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?
I received an ARC of this book from the Publisher. This did not affect my review in any way.
Here’s the thing. Jenn Bennett writes awesome contemporaries. I can still remember how I fell in love with Anatomical Shape of the Heart, how it stole a great piece of my heart.
Going into this book blindly might have been the best decision. I think it’s really one of the best ways to get into something. Did I have any expectations? Maybe. I just knew that it’s going to be good. I easily devoured this book in a span of a weekend.
I’m not the biggest fan of hate to love trope, but I have to admit that it’s really growing on me. There’s always the tension and chemistry to look forward to, but mostly, it’s how the characters get drawn to each other in spite of everything. For Zorie and Lennon, it was a case of getting in the middle of a family clash—it was mostly Zorie’s dad having issues with Lennon’s moms. Yep, MOMS. I really loved the family dynamics for this book. Zorie with her stepmom Joy, and Lennon with his moms, Sunny and Mac.
“Astronomy is my holy grail. Stars, planets, moons, and all things space.”
The characters were well developed and very relatable. I love Zorie’s love for astronomy and Lennon’s love for the outdoor adventure. Zorie and Lennon really complemented each other’s personality and it was a great experience reading about their story, from being bestfriends, to them falling out, and finally coming together again.
Their whole adventure, being stuck with each other in the wild, was really interesting. I enjoyed the narration, and the voice of the story made it easier to imagine the scenes. Emotions translated pretty well from the pages.
“When I looked up at the stars, I saw us. You were the stars, and I was the dark sky behind you.”
“Without dark sky, you couldn’t see the stars.”
I also adored the illustrations, which were maps from Lennon’s notebook. It was one of the things I loved about the book.
Overall, this book was really lovely. I adored literally everything about it. Jenn Bennett’s writing style is a wonder. She writes intricately and well fleshed out stories that will surely make their way to everyone’s hearts. Starry Eyes definitely made it to my favorite books of all time.