Genre: YA Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: May 17th, 2018
Ever since last year’s homecoming dance, best-friends-turned-worst-enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. It doesn’t hurt that their families are the modern-day 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.
Zorie and Lennon have no choice but to try to make their way to safety. But as the two travel deeper into the rugged Californian countryside, secrets and hidden feelings surface. Soon it’s not simply a matter of enduring each other’s company, but taming their growing feelings for each other.
I like contemporaries that have cute romances and deal with real issues, and Starry Eyes was one of those contemporaries. This novel saw our characters go through difficult experiences (such as the loss of a parent, family struggles, and suicide), but it wasn’t a heavy read; it didn’t go very in-depth, but there was enough detail that I felt these issues were appropriately addressed. It also faced other small issues that still have a big effect on life, like falling out with friends and such.
Zorie, our main character, plans out every detail of her life, and I particularly liked how the novel touched upon how planning everything affected her life, and lightly explored what had led to her feeling like the only way to live was to plan everything out.
‘There’s comfort in knowing that when your plans fall apart, you can survive. That the worst thing imaginable can happen, but you can get through it.’
If a cute romance and real-life issues aren’t enough to make you add this book to your TBR, I’ll say this: diversity! This novel has diverse characters, which was so wonderful to see. Representation is essential, and I’m so glad this book had some.
And I have to mention the cover of this book! I own two of Jenn Bennett’s books, and they’re both so pretty. I’m so happy that the story lived up to its lovely cover!
Overall, this book was a cute read that had a unique twist for me, because I haven’t really read any books that include camping before (I hate camping myself, but it was interesting the journey they went on in this book – it reminded me a little bit of Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour which I read beforehand), and it felt like a great contemporary to read during the summer!
- Death (and suicide – not descriptive)