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Stylish Adventure Posed to Sweep Away Those That Can Handle it's Partial Reality,
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This review is from: One Night That Changes Everything (Hardcover)
Barnholdt's latest novel is a stylish, fun, quick read that will take you through one night that will change Eliza's life. After Eliza's notebook (a place where she writes lists of her greatest fears) is taken by a fraternity of boy's, she is blackmailed into spending an entire night participating in a series of dares in order to win it back. Meanwhile, Eliza is still struggling with her feelings for her ex-boyfriend, whose motives she is never quite clear on.
At times throughout the novel, I feel as if Barnholdt struggles with the 'Gossip Girl' syndrome of teen books, allowing the characters of her novel to gallivant around the Boston, without substantial consequences for their actions. Teen girls own apartments without parent supervision, can get into night clubs without a problem, and can even get arrested by the police for possession of marijuana but are still able to get bailed out and sneak away from their parent's supervision within an hours time. In this way, "One Night That Changes Everything," is more about a teen girl's fantasy life then the way life actually is these days.
Despite the entire novel taking place in about twelve hours, Barnholdt is able to keep the pace of novel moving, which serves to distract the reader from the more unrealistic elements of the plot. The main character's in the novel are endearing, and the relationships between them feel true to high school's dramatics. Ultimately, Barnholdt's story is much like a dream, for both the characters involved and the reader, who will feel as if they just lived an exciting adventure of a moonlite night, where nightmares can turn into fairy tale endings.