Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “One Night” as Want to Read:
One Night
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

One Night

3.4  ·  Rating details ·  806 Ratings  ·  76 Reviews
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 Gab
Paperback, 236 pages
Published August 8th 2006 by Laurel Leaf Library (first published May 11th 2004)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about One Night, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about One Night

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
Rating details
Sort: Default
May 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Yeah this? Was amazing. Seriously can't remember a book in verse I liked so much. Shorter than crack but better in some ways, a lot of ways. Gave it to my friends as soon as they were finished. I like the idea of the fake smile that was the prettest, and the beautiful boy that was the coldest. I liked his friends. I liked hers too. There was so many story it was all beautiful.
Sep 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: bingo-challenge
I may up this later to 4 stars, but for right now I'm leaving it at 3.

This is the first book I've ever read written in verse. VERY interesting. But, I feel a lot of the story gets lost, but that's probably just me.

The story was good, but I felt if maybe it had been a traditional book it would have been more involved.

Sep 02, 2008 rated it liked it
This novel in verse explores the consequences of events on one brief night in the lives of several teens. The characters’ lives are spiraling out of control when they are abruptly shaken and have to make decisions about how they will live the rest of their lives.
Jan 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novel-in-verse, ya
very well done. I've been a fan of Wild's picture books for some time, and now I rate her, as a writer of novels in verse, up there with Sonya Sones, Steven Herrick, Helen Frost.
Eva Leger
Apr 02, 2010 rated it liked it
I just got this in the mail through PBS yesterday and had no plans whatsoever to read it any time soon. I only ordered it because I happened to see it available.
I hate the cover so I'm questioning myself as to why I picked this up so soon. The only reason I can come up with is that I haven't read anything in verse since Fallout came out.
So, I started this very morning and finished this very afternoon. And took numerous breaks in between. So it's a very fast one.
The chapters were sort of confu
May 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
• Igor Kovalyov
• APA citation: Wild, M. (2004). One Night. New York: Random House.
• Genre: Poetry/Verse Novel
• Awards (If applicable):
• Format: Print
• Selection Process: Recommendation
• Review:
This is a story of a one night stand gone wrong. I feel that both male and female readers have a lot to learn from this text as it shows the consequences of an absentee father and how hard it is for the mother to go through pregnancy at an early age. This event in Helen's life sets of a trigger of events
Heather Gallagher
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: verse-novels
Technically I would've given this a three-and-a-half star rating but given there's no half-stars and it's still the festive season, I'll go with a 4. The thing I love about Margaret Wild's writing is her ability to generate life into every single character - even the seemingly insignificant grocer's family - that really only has a cameo in this story - are each uniquely depicted as real people with real passions and concerns. I really liked the character of Helen in this story - a girl who has b ...more
3.5 stars and surprisingly good! I really like Margaret Wild's writing style. I just wish the story had been different. I thought Bram was the most interesting character, not Gabe or Helen. I wanted this to be the story of Bram.

Gabe wasn't all that likable, even in the end. I did find the pregnancy plot twist to be surprising -- I wasn't expecting the story to go the way it did. Helen was an interesting character but I had a difficult time buying into her self-determination. Everything seemed t
Sep 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"You're a tough little bird, Hen. Never forget that."

wow, this was a very moving tale about one night that changed the lives of many.

I really liked Gabe and Helen and just the little glimpse you get into their worlds. And I do love a good book in verse. I think sometimes a book theme is too sad or too emotional to read a whole novel about it - especially when fewer words can be so powerful.

My only hesitation with this book is the topic of teenage pregnancy. It's a tough topic and, although I'm g
Dec 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a great novel in verse!!!I loved Wild's other book, Jinx----but this one is even better about four teens with their own kind of baggage and the mistakes they make and the changes they make to correct. A compelling read with a very sweet satisfying conclusion.
Apr 11, 2012 rated it liked it
I am not sure what I expected about this book I wanted to love it but I just couldn't.
May 10, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this within a couple of hours. I wouldn't say I loved it but I did find it interesting. Recommended to lovers of realistic fiction.
Stef Rozitis
The very positive view of human nature that shines through from about the middle of the book onward, untangling every relational or emotional tangle, though pitched in slow steps and claiming not to offer guarantees comes across as so glowing as to be naive. But in a world where Thatcher has more or less caused us all to subscribe to her TINA (there is no alternative) thinking and we are all a bit sold on the hypercapitalist, neoliberal view of human nature as paranoid and grasping this is a ref ...more
Emmelie Swan
One Night by Margaret Wild is a young adult novel written in verse about how one night can change everything.
One night Gabe, Helen, Bram, and Al attend a house party which leads to their lives spiralling out of control. They are faced with the consequences of their actions and have some important decisions to make about their lives.
Gabe is good looking, and all the girls fall for him. He has plenty of one night stands. One night, he fools around with Helen and she gets pregnant.
Helen was
Ginger Woods
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I don't care what you think, I like this book. This is the first book I've ever read that was written in verse. Yes I would have liked a bit more detail, especially when someone finds out something very important that they were left in the dark about for some time, but overall I really enjoyed this.

It took me an hour or less to read.

The characters were interesting, the story seemed a bit far fetched but interesting. I grew to feel for certain characters, even if I did sprint through this book.

Katy Keel
Jul 27, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Just words thrown together

I understand that this was supposed to be written in poetry form, but there are better ways to write poetry. It's almost as if it were written this way to keep from developing a decent story or decent characters.
There ate more random details about virtually nonexistent characters than details about the storylines, relationships, or development of the actual characters. The description of the book was written ten times better than the book itself.
Garth Mailman
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
High School Party. The narrator is Gabe. The story is told in what appears to be blank verse. In the lead up to the party he gossips about his friends and classmates. After the party the focus shifts to Helen who discovers she’s to be an unwed mother. The point of view shifts and at times the wrong person is attributed in page titles.
Mar 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
*More of a 2.5*

This book was okay. I don't know what it is, but whenever I pick up a book written in verse that isn't by Ellen Hopkins I tend not to like it that much. This was a super quick read I read it in about 2 hours. It was enjoyable, but not really a book that's going to stick with me. I didn't like how it skipped around so much in perspectives, but it was done well enough that you don't get confused on which perspective you're reading from. The characters were done pretty well. Even th
Jul 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Totally loved this book!
I haven't read a lot of books in verse, because I hate the format of poetry. So, when I started this book, I thought it would be boring with no storyline or meaning.
But I was so wrong!
Even though this book didn't have a lot of words, it was very meaningful. It was about real issues that teenagers face everyday. But it did it in a unique way that made me want to keep reading. I loved how the author interpreted so much feeling into the book. And how she made it not just abo
Apr 25, 2012 added it
One Night by Margaret Wild is a good and easy book to read especially for the young audult audience and here's a few reasons why... I mentioned this book is easy right? Well it's not very long and wether you're a slow or fast reader you can finish it pretty quickly. It's also very straight foward and easy to understand, although some tough words tend to come out at you here in there, trust me it's easy! Ayways this book is good for young audults because I'm sure teens can relate to this because ...more
Christina (Christina's Book Corner)
October 2 - October 3

Summary - 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 c
Cassidye Devers
Apr 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
The overall idea of the story is kind of cool, but there are so many things that are just annoying about this book, and not all of them are content related.

I'll start off with the content related issues, though. First of all, every single one of the teenagers are stereotyped to the max! Al is a drunk, Bram is goth, Helen is a nerdy girl who's insecure about her looks, Gabe is a womanizer and all of them love parties. It's obnoxious that every single main character is so stereotypical; it's almo
Alyssa Johnson
Oct 01, 2012 rated it liked it
The type of person for whom this book is written for was for mostly teenage girls and or women, who might have a problem with guys or has had the same situation as the girl in this book. i feel that this book is sad when the girl gets pregnant from a one night stand at a party. but towards the end it got better and made me feel happier. she went to find a job and a place to live on her own after she found out she was pregnant. and after she found out that the guy at the party that made her pregn ...more
Sep 29, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was looking for books with pregnant girls and I found this one. I found then that One Night was poetry. I decided to try it for a change.

At first I wasn't really into it, and then there was Helen and I fell for it. I actually liked reading about all of those characters. I didn't like Al much though. But I'm glad that every one of them found their way into life. Too bad it had to take Raphael nearly dying for that to happen.

Anyway, for Helen and Raphael and most of the women in this book, thoug
May 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
I'm so utterly thankful the book wasn't what I'd expected it to be. (I thought it would be the ordinary teenage book filled with drama and clichés.)

The beginning had me curious about what would happen, and honestly I couldn't see where it would all go down from there. Even though I'd read the back cover I hadn't the fainest idea, so I was positively surprised as to where the story actually went. The turns of the story I liked, but characterwise I wasn't entirely sold - they weren't developed and
Oct 14, 2008 rated it liked it
This book is about a guy named Gabe that screws girls and never call them back. He has fun with them at parties and fools those girls with his charm. "One night" was all it took to turn his life around. The girl, Helen that changed his life. One night was all it took to make him realize that he had to responsible with his actions. The week after that one night, Helen realized that she was pregnant. Knowing that having an abortion was going to go against her beliefs, she had the baby and keeps tr ...more
Delores Moore
Dec 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is about a guy named Gabe that screws girls and never call them back.He is the finest boy in the school . He has fun with them at parties and fools those girls with his charm. "One night" was all it took to turn his life around. The girl, Helen that changed his life. One night was all it took to make him realize that he had to responsible with his actions. The week after that one night, Helen realized that she was pregnant. Knowing that having an abortion was going to go against her be ...more
May 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Ths was a really-easy-read book, well for me anyways. It was cute. I thought it was sad to have pictured a 16 year old tryng to take of her own baby by herself with no place to live but her friends. She knew she wouldn't be stayng long which is why she got a job. Gabe has finally found someone who he can settle down wit, but Helen doesn't kno her feelngs for him yet. There still working it out, her dads relationship it also working.-small steps. She finds a place to live n meets nice people. Her ...more
♥ C.A.Anna ♥
I loved this so much. I did finish this the night I began it but only got around to writing this review now. I love the simplicity of the writing, the way it was writing was not only well done but was extremely effective. This novel was moving to say the least and I enjoyed every moment of reading it. I did cry, I did laugh, I loved every second of this and I am so glad that I was told to read this by my best friend. :D

Well done!
5/5 for me today
Pamela Hubbard
This is a book told in verse about two young people dealing with some major issues. After one night together, Helen gets pregnant and is forced to make decisions that are best for the child. This book is not your typical teen pregnancy story, but focuses more on how anything can be redeemed, and some of the worst circumstances can result in life becoming better and stronger than before. The story deals with a lot of family/parenting relationships as well. This is definitely a story of hope.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
  • The Wolf
  • Raincheck on Timbuktu
  • Borrowed Light
  • Played
  • Easy
  • A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl
  • The Geography of Girlhood
  • Five Parts Dead
  • Sticky Fingers
  • Dancing Naked
  • Leaving Jetty Road
  • Nothing Like You
  • The Best and Hardest Thing
  • Giving Up the V
  • I Know It's Over
  • When You Wake and Find Me Gone
  • After the Death of Anna Gonzales
  • Touching Earth Lightly
Margaret Wild has written more than seventy books and has been published around the world. Her numerous awards and distinctions include the Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year Award for Jenny Angel, illustrated by Anne Spudvilas; The Very Best of Friends, illustrated by Julie Vivas; and Fox, illustrated by Ron Brooks. In 2008 she received the Nan Chauncy Award for an outs ...more
More about Margaret Wild

Young Adult Deals

  • Bright Smoke, Cold Fire (Bright Smoke, Cold Fire, #1)
    $3.99 $0.99
  • The Gold-Son
    $3.99 $1.99
  • How to Say I Love You Out Loud
    $7.09 $2.99
  • The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore
    $11.99 $2.99
  • Scat
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Chomp
    $6.99 $1.99
  • Nyxia (The Nyxia Triad, #1)
    $10.99 $1.99
  • I See London, I See France
    $9.99 $1.99
  • The Fifth of March: A Story of the Boston Massacre (Great Episodes)
    $8.99 $2.99
  • Starfish
    $10.99 $1.99
  • Olive's Ocean
    $6.99 $1.99
  • Rebel Wing (Rebel Wing #1)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Little Monsters
    $10.99 $1.99
  • The Thickety: A Path Begins
    $6.24 $1.99
  • Lost Voices
    $5.99 $2.99
  • This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)
    $9.99 $1.99
  • 13 Little Blue Envelopes (Little Blue Envelope, #1)
    $5.99 $1.99
  • Isle of Blood and Stone
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Train I Ride
    $6.99 $1.99
  • Haven (War of the Princes, #1)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society
    $7.99 $2.99
  • The Immortal Circus (Cirque des Immortels, #1)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Moving Castle, #1)
    $3.99 $0.99
  • Greyhound
    $3.99 $0.99
  • Annie on My Mind
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Secret of the Sirens (The Companions Quartet, #1)
    $3.99 $0.99
  • Beautiful Darkness (Caster Chronicles, #2)
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Now I Rise (The Conqueror's Saga #2)
    $10.99 $1.99
  • Into the Dim
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Dread Nation
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Dumplin' (Dumplin', #1)
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Curse (Blur Trilogy #3)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Fury (Blur Trilogy #2)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Crash (Crash, #1)
    $4.24 $1.99
  • Blur  (Blur Trilogy #1)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Taken (Taken, #1)
    $2.99 $0.99
  • The Fighting Ground
    $6.49 $1.99
  • Vengeance Road
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Ungifted
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Julie of the Wolves
    $6.99 $1.99
  • Storm (Elemental, #1)
    $6.99 $1.99
  • Dreamfall (Dreamfall #1)
    $8.99 $1.99
  • Things We Know by Heart
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Imitation (Clone Chronicles #1)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • The Space Between Heartbeats (Betwixt #1)
    $3.99 $0.99
  • The Secret of a Heart Note
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Internet Famous
    $7.80 $2.99
  • Kissing in America
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Every Ugly Word
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy (Bloody Jack, #1)
    $8.99 $2.99
  • Genesis
    $11.99 $1.99
  • Old Yeller
    $6.99 $1.99
  • After the Game (The Field Party, #3)
    $10.99 $1.99
  • And I Darken (The Conqueror's Saga, #1)
    $8.99 $1.99
  • Ticker
    $3.99 $0.99
  • How To Keep Rolling After a Fall
    $7.09 $2.99
  • No Love Allowed
    $7.09 $2.99
  • The Concealed (Lakewood, #1)
    $3.99 $1.99