I have no Jenn Bennett books left to read.

Last night at 2am I accomplished something amazing: I finished my last Jenn Bennett book. I have officially read all of her released YA contemporary novels!

Ok maybe this isn’t the most impressive thing in the world considering that’s actually only 4 books but I’m going to be dedicating a whole post to talking about it anyways because I can.


Starry Eyes

35297469Starry Eyes was the first Bennett book I ever read. This was free on Riveted one month and I started reading it because I had nothing better to do and thank God because not only has it introduced me to a favourite instant-buy author, but it opened me up to reading more romance heavy contemporaries in general.

This book follows Zorie who goes camping with friends and is surprised to find Lennon, the ex-best friend she’s been avoiding for months, there too.

Shit gets serious when they’re friends ditch them and Zorie and Lennon are left to hike home and camp alone.

I really liked this book when I first read it last year. I liked the camping and hiking setting. Two characters traipsing through the woods for most of the book could have been boring but there was barely a dull moment.

My favourite part of this book, besides the romance between Lennon and Zorie, was the relationship between Zorie and her stepmum.

Night Owls

T51Pxk7kjwdLhis book is also known as The Anatomical Shape of a Heart. Why’d they change it? I don’t know. People just like it better that way. (Sorry. The TikTok obsessed part of me had to).

I actually owned it way before ever reading, Starry Eyes. I never knew the amazingness I had sitting on my shelf. If I had I would have read it much sooner.

All of Bennetts main characters have a really cool hobby or interest and in this case it’s anatomical drawings. This follows Bex, who wants to draw cadavers, when she meets Jack who may or may not be decorating San Francisco with his infamous graffiti.

I think this is probably my favourite of the four because I loved Bex and Jack so much and I really loved the unique art elements. I’m feeling kind of tempted to re-read this soon.

Serious Moonlight

I read this last month (?) and sadly it was m36511805y least favourite of the lot. I think I gave this like 2.5 maybe 3 stars.

This follows Birdie who begins working the nightshift at a local hotel. There she meets Daniel … the boy she hooked up with a few months ago and never saw again.

I liked the initial premise of this book and the dynamic between Birdie and Daniel sounded cool but as the story progressed I didn’t think they had much chemistry.There was like one cute moment between them as opposed to a whole book of feel good romance moments.

There was also a mystery aspect which fell flat and felt unnecessary but something I really did like this was the representation: Daniel is hard of hearing and of Japanese heritage and Birdie has narcolepsy which was an interesting thing to read about.

Alex, Approximately

I stayed up until two A.M for two night30312700s in a row to read this. I was hooked from page one.

This follows Bailey who has been talking with fellow film buff Alex online. When Bailey moves to the same town as Alex she doesn’t tell him, instead choosing to find him herself to avoid any possible awkwardness. Bailey also meets a boy called Porter at her summer job and I think you may know where this is going to go …

I had so much fun with this book. I understood none of the film references and I had to good who Lana Turner was but that’s ok.

I really liked the setting. This takes place in a California surfing town and I really liked that atmosphere. The romance was so good (!!) and I liked the heavier topics discussed. (Trigger warning for: drug use, mentions of a shark attack, guns).


So there we go those are my thoughts on all of Jenn Bennetts currently released YA Contemporary novels. I can’t wait to read Chasing Lucky, her new 2020 release which sadly got pushed back to November, I think. Either way I’m super excited for it.

Have you read any of these? What did you think? Thanks for reading and stay safe!

Elli xx

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