Title: Red at Night
Author: Katie McGarry
Pages: 84 pages
Stella and Jonah are total opposites.
She’s the girl with purple hair from the wrong part of town. He hangs with the cool crowd. Until a car accident leaves him haunted by guilt, and Jonah starts spending time at Stella’s favourite 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 love books with unusual storylines. You can read a book and instantly think ‘woah this reminds of…’ and it turns out it is just a copy or a copy of a copy. It can become tedious. However, with some clever writing and alterations a story can become absolutely wonderful and uplifting. This is what Katie McGarry has achieved with Red at Night.
The story centres around two high school students who are completely different. One rich, one poor. One who enjoys the popularity an easy life and money can give and another who is ridiculed for the things that they don’t have. Think Andie and Blaine from Pretty in Pink.
Stella is a latchkey kid, passed from pillar to post, wears second hand clothes and more than anything is a survivor. Jonah has everything handed to him on a plate, so much so that he doesn’t enjoy the spoils of his entitled life. When the two of them find each other sitting in the local cemetery they form an unlikely, yet unbreakable, alliance.
See, whilst Katie McGarry has written a classic story about opposites attract she has also approached the story from a very different angle. It is her approach along with her inspiration for Red at Night that makes it so very special. It is the kind of story that sneakily attacks you with emotion and I am not afraid to admit that I shed a sneaky tear or two.
Red at Night is a lovely short story that hits you right where it hurts. You should read it. In fact, I command you to.
Red at Night by Katie McGarry is available now.
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