REVIEW: Night Owls

10 Apr

Night Owls by Jenn Bennett is a typical young adult novel; it explores love, risk taking, angst and the complexities of family.

The novel features Beatrix Adams, a teenager with a dream of becoming a medical illustrator.  To win scholarship money to further her goal she decides to enter a competition.  In order to succeed in that competition she pursues an opportunity at the local research hospital to draw corpses.

Her presence at a bus stop near the hospital causes her to meet Jack, a charismatic, attractive and slightly mysterious young man.  The two of strike up a relationship and Beatrix is soon drawn into Jack’s world and he, in turn, into hers.

There are moments of family tension in relation to both families, and the young people are forced to reassess their goals, recalibrate how they understand their family, and come to a decision as to how they feel for each other.

This was a good, albeit not overly substantial, read.  I think it will appeal to people who have also enjoyed John Green’s novels.

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