BEGIN, FLY, BELONG, JUMP, TRUST, BLOOM, CELEBRATE, ENDURE, RISE… And now LOVE.
– Jenn Bennett, Night Owls
Meeting Jack on the Owl – San Francisco’s night bus – turns Beatrix’s world upside down. Jack is charming, wildly attractive . . . and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight rides and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who this enigmatic boy really is. But Jack is hiding much more – and can she uncover the truth that leaves him so wounded?
A unique and profoundly moving novel, Night Owls will linger in your memory long after the final page.
Have you ever read the description of a book and just known it was for you? When I requested a copy of Night Owls by Jenn Bennett from the team at Simon and Schuster and scored the last review copy I knew it was a good sign! I was most unhappy when I reached the last page; this book is so comfortable and enjoyable that you don’t want to put it down!
When Beatrix – Bex for short – is stood up by the director of the anatomy department at the hospital where her mum works, she is forced to take the Owl home. A bus service known for its shady characters, Jack looks the part dressed in all black. Beneath the suspicious clothing is a really hot boy whom Bex is instantly attracted too. To her anatomy-obsessed mind, he is a ‘walking figure study in beautiful lines and lean muscle…and cheekbones that looked strong enough to hold up his entire body’. It isn’t young adult romance if it doesn’t have well-defined cheekbones! I digress… When it is revealed that Jack is the infamous Golden Apple street artist painting single-word works of art around the city of San Francisco, Bex is wary of getting involved with someone whose reputation – online – is less than flattering. Labelled a vandal, Jack appears to be hiding more than he is letting on. Together, Bex and Jack unravel each other’s secrets and slowly fall in love.
Before I read the first page, this book had me at San Francisco. One of the most spectacular cities I have visited, my knowledge and love of the city instantly added a little something more to this book. In saying this, you don’t need to have been there to enjoy it; Bennett demands the reader’s attention from the very first page and she doesn’t let them down. Bex and Jack are both artists in their own right, completely different from one another but perfectly suited too. I love the way Bennett reveals their characters and inner demons bit by bit.
Bex is a talented sketch artist with an obsession with the human body. Despite her mother’s protests, she pursues a career as a medical illustrator – as in drawing dead bodies – however she doesn’t find it as easy as she first thought. Jack is also a talented sketch artist but his passion lays with typeface and words, hence his night-time activities. He comes from a family firmly placed in the spotlight and that forces his life in a direction that he wishes he could change. They each have a sad history however unlike other tortured young adult romances, Bennett doesn’t appear temped to sink the story into a complete sob fest. The characters both have a lot going for them and their romance is a little swoon-worthy but not over the top!
In a reading world where young adult fiction is exciting but becoming a little same-same, Bennett has managed to create a story – like Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schnieder – that is just a little bit different. Refreshing and sweet, Night Owls will stay with you long after the final page has turned.
AUTHOR: Jenn Bennett
PUBLISHER: Simon and Schuster
PUB DATE: August 2015
Thank you to Simon and Schuster for sending me a reading copy in exchange for an honest review!