Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Books I've Loved: Starry Eyes

This was a fun, quick and charming read, just like Jenn Bennett's other books, and has just as many complex characters and story twists as Alex Approximately.

Zorrie is one of those people who has to plan everything to the nth degree.  She hates surprises and the unknown.  So it is only reluctantly that she agrees to go on a glamorous camping (glamping) holiday with her replacement best friend, Reagan and a few others.

What she doesn't know is that one of the others is Lennon, her former best friend and the guy she once thought she was falling for.

When Reagan's obnoxious boyfriend gets the entire group kicked out of the glamping compound on the first night, the group decide to hike into the woods to continue their vacation there.  But an argument tears the group apart and Zorrie and Lennon find themselves alone in the woods after the others storm off.

Zorrie's hobby is astronomy and her plan was to leave the group anyway after a couple of days, to meet up with a group of astronomy friends to watch a meteor shower.  With no way to reach civilization or transport to the meet-up place, Lennon, who has more experience with camping and hiking, offers himself as a guide to the star party meet-up.  With no other real choices, Zorrie agrees.

Much of the rest of the book follows Zorrie and Lennon as they make the three-day hike to the star party.  And as they hike, they talk, argue, banter and jab at each other.  Secrets are revealed and truths blurted out.  Maybe the friendship they once had isn't dead and buried after all...

I enjoyed this one very much.  The hiking and camping side of it was a refreshing change of scene after reading so many contmporary YA books set in schools and suburbia, and both the MCs had interesting side problems as well as their relationship.  It would have been nice if it had been Zorrie who knew the bushcraft and saved Lennon from nature's perils instead of the other way around, but I guess you can't have everything right?

But don't just take my recommendation.  Here's the blurb:

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?

1 comment:

  1. Interesting. But like I need another book for my TBR list right now.