Friday, June 4, 2021

Blog Tour + Review + #Giveaway: A Night Twice as Long by Andrew Simonet @andrewSimonet @XpressoTours

A Night Twice as Long
Andrew Simonet
Published by: Farrar Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Publication date: June 1st 2021
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

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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My Review:

When I first opened A Night Twice as Long I got the feeling that it was going to be a dystopian novel which I love by the way as the lights were out and had been out for about three weeks. A Night Twice as Long tells the story of three people, Alex her brother Georgie and her best friend, Anthony.

Alex and Anthony are sitting around disusing why the lights were out one day and wondering how far the blackout went. Was it just them and their little part of the world or was it everywhere? Was the whole world sitting in the dark?

Anthony’s mother is in the military and he wants to go see her and find out more about the blackout as well. The thing is that his mother is miles away and the only way they can get there is by walking. When Alex asks her mother for permission she says no but Alex goes anyway.

On their journey, Alex decides that she wants to go visit her brother Georgie at his school. Georgie has autism and was removed from their home because of an accident and sent away to live with foster parents. It has been a long time since Alex has seen her brother and she feels guilty for her brother being taken away.

Once they arrive at Georgie’s school there is a miss communication. Instead of just visiting Georgie, they take him on their journey with them and without permission. Alex, Georgie, and Anthony embark on a journey of self-discovery.

A Night Twice as Long has more than one story to tell. It is a journey of three people getting to know each other and themselves better on a deeper level and learning more about the real world and how people see things differently. They learn how cruel some people can be and how ignorant they happen to be.

The author did a great job of telling Alex, Anthony, and Georgie’s story. The story is written in such a way that made me feel what the characters were feeling. I could see each and every scene playing out in my head as if I was standing right there with them on this journey of theirs, watching and observing everything that went on. There were a few times I would like to have reached into the book and hand out a shake or two.

I really enjoyed reading A Night Twice as Long and would recommend it to anyone looking for a great read! One-click your copy of A Night Twice as Long today!

Author Bio:

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.

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Giselle said...

This sounds like a really well written book and an emotional, realistic journey, too! Great review!

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