Sunday, May 24, 2015

Red at Night: A Book Review

After reading Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry, which was my first book by her, I knew I needed to pick up something else by her.  I had already downloaded this short story to my kindle because it was on sale recently, and so I thought now would be the perfect time to pick it up!

Title: Red At Night
Author: Katie McGarry
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: April 1, 2014
Pages: 84
Out in Paperback?: No
My Rating: 4.5/5

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.


Our main characters are Stella and Jonah, and as the Goodreads summary states, they are total opposites.  Stella is an outsider with few friends, and she is a victim of bullying from one of Jonah’s best friends.  Jonah, on the other hand, has a large group of popular friends that he hangs out with everyday.  However, after a tragic accident, Jonah begins to drift from his popular friends and finds he shares similarities with Stella.  These two characters are very well developed for the short amount of time that we spend with them over the 80 pages.  At first, I was a little iffy when meeting these characters (because I was so in love with Echo and Noah from Pushing the Limits), but the characters definitely grew on me.


Stella and Jonah meet in a cemetery at the beginning of this short story, both brought there by personal reasons.  However, since the two go to school together, they see each other the next day, each keeping the others’ secret.  As they continue to meet at the cemetery and continue to ignore each other at school, their relationship grows in a difficult way.  Jonah wishes to change this as he drifts from his popular group of friends, who continue to make fun of Stella’s monetary situation at home.  Throughout this short story, their love grows, and it is so fun to watch!

Writing Style:

Pushing the Limits first introduced me to Katie McGarry’s writing style, which I loved!  So it was no surprise that I continued to love her writing style in this short story.  Although I was a little iffy on the characters because I had just finished Echo and Noah’s story, I grew to love them and I really enjoyed the story as well.  I can’t wait to continue reading her novels!

Have you read a Katie McGarry novel?  Which is your favorite?

FTC Disclaimer:
All items mentioned were purchased by me.  This is not a sponsored post.  All opinions are my own.  No affiliate links were used.

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