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Summary Þ Starry Eyes (English Edition) 102 Ñ ❰Read❯ ➱ Starry Eyes (English Edition) Author Jenn Bennett – Starry Eyes Spontaneity is overrated Movies and television shows would like us to believe that life is better for partygoers who dare to jump into pools with their clothes on But behind thShe basically has no chance at the next summer Olympics and will have to wait fouryears Her family was heartbroken Even so it surprises me to hear that her mother is worried about her Another thought crosses my mind Did Mrs Reid ask me to go on this trip or did you hustle her into inviting me A sheepish smile lifts my moms lips A little from column A little from column B I uietly drop my head against the front desk Come on she says shaking my shoulder slowly until I lift my head again She was surprised Reagan hadnt asked you already so clearly theyve discussed you coming along And maybe you and Reagan both need this Shes struggling to get her mojo back And youre always saying you feel like an outsider in her pack of friends so heres your chance to spend some time with them out of school You should be falling down at my feet Mom teases How about a little Thank you coolest mom ever for schmoozing me into the event of the summer Youre my hero Joy Everhart She clasps her hands to her heart dramatically Youre so weird I mumble pretending to be apathetic She grins Arent you lucky I am Actually yes I know that she genuinely wants me to be happy and would do just about anything for me Joy is actually my stepmom My birth mother died unexpectedly of an aneurysm when I was eight back when we lived across the Bay in San Francisco Then my dad suddenly decided he wanted to be a massage therapist and spent all the life insurance money on getting licensed Hes impulsive like that Anyway he met Joy at an alternative medicine convention They got hitched a few months later and we all moved here to Melita Hills where they rented out space for this clinic and an apartment next door Sure at the ripe age of thirty eight Joy is several years younger than my father and because shes Korean American Ive had to deal with genius observations from bigoted people pointing out the obvious that shes not my real mom As if I werent aware that shes Asian and Im so Western and pale Im rocking an actual vitamin D deficiency To be honest in my mind Joy is my mom now My memories of Life Before Joy are slippery Over the years Ive grown far closer to her than I am to my dad Shes supportive and encouraging I just wish she were a touch less granola and chipper But this time as much as I hate to admit it her enthusiasm about the glamping trip might be warranted Spending uality time outside of school with Reagans inner circle would definitely strengthen my social standing which always feels as if its in danger of collapsing when Im hanging around people who havemoney or popularity Id like to feelcomfortable around them Around Reagan too I just wish shed asked me to go camping herself instead of her mother The clinics front door swings open and my father breezes into the waiting room freshly shaved and dark hair neatly slicked back Zorie did Mr Wiley call He canceled todays massage appointment I inform him But he rescheduled for a half session on Thursday A half session is half an hour and half an hour euals half the money but my father uickly masks his disappointment You could tell him his best friend just died and hed pivot toward a meet up at the racuetball club without breaking a sweat Diamond Dan people call him All sparkle and glitz Did Mr Wiley say why he couldnt make it he asks An emergency at one of his restaurants I report A TV chef is stopping by to film a segment Mr Wiley is one my dads best clients Like most of the people who come here he has money burning a hole in his wallet and can afford above average prices for massage or acupuncture Our wellness clinic is the best in Melita Hills and my mom has even been written up in the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the Bay Areas top acupuncturistswell worth a trip across the Bay Bridge My parents charge clients accordingly Its just that the number of those clients has been slowly but surely dwindling over the last year The primary cause of that dwindling and the object of my dads anger is the business that set up shop in the adjoining space To our shared mortification we are now located next to a store that sells adult toys Yep those kind of toys Kind of hard to ignore the giant vaginal shaped sign out front Our well heeled customers sure havent Classy people usually dont want to park in front of a sex shop when they are heading to a massage therapy appointment My parents found this out pretty uickly when longtime clients started canceling their weekly sessions Those who havent fled our desirable location near all the upscale boutiue shops on Mission Street are too important to lose as Dad reminds me every chance he gets And thats why I know hes upset by Mr Wileys cancellationit was his only appointment todaybut when he leaves the reception area and heads to his office so that he can stew about it in private Mom remains calm So she says Should I tell Mrs Reid youll go glamping with Reagan Like Im going to give her a definitive answer on the spot without considering all the factors At the same time I hate to be the wet blanket on her sunny enthusiasm Dont be cautious Be careful she reminds me Cautious people are afraid of the unknown and avoid it Careful people plan so that theyreconfident when they face the unknown She tells me this every time Im resistant to a change in plans Well research everything together Ill consider it I tell her diplomatically I guess you can tell Mrs Reid that Ill text Reagan for the details and make up my mind later But you did well Dr Pokenstein Her smile is victorious Speaking of I better get back to her and take out the needles before she falls asleep on the slab Oh I almost forgot Did FedEx come Nope Just the regular mail She frowns I got an email notification that a package was delivered Crap on toast I know what this means We have a problem with misdelivered mail Our mail carrier is constantly delivering our packages to the sex shop next door And the sex shop next door is directly connected with item number three in my blueprint f.

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Starry Eyes Spontaneity is overrated Movies and television shows would like us to believe that life is better for partygoers who dare to jump into pools with their clothes on But behind the scenes its all carefully scripted The water is the right temperature Lighting and angles are carefully considered Dialogue is memorized And thats why it looks so appealingbecause someone carefully planned it all Once you realize this life gets a whole lot simpler Mine did I am a hard core planner and I dont care who knows it I believe in schedules routines washi tape covered calendars bulleted lists in graph paper journals and best laid plans The kind of plans that dont go awry because theyre made with careful consideration of all possibilities and outcomes No winging it no playing things by ear Thats how disasters happen But not for me I make blueprints for my life and stick to them Take for instance summer break School starts back in three weeks and before I turn eighteen and embark on my senior year this is my blueprint for the rest of the summer Plan one Two mornings each week work at my parents business Everhart Wellness Clinic I fill in at the front desk for their normal receptionist whos taking a summer course at UC Cal in Berkeley My moms an acupuncturist and my father is a massage therapist and they own the clinic together This means that instead of flipping burgers and being yelled at by random strangers outside a drive through window I get to work in a Zen like reception area where I can keep everything perfectly organized and know exactly which clients are scheduled to walk through the door No surprises no drama Predictable just the way I like it Plan two Take photos of the upcoming Perseid meteor shower with my astronomy club Astronomy is my holy grail Stars planets moons and all things space Future NASA astrophysicist right here Plan three Avoid any and all contact with our neighbors the Mackenzie family These three things all seemed perfectly possible until five minutes ago Now my summer plans are standing on shaky ground because my mom is trying to talk me into going camping Camping Me Look I know nothing about the Great Outdoors Im not even sure I like being outside Seems to me society has progressed far enough that we should be able to avoid things like fresh air and sunlight If I want to see wild animals Ill watch a documentary on TV Mom knows this But right now shes trying really hard to sell me on some sort of Henry David Thoreau nature is good idealism while Im sitting behind our wellness clinics front desk And sure shes always preaching about the benefits of natural health and vegetarianism but now shes waxing poetic about the majestic beauty of the great state of California and what a singular opportunity it would be for me to experience the wilderness before school starts Be honest Can you really picture me camping I ask her tucking dark corkscrew curls behind my ears Not camping Zorie she says Mrs Reid is inviting you to go glamping Dressed in gray tunic scrubs embroidered with the clinics logo she leans across the front desk and talks in an excited hushed voice about the wealthy client whos currently relaxing on an acupuncture table in the back rooms enjoying the dated yet healing sounds of Enya patron saint of alternative health clinics around the world Glamping I repeat skeptical Mrs Reid says they have reservations for these luxury tents in the High Sierras somewhere between Yosemite and Kings Forest National Park Mom explains Glamorous camping Get it Glamping You keep saying that but I still dont know what it means I tell her How can a tent be luxurious Arent you sleeping on rocks Mom leans closer to explain Mrs Reid and her husband got a last minute invitation to a colleagues chalet in Switzerland so they have to cancel their camping trip They have a reservation for a fancy tent This glamping compound This isnt some weird hippie cult is it Mom groans dramatically Listen They have a chef who prepares gourmet meals an outdoor fire pit hot showersthe works Hot showers I say with no small amount of sarcasm Thrill me baby She ignores this The point is you arent actually roughing it but you feel like it The compound is so popular that they do a lottery for the tents a year in advance Everythings already paid for meals and lodging Mrs Reid said it would be shame to let it go to waste which is why they are letting Reagan take some of her friends there for the weeka last hurrah trip with the girls before senior year starts Mrs Reid is the mother of Reagan Reid star athlete ueen bee of my class and my kind of sort of friend Actually Reagan and I used to be good friends when we were younger Then her parents came into money and she started hanging out with other people Plus she was training constantly for the Olympics Before I knew it we justgrew apart Until last fall when we started talking again during lunchtime at school Would be good for you to spend some time outside Mom says fiddling with her dark hair as she continues to persuade me to go on this crazy camping trip The Perseid meteor shower is happening next week I remind her She knows I am a strict planner Unexpected twists and surprises throw me off my game and everything about this campingsorry glampingtrip is making me very very anxious Mom makes a thoughtful noise You could bring your telescope to the glamping compound Stars at night hiking trails in the day Hiking sounds like something Reagan could be into She has rock hard thighs and washboard abs I practically get winded walking two blocks to the coffee shop a fact of which Id like to remind Mom but she switches gears and plays the guilt card Mrs Reid says Reagans been having a really tough time this summer she says Shes worried about her I think shes hoping this trip will help cheer her up after what happened at the trials in June Reagan fell Im talking splat face plant and didnt place in the Olympic track trials It was her big shot for moving forward.

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Starry Eyes English EditionOr a perfect summer avoid any and all contact with the Mackenzies My mom sticks out her lower lip and makes her eyes big Pretty please she pleads sweetly Can you run next door and ask them if they got my delivery I groan I would do it but you know Ive got Mrs Reid full of needles she argues tugging her thumb toward the back rooms Im balancing her life force not torturing the woman Cant leave her back there forever Cant you go get it on your lunch break Ive already made the trek into dildo land once this week and thats my limit I leave in an hour to meet your grandmother for lunch remember Right Her mother she means Grandma Esther loathes tardiness a sentiment I fully support But that still doesnt change the fact that Id rather have a tooth pulled than walk next door Whats so important in this package anyway Thats the thing Mom says winding her long straight hair into a tight knot at the crown of her head The notification was sent by someone else Catherine Beatty I dont know anyone by that name and I havent ordered anything But the notification came to my work email and our address is listed A mystery package Her eyes twinkle Surprises are fun Unless someone sent you a package full of spiders or a severed hand Maybe you jabbed someone a little too hard Or maybe I jabbed someone just right and they are sending me chocolate She steals a pen from the desk and stabs it into her hair to secure her new knot Please Zorie While your father is occupied She says this last bit in a hushed voice My dad would throw a fit if he saw me next door Fine Ill go I say but Im not happy Summer plans how I knew and loved you Sticking a handmade AWAY FROM THE DESK BE BACK IN A JIFF sign on the counter I drag myself through the front door into bright morning sunshine and brace for doomZorie is a typical high school nerd who is defined by uirky glasses that match her outfits and her love of astronomy The summer before senior year is going just as she planned in her bullet journal That is until she is invited to go glampingglamorous campingwith her friend Reagan Zories careful plans are demolished She has also found out an awful secret about her father To compound the situation boys are going on the trip too including her former best friend Lennon and her crush Brett It turns into an awful situation when Zorie and Reagan get in a huge fight and Reagan leaves Zorie and Lennon stranded at the resort Zorie is devastated about her night with Reagan and about missing the meteor shower party she was supposed to attend near the glamping resort In addition Zorie does not want to go home and deal with her family issue Luckily Lennon the hiking expert convinces Zorie that the meteor shower party is not too far from where they are and that it would be easy to hike there Vivid plots and endearing characters make this novel impossible to put down The plot is fun and relatable and the love story is compelling Bennett uses the wilderness away from cell phones and Internet service to create a perfect setting for Zories coming of age and budding relationship VERDICT A fabulous read for YA shelves School Library Journal February Once upon a time Zorie and Lennon were best friends Sure things werent great with their familiesLennons two moms opened up a sex shop next door to Zories dad and stepmoms massage and acupuncture wellness clinic and her dad is convinced thats why business is droppingbut that never used to matter Now for reasons neither one of them really understands Zorie and Lennon are practically mortal enemies Theres no sign of things changing anytime soon until a group camping trip gone wrong ends with Zorie and Lennon stranded in the Northern California wilderness together Thankfully Lennon has a few wilderness survival skills up his sleeve but even here secrets have a way of coming outif Lennon and Zorie dont kill each other they may just make it out of this alive Bennett Alex Approximately nails Lennon and Zories will they wont they dynamic and the California backcountry offers a striking high stakes backdrop A layered adventure love story thats as much about the families we have and the families we make ourselves as it is about romance Maggie Reagan Booklist Feb Former best friends and crushes rediscover each other on a backpacking trip in Bennetts Alex Approximately etc charming romance novel Its the summer after junior year and anxious risk averse Zorie Everhart uncharacteristically agrees to join popular classmate Reagan and her friends on a luxury glamping vacation in northern California figuring she can still manage to meet up with fellow astronomers to witness a meteor shower on a nearby mountain On the day of departure Zorie realizes with dread that her neighbor Lennon Mackenzie is going too Zorie whos white and being raised by a Korean American stepmother and Lennon who has two white moms and an Egyptian American biological father were once inseparable but havent really talked since the incident at homecoming when he broke her heart Lennona horror fanboy amateur herpetologist and music aficionadoturns out to also be a veteran hiker When irresponsible behavior and a night of emotional confrontations leads the group to abandon the pair they take a multi day journey to reach the star gazing party by themselves The two have lots of literal and figurative ground to cover and eventually resolve and move past old hurts The author authentically explores serious subjects such as grief betrayal divorce and lossbut theres also plenty of humor geeky asides and a healthy portrayal of consensual sex between mature teens A sweet and surprisingly substantial friends toromance Fiction Kirkus STARRED REVIEW A sweet and surprisingly substantial friends toromance Kirkus STARRED REVIEW Vivid plots and endearing characters make this novel impossible to put down School Library Journal A layered adventure love story thats as much about the families we have and the families we make ourselves as it is about romanceBooklist.