Author: Jenn Bennett
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release date: June 1st 2018
Pages: 417 pages
Ever since last years' 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.
Thoughts on the book: (May contain spoilers)
Starry Eyes is the lates novel from award winning author Jenn Bennett. Zorie is the type of girl who has everything mapped out, calendars and bullet journals filled with all the things she needs to remember and everything that has happened. Something that didn't get put into this equation was the sudden sepration from her best friend, Lennon, who coincidently lives next door and that his two mothers would set up a sex shop next door to her parent's respectable Everheart Wellness Centre. Sometimes their mail gets delivered next door and Zorie has to go and get it and this time shegets it and Lennon is there but what makes it worse is that the mail has accidentally been opened. What's inside spontaneously makes Zorrie accept and invitation to go glamping with some of her school friends. Little does she know that it isn't just girls going on this trip, boys are coming too and one of them is the boy she is crushing on and the other, much to her chargrin is Lennon. All goes smoothly until they are kicked out of the glamping compound and decide to rough it up to a local waterfall. Everything is going great until a bear attacks and the group have their biggest fight ever.Zorie wakes up the next day alone at the camp with Lennon, to find that the rest of the group has hightailed it back home and left them to find their own way home. Will Zorie and Lennon be able to get over their hatred for each other so they can make it out of this camping trip alive?
Firstly a massive thank you to Lisa from Simon and Schuster and AusYaBloggers for allowing me to be apart of this amazing blog tour and for allowing me a copy of this fantastic book for review. I thoroughly enjoyed Starry Eyes and it's defiantly in my Top 5 reads for 2018. I adored Zorie and Lennon and fell in love with them more and more as I continued reading especially Lennon and the lengths he would go to for Zorie. They are complete opposites in basically every way yet somehow they seem to work together so well. The love he has always harboured for her is amazing as proven in this paragraph from the book I think:
'I've always loved you,' he murmurs. 'And I probably always will. You're my best friend, and you're my family. The year I waited for you was the worst of my life, but it was worth every second. If I had to do it all again just to hold you in my arms again, I would.'
Another thing I adored about the book is that there was more than one storyline happening at once which made it so much more interesting and kept you intruiged because you just had to find out what happened next. There was the photo book that Zorrie discovered that showed her father was having an affair with another women, what really happened between Lennon and Zorrie to cause their friendship to die the way it did and whether Lennon and Zorrie will actually make it out of this camping trip alive and in one piece physically and emotionally. Despite all of these different things happening each one is resolved by the end of the book and it was completely satisfying to finish Starry Eyes and now that I had gotten everything out of the book that I could possibly want. So take my advice and go and get a copy of this heartbreaking, unputdownable novel that will leave yoo completely satisfied upon completion.
Author bio and links
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.