That Night by Amy Giles

That Night

An emotional sophomore YA novel from acclaimed author Amy Giles, perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Jennifer Niven, about tragedy, love, and learning to heal.The year since a mass shooting shook their Queens neighborhood has played out differently for Jess and Lucas, both of whom were affected by that night in eerily similar and deeply personal ways.As Jess struggles to take care of her depressed mother, and Lucas takes up boxing under the ever...

Details That Night

TitleThat Night
Release DateOct 23rd, 2018
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Romance, Realistic Fiction

Reviews That Night

  • 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...
  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    I loved this so much more than I expected. I loved that it wasn't meet a person and boom! everyone is fixed.Instead this was real. It felt like it was something that we could all relate to. Whether in losing someone in tragedy or learning how to move on and forgive. It was a beautifully raw written story and I adored both Lucas and Jess.
  • Dylan
    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 boo...
  • Sylvie
    3.85/5 Stars.Life is either about moving forward or looking back. We're moving forward again, but we'll never forget what's back there behind us. We can't. Because if we forget, it could happen again.I wasn't prepared to experience different kinds of emotions from this book. It is filled with grief, guilt, heartbreak, losss and mental health, in the mean time, it also proves that always living in the past or looking back won't change anything, in...
  • Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
    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 bu...
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    Rating: 4.5 StarsThat 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 ...
  • Amber Smith
    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
    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 o...
  • Joanne O'Sullivan
    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...
  • Madison
    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...
  • Sarah {Literary Meanderings}
    Amazing! This book made me laugh, cry, and everything in between. Review to come! ♥
  • Sharon
    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 ...
  • Megan Fortas
    "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 ...
  • Carlie Sorosiak
    I will read anything Amy Giles writes. This book is tender and gut-punching and life-affirming. I loved it.
  • Sandy
    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 abo...
  • Sara
    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 ...
  • 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 not...
  • Sharon
    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 defin...
  • Katie
    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 ...
  • Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
    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 bu...
  • Amanda Searcy
    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.
  • Melissa
    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...
  • BookishGeek
    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 ...
  • Teenreadsdotcom
    THAT NIGHT by Amy Giles is told in alternating perspectives between Jess and Lucas, both of whom were affected by a mass shooting at the local movie theater a year ago in their Queens, New York, neighborhood. Jess was watching the movie with her brother, Ethan, and best friend, Marissa, while Lucas was there with his brother, Jason. Both Ethan and Jason did not survive the shooting, whereas the other three did. However, Marissa was quickly sent a...
  • Van (Short & Sweet Reviews)
    Disclosure: I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.I didn’t know what to expect when I started That Night. All I knew was the two main protagonist were both dealing with grief and a tragedy; and eventually, along the way they would some how help each other through it. The synopsis was very good at shrouding everything in mystery. Which was why I was surprised that this book involved a mass shooting. Everyone...
  • 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 frie...
  • Dayla
    Review first appeared as part of my Music Mondays Feature on my blog here.I received a copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest reviewThis week’s feature is a book that I almost gave up on. I read the first couple of chapters and I was worried about where the story would take me, so I was 80% sold on DNFing That Night by Amy Giles. However, I caved and broke one of my reading rules: I looked at the synopsis and the rating on Goodreads. Whil...
  • Jennifer
    Received advanced reader copy from publisher via Baker & Taylor book supplierIt 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 meet...
  • Adalee Gellar
    “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 ...