Night Owls / Jenn Bennett
Alternate title: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart
If I could write a 400-word review consisting only of heart emojis, I would. Because this book is so beautiful and lovely in every way that matters to me. It has unforgettable characters, witty dialogues and a romance that will make you melt in a puddle of first love goo. Break open your smelling salts, girls! Jack is bound to invoke swooning you’ve never experienced in your life before. Gah-huh. This boy.
Jonas and Taylor, scoot over and make room for Jack and Bex.
This book is about a couple of kids who are both young, but wise in their years. He’s a graffiti artist armed with a spray can of artistic menace. He goes around painting San Francisco with words that are both inspiring and sad when you figure out their meaning. She – on the other hand – draws body parts. Not abstract, mind you. Real, throbbing body parts (okay, mostly dead body parts). They met one night while Jack was on his way to leave his mark somewhere in the city. The attraction was instantaneous. There was a lot of flirting and witty banter. The night was magical! In a series of hide and seek, these two crazy kids got together and form a connection so sweet, they could possibly be my new favourite couple in YA.
For all his easy going swagger, Jack hides a lonely, sad boy whose love for his twin sibling knows no bounds. Bex, to her credit, is a very responsible (except when she sneaks out), sensible teen who knows what she needed to do to better hers and her family’s life. I couldn’t have asked for the perfect couple! There was a sense of foreboding about Jack’s life of petty crime. Also twinges of nervous anxiety over Bex’s little acts of rebellion. Truthfully, they’re what made the book (and their romance) all the more exciting!
May cause insomnia and heart palpitations.
It’s been such a long time since a book have induced such reactions. I miss that feeling. From the very first time Jack and Bex met, I was grinning like a fool for almost the entirety of the novel. It was funny, candid, unexpected and sublime.
I’m a first time reader of Jenn Bennett’s work, and though her other novels are not really the type of books I usually go for, I’m curious enough to see if she offers the same type of titillating romance. Night Owls is easily one of the best book I’ve read this year (maybe even, ever). Jenn Bennett gave me something that I didn’t think I’ve been missing out on all this time. If this is your first attempt at YA, Ms. Bennett, I suggest you go back to your writing cave and shake those plot bunnies awake.
GOODREADS SUMMARY | Simon & Schuster | Paperback, 291 pp. | August 13th, 2015 | Young Adult | Romance | Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars