on June 28th, 2016
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"Happy midnight, my fellow Niteowls..."
As a candy store employee by day, and mysterious deejay "Niteowl" by night, eighteen-year-old Ingrid North is stuck between rock 'n roll and a hard place. She can't wait to get out of her tiny hometown of Steadfast, Nebraska (population three hundred and forty-seven) to chase her dreams, but small-town troubles keep getting in the way. She can't abandon her grandmother with Alzheimer's, or her best friend Micah--who she may or may not be in love with.
But for one hour each Saturday, she escapes all of that. On air, she isn't timid, ugly-sweater-wearing Ingrid North. She's the funny and daring Niteowl. Every boy's manic pixie dream girl. Fearless. And there is one caller in particular-- Dark and Brooding--whose raspy laugh and snarky humor is just sexy enough to take her mind off Micah. Not that she's in love with Micah or anything. Cause she's not.
As her grandmother slips further away and Micah begins dating a Mean-Girls-worthy nightmare, Ingrid runs to the mysterious Dark and Brooding as a disembodied voice to lean on, only to fall down a rabbit hole of punk rockstars, tabloid headlines, and kisses that taste like bubble tea. But the man behind the voice could be surprising in all the right, and wrong, ways.
And she just might find that her real life begins when Niteowl goes off the air.
We Own the Night was a book that started out decent enough, but didn’t completely work for me personally. The book just needed more character and plot development all around, it should have been longer. Some of the language bothered me as well. I know that sounds extremely picky, but some of it became excessive as the book went on, which I’ll get into more later on in my review. Readers who like fairly light contemporary YA’s that also manage to have quite a bit of teenage angst in it will likely enjoy this one more than I did.
Ingrid North is a recent high school graduate who also has a secret identity as the popular radio DJ Niteowl. One night while doing a show, she receives a mysterious call from Dark and Brooding, a guy who quickly becomes a voice she loves hearing and can’t help but fall for. During the day, she works at a candy store with a girl she can barely stand. She also is secretly in love with one of her best friends, who begins dating the mean girl she sadly works with. Not to mention the fact that she has to take care of her grandma who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s all on her own. Ingrid must decide what’s most important to her, taking care of the one person who has always been there for her or go after her dreams of becoming a full time DJ.
There were some things that I liked about Ingrid and other things that didn’t work for me. I respected the fact that she put her grandmother first. Her mom left her when she was really young, and I get that she owes a lot to her grandmother for supporting her from a young age. There were a few specific scenes between her and her grandma that were specifically touching to me, and I think those scenes portrayed the horror and sadness that comes with this awful disease. However, I didn’t like her decisions when it came to Billie and Micah. She took way too long trying to fix things with Micah when she should have been worried about Billie. On some level, I do understand why the author wrote the events the way that she did, but on the other hand, it was still hard for me to agree with. I can’t completely put my finger on what it is, but I just didn’t like Ingrid as much as I was expecting to.
So the romance is what I truly had a problem with here. I get the whole falling for your best friend thing and then being crushed when he picks a girl that you can’t stand, but I still didn’t like how it was ultimately handled. I also disliked how long Ingrid spent hating on Heather, I was hoping for some more resolutions and even depth to the mean girl character. My problem was that it wasn’t interesting to read about and it got old pretty fast.
On the other hand, I really loved Billie’s character. He was a member of Ingrid’s friend group with Micah and her female best friend LD, who was a hilarious best friend. Billie was the golden boy and popular athlete of the group. He was also a bit more complex than that as well. Before the death of his dad, he was more of a punk rock kind of guy, but he changed into a different person in Ingrid’s opinion. Though he was one of my favorite characters, (LD is my other favorite) I still longer to know even more of his story. I felt like he didn’t get enough scenes in the book.
So in the end, this wasn’t a terrible book or anything like that. It was a pretty fast read and the writing wasn’t bad. Though I did have a problem with the language. Specifically, the fact that Ingrid said “bless” basically every other line of the book. Was that seriously necessary though? Like I said, this just didn’t turn out to be the book for me for a few different reasons. I still think that you should try the book out for yourself, because you might really love it!