Author: Jenn Bennett
Release date: 24th September 2015
Genre: Modern, Contemporary, Realism, Romance
Target audience: YA 13+
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Night Owls is a sweet, romantic read that will make your heart soar! I love this book. I could read it again and again. But don’t let my overly romantic tendencies fool you; the themes of this book are serious – mental illness, family breakdown, trust and acceptance – the meaning runs deep.
Beatrix wants to wants to be an anatomical illustrator, someone who creates images for textbooks. She has a plan to enter a competition to help her fund her college tuition. But in order to do that, she needs experience of illustrating human organs. She wants to draw cadavers at the local hospital but her mum doesn’t approve. At the beginning of the novel, she meets a mysterious boy on the night bus. His name is Jack and he has his own troubles. He’s potentially a wanted criminal but Beatrix can’t stop thinking about him.
This book is so well written that you feel every emotion of these two characters falling in love. You feel the thrill of the first meeting, the anticipation of waiting to see if they’ll meet again and the triumph of when they do. It’s really charming. Jack is not simply a rogue. He has a complicated life and is trying to keep up appearances for his family. His friends also seem troubled. Beatrix is determined and passionate about her art but her world is about to get more complicated by Jack and the return of her estranged father.
One of themes of this book is mental illness and how we treat those who experience these conditions. I really feel it’s important that as a society we talk more and learn more about mental illness. It will affect all of us in different ways. According to the charity Mind, one in four people will experience a mental health issue each year. In relation to this novel and the mental health condition of Schizophrenia, Mind explains that anywhere from one to three out of every 100 people may have a diagnosis for the condition. The statistics are vague because different measures are used in different surveys. You can read more facts about mental health on the Mind website.
This book is out is September and if you love a good, can’t-put-it-down-til-it-ends romance, then this is the book for you. It’s adorable (but meaty too). I am officially a fan.
Source: Review copy. Thank you S&S!