Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett [Review]

Starry EyesRELEASE DATE: April 3rd, 2018
 Jenn Bennett
Young-Adult, Contemporary, Romance. 
Simon Pulse

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 REV (Copy)

“Planning can’t save you from everything. Change is inevitable and uncertainty is a given. And if you plan so much that you can’t function without one, life’s no fun. All the calendars, journals, and lists in the world won’t save you when the sky falls.”  

I’ve had my eye on this book for a while. I loved Jenn Bennett’s Alex Approximately and this is the second book I’ve read by her.  Starry Eyes was a fun read with sweet romance and I really enjoyed it. It was a cuteness overload and I liked the main characters Zorie and Lennon, they’re totally fun and adorable. To be honest, I didn’t loved this book as much as Alex Approximately, but still I think it was a wonderful YA contemporary romance novel. If you like second chance YA romance then you’ll definitely fall in love with this book, It was so good. The story was heartwarming, emotional, and romantic. The adventurous aspect in this book made the story even more fun to read. 

Seventeen Year old wannabe astrophysicist Zorie, and goth boy Lennon used to be best friends, but when they decided to take their relationship to another level(the great experiment) things didn’t go well. Since the last year’s homecoming dance best friends turned into enemies. They try to avoid to each other. On top of that, Zorie’s father hates Lennon and his parents. When Zorie and her friends goes to a camping trip, she’s surprised to find Lennon there. After their camping trip goes wrong, both of them gets stranded on the wilderness alone. Zorie wanted to escape from her family issues by going to the glamping but she didn’t expect that things would turnout badly. With no one else for company, they both work together to find the safety. During their journey in the wilderness, they fight with each other through insults and jabs. When old feelings resurfaces they both confide their secrets to each other, but are they enough to rekindle their relationship? or will they go back to being enemies after they reach their safe destination.

The author has done a great job in building the characters. Zorie and Lennon are totally adorbs. I really liked Zorie even though her crush on Brett really annoyed me. That guy was awful, what did she see in him? he’s so uncharming. I’m glad she quickly realized that he’s not the right guy for her. I quite loved her relationship with her step mother Joy who’s a korean-american. On the other hand, her father is a complete A*hole, I didn’t like him at all. Lennon is definitely my favorite character in this book. I loved his snarky, sweet, and fun personality. His relationship with his moms was super adorable. They’re really great moms and together they’re hilarious. Have I told you guys that they own a adult sex toys shop. The romance between Zorie and Lennon was super cute, sweet, swoony, and fun. I enjoyed their chemistry, their connection, and how their relationship slowly developed. Their banters is another thing I loved in their relationship. As for the other characters, I hated Reagan, Zorie’s frenemy. She had a tragic past but she didn’t have to be such a mean bitch. I liked Avani Desai, Zorie’s other friend who’s in her astronomy club. I wish there was a bit more girl friendship in this book. 

It has a very interesting and unique plot that’ll keep you engaged till the end. The story felt very realistic and I’m glad to see how sex discussed in a positive way. There’s some sexy scenes in the book but they’re not explicit. Besides the cute adventurous romance, I loved the family dynamics and the diverse aspects. They’re definitely what made this a great read. I liked how the story was divided into three parts and also the picture maps at the start of each part, they’re kinda cute especially that last map. The pacing was good and I loved the descriptive writing style. The story was written in Zorie’s POV but I wish we had a few glimpses of Lennon’s mind too. The characters were well built and well developed. Zorie and Lennon felt very realistic. They’re quite opposite to each other but together they’re compatible. Both of them were dealing with some family issues and I liked how they found solace in each other’s arms. Those scenes are emotional and also cute.

Overall, I loved this  book! It’s a heartwarming YA read that deals with family, friendship and love. If you’re looking for a perfect summer read then add this to your list, you won’t regret it. I really can’t wait to know what Jenn has in store for us next.

Recommend it?

I highly recommend this book to everyone who’s looking for a fun YA Contemporary read with a swoony romance and adventure. 

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So, What do you think of this book? Have you read it yet? Do you Plan to read it?
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35 thoughts on “Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett [Review]

  1. Beware Of The Reader April 19, 2018 / 1:11 am

    Aaaaand my TBR just grew a little more! I love cuteness overload! Fantastic review Raven!

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  2. LairOfBooks April 19, 2018 / 1:18 am

    Wonderful review Raven! I had no idea this was by the same author who wrote Alex Approximately which is currently on my TBR. This looks like a great summer read & I can appreciate sex positive discussion in YA, it’s needed. Happy reading! 🙂

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions April 22, 2018 / 6:28 am

      Thank you Lilly!😊 It’s really a great summer read and I hope you enjoy it when you get to it. Alex Approximately also makes a great summer read and I hope you enjoy it too! Happy reading! 😁


  3. booksandblends April 19, 2018 / 2:12 am

    Great review! I added this one to my TBR! I have been wanting to read Alex Approximately for a while now.

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  4. Marta April 19, 2018 / 3:06 am

    Lovely review, Raven!! ❤ I was pondering on starting this book soon because I’ve only heard great things about it ever since it came out. Your review made me even more excited because I love banter, I love angst and the couple who fights, but we all know they will end up together. This sounds amazing 😍

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  5. The Candid Cover April 19, 2018 / 5:06 am

    I have seen quite a few great reviews for this one. This author has been hit or miss for me, but I think that I will probably enjoy this book. I am glad that you loved it so much. I will have to give it a try myself. 🙂

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  6. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer April 20, 2018 / 8:57 am

    Too bad it’s not dual POV! That would be great! Still sounds like you enjoyed in Raven… love the idea of being stranded and having to get along. ♥️ Great review!

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions April 22, 2018 / 6:32 am

      Thank you, Dani! ☺️❤️ l prefer dual POVs in contemporary books but still this book was fun. I hope you enjoy it if decide to give it a shot.


  7. journalofthelostone April 20, 2018 / 11:00 am

    Hi Raven, how do you keep up with your TBR pile? I’ve got about 10 books on my list, and I just cannot seem to lower that amount… Love your reviews!!

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions April 22, 2018 / 6:37 am

      I’m a fast reader and I don’t want to stick with only one book for weeks when there’s so many books out there. So I always try to finish a book within three days. Aww Thank you! I hope you have a wonderful day! 🙂

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      • journalofthelostone April 23, 2018 / 10:13 am

        I read quite fast myself, but the pile keeps growing faster… 🙂

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  8. Jen April 21, 2018 / 10:45 am

    This sounds like my kind of book! I just bought two of her books in the Book Outlet sale….Alex, Approximately & The Anatomical Shape of a Heart and it sounds like I need to buy this one too! 🙂

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions April 26, 2018 / 5:45 am

      It’s totally your kind of book and I guarantee you that you’ll love it. I hope you enjoy all of them!😀 Sorry for the late reply! ❤️

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions April 26, 2018 / 5:48 am

      If you enjoyed Jenn Bennett’s other books then you’ll definitely enjoy this book. It was a fun book to read and I hope you get to it soon.


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