Author: Jenn Bennett
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Aus
Published: August 13th 2015
Source: Review copy via the publisher and NetGalley
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.
On midnight rides and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who this enigmatic boy really is. But Jack is hiding much more - and can she uncover the truth that leaves him so wounded?
A unique and profoundly moving novel, Night Owls will linger in your memory long after the final page.
ReviewI loved this and read it in a day.
Bex and Jack meet on the night bus, a place neither of them should be, and there's an instant spark.
Bex is an artist, interested in anatomical drawing. Jack is also an artist, although some would call him a vandal. He's responsible for the golden words appearing in random places across the city.
The two circle around each other for a while, before giving into their mutual attraction, but there's always the chance that Jack will be caught and jailed for felony destruction of property, and Bex is keeping her own secrets.
The romance develops at a realistic pace, and it's sweet and lovely and much healthier than many relationships depicted in YA novels. There's one particularly frank discussion about sex which I thought was absolutely wonderful. Jack makes a comment along the lines of "If we can't talk about it, how can we do it?" Sexuality in general is depicted in such a positive and natural way in the story. I was really impressed.
The book also portrays mental illness in an accurate and responsible way without resorting to stereotypes.
Likable characters, a lovely romance and healthy relationships aren't always staples in YA contemporaries, so this makes Night Owls stand out all the more.