Book Review: Starry Eyes

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett


Ever since last yearโ€™s homecoming dance, best friends-turned-best enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. It doesnโ€™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 Californiaโ€™s rugged backcountry, secrets and hidden feelings surface. But can Zorie and Lennonโ€™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’ve already said it a million times that I’m a sucker for enemies-to-lovers book trope. The best friends-to-enemies-to-lovers, the glamping (or glamorous camping) and the make out scenes in the wilderness actually made it so much better.

This book was so sweet it sent me to the dentist. I am kinda fed up of reading cute romances, and whenever someone calls some book cute, I can’t help but gag at the thought of reading it. I don’t like how often the characters in such books are stupid and gullible, which makes me not pick those books up. And I was actually skeptical when I read that it was “a cute book.” I nonetheless gave it a try. And I ADORED it!

I loved this from the very first page, and I couldn’t put it down. I loved the plot, the writing, the characters, and the cover (of course).

Our protagonists don’t behave like ten-year-old kids (I think I’m reading way too many cute books with stupid characters). They are smart and responsible and likable. They have their own set of problems to deal with, which makes them really relatable! And I like it when the people I read about are relatable.

Also, we have a lesbian couple that owns a sex-toy shop, a Muslim father, Korean-American mother, and an Asian-American best friend. So, you know this book has a pretty diverse list of characters.

And then there’s camping. I believe that it’s the best part of the book. I just want to grab my own backpack and go camping right now (but I’m scared of bears…and storms and well, it’s four in the morning).

I loved our main characters. The chemistry between our two main characters, Zorie, and Lennon, felt intense and real. I shipped them from the very first page, even when they hated each other. I also loved the other characters, and Zorie’s mom and Lennon’s moms were my favorite.

All in all, I’d just say that it was adorable, interesting and unputdownable, and if you love YA romances and camping at all, you should definitely pick this up.

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