City of B

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

Starry Eyes by Jenn BennettStarry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
Published by Simon Pulse on April 3, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 432
Source: Library

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’m sad that I couldn’t give Starry Eyes more than 3 stars. So many readers love this book, and I’m over here like “meh”.

Zorie frustrated me a lot, because she refused to acknowledge how awful her “friend” Reagan was. Reagan is a total b*tch, who doesn’t mind hurting Zorie’s feelings, and Zorie just sits there and takes it. Multiple people tell Zorie that she deserves better, but she just ignores them, preferring to live in denial.

Lennon was definitely my favorite character. He’s just a really cool *out there* guy. He doesn’t care about labels. He dresses emo, loves reptiles, horror manga, and all things macabre, and doesn’t care what people say or think about him. I wish that I could be as confident and comfortable with myself like he is.

This book bored me for 200 pages, I loved it for 150, and then I got bored again. I think that it had far too many pages, and that the whole *Lennon and Zorie are alone in the woods* thing should have happened sooner than it did.

Even though I thought this book lacked some luster, I plan on reading other books by this author. I think she’s a good writer, and that this book just wasn’t for me.