Sunday, September 21, 2014


Title: Red at Night
Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication Date: April 1, 2014
Genres: YA, Romance
Reviewed by: Angie Edwards
My rating: 5/5


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.


You know, one thing I firmly believe after having read a couple of her books is that you can never go wrong with a Katie McGarry novel or novella. Never. I mean, I’m not really big on romance, and that’s exactly what McGarry writes, but I would never hesitate to read any of her books. I’m always bowled over by her characters and the way they fall in love. I don’t know how she does it, but her books constantly fill me with warm fuzzies.

Red at Night is no exception. In the span of a few pages these two beautifully-crafted characters grew on me, and I just wanted to push them together and tell them to make it work. Stella is a character from a disadvantaged background and has absolutely no-one to rely on. Despite the hardships and bullying she’s endured, she’s still such a delightful character. Jonah is the type of guy you want to be with. He’s had life easy, but has suffered a traumatic experience that left him re-evaluating his life and the choices he’s made. Seeing these two characters coming together and healing each other was simply heartwarming. Even if you’re not a fan of romance, I’m positive you’ll be won over by how this author slowly immerses you into the lives of her characters, and makes you fall helplessly in love with them while they’re falling for each other.

I loved how skillfully McGarry worked the charity, Goodie Two Shoes Foundation, into the story and how naturally it fit into one of the characters background story. There were actually several times I got tears in my eyes realizing how much hope this Foundation can bring to a child and what a difference it makes. Red at Night is a wonderfully enjoyable novella that I finished in less than two hours, and makes for the ultimate quick read when you need a little feel-good lift.

*You can check out the Goodie Two Shoes Foundation’s website here to see what they do and how you can help.

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KATIE MCGARRY was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

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