Book review: Night Owls

Title: Night Owls

Author: Jenn Bennett

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK

Published: 2015

Pages: 291

Price: £7.99

ISBN: 9781471125300



Artist Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she’s spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Leonardo da Vinci’s footsteps, she’s ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.

Jack is charming, wildly attractive . . . and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is—and tries to uncover what he’s hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in Beatrix’s own family’s closet tear them apart?


So for the past few weeks I’ve been doing reading for university and this is the first book this month that I’ve actually wanted to red. I bought it a week ago and I just couldn’t wait to read it – partially because of good reviews on my instagram feed and partially because I love owls so the title just drew me in! Although, in the US this book is actually called ‘The Anatomical Shape of a Heart’ but even so, the blurb intrigued me.

I really love this book. It doesn’t set unrealistic expectations at all. They’re just two teenagers who met and their relationship is completely realistic. The sexual tension is real and the first time they have sex is quite awkward – which is exactly what everyone’s first time is! All the characters in this book are so realistic. Bex’s mom being too proud to accept child support; Jack’s dad being afraid of talking of his daughter’s mental illness and so on.

I really love Bex. She’s such a strong character and her individuality is just something to admire. Other teenagers wouldn’t want to draw dead bodies, but not Bex. It’s something she’s passionate about and she’s not going to give it up to look ‘cool’. Also, I love the book being from her perspective because you get to literally be inside her mind while she’s experiencing all of her emotions towards Jack.

Now, let’s talk about Jack. Another fictional boyfriend added to my list, god damn he is literally my definition of perfect. At first he was secretive which, to any girl, is very intriguing and attractive. What makes him even more perfect is his relationship with his sister, Jillian. What he does for her is truly beautiful and shows how, although he is legally committing a crime, he really is a good guy.

I would recommend this book to people who like to read contemporary novels but can sometimes be annoying by relationships being too cheesy, this book is exactly the opposite! If you see this book – buy it, you will not regret it.

My rating: 5/5


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