I am pleased to welcome you to my spot on the blog tour for A NIGHT TWICE AS LONG by Andrew Simonet. This tour is hosted by Xpresso Tours!
Andrew Simonet is a choreographer and writer in Philadelphia. His first novel, Wilder, published in 2018. He co-directed Headlong Dance Theater for twenty years and founded Artists U, an incubator for helping artists make sustainable lives. He lives in West Philadelphia with his wife, Elizabeth, and their two sons, Jesse Tiger and Nico Wolf. Author links:
Title: A Night Twice as Long
Author: Andrew Simonet
Genre: YA contemporary
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 1st, 2021 by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
What do you call the difference between what you should feel and what you do feel? Life?
The blackout has been going on for three weeks. But Alex feels like she's been living in the dark for a year, ever since her brother, who has autism, was removed from the house, something Alex blames herself for. So when her best friend, Anthony, asks her to trek to another town to figure out the truth about the blackout, Alex says yes.
On a journey that ultimately takes all day and night, Alex's relationships with Anthony, her brother, and herself will transform in ways that change them all forever.
In this honest and gripping young adult novel, Andrew Simonet spins a propulsive tale about what it means to turn on the lights and look at what's real.
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Alex and her town have been living in a blackout for weeks with no answer as to how and why and with no end in sight. Her friend Anthony convinces her to walk the ten miles to a VA where he thinks he can find a phone to contact his mother who had been deployed before the events occurred. Alex is living with a mother who won't leave the house and she feels like she may become just like her if she doesn't take this trip with Anthony. But Alex's life isn't so simple. A tragedy resulted in her autistic brother being removed from the household and she's been living with the guilt ever since. This trek will not only bring to light her secrets, but open her up to new experiences and new loves.
I thought the premise of the story was awesome. We have a blackout that could be the end of the world or couldn't be. Alex's world seems to have hit a snag in the very same way. I loved her characters. She's curious and outspoken and not afraid to speak her mind. She fiercely loves her brother and her mother. She's open to change and her character arc is top-notch. Her grief over the abandonment of her father and accident with her brother weighs on her, but with the love of her friends and people she meets along the way, she finds out more about herself than she ever would have she stuck around with her shut-in mother. Coming to terms with the past is crucial to her development and it was portrayed nicely.
This is a quick, honest, character-driven novel that will have you mad, glad, and sad all at once. It's a look into our understanding of each other and of the world around us.