How are you this fine Thursday? I’m very ashamed to say that I actually started writing today’s post back in July! And when I decided I was in the mood to write a review, I realised this was sitting in my draft box. This may kind of impact my review as I can’t entirely remember every detail of the book, more just my overarching adoration but hey let’s just go with it. I thought it would be funny to leave my opening as it was when I first wrote it, but bare in mind, this was written a while ago. Without further ado, take it away past May…
I was at a Caro Emerald concert last night and now I’m super tired because it was amazing and despite it being the 6th time I’ve seen her live I swear her and her band get better every time! They put on such an incredible show. Anyway, this book (Spoiler: I loved it) but it put me in a slump because I really liked it and didn’t want to pick up anything else. I am finally out that that slump as I am reading another of her books Serious Moonlight at the moment and so far at 100 pages in I am loving it. Jenn Bennett is hands down my favourite Contemporary YA Romance writer, I am never disappointed with the things she writes, they are always amazing and this was no exception! So without further ado I will get into the review.
Title: Starry Eyes
Author: Jenn Bennett
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publication Date: April 3rd 2018
When I Read It: 8th June 2019
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.
My Goodreads Review: (Very short as I was away camping at the time)
I really liked this! 4.5/5 stars for me! So funny and the romance was so well built! The family plots were so intriguing too! Another incredible read from Jenn Bennett!
Characters: As I said above, my memory of this book is a little hazy…but! One thing I adored was how unique every characters were. They weren’t stereotypical or cookie-cutter characters in any way. And yet they were relatable because they were different, if that even makes sense? Lennon was my fave. Zorie was lovable too, but something about Lennon swept me off my feet.
Characters = 8/10
Humour: This book had me in hysterics just like all of Jenn Bennett’s amazing contemporary Romances. It was a mix of deliberate humour and the characters being so endearing that you find yourself laughing through their pain with them.
Humour = 9/10
Atmosphere: The surroundings played a really important role in the plot because of their camping adventure/escapade that goes a little bit wrong. It was so immersive, and it took me back to camping trips of my youth. Especially because of Zorie’s fascination with constellations etc. It was just Brilliant. And when they were in their small home town, you really got the impression they were cut off and that there was only one street. It was so sweet and adorable. The maps scattered throughout the book only made it more immersive.
Atmosphere = 9/10
Writing Style: This will be a short paragraph. I love everything I’ve ever read by Jenn Bennett and her writing style is a major factor in this. She is by far my favourite Contemporary Romance writer. Perfectly written doesn’t even cover it!
Writing Style = 10/10
Plot: Despite adoring most things about the book, and most of the plot there was one part that kind of irritated me, and that was why Zorie and Lennon fell out. I don’t want to give anything away. So let me just say, it felt a little underwhelming/ unbelievable when compared to their small town. It’s built up to be so much, and when you find out what it is – you’re shocked, and yet you fall into disbelief because in such a small and close knit town as theirs is, it feels impossible for this to have happened. But other than that, I love everything about the plot. It was gripping and I could not put it down.
Plot = 7/10
Intrigue: As I just said, the intrigue of this book was undeniable. I could not put it down. I needed to know why they’re friendship had broken up, if they were going to be together, why their families were feuding. Every page was gripping and yet light at the same time, not weighed down by question after question.
Intrigue = 8/10
Logic: Other than the slight plot flaw I mentioned above. I think the book made a lot of sense. Which is why the small town thing was so disappointing because it didn’t fit with the amazingness of everything else in this novel.
Logic = 6/10
Enjoyment: I loved this book, as I do with all of Jenn Bennett’s works. I recommend it so much. Despite the little flaw, it didn’t detract too much from my enjoyment of the book as a whole. It brought me back to my childhood, made me laugh and then a perfect romance to top it off. What more could you ask for.
Enjoyment = 9/10
Relationships: I touched on their relationship briefly, but I loved it. It was so cute and real. Not perfect, but perfect because of that – does that make any sense? A strong friendship that goes through trauma only for them to come back together stronger and as something more ❤ Just amazing!
Relationships = 9/10
Overall Score = 75/90 or 8.3/10
Star Rating = ⭐⭐⭐⭐
That’s the end of the review, no spoilers below. If you give it a try or have read it, tell me your opinions below or tell me on twitter cause I want to know what you think. Anyway, see you tomorrow!