Starry Eyes

Book review by
Amanda Nojadera, Common Sense Media
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Swoon-worthy romantic dramedy is a must-read for teens.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

Teens will learn about astronomy, reptiles, Beat poets, camping, and the skills needed to survive in the wild.

Positive Messages

You can't control everything and it's OK to embrace spontaneity. It's important to fight for what you want and the people you love. Honest, open communication is essential to healthy relationships. Find time to disconnect and enjoy nature. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Zorie loves astronomy and dreams of working for NASA. She learns she can't control everything and begins to embrace spontaneity. Lennon's backpacking knowledge allows him to keep everyone safe multiple times during the camping trip. It's clear he deeply cares for Zorie and is willing to fight for her. Joy, Mac, and Sunny are supportive and encouraging moms who unconditionally love their kids.


Teens tell ghost stories around the campfire. A bear rummages through the teens' campsite in search of food. A girl gets bitten by a snake. There are several intense and emotional fights between Zorie and Lennon's families.


Teens have protected sex in the woods after having mature conversations about consent. Characters own a store that sells adult toys. One character is having an affair.


Strong language includes variations of "s--t," "f--k," "hell," "bitch," "ass," "scumbag," "bastard," "dyke," and "Jesus Christ."


Pop culture references include YouTube, Instagram, Uber, Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, Star Wars, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and more. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Teens steal wine at the glamping compound.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Starry Eyes is a romantic dramedy about two teens who rekindle their relationship after their friends leave them stranded in the Northern California wilderness. Sensitive readers might be frightened by some of the situations that occur on the camping trip, such as a bear rummaging through the teens' campsite to find food and a girl getting bitten by a snake. Teens have protected sex after having mature conversations about consent. Strong language includes variations of "s--t" and "f--k."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 12-year-old Written byshelbyforrester1554 August 25, 2018


Ok I am truly happy with this book it's a cheesy adorable I LOVE IT!!!
Teen, 13 years old Written bySarina16 December 18, 2020
Teen, 14 years old Written bymds33333 June 23, 2020
Great book!!! Love the characters and plot

What's the story?

In STARRY EYES, Zorie and Lennon were best friends until the Great Experiment failed and left Zorie with a broken heart. Since then, they've done everything they can to avoid each other until they find themselves on the same camping trip with a group of friends from school. But when the trip doesn't go as planned, Zorie and Lennon are unexpectedly stranded in the Northern California wilderness and must rely on each other to make it back to safety. As family secrets and hidden feelings are slowly revealed, will Zorie and Lennon's epic adventure give them a chance to reconnect and realize that they belong together?

Is it any good?

The diverse characters, swoon-worthy love story, and vivid nature setting make this well-written romantic dramedy a must-read for teens. Zorie and Lennon's undeniable chemistry and their flirtatious banter will certainly make readers smile. The artwork throughout Starry Eyes is a charming addition, especially Lennon's maps, which not only help readers visualize their journey through the woods but also chart the milestones of their relationship. Readers will root for Zorie and Lennon as they begin to understand the power of second chances and how important communication is to a healthy relationship.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the nature of Zorie and Lennon's friendship in Starry Eyes. Was the progression to romance believable? Why do you think intense romances are so common in young adult literature?

  • How does the book deal with sex? How does this issue affect the characters?

  • How do the characters demonstrate communication and perseverance? Why are these important character strengths?

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Our editors recommend

For kids who love romance

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