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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

When An Author Makes Getting Lost In The Wilderness Swoony: Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

STARRY EYES

by Jenn Bennett
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: April 3rd 2018
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★1/2
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷
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Jenn Bennett can do no wrong! You guys know how I've slowly drifted away from a lot of YA books, but Jenn is the one author who will always bring me back to YA. After loving both The Anatomical Shape of a Heart and Alex Approximately, I knew I was in for a treat with Starry Eyes. I devoured this book from start to finish. It's a story that's just full of heart and I can't wait for everyone else to read.

Jenn Bennett always takes so much care when fleshing out her characters. They are beautifully developed and so intricate they almost feel like real people that I know. With Starry Eyes, she has yet again created such characters. Zorie was such a breath of fresh air. She had a lot of wonderful qualities, but perhaps my favorite part about her was her love for astronomy. The girl knew her stars and telescopes and it was adorable to see get unapologetically nerdy about the topic. Besides her love for astronomy, Zorie was also a girl with a big heart. She was one of the sweetest human beings I've had the pleasure of reading about. Zorie's anxiety was also at the forefront of Starry Eyes, and it was explored with a lot of thoughtfulness. It's something that she coped with using organization and planning, and it was refreshing to see such an honest depiction of how crippling anxiety can be. What really touched me though about Zorie was her relationship with her step-mother. They had a unique bond, and it was gorgeously written. Serious props to Jenn Bennett for not villainizing the step-mother and for actually depicting a healthy relationship between the two. I just loved the love and respect they had for each other. It was absolutely endearing, especially when you considered her relationship with her skeevy dad, who was so unlikeable.

I'm sure you are dying to know what I thought of Lennon. Well, if you've read anything by Jenn Bennet you know that she writes the sweetest, softest boys ever, and of course, Lennon was no different. What a stellar guy he was! He was so patient, funny, kind and had as big of a heart as Zorie. I loved his relationship with his moms, who owned a sex-toy shop! Together, they were a hoot. The romance between Zorie and Lennon was just so butterflies-in-the-stomach inducing. Jenn Bennett really does know how to write the best romances. Zorie and Lennon were best friends whose relationship developed into more, but circumstances pit them against each other. At the beginning of Starry Eyes, there was a bit of a hate dynamic going on between them. Their chance at reconciliation presented itself in the form of a camping trip, that goes horribly wrong. As the two of them try to take Zorie to her destination, their feelings for each other re-bubbled. It was lovely watching the two reconnect, open up to each other and realize how much they care for each other.

Starry Eyes was another winner from Jenn Bennett! If you haven't read her books yet, seriously, what are you doing with your life? If you like your books to be heartwarming, wonderful, with the best characters, you need to pick up her works!

Have you read any book by Jenn Bennett? Are you a camping fan?
Let me know in the comments below!



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