sense of the real unsaid picture. However they had a mountain between them. A mountain of secrets, hurt and mistakes that seemed too hard to pass , yet so addicting, heartbreaking and honest .
Life showed its ugly head and showed then even the most perfect couple couldn’t control everything. Hard truths are presented in a beautiful way naturally and raw but allows for room for laughter. As the Toys From the Attic is going nowhere and added a factor this book need give the different direction of this novel undertook where it wasn’t all sunshine.
Starry Eyes is a typical Bennett affair, dosed with cuteness however , there is a layer of grit and unselfishness that takes this novel from just being another cute book . Bennett delivered this story to readers on a deeper level tackling issues without question are relevant to readers of today .
Whilst I went in intentions of hoping this book would live up to expectations of Alex Approximately. Starry Eyes won me over with its own unique charm. Zorrie and her aspirations and Lennon and his moody yet charming ways worked well together. There seemed one thing there to define them yet there was so much to learn about these two . They worked well in their own little ways to win each other back and I love the story despite everything it took to get there. Starry Eyes has the it factor that I seek and offers a story that dove past the unexpected and into the unknown.
Jenn Bennett is an award-winning author of young adult contemporary romance books, including: Alex, Approximately; Night Owls; and Starry Eyes. She also writes romance and urban fantasy for adults. Her books have garnered multiple starred reviews, won the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® Award, and been included on Publishers Weekly Best Books annual list. She lives near Atlanta with one husband and two dogs.
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