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One Night Paperback – September 5, 2016
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"Driven by realistic characters, compelling purposes, and changing environments, One Night breaks away from the normal coming-of-age saga with an intense story of growth and self-discovery that's very highly recommended for mature teens and new adults alike." -D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
"Draws readers in with its charm and quaintness...there's plenty characters of color, which does not happen often in YA lit and is a nice change of pace." -Portland Book Review
"Set in front of an idyllic Hawaiian backdrop, One Night is a thoroughly entertaining read." -Whispering Stories
"It's a must-read for all Elvis fans!" -I Speak Bookish
"Worth reading a million times. And it does not fall into every young adult trope known to man." -Evil Queen and the Flying Monkey Reads
From the Author
I set One Night in Hawaii because it's my favorite place on earth. I wrote this book for anyone (teens and adults) who's done something crazy to get their ex back. We've all been there LOL. If you like reading coming-of-age novels by John Green, Maureen Johnson, Marci Lyn Curtis, and Jesse Andrews you will probably enjoy One Night.
Here are some One Night quotes to give you an idea of my writing style:
"That girl's a ten-minute mystery. I want a girl I might never figure out."
"You can't ask an Italian Catholic that."
"Girls are all about the grand gesture, Thompson."
"You are very close to hitting rock bottom, my friend."
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The heart of the story is the developing "older/younger brother" relationship between the main character, Thompson, and Johnny, an Elvis impersonator, as they prod each other toward dealing with unresolved feelings about their past lost loves. And it's done in a fun, breezy, easygoing style that makes the book hard to put down. Also, if you like Elvis, Hawaii or Chicago, you're sure to get even more enjoyment from it.
I highly recommend "One Night" and can't wait to read Ms. Cabinian's next work.
The improbably named protagonist Thompson Lake is seventeen-year-old living with his parents and working at Super Kmart. His life is a dull hum as he almost enjoys the massive depression that has resulted from being dumped by CW. Best friend Ronnie and Hunter have agreed that Caroline Wells could be more easily forgotten if depersonalized into CW. It is not working and much of the story will detail different things Thompson tries. Early in the novel, we are introduced to Johnny Lee Young, an Elvis impersonator. Despite a difference in age, Johnny and Thompson will become close friends, more so after Johnny takes on a part time intern job as Johnny's assistant and sometimes agent. In their close relationship, Thompson finds out that Johnny also has a love he has never gotten over. Thompson agonizes over his love because CW is sleeping around. Johnny admits that he has never gotten over his love, Molly, although he had come to terms with it until the new friend and assistant Thompson reveals information that Molly is about to be married. Angst returns to Johnny (Elvis). This kind of situation calls for a road trip from Hawaii to Chicago to see if a change in situation is possible.
There is a nice crew of characters who bring the story to life. Otherwise, we would have lots of reflection and introspection by Thompson. That would be dull and this story is not dull. Ronnie, Thompson's best friend, tries to be super cool at all times. Calling Thompson cute names like T-dawg and T-cup, Ronnie also offers up sage advice on breakups and how to get over them. Interesting, in that he doesn't have a girlfriend. Greta, a coworker at Super Kmart, is falling hard for Thompson but he either doesn't know it or pretends not to know. Thompson's mom and dad are unbelievably great parents, both controlling (they state that) and tolerant, a realistic portrayal in this novel. Johnny reveals to Thompson that an inspiration for his singing comes in part from ex-girlfriend Jennifer. Where is Jennifer these days? And then there is Nonna.
Nonna is Johnny's grandmother. She lives in a nursing home, enjoys Johnny's frequent visits and occasional performances, and in her youth attended a performance by Elvis. (Not a spoiler) she dies. Her portrayal of life, her death, the narration of her funeral ceremony along with how her death affected Thompson and Johnny were very evocative emotionally.
At 307 Kindle pages, this is still a very quick read due to the push that the writing style gives the reader. You won't want to put this one down until the end. I highly recommend this one for the YA and SCR (Senior Citizen Reader) crowd. Also everyone in between.
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