Book review: Starry Eyes

Starry EyesStarry Eyes by Jenn Bennett was another book that was on WWW Wednesday and my TBR list for so long. I thought it was time to read it when I had a three day weekend during Labor Day.

Here’s what Starry Eyes is about according to Goodreads:

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?”


When I first opened the book I realized right away that Zorie was into astronomy and I loved that she was an astronomy nerd. This made me warm up to her right away. I liked her as a main character for the majority of the time, I thought she was pretty realistic and believable. She even had flaws too, with her anxiety and hives being caused from anxiety. The poor girl had some stress throughout the whole book because of a situation she was in and I sympathized with her on the stress.

I loved the camping part of the book, it definitely is a book to read during the summer time by the pool or camping. Maybe not camping out in the wild, but it would be a good read while camping at a local campsite. There’s a little bit of tension that might make camping for real tense too. In other words, it’d be like watching a scary movie when you are home alone in the dark. I think it’d be those same feelings.

I really liked Lennon too and how Zorie and Lennon used to be best friends but then were enemies. They had a good plot too. I liked his camping skills he had and was able to show them off during the entire book.

Did I mention that the stars aspect of the book was cool? I should have known there’d be stars based on the fact that it was called Starry Night, (DUH, right?) but to be honest I picked up this book in the first place because it was purple and I didn’t read the blurb.

I also knew a lot of bloggers liked this book too and I trusted their opinions.

This book was fast paced for me and there were a couple of chapters that made me be on the edge of my seat  because I was so worried about the characters. This was a five star read for me. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

What do you think? Do you ever buy books because of the cover? What were some books that have worked out for you in that situation? Have you read this book? Feel free to leave a comment!

8 thoughts on “Book review: Starry Eyes”

  1. So so so so so glad you enjoyed, Colleen! I loved the starry/astronomy aspects right away as well. The camping was so much fun, and it was totally perfect for summer. 😀 And when I first looked at the page count, I was totally scared the pacing wouldn’t go too fast, but it flew by! Wonderful review, Colleen, and I’m so glad that you enjoyed!! 🙂

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    1. Thank you! The page count actually didn’t worry me, not like the page count for Renegades does! I am glad it worked out too. I could have done without the constant itching, but at the same time I liked that Lennon cared enough not to be grossed out by her hives. It was not a huge deal for it to be a four star read instead of a five star read.

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  2. I haven’t read Starry Eyes yet, but I have seen it all around the book blogging community! Like you, it has been on my TBR for a really long time.

    I also think it is interesting that the main character is into astronomy (plus I love the pun in the title!). I can’t think of any other YA characters who are into astronomy, so that definitely makes this one unique. Plus, it is good to hear that there are a few fast-paced scenes in there too. I am used to reading fantasy and sci-fi, so contemporaries can sometimes be a bit slow or boring for me. But, it doesn’t seem that I would have that problem with Starry Eyes.

    Thanks for the great review!

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