Sunday, 16 November 2014

BOOK REVIEW: Red at Night by Katie McGarry

Goodreads summary:

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. 

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GENRE: YA (Young Adult), upper YA- maybe 16+
AUTHOR: Katie McGarry
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Special Releases
SOURCE: Free, ebook, Kindle
RELEASE DATE: April 1st 2014

Phew. What to say about this book. What. To. Say.
In a word, I ♡ this teeny novella to Pluto and back. Why? Read on!
So the story follows Stella and Jonah- two sides of the lurrrvvveee magnet ;) Stella enjoys hanging out at cemetries and Jonah only hangs out their due to guilt (but later, Stella is his reason to hang there). Guilt about an accident that he was involved in.

Curios about the title? Here's the meaning:...
''Sure sign of rain. Plus the sky was red this morning''.
''Red at night, sailor's delight. Red in the morning, sailors take warning''.

Stella is a cool, spunky, purple-haired eighteen year old who lives with Joss, her dad's (almost ex) girlfriend. Side note: It's actually unclear as to what Joss does for a living. However, I've guessed and concluded in my mind, which is something I enjoyed.
Anyways, Stella is sort of out of place in school and also life. See, she's bullied at school by Mr Popular|| Cooper(guess who's bestie he is) and is broken. How? Heartbreaking quote-> 'It has a bed' she says about Jonah's room. *cue the tears*. Brb, I'll be in bed, being thankful for it. Her dad always leaves, she feels content at cemeteries and is a loner.

Speaking of thankful, the reason this novel was written is to celebrate inspirational women. The inspirational women celebrated in Red at Night is a lady called Nikki Berti. She's a founder of an organisation entitled Goodie Two Shoes and it gives unfortunate children proper shoes that fit, are comfortable, pretty, etc. What was inspiring apart from Ms Berti's organisation was the way Katie McGarry wrote it in to the storyline of this novel. We got the whole lowdown and it made me feel humble at the visual description Katie gave of kids being happy over shoes.
~ To check out Nikki and her work, click here and here
Moreover, the novel is written in dual POVS (Stella's and Jonah's) and I love, love, loved it soo much. The concepts and issues that Katie brings ashore are imperfectly described because they imperfectly happen in real life! I love Katie, as her books are the real deal. They aren't fantasies, but the love stories are.

Stella~ Stella is a really cool and fun female protagonist. I loved being in her world and her struggles are horrible and yet she maintains her awesome personality. She's kinda secluded, and thinks she's best that way. Until Jonah...

Jonah~Jonah's in the popular crew- who also bully Stella. He is the typical rich guy, with the rich parents, fancy house and little sister that's truly madly and deeply in love with his best friend. He has his demons, aside from the above. He was involved in a car accident wherein a man died and he blames himself for it. However, his mother portrays his publicly as a hero, and that'a what he's seen as to everyone else.

Joss~ Joss was sweet and broken and used. I felt sorry for her. She was a nice mother figure for Stella.

Cooper~ Cooper is horrible and two-faced! He isn't the friend Jonah thinks he is

  • ''Come here'' ''Why?'' I shrug, ''Because if you don't you're going to go home and be ticked because you should have''.
  • ''Do you make everything complicated or is it just with strangers in cemeteries?''
  • ''It's a tiny place that's five code violations beyond being condemned.''
  • ''Hope is a deadly snake with fangs of poison.''
  • ''...but the moment we try to break out of the water they'll shove us down into the mud.''
  • ''No, not pessimistic. Realistic.''
  • ''Crap- two exes skulk along the periphery.''
  • ''More belongs in the realm of fantasy.''
  • ''There's hurt in his blue eyes, but there's also this sweet hope.''
  • ''Anything that's good, anything that's right, it either explodes or it fades and either way I'm left with nothing.''
  • ''Love is dangerous. It's just as bad as hope.''
  • ''What if there's another way to reach my dreams while still being realistic?'
Aaannnddd I'll stop there with the quotes. Did I go overboard? (Pretty sure that was a pun) :D

Overall, I love/d this book. A lot. I suggest you buy it and keep it forever on your Kindle or e-reader or whatever. BONUS: It's FREE on Amazon. So, yeahh. 

★ ★ ★ ★ 4 stars

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