Friday, 19 February 2016

Book Review | Night Owls by Jenn Bennett

Feeling alive is always worth the risk.

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.

But Jack is hiding a piece of himself. On midnight rides and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who this enigmatic boy really is.

As a character, I loved Beatrix. It was her interesting narrative, which I absolutely loved about this book. From her quirky interests, to her family dynamics, Beatrix's story was simply put, interesting.
As far as Jack goes, he was great as well. With a compelling story which trickles out at just the right speed, wanting to know more about him, is what will keep you turning the pages.
The relationship between the two of them was really good. I liked the way it built up, and what it became. 
One thing I love in YA fiction, is when there are bigger issues, beyond the simple love story, and this book had that.
If I had to pick on a negative, I would say that perhaps there was a little too much thrown in. With Jack's secret life as a graffiti artist. His personal family issues. Beatrix's attempts to further her drawing of anatomy, and her mom's disapproval of this. Then throwing in her issues with her dad as well. I think, it was maybe, a few too many side issues.
For me, this story would have worked just as well, had those issues with her dad been edited out. I didn't feel it added a tonne to the story, as there was more than enough without it, to keep the book interesting.
Overall, I definitely enjoyed this book, and I would highly recommend it. There are some great characters, a compelling storyline, and a wonderful read.


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