Title: That Night
Author: Cecily Wolf
Narrator: Sharmila Devar
Drug overdoses don’t happen to girls with good grades and athletic talent, with longtime friends and a devoted boyfriend. Or do they?
When high school seniors Cassidy and Sarah, along with Kayla’s boyfriend Paul, discover their best friend Kayla unconscious at a party, the idea that they have lost her to a heroin overdose is unbelievable. She didn’t use drugs, except the pain medicine prescribed for a soccer injury, and she had no reason to accept any from a stranger. The month that follows her death is filled with anxiety, sadness, frustration, and questions. Answers won’t bring Kayla back, however, so as Cass and Sarah struggle with the insensitive but predictable behavior of parents, classmates, and teachers, Paul falls into a depression that leads him down a dangerous path. With Kayla’s younger sister Mia in mind, the three of them work towards forging ahead without the girl who has held them together since elementary school.
Parties are for fun, for hanging out with your friends and escaping your troubles for a while. So what happens when one of your best friends is found dead of an apparent drug overdose at one? That’s the reality that best friends Sarah and Cass find themselves in the center of. For as long as they can remember, it’s been them and Kayla, but now, she’s gone, and they aren’t sure why. They are determined to do what they can to find out the truth of that night, no matter what it costs.
This book handles a myriad of topics and emotions very well. First, grief and loss were handled in a very real, expressive manner. With each character having the chance to voice their thoughts and opinions, it painted a very real picture of what someone’s death can do to those around them, how it can make them question and lose themselves. I also loved the way the story kind of made the point that even people we think we’re close to, we might not know the truth about. Everyone faces their own struggles, and not everyone will be willing to talk about it. Even people we think are fine and happy may be going through personal struggles that no one would ever imagine.
With so many different POVs woven together, this is a complex story, but one that is very powerful and important. This book is targeted for fans of 13 Reasons Why, and just like that famous book, I think everyone should give That Night by Cecily Wolf a read.
Narration was very well done. Each voice had its own little flair, and the emotional scenes were done very well.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.