Release Date: November 20, 2015
It can take a whole day to figure out what happened…that night.
On what was to be just another Monday morning at school, Luke’s girlfriend Jessica is nowhere to be found. Names like ‘psycho lover’ follow Luke to his locker, even from his best friend. Luke soon learns Jessica tried to kill herself at a party from the previous Saturday night, and she’s blaming him. With posts on FaceBook feeding the rumors of what happened that night, the school has to investigate.
Torn between worry, guilt, loyalty, priorities, and an urgency to clear his name and protect hers, he has to find her—he loves her no matter what. The teacher in the middle of the investigation is also the same one to provide academic and character references for Luke’s college applications due by the end of the week. Luke knows he’s not to blame, but with no contact from Jessica and everyone blaming him for what happened, he’s at risk of losing everything—Jessica and his dreams of being a mechanic—all because of what happened that night.
Lisa McManus writes for children and young adults – her young adult novella ‘That Night’ is published by Evernight Teen (Evernight Publishing). She is also a multi-published author of slice-of-life stories regularly featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Stories like That Night reminded why I never ever want to be a teenager again. Seriously. This novella made my heart ache. The experience that these young adults share was cruel and unfair.
So here’s the deal – Luke returns to school on Monday morning completely unaware that his world has changed. He’s become this pariah and he does not understand what he missed. People he thought were his friends and mentors were suddenly looking at him disgust. Hatred. It’s awful and I wished that I could have pulled him aside to give him a hug.
The painful journey Luke endures takes place over one school day and it is filled with incredible highs and lows. As his story unfolds, you’re pulled into murky waters of some pretty disturbing lies. It was a interesting story but not at all what I had originally perceived it to be.
That Night is a quick read and told completely from Luke’s perspective. Although the plot revolves around Luke’s relationship with Jessica, it was not a romantic story at all. However, the author weaves an excellent tale and it is definitely worth checking out.