STARRY EYES BY JENN BENNETT - BOOK REVIEW

I initially picked up this book because I have read all of Jenn Bennett's previous novels and have generally really enjoyed them so I figured I would love this one as well. While I did end up enjoying it once it got going, I did find it a little slow to start.

Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review, Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett.


This book follows 17-year-old Zorie who, after a change of plans, ends up on a glamping trip with her sort of friend, Regan, her crush, Brett, and her once-best-friend-almost-boyfriend-now-enemy, Lennon. After a disastrous first couple of days, Zorie and Lennon find themselves alone in the woods in the middle of nowhere. As the two make their way to Zorie's star party in the next few days, Zorie begins to see that things didn't end the way they should have with Lennon - family drama, secrets, and feelings are explored and by the end, both realize that they have unfinished business.

From the premise, I was really interested in this book and from my past experience with Bennett, I knew this was going to be a good romance. However, I found the first half a little bit slower than I would have liked, especially considering it was mainly just in place to set up a minor amount of backstory and develop the 'real' beginning of Zorie and Lennon's journey. I pushed through because I knew it would be worth it - and it was - but I just think we could have gotten the ball rolling a little sooner.

Romance-wise, I don't think Bennett can do any wrong. She knows how to write a good, fast-paced romance, or, in the case of this book, a fantastic slow-burner. I would consider this to be on the more mature side of YA because there were a couple of steamer scenes, but there was also a lot of just good ol' fashioned make-out scenes. I don't think it's much of a spoiler to assume that they would end up together at some point - this was one of those coveted enemies-to-lovers situations.

In terms of plot, there was a lot going on. Both before and after the camping trip we get a lot from both Zorie and Lennon's parents, as well as the backstory to fill in the gaps. To be 100% honest, I was more concerned about them than their family drama, but it did add to the story.

I thought that camping and survival/outdoors aspect of the book was really well done. I'm by no means an expert in that area but it was fun to read about and seemed well researched. I appreciated how there were ups and downs, both with the characters, but also in terms of the weather and the trip itself. Not everything went according to plan but that was alright.

Overall, I'm glad I pushed through the beginning of this one and I'm looking forward to more from Bennett.