ONE NIGHT by Margaret Wild

November 4, 2009 Margaret Wild 1

Author: Margaret Wild
* I received this book from Paperback Swap*

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (May 11, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375829202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375829208

Gabe is the best looking guy in school—that’s why his friends send him to get girls to their party. Helen is not much to look at—that’s why her friends want her to come along. But Helen gets under Gabe’s skin in a way no other girl has.

It was one night. One night with lasting consequences. Now Helen has to decide if she wants to keep the baby—and if she should tell Gabe, who hasn’t spoken to her since their one night together.

Filled with love, fear, and the tough choices born of casual acts, One Night is a passionate and compellingly readable novel about teen life, the hardships of parenthood—and the joy and forgiveness between family and friends.

This book doesn’t follow the normal style of writing. It is written in free verse as they call it in the big book world. I never read a fiction book that was written this way so this was new to me. For this book, the style worked. We got to see the story unfold from different points of views. This was a powerful read for young adult and adults. Everyone knows at school there are different crowds. You have the stoners, the drinkers, the popular kids, the geeks, and so on. In this book you will find different kids from different perspectives, yet they all fit together. We have the teenage pregnancy story that we hear about around town and the struggle for young parents. I was deeply moved by this book and I am already passing it to my teenage daughters to read. The author did a wonderful job with free verse and I hope that teens everywhere will read this and take it to heart. There is a lesson to be learned in each characters story.


Outstanding Book That Will Stay On My Bookshelf
For Rereading!

One Response to “ONE NIGHT by Margaret Wild”

  1. Patti

    OMG – that cover is on a YA book? At first glance I was thinking “hooottt!” Then I saw it’s YA. Great. Now I feel like a pedophile.

    (Nice review, though. It sounds like a good story!)

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