Night Owls by Jenn Bennett – Book Review

Title: Night Owls

Alternative Title: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart

Author: Jenn Bennett

Genre/Themes: Young Adult, Romance, Family Dynamics

Blurb from Goodreads

Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she’s spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in 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 her family’s closet tear them apart?

My Review

“Our kitchen wasn’t fancy, having last been updated in an ugly 1990s shade of pale mauve, complete with fake butcher block countertops.”

I am offended.

DEEPLY!!!!

This book has CALLOUSLY and WRONGLY insulted my flawless taste by throwing shade at faux butcher block counter tops.

I HAVE A FAUX BUTCHER BLOCK COUNTER TOP AND IT IS A THING OF GLORIOUS BEAUTY BRINGING WARMTH AND HEART TO MY DREAM KITCHEN!!!!!

I am a VICTIM of the inferior taste of this author!!!

In other less ridiculous and probably more relevant news this book was seriously cute!!! Was it clichéd? Absolutely! But the warm and fuzzy feelings I got from reading it were just wonderful.

Night Owls follows the story of two social misfits, or outcasts if you will. Bex has a passion for drawing anatomy and intends to qualify a medical illustrator. Her quirky hobby is drawing cadavers…. Yeah I know. But whatever floats your boat I guess!

Jackson shares Bex’ love of art… but his medium and artistic style is a little different.

After having a brilliant meet cute with him on a late night bus where they talked and made all sorts of googly eyes at each other, Bex figures out that he is a graffiti artist; and not just any graffiti artist, but the one that the local community are desperately trying to catch!

Their story is a really sweet one. They fall in love despite many emotional obstacles and family issues… there’s such a mix of heartache, angst, and joy in this book, the tone of which was perfectly pitched by Bennett.

As with all of Bennett’s novels (I’ve read a bunch at this stage) it’s fantastically sex positive. It’s just so refreshing to read a book that has that cute feeling perfectly combined with everyday realities of being a teen falling in love for the first time. And major props to the setting. San Francisco never felt so vital and alive as it did in this story.

It’s definitely not the best of Bennett’s novels …I believe this was her debut … but it’s still really worth the read.

Overall I really liked it.

Except the bit about faux butcher block counter tops…

A satisfyingly cute YA read

Favourite Quotes

“Too weird for jocks, and not weird enough for hipsters, I was neither freak nor geek, and that left me stranded in no-man’s-land.”


“I don’t want my mistakes to affect everyone else in the room,” I said after a moment. “I want to keep to myself and do as little damage as possible.”


“He was kissing me like we were both on fire and he was trying to put the flames out, and I kissed him back like an arsonist with a pocketful of matches.”


“What do I want?” His fingers brushed over loose strands of hair near my temple. “I want to call you every five minutes. I want to text you good night every night. I want to make you laugh. And I want you to look at me like you did that first night on the bus.”


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