{Novella} Review: Red at Night by Katie McGarry

April 30, 2014 Book 13

Genre: NovellaRealistic FIctionYoung Adult 
Series: Harlequin More Than Words 
Publisher: Harlequin Special Releases
Publication Date: April 1st 2014
Source: Purchased

18808865Goodreads 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.

e880c-amdb6b6-bn Author Website0df38-addtogoodreads Marianne

Katie McGarry is an awesome author, one of my favorites. When I found out about this book, I was so excited. I love anything Katie writes, and this one is no exception.

Stella has a hard life; she spends most of her time hanging around the local cemetery. Jonah just went through a traumatizing experience, and can only find peace with Stella. They’re from different backgrounds, so their relationship is constantly threatened. Can they find a way to be together?

I was really intrigued with how Katie would be able to pull off this story with only 87 pages. And surprisingly, she did a great job.

We met both characters and went deep into their emotions and struggles. However, I don’t think we had enough pages to actually see their characters mature and develop as much as I wanted them to (they did mature, but… I wanted more). This is understandable because it’s such a short story.

I really liked their relationship. It had me smiling and cheering for them no matter how the story unraveled.

It’s not one in a million, Stella. It’s two in a million and it’s you and me. In other words… I’m not giving up on us.

I also liked the foundation that Katie was writing for. The Goodie Two Shoes foundation. Really, if you have the time, visit this website.

Overall, even if there wasn’t enough time to actually develop the characters, this book is worth a read. You’ll get to meet two wonderful characters and also learn about a wonderful cause along the way. Besides, the book is free on Amazon, so you have nothing to lose. ;D

Rating: 3.5 stars

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  • I’m so glad you enjoyed this book. It was short and sweet and full of hope 🙂

  • YAY I had no idea this book was free on Amazon, I’m off to download now! I’m glad you enjoyed the book Marianne, sounds like it was pretty decent.

  • Alise (Readers in Wonderland)

    I rarely ever read novellas because I like really getting to know a character but McGarry’s novels are always fun and cute so I may end up reading this one. We still have to wait awhile for the next Pushing the Limits book to come out anyway 😉 I’ll have to check out that foundation!

    • Yes, I was initially just going to read it as a means to hold off until the next book, and ended up liking it too! I signed up for an Amazon Smile account, and now every eligible purchase donates something to the foundation. It’s cool 🙂

      • Alise (Readers in Wonderland)

        For real? I didn’t know they had a program like that! That IS cool, and something I will for sure look into since I buy there all the time!

  • I love novellas! I know a lot of people dislike them but I like that they are short and to the point. I definitely want to read this one!

  • Sounds so sweet. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • You had me at free on Amazon!!! Sometimes I need a quick read but one that’s sweet, you know?? I like this author so I’m definitely one-clicking! 😉