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? (Goodreads)
An honest review given in exchange for an advanced copy. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher. I give Starry Eyes 4 out of 5 stars.
Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett was exactly what I wanted and needed. It's a cute, swoony contemporary filled with banter and drama.
Something I really enjoyed about this book and Bennett's Alex, Approximately was how the book is 80% the main character and the love interest. Every time I wanted the love interest to appear, he did! It's a special kind of magic that's nailed down perfectly.
The friends were awful and wonderful at the same time. I enjoyed disliking them and considering their own problems they had. I didn't think I'd like the love interest at first, but that quickly was not the case. I am very smitten now.
I loved the relationship between the main character, the love interest, and 3/4 of the parents (read it and you'll understand). The 1/4 I hated was sometimes homophobic and racist (he seemed this way to me at least) without really saying anything homophobic or racist, and it did bother me that no one called him a bigot on the page. They did acknowledge his absolute assholery, but it felt dismissive at times and perhaps that was because we were seeing this from the main character's point of view.
Aside from that, and some cheesy dialogue, I really loved Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett and I'd recommend it!
Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett will be published April 3, 2018.