Review: Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

March 16, 2018 Book Review, Young Adult 19 ★★★★★

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Starry EyesStarry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
Published by Simon Pulse on April 3rd 2018
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Young Adult
Format: ARC
Source: Netgalley
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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?

*Happy sigh* Jenn Bennett has done it again! Starry Eyes was everything I hoped it would be and so much more!

Once upon a time, Zorie and Lennon were best friends. They were practically inseparable, there for each other in every way, until… they weren’t. Zorie isn’t sure quite what happened but was heartbroken as she not only lost a friend but someone she had developed strong romantic feelings for and thought were reciprocated at the time. A riff was driven between their families ever since, especially since her father blamed their family business for destroying their own. Fast forward a year when both are thrown together on a camping trip with mutual friends that goes so very wrong but then right in all the ways that matter.

These two characters were both just so spectacular. Zorie is this huge planner who preferred everything to be carefully planned with the detailed all laid out on front of her, but she steps out of her comfort zone to go on this camping trip with friends, especially when she learns she can break away after a few days to see a meteor shower with her astronomy club while also avoiding home and family secrets that threaten to tear her world apart. But then Lennon shows up and basically everything goes completely awry in ways I was pretty shocked about to be perfectly honest. Things get dangerous and exciting and Lennon and Zorie get a chance to figure out how things went so completely wrong for them while off on a crazy adventure. Lennon is funny, sarcastic, terribly smart, and made Zorie feel safe. Together they are vulnerable and so adorably perfect for each other. It was the perfect blend of both the friends-to-more and enemies-to-more tropes that I adore so much. 

There is just so much to love about this story. Zorie’s mom was amazing, as well as Lennon’s mothers, who, by the way, own a sex toy store. There are some heavy moments that broke my heart but also lighter moments that made me smile. It’s very sex positive, filled with surprises around every corner, so much character growth, and just completely perfect in every way. I now simultaneously want to go camping but yet never want to camp again. lol This book was exactly what I needed and I’m so thankful to add another Jenn Bennett novel to add to my list of favorites!


About Jenn Bennett

JENN BENNETT is an artist and RITA-nominated author who writes books for adults and teens, including the award-winning Roaring Twenties romance series (Bitter Spirits) and the Arcadia Bell urban fantasy series (Kindling the Moon). Her first YA contemporary romance, The Anatomical Shape of a Heart, (aka Night Owls in the UK) will be released in 2015. She lives near Atlanta with one husband and two evil pugs. Visit her at

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19 Responses to “Review: Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett”

  1. Greg

    Glad this was good, I was hoping it would be because frankly I wanted it just for the cover lol and the fact that it’s good is a bonus! I like the camping angle, and also that there’s an astronomy club outing- that’s fun. 🙂
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  2. Jasprit

    I’ve read two books by Bennett this week, and I’m super excited to start this book tomorrow, it also makes me happy to see that you really ended up loving this one. I haven’t been able to get into Contemporary YA lately, but Bennett has definitely got me excited about jumping into this genre once again! Lovely review Sara! 🙂
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