Dec 8, 2012

Review: Any Other Night by Anne Pfeffer

Any Other NightAuthor: Anne Pfeffer
Publisher: Self-Published
Number of Pages: 278


"Any other night, Ryan Mills would have driven his best friend, Michael, to Emily's sweet sixteen party at the Breakers Club. Instead, determined to win over the birthday girl, he goes to the party early and alone, setting off a chain of events that ends with a car accident in which Michael dies.
Ryan blames himself for what happened to Michael. As far as he's concerned, he doesn't deserve to have love or ever be happy again. Then he learns Michael left a secret behind. Ryan feels compelled to take on his friend's unfinished business, and in the process, changes his life forever and becomes a man.
A NOTE ABOUT CONTENT: in this book, some characters use profanity, engage in nonexplicit sexual activity, or take illegal drugs."
Guys, before you start freaking out about the sexual activity, note that she said nonexplicit. That means not descriptive, so it's OK if you read this if you are over the age of 14 and your parents are okay with it. 

Wow. Was this book an emotional roller coaster or is it just me? I'm pretty mad at myself. I had been looking to read this book for over a year and a half. I have been so desperate to find this book and I thought that it would be amazing. I expected too much of this book and it just didn't hit that mark. No book ever has when I expect that much. I'm pretty sure that if I had picked up this book on a whim then I would have given this book five stars. 

This book was really good. It had so much sadness with Michael dying and all. I felt like he was such an amazing character, and that I knew him. Ryan was such a sweetheart with taking care of Clarisse(Is that her name? I really didn't care for her so...), but he was kind of an idiot for not telling Emily about him taking her to the party and setting her up for an audition. Of course that would hurt Emily. I loved Emily she was such a sweet girl and for being so pretty she was so kind! 

The ending I had mixed feelings with. Usually I would hate an ending that it sort of leaves space for the reader to figure out what happens in the future, but I happened to be listening to We Can Go Anywhere by Jesse McCartney (Yes, I do like him. He's one of my favorites. Deal with it!) It made the ending enjoyable and I like to think that they ended up together eventually, got married and had like five kids......Oh, who am I kidding, no one has five kids anymore. The most they have is like four. Either way, I really did enjoy this book a lot. 

I hope that Chase dies. Yeah, I'm a cruel person for saying that, but he's the reason that Michael died and so he deserves that. 

I found that the synopsis was a bit misleading when I read this book. The synopsis leads you to think that the story revolves more around Emily and Ryan's relationship, which is so not true. It is more about how one destructive decision could change someone's life so dramatically, negatively and positively. Ryan got better grades and he was able to see the flaws in his life and at the same time he thought that he had to experience how Michael felt when he took heroin. This book told a great story and it had a great plot and it revolved around a really good concept. It taught a good lesson and it should be recommended and read by more people.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

*A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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