One Nightby Margaret Wild
It was one night. One night with lasting consequences. Now Helen has to decide if she wants to keep
Gabe is the best looking guy in school—that’s why his friends send him to get girls to their party. Helen is not much to look at—that’s why her friends want her to come along. But Helen gets under Gabe’s skin in a way no other girl has.
It was one night. One night with lasting consequences. Now Helen has to decide if she wants to keep the baby—and if she should tell Gabe, who hasn’t spoken to her since their one night together.
Filled with love, fear, and the tough choices born of casual acts, One Night is a passionate and compellingly readable novel about teen life, the hardships of parenthood—and the joy and forgiveness between family and friends.
From the Hardcover edition.
Janet L. Rose
- Random House Children's Books
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- Product dimensions:
- 4.27(w) x 6.83(h) x 0.72(d)
- Age Range:
- 12 - 17 Years
Read an Excerpt
The parties were Bram's idea–
For a long time they were the best-kept secret in the city.
They ended one night when Al nearly killed Raphael.
First Saturday in summer,
Johnstone Public Swimming Pool now called Johnstone Park Aquatic Center to match its glitzy new image.
I'm sitting here, in my sunglasses,
checking the pool.
Target: collecting girls.
A surly waitress slaps down a cappuccino, weak as cat's piss,
slopping into the saucer.
I give her my devastating smile,
and she stares at me,
mouth hanging open.
For a moment I consider coaxing
her into a smile,
but I can't waste time.
I turn to survey the poolside.
To the right the high-diving pool–
young boys jostling,
eager to show off.
Straight ahead the Olympic pool–
two lanes reserved for coaching.
To the left the heated pool,
and the little kids' pool.
Then the grassy banks rolling down to the bay,
and clusters of girls and guys.
I dig out some coins and leave them on the table.
I catch the waitress looking at me,
her face wistful.
I shouldn't have smiled.
Of course I could invite her to the party tonight, but I don't want the bother of looking after her.
I saunter down the steps,
scan the main pool for chicks on their own,
or with their girlfriends.
At the deep end,
are a couple of possibles.
I may come back to them later.
"so bram says"
Tonight the party will be at Chris's house,
as his parents are away for the weekend.
He's done as Bram told him–
informed the neighbors he's having a small gathering,
assured them the music won't be too loud,
promised that everyone will leave by midnight.
Even if they do complain later,
there will be no evidence of a party,
not even debris in the vacuum cleaner.
Chris's parents will feel relieved he took such good care of the house,
he'll get off with nothing worse than a mild reprimand.
So Bram says.
Bram's planning is impeccable.
His "before" photos capture a house precisely.
The placement of ornaments,
the slant of a rug,
even the contents of the fridge are noted and photographed,
so by the end of the party everything can be put back in place.
He gloats that prideful householders have no idea their beloved home has been at his mercy.
From the Hardcover edition.
Meet the Author
Margaret Wild is also the author of Jinx. She lives in Australia.
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It was written in poetry form and not what i expected and i was disapointed. Very short and read it with in an hour. Wasnt very good and wish i would have read the sample book before i actually bought it because otherwise i wouldnt have gotten it.
I have no clue as to what is going on in this book...confusing and kinda stupid!
I dont get it Not worth buying
Wow stupid book
Didnt make much scense and terrible ending
It skipped several parts,not very detailed, and was very hard to comprehend. Otherwise,it would have been a good story.
Not very well written. Skipped many parts. Wish I read the sample before buying.
I thought that this book was really good. I loved how it was written in free verse, though I wish that in the end more would have happend with Gabe and Helen. Though it is still a great book.
Waste if money
Inread... a LOT.. this was not a good way to write the book. I think the story could be good but its so hard to understand whats going on thatnthe story doesnt make much sense.. not a book i would recommend :(
Really good book super sweet read it in about two hours highly recomened
This book has to many settings so its hard to comprehend.
Poetry dosnt tell story very confused I read sample and was just like huh? Not going to buy
I did not like this book at all :( i am honestly very dissapointed
Confusing and every page is put into poem
Its often hard to know whose point of view the page is from. Everything hops around so quickly,no fluidity whatsoever. It seems like a child wrote it,without a proofread.
No offense to the autbor but who writes a book like this in poetry i personally thought is was stupid please get the sample before buying you will save money if i got the sample i would not have gotten the book
Im kinda confused as to if this is a good book or bad .. can someone please help . There are a lot of bad reviews that it wasnt what they were expecting o.o confused someone help me out please & thanks /.\ reply too marie alice !*
Cute short and to the point
i thought the book was interesting. however i was very cofusing¿ i do recommend this book to others thoughu
This book was really good
I could not keep my eyes off
of it I finished in 2 nights.
I just wish the end was differnet, but it was still good.
A story as new as 2015, and as old as ooo1 BCE or AD. Pregnant and unplanned the author explores how this new life affects everyone involved. How it helps them grow up on the inside as the baby grows on the outside! The emotional compared and contrasted with the physical! Awesome...
Could have been a good book, but i could barely follow it and a terrible ending...