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Red at Night

(Pushing the Limits #3.5)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  4,773 ratings  ·  564 reviews
In Red at Night, Stella and Jonah are total opposites. She's the girl with purple hair from the wrong part of town. He's a high school senior who hangs with the cool crowd. Until a car accident leaves him haunted by guilt, and Jonah starts spending time at Stella's favorite refuge…the local cemetery.

Stella knows she should keep her distance—after all, she spent her girlhoo
Kindle Edition, Harlequin More Than Words, 84 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Harlequin Special Releases
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Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
2 Mourning Stars.

Okay, so Stella has a bad “family” life and spends her day in the graveyard because is the only constant thing in her life.
Jonah went to a tragic experience and now also spends his days in the graveyard mourning someone he didn’t even knew and trying to find out what to do with his life.

So, they go to the same high-school and Jonah is one of the cool boys that everyone loves. His best-friend spend all their lives making fun of Stella and yet Jonah didn’t recognized her. (We
Jennifer Kyle
Nov 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
So, I love this author's Pushing the Limits series...

Stella is a quirky girl with violet hair who has had a rough upbringing and has to make some big decisions about her future.

Jonah has been changed by a tragic experience over the summer and finds happiness hanging out with Stella in the cemetery where they meet.

Stella has suffered her whole academic career being bullied by a creep who happens to be Jonah’s best friend.


Sadly, Jonah would laugh along with Cooper.

Will Jonah step away from hi
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I finished the book the day I got my hands on it. Sure, it was short, but that's not the only reason I finished it so quickly.
This book was marvellous. Like this gif description (view spoiler)

Katie McGarry is quickly making my elite I-love-everythin
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always

This is the part where you all glare at this review through your screens because this is the first work I've completely read by Katie McGarry. (I'm going to get an umbrella in case you guys want to virtually throw tomatoes at my face.)

Okay, so, this is probably one of those books where your perspective and interpretation of the book will greatly affect whether you’ll like it or not. Sadly, I’ve interpreted things in a bad way.

Anyway, I thought Red at Night is one of those books where a lesso
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
this was so sweet!
Jess-i-ca ~Sometimes a Gif Witch~
2 - Meh - Stars!

You know how you read something and then you think what was the point in that....That's how I felt when I finished this book. It was short so I knew beforehand it couldn't go into too much detail but still. I hate to give it a bad rating since it was a freebie but I saw too many things that aggravated me.

Stella is a gray eyed loner girl with violet hair who comes from a hard life.

Jonah is one of the "cool" kids and has recently experienced a tragedy that he can't seem to get over
“Do you think people can change?” I ask Rick.
“Yes,” he answers plainly. “There are those who can.”
That grabs my attention. “So you believe it’s possible?”
“Miss Stella .” He gives me his teacher-to -pupil stare. “It boils down to choice.”

Ok fine yeah whatever. BUT at least make me experience the change damn it! Show me instead of telling.


I am really waffled between 2 and 3 stars *sigh* I think it's a 2.5 stars. I just cant bring myself to bump it up.

Overall; a cute and light slice of
Jan 17, 2014 marked it as to-read

And it's freeeeee!

But who knows when it won't be, so preorder it already! You can buy Red at Night on Amazon.

Jacob Proffitt
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, young-adult
A novella, and a short one, at that. Which is a real shame as I get the feeling this could have been more. Strangely, I actually accept the course of their relationship. Sort of, anyway. That's not the problem. The problem is that McGarry takes a lot of shortcuts to get this story complete in so short a space. This is most notable in the stereotypes of all the characters, and particularly the main two. Stella is the street girl done wrong. Jonah the rich boy questioning his privilege. Cooper is ...more
Lori Foster
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love everything Katie McGarry writes, and this was no exception. Stella broke my heart. What a strong girl to stand alone and remain so determined to get ahead. Jonah represented so many young people who just don't understand - mostly because parents aren't explaining to them. He had to learn some truths the hard way, but he handled it well. Even while not understanding, he was kind and caring, especially to his goofy sister.
I'd say this is a short, excellent, feel good, learning something, ro
Mar 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
It amazes me how much Katie McGarry can make me feel in just as little as 87 pages, which usually is where the story really begins for me.
I downloaded this book few hours ago, and I just had to read it today. It's emotional, but sweet short story with some valuable lessons along the way, which ultimately include forgiveness, redemption and some great life changes.


“Do you think people can change?” I ask Rick.
“Yes,” he answers plainly. “There are those who can.”
That grabs my attention. “So
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Currently, this novella is available for FREE!

Rating 4.6

I love the cover for this novella. The title for the novella is very fitting to the story. There is symbolism and reference to the color red throughout the novella. Overall it was another great story by Katie McGarry. It takes place in the Pushing the Limits universe but the characters are new. Mrs. Collins is in the story!

Stella's situation was heartbreaking. Stella is very sweet. Jonah could be frustrating at times because he used to jus
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you've never read anything by Katie McGarry - this is certainly the book to start with. It's short but captivating, moving and well just the best cute and fluffy fix EVER!
Obviously I love McGarry's writing style and Red at Night did not disappoint at all. In fact it just proven and reestablished everything I love about McGarry's prose.
The story line is essentially rich hot dude falling for the outcast poor gal- kind of a Cinderella story. BUT the realistic version. So well done that even a
May 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-freebie

"Thank you Jonah. For showing me that people can change. Even if its one out of a million."

Here is the thing, even if I think a story is somewhat predictable, if it's beautifully written and captivating, there is a point that I don't even notice anymore. And I was quite surprise to enjoy and get so emotional over this little story, that made me wish it was longer.
We got a girl and a boy, one doesn't fit in school, was constantly mocked and bullied and the other, even if it was the quiet
Brooke ♥booklife4life♥
*Short review for a short book*

OK, first, how/why does she have purple hair?! Is it natural or does she dye it? If she dyes it, she needs to stop as that is a waste of money, and according to her, she has none. That bothered me more than anything.

I get that novellas are little side stories, but sheesh, you still need to wrap it up and not have pointless things in it. Why have a party, why have her talk about red skies, why included the reporter, why?! I do not get it.

Then we go from hating each
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016-reads

Red at Night is a novella that follows Stella and Jonah. Stella is a loner who hangs out at the cemetery while Jonah was part of the popular crowd until an accident leads him to meet Stella at the cemetery. They start to hand out and even though they're different and Stella has spent her life being mocked by Jonah's best friend, she can't help but like him.

And that's the summary of a novel that accidentally got turned into a novella by cutting out all the
Tanja (Tanychy)
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novella
Review also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?

Katie McGarry is someone whose books are on my auto-buy list. In times when contemporary is not really my think there are always her stories that make me love the genre all over again. Her stories awake all those feelings in me and this one is not an exception.

I always say that writing a short-story is much harder in my opinion. Simply you have less space to express everything and still you must put all you need in it. Red at Night is a story that has all th
Siiri (Little Pieces of Imagination)
Love Katie McGarry! I seriously love her writing and story-telling. While this wasn't my favorite by her, Ret at Night provides a short, yet an emotional, humbling story of changes, second chances and an adorable romance. Based on the rating, I'm sure you'd think I wasn't very happy with this novella, but I was. It's obvious we're not going to get all the slow-burn and things happen quite fast, but in all honesty? It's not insta-love either, rather a friends-to-lovers kind of romance between Jon ...more
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
Apr 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
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After reading and thinking Pushing the Limits was kind of stereotypical in a way, with two damaged characters finding love together, I thought I’d give Red at Night a try on the bus home from work. People really rave about Katie McGarry’s books and I am still discovering why.

Red at Night was written incredibly beautifully, and I was impressed with how Stella and Jonah could meet, develop a friendship and then fall in love in
Jan 29, 2014 marked it as to-read
This author gets me. I will read anything she writes at least once. Keep it coming.
Mar 20, 2014 marked it as to-read-own-bought
Guys, this is free right now on Amazon as of 4/1/14. (Not an April Fool's Joke!)

Grab, grab!!!! =P
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In this short story Katie McGarry tells us the story of a boy and a girl who are from different circles but still can’t help themselves falling in love with each other after an unexpected meeting in the cemetery.

First, I’m going to write down all the good things from Red at Night, the best thing was that the plot was about real life issues.
Family, moving on, friends, love, sociality, school, college etc.

Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I hated this book. I have made it through almost twenty-five years of living without ever REALLY crying over a book. This book killed that streak. Ugly crying and tissues were involved. But, aside from that, I actually LOVED this book.

Katie McGarry never ceases to amaze me. Her books are always so emotional and heart touching. She really knows how to latch on to her readers emotions and draw them into her stories and Red at Night is no exception.

Although this is a short novella, it reads like an
Kayleigh {K-Books}
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Red At Night Review on K-Books

"It changed me. You... changed me."

Naturally as soon as I heard about this novella from Katie McGarry I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I have been an enormous fan of Katie McGarry since I got an ARC of her debut novel Pushing the Limits. I fell head over heels in love with the book, and her writing. To date I have read every single thing she has published and each book I devoured in one sitting. I adore her. Red At Night was no different. This short novell

In this freebie short story, Katie McGarry injects her sweet, melodic writing with a heady dose of angst. Stella is an outsider who enjoys spending time in cemeteries. As morbid as that sounds, she finds a certain sense of peace she is unable to find anywhere else.

Jonah, a far more popular guy at school, meets Stella at the cemetery and at first it starts off as awkward. Stella comes across as slightly crazy and it definitely intrigued me as a reader. I suddenly wanted to know more about her
Danielle (Love at First Page)
Red at Night is another highly enjoyable story by Katie McGarry, with a great message at its core. The Pushing the Limits series has characters that come from all walks of life - whether it's foster kids, a girl from a troubled home, or a guy and girl who seemingly come from the perfect family. In Red at Night, Stella is the kooky girl at school who hangs out at the cemetery because it provides the only constant in her tumultuous life. She's been bounced around a lot, her father flitting in and ...more
May 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
83 pages that feel like a full length book.

This is the first time I've read a book by this author and I have to say I was surprised, it's a short, quick read but it has the depth and full bodied characters we associate with a full length book.
I wasn't sure exactly what to expect at first but it soon grew on me I loved Johan and Stella. Stella is the girl that has been dealt a really rotten hand, she's living with her dad's ex-girlfriend who's a stripper, she's dirt poor and bullied at school. Jo
Princess Bookie
Feb 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: a-net-g, read2015
My Thoughts: I liked this one but I had trouble reading it. It dealt with getting over issues and the characters hung out at the cemetery a lot and talked about death a lot (a touchy subject for me right now).

We are introduced to Stella and Jonah who are complete opposites. Stella is the girl people make fun of. Jonah is popular. Both of them have their secrets and problems in their lives. I instantly got where Stella was coming from on most of what she said and felt. Jonah also had a lot of in
Brandi Kosiner
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
I wanted to read Red at Night because I have really enjoyed everything by Katie McGarry and wanted to know what would make two teenagers hang out in cemeteries.

Stella has a rough upbringing and she finds comfort in being there, where no one makes fun of her.When Jonah appears day after day at the cemetery where she frequents, they both are curious about each other. I can't imagine the bullying and how Stella must feel to rather be around the dead. Also the pain that Jonah feels, the guilt, an
Jaime Arkin
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful story... Beautiful words.

First I have to thank the lovely Liza for pushing me to read this one. Her review hits on all the reasons you should read this short story.

As I've come to expect of her, McGarry does an amazing job and the catch to this is that this is a novella length story. Which makes it harder for an author to grab you and get you interested, but she most certainly does that with Jonah and Stella.

My only complaint is that it wasn't long enough!

Fans of McGarry will defini
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KATIE MCGARRY is an award winning and critically acclaimed novelist of the Witches of the Island series (A Wicked and Beautiful Garden), the Pushing the Limits, Thunder Road, and Only a Breath Apart series and the standalone novel, Say You’ll Remember Me. Katie is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is currently living out her own love story with her husband, three children, h ...more

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“Do you think people can change?" I ask Rick
"Yes." he answers plainly. "There are those who can."
That grabs my attention. "So you believe it's possible?"
"Miss Stella."He gives me his teacher-to-pupil stare. "Its boils down to choice.”
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