Publish date- October 2015.
Publisher- Simon and Schuster.
RRP- $19.99 (AUD)
(A Brief) Synopsis:
Beatrice draws bodies. Jack draws words. They meet late one night on the Owl bus and slowly spend time together, surprising themselves and each other as their bond strengthens. But there is always more under the surface than one thinks.
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What I thought:
Night Owls, for me, is a read I'm going to try and separate: the first half as one, really enjoyable book, the seocnd as a book I intently disliked. I doubt it'll work, but who knows. It may.
The first half of Night Owls was close on brilliant. Beatrice (whose name I adored, although she did not) was a character different from any I'd seen before. She was quiet and quietly (sneakily, rather) defiant, going out to draw dead bodies for her anatomical studies against her nurse mother's wishes (which seemed based solely on it's not nice for a young girl to do that kind of thing, annoyingly), had a really lovely relationship with her brother, who was devilish and had a boyfriend I would read an epic series about, and then Jack, who is the artist behind graffiti that has been popping mysteriously up all over San Fransisco. Their budding romance was kinda glorious, even if the fact Beatrice got involved when he showed all the signs of being trouble and that seemed to go against her nature.
But then the romance went from budding to full I can't live without you because I love-love you in two weeks. I didn't blame her mother for snorting. Other things I didn't:
-Forgive Beatrice for her behaviour and what she said to her mother
-Comprehend Beatrice's reasoming behind considering giving her awful dad a second chance just because he gave her an expensive, fancy present. No word for 3 years, manipulative behaviour before and after that, d-bag aura- why bother, I ask
-The obsessive turn of the romance. It was very much the world will end when I can't see you; I'll do something drastic if they pull us apart; we're together, the world works once more. They'd known each other less than a month, by this time
-HEAs that are unreasonable for the characters history and all plot lead up. It was very much like bam all problems forever are fixed in an instant
-(Spoiler) Characters who're so bitter when they don't win that, although they still got 2nd, they rant
-Characters who say, in blamey ways, only you knew when, in fact, at least one other person knew
The view of sex- Beatrice has had it before meeting Jack, but he hasn't- is really kind of fantastic, though, and then their sexual relationship. Possibly a little too perfect and fantastic and wonderful, but nice to see.
First half? Great! Super enjoyable, creative, fresh and sweet. The second went steeply and irrevocably downhill. It felt like two plot lines that were edited and came together in a way that made the characters act one way in the beginning and do a complete flip halfway through.