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That Night

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  114 Ratings  ·  42 Reviews
One night in March, a terrible tragedy shakes the Queens neighborhood where Jessica Nolan and Lucas Rossi live.

The year since the shooting has played out differently for Jess and Lucas, both of whom were affected by that night in eerily similar, and deeply personal, ways. Lucas has taken up boxing and lives under the ever-watchful eye of his overprotective parents, while t
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Published October 23rd 2018 by HarperTeen
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destiny ♎ [howling libraries]
You might have noticed I have a very specific “type” when it comes to YA contemporary: if it isn’t tragic, I probably won’t like it, but if it can yank at my heart strings and make me cry (and maybe rage) a few times? Well, that’s my idea of a good time. Given how Amy’s last release Now is Everything destroyed my entire life for days after I finished it, I had high hopes for this story, and wow, did it deliver. Amy Giles is flawless when it comes to these gut-punch, heart-wrenching contemporar ...more
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 stars.

I think Giles is a new favorite author. I read NOW IS EVERYTHING by her last year and absolutely loved it, and this the same. She's one of the few authors that you can tell cares immensely about the necessary research that needs to be done when handling tough topics, and it definitely helped because as far as I can tell, the representation was stunning.

Gun violence is *sadly* something happens more often than not, therefore, a lot of books are written about it, THAT NIGHT will forever s
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Adult Readers
Where to start on this review? This book is so deep and so relevant to today's society that I cried while I was reading this book because young adult shootings are happening more often. Kills killing kids for no reason. This is a senseless act that needs to stop.

In this story we meet Lucas and Jess. They have been involved in a shooting and they have both lost loved ones. They are dealing with it differently and both know what pain and loss is but they don't know how to deal with it.

Lucas loses
Samantha (WLABB)
Rating: 4.5 Stars

That night everything changed. That night they both lost their brothers, but that wasn't all they lost. Jess and Lucas were struggling to heal in the aftermath, and maybe their best bet was each other.

• Pro: This story was about the aftermath. How a community was broken, and how they were trying to pick up the pieces and move on. There are so many different ways a tragedy can affect people, and Giles explored many of them in a thoughtful and sensitive way.

• Pro: With this book
Sep 25, 2018 added it
Shelves: 2018-releases
This was a really lovely, quiet YA about grief, love, survivor's guilt, and moving on. I'm usually really iffy on books where people "recover" thanks to a romantic relationship, but especially for Lucas, this book is so heavy on coping mechanisms, therapy, medication, etc. that I don't think it ever gives the impression that love alone will "save" you. In truth, I didn't get quite as much of a character arc from Jess, but having a male main character in YA who openly cries, is in therapy, is on ...more
Amber Smith
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, swanky-seventeens
I was a huge fan of Amy's first book, NOW IS EVERYTHING, and I love this one even more! It was one of those books where I found myself thinking about Jess and Lucas even when I wasn't reading. They just felt so real, and my emotions for them were real too. Amy Giles has such a powerful, authentic voice -- I am in awe!
Stephanie Elliot
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amy Giles writes about grief like it's a punch to the gut... Powerfully and all-encompassing. Her characters in That Night are singed with grief and it shows... In their relationships, in their actions, in their words. That Night will change the way you think about how a person grieves and the different ways family members cope with the most difficult a person can also get through such immense loss. Not an easy topic but an important one, and Amy Giles follow-up to Now is Everything i ...more
Joanne O'Sullivan
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A heartbreakingly real look at how grief unfolds over the course of time, crafted with nuance, depth and tenderness. Jess and Lucas both lose their siblings to random, senseless gun violence. That Night doesn't focus on the single dramatic episode of violence, but rather much more difficult terrain that follows a loss. Family dynamics shift, as do the characters sense of self. Because the shooting affected so many in the community, everyone knows about it, but each character wants to be be seen ...more
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
What happens when you survived but your brother didn’t? What do you do when your family is falling apart or panic grips you by the throat, when you are not sure why you were the one who survived? That Night by Amy Giles presents a unique perspective on gun violence, focusing entirely on the survivors and the emotional fallout from the loss. That Night is romantic and a powerful, emotional story of surviving and learning to live again.

Everything changed that night. Families. The way people looked
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
That Night is great book that gives us a look at the grief process and how it is handled by different people.

I was a little confused at the start and I actually thought that 'That Night' was a sequel, I wasn't quite sure what had happened as we only get bits and pieces throughout the book of the tragedy that happened on that fateful night.

Our main characters are Jessica Nolan and Lucas Rossi, both have experienced great loss and are dealing with it in different ways; we also see how their famili
Megan Fortas
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-2018
"That Night" by Amy Giles is an intriguing book! This is very powerful and moving with the main characters points of view! This book deals with grief of losing a sibling and the parents grief of losing a child. This book also deals with them trying to take control of their life after their loss and tragic event! Amy Giles writes beautifully about grief and how the parents and child handle grief on different levels. The way Amy Giles writes about family dynamics is captivating! The type of topics ...more
Carlie Sorosiak
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I will read anything Amy Giles writes. This book is tender and gut-punching and life-affirming. I loved it.
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, ya-fiction
Oh, wow, this book.

I loved Giles's debut, NOW IS EVERYTHING, so I was really looking forward to this one. And it did not disappoint. The book begins a year after the tragedy, so we see how things have changed for Jess and Lucas and everyone around them, how grief has twisted a tight hold. The characters are so richly imagined, so true to life. I felt so many things for them, wanted to wrap them in a hug, tell them, "I know, I know."

The book is filled with poignant moments of tiny heartbreak. A
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it

I don't know why it never occurred to me that this book could have been a huge political statement about gun control. Whatever the reason I didn't consider that doesn't really matter. What matters is That Night barely even mentions the event itself. I praise Amy Giles for taking this route. I was thinking toward the end of the book how glad I was that she didn't take the approach of turning this into some big political statement. The story is about how these characters overcome trauma and grief
Donna Hines
Jess and Lucas never had a normal night after the mass shooting because it continuously plays in their minds.
Jess (aka Jessica) tends to her depressed mother while Lucas gets his boxing gloves on and takes up the sport for good.
These two opposites come together for healing, love, and a journey that nobody could've imagined.
Topics discussed for this young adult novel are very relevant to today including depression and suicide with the author's notes pertaining to them near the end.
For me the mass
That Night is a powerful novel highlighting one of the most important issues facing the nation today. I was impressed with the fact that the author created a riveting novel without going into details about the school shooting that left the main characters reeling. As her characters explore their feelings of grief, anger, and eventually, love and acceptance, I could not help but to become invested in the lives of both Jess and Lucas. I would definitely recommend That Night to other readers and I ...more
What I Liked: I've been a huge fan of Amy's since her debut last year, so when her publisher sent me her newest book over the summer, I sat down and read it all in one day. And friends, it was wonderful.

♥ Jess & Lucas. Told in alternating perspectives, this is such a shared story that I don't even want to separate them. Both lost a brother the night of the shooting, and a year later, they're grieving and just trying to manage. It takes awhile for their romance to get off the ground after the
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Where to start on this review? This book is so deep and so relevant to today's society that I cried while I was reading this book because young adult shootings are happening more often. Kills killing kids for no reason. This is a senseless act that needs to stop.

In this story we meet Lucas and Jess. They have been involved in a shooting and they have both lost loved ones. They are dealing with it differently and both know what pain and loss is but they don't know how to deal with it.

Lucas loses
Amanda Searcy
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved NOW IS EVERYTHING so I was really excited to read this book. It did not disappoint! It’s a beautifully told story about two people who travel through grief together and fall in love after a horrible night. The characters are well-drawn. You feel what they feel—the weight of the horrible losses they are carrying, but also those butterflies of first falling in love. An emotional roller coaster ride and a one sitting read.
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amy Giles's THAT NIGHT, a captivating YA novel told in dual-person narration, tells the tale of two teens, Jess and Lucas, who are struggling with grief in the aftermath of a senseless shooting at a local movie theater. As each teen deals with their individual struggle, they learn to find badly needed connections: to life, to love - and to each other. Beautifully written, with humor and heart, this novel is highly and enthusiastically recommended!
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I, like so many other people, have the world's most unfortunate party trick: I get to say that I have PTSD. Oh, wait, that's not a party trick, it's a travesty? Oh well. Either way, I still have PTSD and a piece of birthday cake.

Because of this super fun designation, I read a lot of books about PTSD. Young adult, new adult, adult - whatever it is, if it's about living through an awful time and coming out the other side of it victorious, chances are good I'll read it. So when I saw that that love
Nina O'Daniels
Jess and Lucas have one thing in common, both of their brothers died on the same night of a mass shooting, and both feel guilty for living.

Since the shooting, Jess struggles to do the mundane tasks in life, but someone has to especially since her mom can’t seem to be anything but comatose these days. They are running out of money, and it’s going to be up to her to find it. The death of her brother didn’t just affect them, but her best friend Marissa too. She was there the night it happened and
Received advanced reader copy from publisher via Baker & Taylor book supplier

It has been a year since the mass shooting at the theater. A year since Lucas’s brother threw himself on top of Lucas, saving Lucas’s life. A year since Jess was out in the lobby getting candy as her brother was gunned down. Now, Jess struggles to take care of her mother who seems to be getting more depressed rather than headed toward coping. Then, Jess’s path meets up with Lucas’s. They become friends and, togethe
Adalee Gellar
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“That Night” is a sadly beautiful examination of the fallout of a mass shooting and the echoing effect it has not only on the witnesses who were there, but the entirety of the community it happens within. This novel is both timely and important—in a time when these incidents are increasing, it becomes harder to know how to respond and support, especially once the vigils and news coverage has ended. The bittersweet love story formed in this piece is absent of any smacking sentimentality or sappy ...more
Kelly Hager
I feel like there have been so many books about mass shootings, and it's probably easy to feel burned out on the topic, especially if you're someone who reads to escape from the real world. If so, still consider this one.

That Night is different from most other books in that the mass shooting is never really discussed. We know what happened, somewhat (movie theater shooting, 18 people died) but we never see that event occur. Instead, we join Jess and Lucas afterward, after the initial shock of gr
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is not a book about shootings. It is a story about overcoming grief and tragedy and learning to be "normal" and "happy" again. Jess and Lucas have two things in common: they were at the Balcony that night and they both lost their older brothers that night. Even though they go to the same school, Jess and Lucas didn't really know each other until they both started working together at Enzo's Hardware. Thus begins the dance of attraction between these two suffering teenagers trying to move pas ...more
Taylor McKee
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
That Night is a story of a heartbreaking tragedy that happens all too often in the real world. Jess and Lucas are survivors of a mass movie theater shooting in which they both lose a sibling to. Throughout the story, we get a look into both of their lives and how they and their families grieve and try to move on from this terrible event. Jess and Lucas both experience feelings of loss, regret, anxiety, and confusion as to why they were spared that night. As Jess and Lucas become closer, they rea ...more
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an arc of this from a twitter giveaway!

ok this was SO FREAKING GOOD! it’s basically the aftermath of a shooting that killed these two teen’s (jess and lucas) siblings and it deals with them falling in love despite them going through this horrible tragedy. obviously it brings up the topic of gun violence but the author also brings up topics such as clinical depression, anxiety, ptsd and grief.
the romance was so healthy which I really liked. Jess and Lucas communicate throughout the boo
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-debuts, arcs
Amy Giles, yet again, grabs you and wrings you out. As she did in her first book, Now is Everything, she somehow finds her way into your deepest darkest emotions and fears and makes you confront them. This book is set a year after a mass shooting in a cinema, and yet, she doesn't dramatize those events. Instead, we see how that brutality is still affecting the families of those who died. But this is not a depressing book. Quite the opposite. Yes, it's a story of love and loss, but it's also a st ...more
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
*Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for the review copy.*

I’m not sure how to describe my feelings for this book besides saying I loved it. I loved the characters and I felt for each and every one of them. This book did an amazing job of showing how a traumatic event affects people in different ways without getting all preachy.
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