Night Owls by Jenn Bennett

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‘Mom says you should never ask for advice you aren’t willing to take. I wasn’t sure I agreed. Having an unbiased pair of eyes point out a sensible solution was helpful. But the sensible thing and the right thing weren’t always the same choice, and no one but you could truly understand the difference.’- Jenn Bennett, Night Owls

Night Owls is also known as The Anatomical Shape of a Heart in the U.S and I definitely see where both names came from, but I much prefer Night Owls. Night Owls is a romance and slightly-touching-on-thriller and a beautiful, beautiful book with amazing messages.

Jack and Bex are both highly individual characters with intriguing talents and the book touches on heavy topics such as schizophrenia, the hardships of drawing actual deceased people and the morality of graffiti. As the two main characters in this book are almost 18, there is naturally a sexual element to their relationship, which I found to be executed perfectly: just the right amount of awkwardness, discussion about what was expected and precautions involving condoms without any skirting around the edges. There was a past relationship where it was done wrong and this is acknowledged and the doubts of characters were, to my highly unexperienced I’m-fourteen-and-funnily-enough-haven’t-had-sex mind, very realistic.

All in all, the relationships between the different characters, including some amazing family bonds, were both realistic and complex, which added a lot of dimension to a storyline with a really intriguing concept. This book is just as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside and I learnt more about graffiti and anatomical drawings than I ever knew before; I found the passion of the two main characters incredibly inspirational and compelling and fell in love with them, their art and their relationship almost instantaneously, although they themselves had wonderful slow(ish) burn, that seemed realistically paced. Again with the realistic. It is contemporary. Another word for that would be realistic fiction. It should be realistic. It was done well and I absolutely loved it; one of my favourite contemporaries of all time. If you are wondering, I gave this book 5/5 stars.

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