2018 Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Award & VOYA Starred Review.
That Night is an emotional and ultimately hopeful story about tragedy, love, and learning to heal.
One night in March, a terrible tragedy shakes the Queens neighborhood where Jessica Nolan and Lucas Rossi live.
The year since the shooting has played out differently for Jess and Lucas, both of whom were affected by that night in eerily similar, and deeply personal, ways. Lucas has taken up boxing and lives under the ever-watchful eye of his overprotective parents, while trying to put good into the world through random acts of kindness—to pay back a debt he feels he owes the universe for taking the wrong brother.
Jess struggles to take care of her depressed mother, with the help of her elderly next-door neighbor, and tries to make ends meet. Without her best friend, who’s across the country at a special post-trauma boarding school, and her brother, who died that night, Jess feels totally alone in the world.
When Jess and Lucas’s paths cross at their shared after-school job, they start to become friends…and then more.
Their community—and their families—were irrevocably changed by a senseless act of violence. But as Jess and Lucas fall in love, they’ll learn to help each other heal and move forward—together.
Shannon M. Parker, author of The Girl Who Fell and The Rattled Bones
“A poignant exploration of the way grief redefines us in the wake of tragedy. That Night reminds readers that small acts of kindness, and greater leaps of trust, have the power to strengthen the human heart.”