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3.59  ·  Rating details ·  518 ratings  ·  113 reviews
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 Michael's death in a car accident.

Ryan blames himself for what happened to Michael. As far as he's concerned, he doe
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Paperback, 278 pages
Published October 2011 by Anne Pfeffer
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Aa'Ishah
Leaving his best friend Michael alone at the birthday party of his crush Emily to go and talk to her, Ryan has no idea what's about to happen. When he gets home he finds out that Michael never made it that far - instead he died in a car accident. Ryan is haunted with guilt, made worse by the fact that Michael wanted to tell him something just before he walked away. The secret is more shocking than he could have imagined and Ryan determines to do the right thing by Michael and take on the respons ...more
Nicola
May 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has been reissued as ''Any Other Night''

Well, this book seriously took me by surprise! It wasn't anything like I expected it to be but I don't mean that in a bad way. I figured it would be a light and easy romance but it was way deeper than that. Loving Emily tackles many difficult issues and it tackles them well. I really regretted starting it late at night because it meant I couldn't sit and read it until I finished. Pfeffer had my attention caught from the very first page and it was
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Nicola
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This is the same book as Loving Emily, just reissued with a new cover and title. This is my original review!


Well, this book seriously took me by surprise! It wasn't anything like I expected it to be but I don't mean that in a bad way. I figured it would be a light and easy romance but it was way deeper than that. Any Other Night tackles many difficult issues and it tackles them well. I really regretted starting it late at night because it meant I couldn't sit and read it until I finished. Pfeffe
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Jolene Perry
Nov 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: will-re-read, own
This book is SO UNEXPECTEDLY AMAZING!!!
Halfway through.
May stay up late tonight to finish.
She's NAILED guy POV, and nailed the YA experience.
LOVE

Okay. I stayed up late to finish.
It has been so long since a book just knocked my socks off. I think anyone who rated this anything lower than a 4, just didn't appreciate her use of language the way they should have. This is not an ordinary YA coming of age kind of book. It was a good guy, trying so hard to do the right thing, and still feeling like he
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Fred
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Sarah Dessen, Nyrae Dawn, Molly Ringle
Recommended to Fred by: Amy
This book was a pleasure to read and experience. I wish I could remember how I found it, so I could properly thank the wonderful Goodreads friend who recommended it, and try to reciprocate with an equally charming book. The story starts with MC Ryan so smitten with his lovely classmate Emily that he tells his life long friend Michael (boys don't do bff's, sorry)he'll have to drive himself to Emily's sweet sixteen party so Ryan can get there early and maybe have a chance at conversing with Emily ...more
Fred
Dec 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Sarah Dessen, Sarah Ockler, Tammara Webber, Molly Ringle
Recommended to Fred by: Amy Saldana
This book was a pleasure to read and experience. I wish I could remember how I found it, so I could properly thank the wonderful Goodreads friend who recommended it, and try to reciprocate with an equally charming book. The story starts with MC Ryan so smitten with his lovely classmate Emily that he tells his life long friend Michael (boys don't do bff's, sorry)he'll have to drive himself to Emily's sweet sixteen party so Ryan can get there early and maybe have a chance at conversing with Emily ...more
Corina
Oct 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Any Other Night

What is with books making me cry lately?

I swear this one was yet another tear jerker, at least for me it was. Ryan is a good guy, I mean honest to god good guy. Did I love the romance in this book? Yes, I love most romance, but for once the actual story itself is what compelled me to burn through this book so quickly. While this story centers mostly around Ryan and what he deals with after Michael’s car crash, there are also so many more teen issues explored through the course of
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Carrie Ardoin
Ryan Mills is pretty much like any other high school junior--in love with a beautiful, unattainable girl, best friends with guy who is like a brother, and no real clue about what he wants to do with his future. But one thing's different--his dad is an Oscar winning director, and neither of his parents are ever home. Ryan therefore has a particularly difficult time dealing with the accidental death of his best friend, Michael.

Then Ryan learns that Michael had a few secrets...and one of them is so
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Thamy
Nov 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Do you believe in karma? Ryan does. Ryan has been in love with Emily forever and he decides that the night of her sweet sixteen party will be the night he will declare his love for her. Sadly his plans don't go as planned and his best friend Michael shows up at her party completely wasted. What to do?
Ryan knew that his friend needed him but he promised to Michael and to himself that he would be away just for a few minutes while he said goodbye to the girl of his dreams but when he returned to th
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Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Dec 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I failed to win this book from Goodreads, so I decided to take a look at a few free chapters from Amazon. I was interested enough to give it a try.

By the middle of the book, I was impressed. At first, I wasn't sure about if I believed Ryan as a protagonist, but by the end, I was drawn in to his development, strength of character, and his overall journey from a typical 16 year old guy without direction to someone with goals and immense growth. I was moved. More than I could ever expect. I loved h
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Ivana
Oct 14, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Any Other Night was a nice novel, mostly due to the male narrator, one who throws in bits of humor even in the darkest moments. Despite the fact that Any Other Night deals with very difficult topics, it never gets too depressing, and as the story progresses, it turns into a tale of hope for all parties involved.
Ryan was an interesting character to follow. I liked watching him grow and finding himself, though I can't say I would support him in his decisions regarding Emily. The romance starts out
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Katelyn (Tales of Books and Bands)
***Originally reviewed as Loving Emily, the book's original title. The review stands as is since none of the content inside the book changed.***

This book was so amazingly fantastic that I am still working on picking my jaw up off the floor. I have tried time and time again to come up with the perfect words to describe what I am feeling and all I can say that this story is bitter-sweet in the best way possible. It was a beautiful, sad story. It was also a complex, happy story. It definitely made
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Hannah
Dec 14, 2011 rated it liked it
To say I had low expectations for Loving Emily is an understatement - the melodramatic cover with the creepy guy in the back; the too-long description; everything about this book screams small publishing - you know, not enough editing, too many typos, etc. And while it's far from perfect, I ended up really, really enjoying Loving Emily!

Honestly, I think the cover, title, and description are kind of misleading. They make it seem like the main storyline is the romance between Ryan and Emily. But f
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TheCosyDragon
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon . Please head there for more in-depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule.

Ryan's life is falling apart and there is nothing he can do about it. Left bereft by his friend's death, his growing feelings for Emily make him feel bad, like he is betraying Michael's memory. Add in the fact that Mitchael had a potent secret, and you have a potent, enjoyable, teenage read.

Pfeffer has a good mix of past and present at the beginn
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Morgan
Oct 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, 3-stars
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**Loving Emily was given to me by the author for an honest review.**

Well, I must say that this novel surprised me. Loving Emily wasn’t your typical young adult romance. It was a realistic young adult novel that included a sweet romance, but it was also packed with relatable experiences and challenges that young adults face in today’s world. I went into this story expecting the romance between Ryan and Emily to be
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Pretty in Fiction
Any Other Night by Anne Pfeffer is so much more than a love story. It's a story of first love, heartache, and guilt. Ryan has been in love with Emily ever since he saw her dog giving her big, wet puppy smooches in front of the school while he was waiting for a ride. As he says,

“I would trust a dog's judgement. This girl had to be excellent.” {Any Other Night, Chapter 2}

I knew right from that moment that I would enjoy this book. Who doesn't love a guy who develops a crush based on the girl's dog?
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A. Bookzilla.
What I really liked about this is how you have a character that is literally missing from the whole book still have such strong presence in it that you can't help but love him.

It is very rare in YA that we get to read a whole book from hero's POV, and this is another thing that is amazing about this book.

Ryan is such a sweetheart, a truly lovable, colorful character that has so many layers it's unbelievable. You can't help but fall in love a little with him. I thought he handled his best friend'
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Angie
Jan 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book because Ryan is such a great guy. Its a story about a guy who loves a girl but feels obligatede to do the right thing for his friend who passed away in a car accident. But he finds that doing the right thing was having an effect on his relationship with his girlfriend. If you ask me Emily was selfish. Ryan was trying to do the right thing and if she loved he she should have supported him and even helped. If she didnt like that he was helping Chrissie so much she shoul ...more
Annie Brewer
I wanted to love this book, I really did. But I just...didn't. That's not saying it was horrible, it just wasn't for me. I couldn't connect to Ryan. His voice did nothing for me. I felt bad for the things he went through, but that was the extent of it. I come across so many books that I just love and wanna live in their stories. But this one, I started it, I put it down, I forgot about it. And then looking through my kindle, I saw it and remembered I started it but didn't finish it. And not just ...more
Ashley
May 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of thirteen reasons why
Shelves: first-reads
I read this when I won this as an arc when it was published as "Loving Emily." I couldn't resist the urge to tell people about this book, so I'm reposting my review here.
I couldn't even imagine going through what Ryan does.
This was one of the only times I empathized and connected with a male character. Normally, I feel disconnected because I just can't relate to the guy, but that wasn't the case here.
I even shed some tears, and I was honestly rooting for Ryan the entire time.
Though, Emily was no
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Miriam
May 22, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
What I liked: The way Ryan was a really nice guy despite being filthy rich.
The way Bryan's character grows and changes. You definitely get a coming of age story here.
This kid is loyal and tries his best to do what he thinks is right, even if others don't approve.

What I didn't like: The sexual situations, drugs and swearing although I realize these things are perfectly acceptable to most teenagers these days. They are not for me and I don't enjoy reading about them.
Susan
Dec 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anne pens "Any Other Night" a story about a boy coming of age and life's difficulties he endures. The plot flowed smoothly making it a nice easy read and Anne's characters were believable and easy to relate to. Actually I did not find the content to be offensive, but be warned there is language, non-explicit sexual activity and talk about drugs. Recommended for older teens and adults.

This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review.
Laura's Book Addiction
Nov 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
A great YA novel. Ryan and Emily are great characters with a dept of emotions and great chemisty together but I also found that the author still made time for the side characters and made them just as important. I would love to read more for Ryan and Emily so fingers crossed for a second book but if not Loving Emily ended in nearly a perfect way.
Danielle Calabrese
I liked this book more and more as I got into it. I really liked reading the book from Ryan's POV and seeing him go through the death of his friend. I thought there was good plot and character development as well as an emotional aspect throughout the book!
Star Shyne Brite (Stargirl)
Feb 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
It was really well written and I really liked the story behind it... just make sure you're a teen! :) Otherwise, it was really good.
Katelyn (Tales of Books and Bands)
This book was so amazingly fantastic that I am still working on picking my jaw up off the floor. I have tried time and time again to come up with the perfect words to describe what I am feeling and all I can say that this story is bitter-sweet in the best way possible. It was a beautiful, sad story. It was also a complex, happy story. It definitely made me cry, but it sure as heck made me laugh too. It left me feeling happy and completely in love with Ryan but also a bit sad that some of it all ...more
Rachael
Check out my author interview with Anne, as part of the Any Other Night official blog tour!!

To keep this review simple, I've decided to split it up into "What I Liked" and "What I Didn't Like", since I feel like some parts of this book were outstanding, and others, not so much...

What I Liked:
- As a character, I admired Ryan so much. I know if I was in his position, I'd probably collapse on my knees and just start wailing for hours straight. He definitely shows his strength, and I really felt t
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Lisseth (Read-a-holicZ)
**Originally on Read-A-holicZ, HERE!**

"This book was all around emotional. It was sweet, touching, and raw. It moves you with a force!" =D

This book is one of those books that really surprise's you. I was like, oh this is going to be one of those sad, depressing books. Which in a way it is BUT it also has a sweet romance and a a lot of tough stuff.

Ryan is heavy with guilt that he could have prevented his BEST FRIENDS death. They had a close relationship and even though they seemed a bit apart
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Justin
Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I got the opportunity to read this book, I hadn't really heard much about it. I only knew of one friend that had read it, which was before the cover and title change. She really enjoyed it though, so trusting her opinions I decided to give this book a shot after being contacted with Anne about reviewing it. After reading it, I was extremely impressed. I haven't seen this book getting much attention, but it truly deserves much more than what it is getting. And I hope to persuade some of you ...more
Jessica
Jan 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Although Loving Emily does focus heavily on a serious topic, this is a cute book in a lot of ways. When we first meet Ryan he is trying to deal with a long-time crush on Emily, and the devastating habits of his friend Michael. I immediately felt bad for Ryan because he was faced with the decision to let Michael's actions alter his plan to talk to Emily. The consequences of his choice will haunt him and be something he can't seem to get over.

Michael's death hits Ryan hard, obviously. He can't sh
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Award-winning novelist Anne Pfeffer grew up in Phoenix, Arizona reading prodigiously, riding horses, and avoiding rattlesnakes and scorpions. After living in Chicago and New York, she escaped back to the land of sunshine in Los Angeles. She has worked in banking and as a pro bono attorney, representing abandoned children in adoption and guardianship proceedings. Anne has a daughter living in New Y ...more
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