Drug overdoses don’t happen to girls with good grades and athletic prowess, with longtime friends and a devoted boyfriend. Or do they?
When high school seniors Cassidy and Sarah, along with Kayla’s boyfriend Paul, discover their best friend Kayla unconscious at a party, the idea that they have lost her to a heroin overdose is unbelievable. She didn’t use drugs, except the pain medicine prescribed for a soccer injury, and she had no reason to accept any from a stranger. The month that follows her death is filled with anxiety, sadness, frustration, and questions. Answers won’t bring Kayla back, however, so as Cass and Sarah struggle with the insensitive but predictable behavior of parents, classmates, and teachers, Paul falls into a depression that leads him down a dangerous path. With Kayla’s younger sister Mia in mind, the three of them work towards forging ahead without the girl who has held them together since elementary school.
About the Book:
Title: That Night
Author: Cecily Wolfe
Published: July 4th 2017
Publisher: Dangerous Hope Productions
I have been sitting here at my computer, trying hard to put my thoughts about this novel down on paper. I really liked this book and the message that it puts out there. I will start by saying that this is not my usual type of book. I usually prefer stuff that is fast paced and that keeps me on the edge of my seat. This is a slower moving, rather uneventful book compared to my usual.
This is the story about a popular girl, a girl who plays soccer and gets good grades. Someone who would never put her future at risk with drugs, until she does. It jumps right in at the beginning with Paul (Kayla’s boyfriend), Cass, and Sarah (Kayla’s best friends) looking for a missing Kayla at a party. They finally find her unresponsive and their world changes forever.
What I liked the most about this book is how it is written in a way that allows you to relate to the characters on a deeper level. You get to see how they feel, how they deal with their grief and moving on. It accurately displays the stages of grief and how different people deal with it. It isn’t a book that it full of legal or medical details, instead it is full of emotional journeys.
The characters were easily to relate to for high school kids. As a parent I really appreciated the fact that it pushes the fact that anything can happen, even if it’s “just once”. It opens the door for some rough discussions. The book itself deals with drugs, parties, cliques, rumors, depression, therapy, medication and side effects, love, loss, moving on, and family. It’s a heartbreaking tale with a touch of hope at the end.
This is one of those books I recommend to parents as well as teens. There is some mild language, but I am sure teens hear worse in school these days anyways. While the ending left me wanting more (How did Cass do on her test? How is Paul? How are they all dealing now – as time continues to march on?), it was still a very good ending that left me semi-satisfied.