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Starry Eyes

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  26,515 ratings  ·  4,190 reviews
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
Hardcover, 421 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Heather Minimum of 16 but I wouldn't let my 17 year old read it. The first chapter includes graphic details about a sex shop.…moreMinimum of 16 but I wouldn't let my 17 year old read it. The first chapter includes graphic details about a sex shop.(less)
Jenn It's written from the POV of Zorie, a teen girl.…moreIt's written from the POV of Zorie, a teen girl.(less)

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Haley pham
Apr 23, 2022 rated it it was ok
DNF at 300 pages can’t recommended
Ugh, cuteness galore!

• A protagonist who’s super into planning everything!
• Has a Korean mother who’s a masseuse
• A lesbian couple for neighbours with a son that’s pretty much a genius (and that I’m in love with!)
• His mothers are so loving it makes me sick
• Oh and they own a sex toy shop. Casual shit.
• Banter galore
• Safe sex (which YA book preaches about this nowadays?!)
• Our main character goes camping, exploring the wilderness with her lover/best friend turned enemy
• Like I said,

“A map of us. It's years in the making, and it's messy and convoluted, some of it even tragic. But I wouldn't change the route, because we walked it together, even when we were apart. And the best part about it is that it's unfinished. Uncertainty isn't always a bad thing. Sometimes it can even be filled with extraordinary potential.”

Best YA Contemporary I’ve read all year? Yes. Best YA Contemporary I’ve read ever? Perhaps. From the beautiful romance, to the masterful different famil
Miranda Reads
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook

“What's that?"
"French press."
"For coffee? Real coffee? Not instant?"
"We're camping, Zorie, not living in a dystopian nightmare.”
Zorie reluctantly goes "glamping" with a couple of her friends.

It's kind of eye-rolling to her but it's the summer and her mom pretty much made her do it.

But when she gets to the glamp grounds, Zorrie realizes (to her horror) that Lennon was there.
“When I looked up at the stars, I saw us. You were the stars and I was the dark sky behind you”
Lennon. He
Jul 29, 2020 rated it liked it
A quick, be it predictable, read about two star crossed teens. 🤩 This story is primarily set in the wilderness as they hike together. Zorie (dumb name 😖- sorry if it’s yours) has a total d-bag for a father. Lennon (awesome name ✌️- congrats if it’s yours) has two awesomely supportive moms. There’s some family drama and yeah- it was just kinda blah. 🥱 The best part of this book is the wilderness. 🌲🌲🌲
♛ may
i posted an actual review i know, incredible

Without a DOUBT, jenn bennett has now earned herself a place in my top favourite contemporary authors to ever exist bc gosh damn THIS WOMAN CAN WRITE

- So, I’ve been hardcore slumping for a whiilllleeee and somehow this book saved my entire reading career, amazing
- 👏 enemies 👏 to 👏 lovers 👏 trope 👏 I 👏 am 👏 WEAK 👏
- I love love loveD THIS BOOK FROM THE START like not only is the writing sooooo easy to slide into but the plot and adventure and charact
Apr 29, 2018 rated it liked it
this isnt my favourite book that jenn bennett has written and i know im in the minority with that opinion. i cant really put my finger on a specific reason why i didnt fall in love with this as easily as i did with her other stories, but there is a still a lot that i enjoyed about this.
- the writing is as easy, breezy as it always is. the best books are ones where you begin and then look up 200 pages later and you have no idea how the time flew because its just so effortless to read.

Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-books, 2018
Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett was a fun, sweet contemporary YA/NA read.

Sometimes you just need a fun contemporary YA/NA (I say NA due to some sexual content) read to lighten things up. This book did just that for me. It was a perfect summer read - camping, hiking, stargazing and a friends-to-enemies-to-lovers plot between Zorie and Lennon. Throw in family strife stemming from secrets and parental infidelity and you have a story that was relatable and engrossing. Bennett's characters were ve
You know i promised to myself that i wouldn't under any conditions rant about this book because if i didn't like this book then the joke would be on me. So no rant. Zero. Nada. But there are some problematic things in this book. Things that have been bottled up inside me and are going to burst one day (today). Things that are making me question why everyone gave it five stars.

Let's begin our analysis on this "shitshow".

1. Every character besides Zorie and Lennon is a 2D cutout. Reagan? Her best
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Wow, I liked this SO MUCH. Zorie and Lennon are my new favorites and I will not be told otherwise. Also, queer moms that own a sex shop. THIS WAS SO GREAT.

TW: cheating, death of a parent, depression, getting stranded
elena ❀
Jun 26, 2020 rated it liked it
i would DIE for lennon
I’m a sucker for anything that hints at R+J or BFF to more, but to have both AND it comes with Jenn Bennett’s name attached to it? Yeah, I’m sold.

Love love love Zorie and Lennon. She’s addicted to planning and organization and loves the stars. He’s snarky and maybe a bit sullen and loves hiking. Together there’s a lot of history and hurt and feeeeeeeeelings between them and I absolutely loved reading them figure it all out. There are some others characters, but it quickly becomes the two of them
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
[Read in an annoyingly high pitched voice used in commercials]

Looking for a cute light read for summer?
Tired of all those cheesy plotless contemporaries?
Want to read more books with diverse characters?

Here you have Starry eyes, where the protagonist is into planning for every single little thing and has a Korean step mom who isn't evil. She has a lesbian couple as neighbours and they own a sex shop and they have an amazingly dark smart gorgeous son!

Not only this but you'll also find :
4.5 stars

Books like this one are why I love reading contemporary YA and YA romance in particular. Compared to adult books, YA romance cannot rely on sexual tension as much, at least not to the same extent as adult romance can. The authors need to make you feel that giddy, tingly anticipation without lots of innuendo and sexy scenes. Not that adult romance can solely rely on that but a good dose of sexy does make things easier, I think. Giving you, as a reader, that feeling of falling in love, m
”I like all my things to go right.”
“That’s not how the world works.”
“It’s how it should work,” I say. “I like plans that go smoothly. That’s the beauty I believe in. Nothing is better than when things go exactly how I expect.”
“I know that’s what you like,” he says, eyes squinting out the sun to peer down at me. “And there’s comfort in that, sure. But 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 throu
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Jenn Bennett has done it again! Alex, approximately is my fave and has a special place in my heart, but I must say that this book was just as good.

I notice that in all of Bennett's books, her main characters are not your conventional types with 'normal' hobbies. They're different. And I absolutely love that.

I think it was great that Zorie and Lennon already knew eachother and had a previous (kind of) relationship before. There was no meet cute in this book. I loved the friends-to-enemies-to-love
Drcong O '
I loved this book for many reasons:

Lennon has two moms who own a sex shop and they are the coolest moms ever.
Zorie has a Korean step mom who is so amazing and their relationship is so pure and loving and wholesome, ahh!!!
Zorie and Lennon have an enemies to lovers relationship and did I mention how much I love that? Enemies to lovers trope>>>>> every other trope.
They go glamping and encounter bears and it’s terrifying but also kind of cool at the same time??
They encounter the wildlife and it wa
Kayla Dawn
Aug 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
This was pretty mediocre, definitely a quick read though. Didn't really like the main character but she was bearable. A little too much horny & angsty teenager stuff for me but oh well, that was to be expected. ...more
Kristin Hackett (Merrily Kristin)
This is 100% a new favorite of mine<3
Trina (Between Chapters)

I had some annoyances here and there - as a parent I have some choice WORDS for Reagan - but overall I really enjoyed the friends-to-enemies-to-love thing it had going on. I could FEEL the longing from one of the characters. I also loved the survival element. This was my first Jenn Bennett book (just the first I could get ahold of) and I really enjoyed how she wrote the romantic chemistry so I'm looking forward to reading more by her!

tw: snakes, being lost in the wilderness, cheating p
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-contemporary
Another @j3nn_benn book that I love! Last year I read her book, Alex Approximately & adored it so I was so excited for #starryeyes and once again I adored it!

I don’t think I liked this one as much as Alex but I still really enjoyed it! Another perfect summer read as well!! This one has a camping and hiking aspect to it which I enjoyed but good lord I am not like that at all! I am not a camper at all but I loved reading Zorie’s & Lennon’s hiking journey!! ⛺️ 🔭
Overall would definitely recommend t
Abbie (boneseasonofglass)
I enjoyed this so much!!

I loved the whole story, the kind of friends to enemies to lovers things was perfect
The characters and supporting characters were wonderful, and I loved the personal journeys that they all took

It was so well written, and tbh it made me want to go camping, and I am one of the least outdoorsy people ever haha

The setting and descriptions were so beautiful, and also it is so wonderful that there were maps, I absolutely loved that aspect!

I would 100% recommend this to read
 ••Camila Roy••
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
RATING: solid 4/5

”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 knew I was useful” he says
“You’re essential”

This is the first Jenn Bennett book I’ve read but it definitely won’t be my last! I couldn’t put down this cute, lighthearted and very fun novel. So many awesome moments I could mention??

I found the plot very refreshing and unique in its own way. I’ve read about camps before but never about an
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5/5 Stars

Best friends-turned-best enemies Zorie and Lennon are stranded together after a camping trip that goes wrong. With no one but each other, they are forced to face their issues. With witty jabs and insults as they try to make it back to safety. Fighting each other while also fighting off the forces of nature, what could possibly go wrong?

This book was a spectacular adventure with cuteness, fun, romance and heartbreak.

I really enjoyed these characters they weren't the cliche YA character
Em Lost In Books

Cuteness overloaded.
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-2
This is SO SO cute. Zorie, planner and list maker, is the daughter of a massage therapist and an acupuncturist (very interesting side story there) whose shop in the bay area is right next door to a recently opened sex toys shop. Lennon, son of the shop’s owners is a reptile lover and punk dresser, as well as outdoor enthusiast. He and Zorie were friends forever… almost more… then something happened, and now they aren’t speaking, carrying on the feud Zorie’s dad has with Lennon’s moms. (Phew! Bac ...more
myo (myonna reads)
May 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021-favorites
i liked this a bit more than Alex, Approximately. I hated almost every character besides Zorie, Lennon and Lennon’s moms. plus i feel like Reagan deserves her ass beat for leaving them out there and Zorie’s dad didn’t get what he deserved in the end, taking the high road is so boring, these characters gotta start exacting revenge!
Nov 01, 2018 marked it as to-read
I love camping so it doesn't matter if it is good or not, I am still reading it. ...more
Danielle ❤️ Pretty Mess Reading ❤️
****4 STARS****

I don't know what the hell is going on with me but I've been loving me some YA books, this one included.

Review to come. . .
Korrina  (OwlCrate)
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Cute and addictive. Finished it in less than a day. I wanted something I could fly through, and this book delivered. Side note: It was also refreshing to see sex discussed in a positive, healthy, consensual way. This book doesn't come out until April 2018, but I think it will make a perfect summer read next year! ...more
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Jenn Bennett is the author of over a dozen books, including the young adult titles: ALEX, APPROXIMATELY; STARRY EYES; SERIOUS MOONLIGHT; and THE LADY ROGUE. She also writes romance and fantasy for adults. Her books have earned multiple starred reviews, been Goodreads Choice Award nominees, and have been included on annual Best Book lists for both Kirkus and Publishers Weekly. She lives near Atlant ...more

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