[574]: Night Owls by Jenn Bennett


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


  • You make this sound so so good! Wonderful review 🙂

  • AAH. This has such a gorgeous finished copy. I got an ARC with this spraytag thing (pretty sure I already talked to you about this), as a publicity thing, and my tag was “Fly”. All of them had tags that Jack did in the book. I thought mine was fly as in insect, but then I realised (and read) it wasn’t, so i was pretty pleased. This… didn’t go so well for me, though, as you know. I thought I’d be able to still appreciate the half I DID love, but I’m just so frustrated with how things went that I can’t, really. But I am glad you were able to love it! That is the best part of reading, everyone taking their own pleasure from different stories.

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  • Aw, yaaay 😀 So glad you loved it so much. <3 Yay for good romance. It looks pretty awesome 🙂 Cute picture. <3 Thank you for sharing about it Joy 🙂

  • Eeeeeh I’m so looking forward to reading this one, all the reviews I’ve read have absolutely loved it (and the cover is so pretty! I am very shallow sometimes).

    Great review Joy, you’ve really made me look forward to meeting these characters 🙂

  • OMG I am so glad you loved this!! I have been wanting to read this book for so long!! Jack sounds swoonworthy! <3

  • The couple sound like they have some amazing banter, and they sound like mature well developed characters as well. Great review Joy, I’ve heard this one is amazing!

    There was something so incredibly sad, joyful and just fantastically lovely about the storyline. I remember reading Graffiti Moon years ago and although I liked it, this melted my heart and I couldn’t put it down until I finished reading after 4:00am one morning. I loved them both, which is rare for me to equally like a couple of teen characters who are falling in love. Usually one is annoying but they were both so, so lovely with just the right amount of spunk and sass. And Jack! Oh my swooning too old for him and inappropriate feelings heart! Wonderful review Joy, I’m thrilled you loved this so much too! <3 <3

  • Melliane

    I’m sad I really really wanted this one because I love everything that Jenn Bennett had written but they denied me… I’ll have to buy it one day!

  • HOLY SHIT! I’m sooo glad I’ll be reading this in November! I’ve heard amazing things so far, but the fact that you said Night Owls is the best book you’ve read this year, possibly EVER, makes me want to drop EVERYTHING I”m reading now and get to it. I’m so ready to just swoon over Jack, and meet this wonderful Bex. So, so excited girl!

  • This is your first JB? Well then, you have to try her Roaring Twenties, it’s PNR so I’m not sure if it will titillate you. Then there’s her UF, which was so bad ass. I love her! I need to read this!

  • Ohhhhhhkay! I have an ARC of this but had kind of forgotten about it. I’m convinced, Joy! I’ll read it ASAP. 🙂

  • Holly crap, looks like I’ll be reading this.

    • I just downloaded it, but the US copy is called The Anatomical Shape of a Heart. Strange to have different titles.

  • I’m thrilled this one gave you so many feels and smiles and chuckles!! I’ve read her adult PNR BITTER SPIRIRs and loved it. I need to add this to my list – Jack and Bex sound so cute and with tons of chemistry. Thanks for the lovely review, Joy! 🙂

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    I really enjoyed this one as well so I’m thrilled to see you approved too! I have to be honest–I love the cover and title Night Owls much better than the US title! Perhaps I’ll buy this version instead of the one I currently own… Anyhow, so glad you loved this as it was such a cute story and somehow unique too! Lovely review, Joy! 🙂

  • THIS LOOKS LIKE MY TYPE OF BOOK! I’m about to add this to my shelf as we speak! (Or as I write? Ehh..) teehee I’m in love with this story already and the witty banter and stuff really intrigues me! Thanks for such an awesome review Joy!♡♡

  • Awww, now that would have been a cute review 😉

  • This sounds fantastic! Off to check it out!

  • This sounds fabulous! Have it on my TBR – can’t wait to get to it. My Jellicoe Road couples are my all time fave, so I’ve got high expectations!

  • kindlemom1

    Bring on the heart palpations! I need to read this now Joy, it sounds amazing!

  • I love reading rave reviews. They usually get me so excited about a book I haven’t even read! Haha!

  • Maybe even ever? WHOA GIRL. You must have loved this book something fierce. But yes, when a book makes you stay up at night because you are hungering to know how it ends, it just makes me so happy. I love the sound of them being artists and such different kinds as well. Looking forward to reading this one next month!

  • dead body parts erm well thats different

  • Ha, love the may cause insomnia and heart palpitations

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    Oh I didn’t know this is the same book as The Anatomical Shape of a Heart, thanks Joy! I absolutely adored Jenn Bennett’s Roaring Twenties series, so I can’t wait to give this a try and meet Jack and Bex! *wanders off to Amazon*

  • YESSS! So happy to see such a praising review for this book, Joy. I’ll be reading it sometime next month, but I’m really excited about it. And did you just push Jonah and Taylor aside for these two?! AHHHHHH! Can you tell I’m excited? 😀
    I hope I love it as much as you did, Joy! Fabulous review! 🙂

  • I’ve heard so many wonderful things about NIGHT OWLS, I love the crossover between the passion/hobbies of the two characters. Also, the hero of the story sounds amazing, I basically need to read this!

  • Wow! This sounds amazing Joy and I can feel your reaction in your review. Glad you loved it and rate it as the best of the year so far!

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace