As the weather has been reminding us lately, sometimes things can change really fast. One day it can be eighty degrees and sunny, the next it can be 40 degrees and rainy. And the same sudden changes can happen in our lives. For better or for worse, sometimes just one night can change everything. Sometimes it’s scary or overwhelming to think of this happening to us, but I’ve found it’s almost always exciting to read about. So below are four books that feature one important night that changes everything for the main characters.
Charm & Strange, by Stephanie Kuehn – “A lonely teenager exiled to a remote Vermont boarding school in the wake of a family tragedy must either surrender his sanity to the wild wolves inside his mind or learn that surviving means more than not dying.” (Description from the GEPL.org catalog)
Stephanie Kuehn won the Morris Award for best debut author for a reason. Charm & Strange is exciting and suspenseful, and the main character is an extremely interesting – if extremely flawed – person with a fascinating point of view.
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan – “High school student Nick O’Leary, member of a rock band, meets college-bound Norah Silverberg and asks her to be his girlfriend for five minutes in order to avoid his ex-sweetheart.” (Description from the GEPL.org catalog)
Whether or not you’re a big music person, whether or not you’ve seen the movie, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playslist has a lot to recommend it. The title characters are endearing, and watching them get to know each other is a delight. It’s no surprise that this book still keeps getting checked out, eight years after it was first published.
Bright Before Sunrise, by Tiffany Schmidt – “Jonah and Brighton are about to have the most awkwardly awful night of their lives. For Jonah, every aspect of his new life reminds him of what he has had to give up. All he wants is to be left alone. Brighton is popular, pretty, and always there to help anyone, but has no idea of what she wants for herself.” (Description from the GEPL.org catalog)
I haven’t had a chance to read this brand new book, but it was well-reviewed, and the description sounds enticing. I’m a sucker for watching two flawed characters help each other learn and grow, and by all accounts, that’s exactly what I can expect when I get a chance to read Bright Before Sunrise!
Rose Sees Red, by Cecil Castellucci – “In the 1980s, two teenaged ballet dancers–one American, one Russian–spend an unforgettable night in New York City, forming a lasting friendship despite their cultural and political differences.” (Description from the GEPL.org catalog)
Rose Sees Red takes the drama of the Cold War down to the level of two individuals. This is always an interesting way to immerse oneself into a time and place, and this book is a fantastic lens for viewing what the Cold War meant for those just trying to pursue their art despite everything around them.