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Red at Night [Kindle Edition]

Katie McGarry
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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….

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 589 KB
  • Print Length: 83 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA Ink; 1 edition (29 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,394 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine's 2012 Reviewer's Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine's Reviewer's Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 83 pages that feel like a full length book. 4 May 2014
By Deborah TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is the first time I've read a book by this author and I have to say I was surprised, it's a short, quick read but it has the depth and full bodied characters we associate with a full length book.
I wasn't sure exactly what to expect at first but it soon grew on me I loved Johan and Stella. Stella is the girl that has been dealt a really rotten hand, she's living with her dad's ex-girlfriend who's a stripper, she's dirt poor and bullied at school. Johan is the opposite he comes from a loving family, rich and popular, oh yes and it's his friend that's doing the bullying. These are two people that would never normally spend any real time together but this is not a normal time, certainly not for Johan anyway so they do spend time together and things will never be the same again.
As I've said I really enjoyed this book but, and I know it's free but it would have been nice to have more, how did his family and friends react, what about her dad, what about Joss.
Why 4 stars and not 5, well it had bits I didn't like but difficult to give examples without giving something away, a couple of things really early on, how could he not recognise her when she has purple hair and if she's so poor she's eating out of date food how can she afford the hair dye, minor things I know but they bugged me a bit.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Favourite author 4 May 2014
By steffy
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I don't know how she does it but I felt more emotion in 90 pages than I do in most 300 paged books. I cried, smiled and ended up feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. Another amazing read.
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Very emotional 10 Aug. 2014
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I really enjoy Katie McGarry stories. I think she has a great skill for bringing her readers really interesting characters who have great relationships with each other. Red At Night is no exception to this. It tells the story of Stella and Jonah, two teenagers who meet at the cemetery and forge this connection despite leading very different lives.

What I liked about this short story is that within a very short period of time I felt very emotional about both Stella's story and also about Jonah's. Stella has dyed hair and has been bullied for years because she doesn't have much money and is just generally different to the other students at school. Whereas Jonah is popular at school and leads a privileged life where it's more possible to take things for granted. When Stella and Jonah meet at the beginning of this novella, it is in the cemetery after Jonah experiences this life-altering car accident and begins to question the direction he's taking in life.

While I would have liked to have explored more about these characters and their experiences and lives and friends and family before Red At Night, I do also appreciate that most things are resolved by the end. I thought this novella was hopeful and emotional and it re-confirmed my love of Katie McGarry's skill as a writer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice short-ish story 18 May 2015
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After reading this I'm not sure I get the story title but other than that I liked this.

It was polar opposites attracting; the popular guy and the girl who's different, the loner.

I liked how they both changed. The found hope and a reason to be better, to believe that they could become better with each other in their lives. Overcoming obstacles and the past to hope for a better future.

I kind of wish the ending had been a little longer but knowing that they finally stood up for each other and that Stella was actually giving college a chance was enough for me.

Another nice YA romance from Katie McGarry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous heartbreaking and inspiring 22 Dec. 2014
By aysha
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Wow. I loved this and was really moved by it. It was amazing the perspective you get as a Child and as an adult how something so small and insignificant can make such a lifelong and inspiring hope in children. I really will never see a pair of shoes in the same light. Especially as I love converses and totally relate to being the poor kid on the block. I think this was written so well and it really made my heart hurt which in this cynical aha is no mean feat. Lovely read.
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