That Night

That Night

Book - 2018
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"The year since a mass shooting shook their Queens neighborhood has played out differently for Jess and Lucas, both of whom were affected by that night in eerily similar and deeply personal ways."--Publisher's description.
A year ago a mass shooting shook their Queens neighborhood, and both Jess and Lucas were affected in eerily similar and deeply personal ways. Jess struggles to take care of her depressed mother, and Lucas takes up boxing under the ever-watchful eye of his overprotective parents. When their paths converge, they slowly become friends and then something more. They help each other move forward together. But what does it mean to love after an unspeakable tragedy? -- adapted from jacket
Publisher: New York :, HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062495778
Branch Call Number: YA Giles
Characteristics: 308 pages ;,22 cm


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Oct 30, 2018

“That Night” is a sadly beautiful examination of the fallout of a mass shooting and the echoing effect it has not only on the witnesses who were there, but the entirety of the community it happens within. This novel is both timely and important—in a time when these incidents are increasing, it becomes harder to know how to respond and support, especially once the vigils and news coverage has ended. The bittersweet love story formed in this piece is absent of any smacking sentimentality or sappy desperation, but is instead a deeply human affair showing the shared healing process of two young people who have not only lost others, but also lost themselves in the horror and fallout of this event. Giles shows an incredible ability at character, while still building strength in plot and not sinking into the cerebral content to the detriment of the story. Instead, she carefully balances the growth of the two lead characters with organic and smooth dialogue. Furthermore, she is able to walk the fine line between the issue of the shooting and the current plot between the lead characters. Not once does she dip into melodrama and instead keeps a heightened style that really draws in the reader and concludes with an incredibly strong message. A must-read for anyone seeking home and some sense of resolution in today’s violent world, “That Night” is a beautiful and worthy piece.


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