Published by Harlequin Teen on April 1, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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In Red at Night, Stella and Jonah are total opposites. She's the girl with purple hair from the wrong part of town. He's a high school senior who hangs with the cool crowd. Until a car accident leaves him haunted by guilt, and Jonah starts spending time at Stella's favorite refuge…the local cemetery.
Stella knows she should keep her distance—after all, she spent her girlhood being bullied by Jonah's friends. Once he's sorted out his tangled emotions, Jonah won't have time for her anymore. Too bad she's already fallen for him.
What I Thought…
I haven’t had a whole lot time to read lately and when I found myself with a bit of free time I wasn’t particularly interested in what I was currently reading. My go to genre has always been contemporary and right now I’m not reading/listening to anything contemporary so I decided to pick up Katie McGarry’s new novella, Red at Night, which totally hit the spot (and also helped my books behind in GoodReads challenge)!
On the surface Stella and Jonah don’t seem like a good fit. Stella has little in life and little in the way of family support where Jonah it seems has it all, but there is a good balance between them. Jonah is struggling with his part in an accident and his family and friends don’t understand and don’t really care to understand either. He also has terrible friends and has a lot of redeeming that he needs to do given his actions (or non actions) towards Stella. Stella has more basic needs in life and carries on the attitude that she’ll never amount to anything so why bother trying. I feel like in the end they compliment each other nicely, though I think a lot of their strength comes from Stella being able to let things go from the past regarding Jonah.
My only complaint about Red at Night is that it’s too short! I know it’s a novella, but as with McGarry’s other novella, I could easily have kept right on reading!
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