Publisher: Harlequin Special Releases
Publication Date: April 1, 2014
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….
I’m not a huge fan of Novellas and a lot of the time, I don’t even bother with reading them. Even if they are Novellas from my favorite series. But, when I saw Red at Night was written by Katie McGarry, I immediately pre-ordered it without even reading the summary. I’m a huge fan of McGarry’s Pushing the Limits books and since I love McGarry’s writing so much, I just knew that I had to give this Novella a chance and I’m really glad that I did because it’s one of the best Novellas that I have read.
Stella is such a fascinating character, she often gets made fun of at school due to her wild appearance, after all she dyes her hair purple and hangs out in a cemetery and she seems like the type that doesn’t care what anyone thinks about her, but in all actuality, the cruel words of her classmates hurts her but she continues to keep up the persona that she doesn’t care. But when she meets Jonah, the best friend of the main guy that has been torturing her since grade school, everything changes.
But I’m Stella and he’s Jonah and I don’t believe in fairy tales.
I would be lying if I said that I liked Jonah from the beginning because I actually didn’t because he was the type that didn’t stand up for himself or others and when Cooper, his best friend that has been bullying Stella would make fun or her, he wouldn’t say anything in her defense. Sure, he had just been through a horrible tragedy but I got the impression that he has always been like that. But, it seemed like spending time with Stella slowly changed him and he eventually won me over.
"If you take it I know you’re still my friend, and if it’s still here by the end of today I know I’ve destroyed the best thing that’s happened to me in a long time."
The fact that this book is only 80 some pages long and McGarry makes me connect with these characters so wholeheartedly is a testament to her amazing writing ability. Red at Night was such an intriguing and emotional read that left me wanting more, I sincerely hope to see more of these characters in the future.