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