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

Reviews That Night

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Taylor McKee
    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 tha...
  • Emily
    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 reall...
  • Caroline
    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,...
  • 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.
  • Colleen
    *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.
  • Sam
    Review to come...
  • Katie
    I read this all in one sitting and I loved it SO MUCH. I’ll have a full review closer to release day but i will officially now read anything Amy Giles ever writes.
  • Erin Quinn
    That Night doesn’t focus on its eponymous night at all, actually, but the aftermath that comes after one of the heartbreakingly common acts of gun violence in the US. This book follows Jess and Lucas, who both lost brothers in a fictionalized mass shooting, as they try to move through their grief and find ways to be happy in their new reality. The romance between Jess and Lucas is healthy - maybe a bit too much so, for two people who are pretty...
  • 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...
  • Dena Pardi
    This was an Advanced Readers Copy which I won this as a part of a Goodreads giveaway. Even though I understand that this was meant for a younger audience, I thought it lacked a certain depth. There were times where I wished I was hearing a particular section from the perspective of the other person because it would have provided a better insight into that character. I also thought that the author should really have given a full account of the eve...
  • Eloquentress (Helen)
    3.5 stars.ARC review tbe.
  • Aimee
    Review coming soon!