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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 GabGabe 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....

Title : One Night
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Number of Pages : 236 Pages
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One Night Reviews

  • Sarah
    2019-03-06 18:20

    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.

  • Becky
    2019-02-26 21:21

    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.

  • Crystal
    2019-03-07 20:40

    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.

  • Dennis
    2019-03-13 17:15

    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
    2019-03-13 19:27

    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 confusing for me. One minute a character would be speaking about everything else and then all of a sudden it totally switches up to someone talked about that character. I don't know that I've ever read a book that did that before. I'm fairly positive I wouldn't want to read another book like that but I will admit that it did kind of work here. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't slightly annoyed though.I loved how realistic it was. Even the parts that we would wish with all out hearts would not be realistic were realistic. The horrific part with Al at the last party - however much we'd like to hope that could never happen - it could. And, in this world, it probably has. :( Wild pulled this off in a very realistic way which I appreciate very much because this isn't the sort of book that can go any other way. I'm going to see what other books she has to see if any spark my interest. The ending was the least realistic IMO although not so much as to drastically affect the story. Everything ended far too nicely if you ask me. My favorite author for books-in-verse is still, and always will be I think, Ellen Hopkins.

  • Igor
    2019-02-24 21:37

    • 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 which forces the reader to reevaluate their own relationships. Written through very simple verse it was a quick and enjoyable read. The overall theme of the story is watching Helen's character stay strong through all the changes in her life. My issue with the story is that it seemed to unfold nicely and towards the end its seems to be one big happy ending. It's not that I want to see the character fail but it all really seemed easy in the end which started to remove me from the story a bit. It would be nice to see some heartache or hardship in the end for the character only because for a while her strength seems so much stronger when she is challenged with something. Overall for a quick and easy read I found this to be a good break from death and heartache. It was simple enough to enjoy and the content kept moving at a relative fast pace which kept me involved. As I have mentioned towards the end it does get too neat but after all the things that Helen goes through it is nice to see her happy. • Recommendation: Recommended

  • Heather Gallagher
    2019-03-15 14:37

    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 been forced to become feisty after being born with a facial deformity. For one so young, around 17, she is strong and passionate and resilient. She also seems to draw people to her and these people are able to help when she unexpectedly becomes a teenage mother. I would've liked a little more development of the Gabe character and the reasons -besides his mother- for his empty heart. Then again, I guess having your mother abandon you, would kind of rock your world!

  • Anna
    2019-02-22 20:34

    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 to work out a bit too nicely, I think. And I don't know that I would have done anything at all like what she did but, hey, this is a great novel-in-verse and I am glad I discovered Margaret Wild!

  • Trisha
    2019-03-05 21:21

    "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 glad Helen is so strong, she almost made it sound easy.....and it's not. Not at all.

  • bjneary
    2019-02-17 14:37

    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.

  • Maria
    2019-03-03 17:19

    I am not sure what I expected about this book I wanted to love it but I just couldn't.

  • Naomi
    2019-03-16 21:34

    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.

  • Emmelie Swan
    2019-03-07 13:38

    SummaryOne 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 born with a facial deformity and has had plastic surgery in order to try and fit in with her peers. After a one night stand results in her getting pregnant, she has a serious decision to make. Bram loves hosting parties at his peers' lavish houses because it allows him to escape from the caravan park where he lives.Al gets drunk a lot and hates everything. He believes his life has no purpose. The novel is divided into three parts: Gabe, Helen, Gabe and Helen. It focuses on Gabe, Helen, and their friends. It shifts between first person and third person point of view. ReviewI liked how the novel was written in verse. It flowed quickly and was a fast read. I liked how it was about teenagers going through realistic problems.Gabe wasn't a very likeable character, and I found the author tried too hard to make him likeable new the end and rushed his character development. I liked how Helen was feisty and strong, but also a little vulnerable.Bram was an interesting character and I would have liked to have read more about him. I also would have liked to have read more about Al. I would have liked more interaction between the characters, especially Gabe and Helen. It annoyed me how the novel switched from first person to third person point of view. It was inconsistent and hard to follow.For example, on one page Gabe was writing first person, and on the next page the author would be talking about Gabe in third person. I recommend this book for anyone who's 14 years and older and wants to read a verse novel about teenagers experiencing realistic problems.

  • Ginger Woods
    2019-03-06 14:27

    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.As I closed the book with that satisfaction of, wow, that was good. I can't wait to continue reading a book every day! And to think this has been on my shelf for forever, and I have just plucked it off at random to absorb!

  • Katy Keel
    2019-03-09 13:18

    Just words thrown togetherI 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.

  • Julie
    2019-02-28 14:32

    *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 the minor characters had backgrounds that were explored a bit. I liked the story line as well. Maybe I would've liked it better if it was longer. Who knows ? It's definitely worth picking up and seeing for yourself since it's such a short a book. Overall, I just felt kind of meh about it.

  • Laura
    2019-02-18 21:31

    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 about the two main characters, Helen and Gabe, but also about their families, friends, and everyone's pasts. The book had a lot of depressing moments, but also some happy ones. And even though it made the issue of teenage pregnancy seem easy at times, it also expressed the main characters feelings on it and how it affected her. There was also the issue of teens being depressed and feeling alone. I thought the author put that out there very well. Now there were some moments that made me cringe from the lack of thought, but the good moments clearly out-weighed those.Overall, I really liked the storyline and how it spanned out within a year. Most books stick to a small time range, which does allow more detail, but this one was really well with the time frame.The story really progressed, though. As well as the characters. Helen was a bit timid at first, but also defiant. How the two traits went together so well, I will never know. It just worked. She was scared and thoughtless at first, but throughout the book, she finds herself becoming more in control. Gabe also developed. He went from being some playboy who really only did the things he did because he thought his life had no meaning. But in the end, he really stepped up and wised up. The other characters...Bram and Al, Helen's parents...they all truly developed greatly in the book. I mean, the author did an amazing job with really involved other characters.So, I liked this book. It's really different, so that will automatically make people weary of it, or not like it. It's a gamble, I would say. But I am such a slow reader, and it only took me about an hour to read, so you're not wasting a lot of time either way.I say give it a go!

  • Maria
    2019-03-06 21:42

    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 it has alot of events in which we may have encountered throughtout our teenage years. The story takes place in a typical American city where a young girl named Helen had thought she would never find love because of her insecurities and her past with having facial plastic surgery to improve her look. This all changed the night she met her baby's daddy named Gabe. It was a typical party night for teenagers as usual and Gabe had been intoxicated in the moment he had been dancing with Helen. For her it was a beautiful moment being held tight and close with a boy; one thing led to another and before she knew it, she was pregnant. I'm sure many of us know atleast one person who's pregnant and I'm also sure that person is someone who we would least expected! There's many themes to this story and there has to be one I know you, the reader, can relate to. It may be keeping you and your mother's relationship close know matter what challenges you go through, or wether in a good or bad situation you don't always need people to rely on and becomming independent isn't so bad after all, it maybe that you have to always expect the unexpected and take whatever challenge life throws at you; these are only three of many themes you can connect to and as you keep reading you'll enjoy this juicy story even more!

  • Christina (Christina's Book Corner)
    2019-02-24 15:29

    October 2 - October 3Summary - 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.Review - one night changed everything for Hellen she goes to a party and meets Gabe a player with the girls he's known for one night stands but Hellen finds out she is pregnant she tries to tell Gabe but he doesn't answer she leaves her house gets a job and Gabe well he's had allot he's been through his mom left him he has unopened letters from her . Hellen has a baby boy she's living with nice people and she finally has to tell the father and he is a good father considering he ignored Hellen . Hellen parents are interesting I hate her father and her mom doesn't really have a voice I love verse books there kind of like pomes in book form this was an interesting story about a teen pregnancy it was realistic and I like that .Quote "You're a tough little bird, Hen. Never forget that."

  • Cassidye Devers
    2019-03-02 20:27

    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 almost like the author was never a teenager! The second content-issue is that there is no elaboration on important events. Wild drags on about the most random things but when it comes to important events, there's almost no information. You get very little information on how a character's feeling or what things look like.Now, I will talk about the grammatical issues. This book was almost obnoxious to read because of the format in which it is written. Every chapter is only about a page long, and each page isn't really a page. It's as if each page is a poem. This leads to another issue: the author tries to write her pages as poems but it doesn't work! There are so many run-on sentences, misspelled words and grammatically flawed sentences that it makes it difficult to understand what's going on. I feel really bad writing this but overall, this just isn't a very good book.

  • Alyssa Johnson
    2019-02-26 17:19

    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 pregnant, didn't know he did and or didn't when want to speak to her. so she was totally on her own. my opinion was that was very messed up of him to do that to her and i felt very bad for her because she was very young and didn't know what to do. i did not really relate to the story, but i know of some people that can. and so when i know their stories, and i read this book, i can related for them for what i know. but this book was pretty good, i enjoyed it. the big idea to this book that i think is that maybe you may not always have help when you need it, so you need to figure it out yourself sometimes. and even though she is young in this book, she had to grow up way fast because she had no help when she needed it. so, to basically always stay strong, no matter what.

  • Anaee
    2019-03-10 21:37

    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, though I kind of like Gabe and Tony, and maybe the other men too but yeah. I am giving it 3 stars.“You're a tough little bird, Hen. Never forget that.”He is gulping. He is bright purple. He is beautiful.Ifallpassionately irrevocablyinlove.

  • Man
    2019-02-20 14:39

    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 believable enough.Okay, so what if I didn't come to love Wild's story? - I still liked it! Which is kind of huge as I'm not in the least in love with fiction written poetical. Conclusion says readable, or at least quickly read.

  • Mayla
    2019-03-04 18:31

    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 trying to contact Gabe.This book is written in poems and it was really fast to read.

  • Delores Moore
    2019-02-28 14:38

    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 beliefs, she had the baby and keeps trying to get in touch Gabe.

  • Magdala
    2019-02-16 13:24

    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 mom n her r like best friends now. Ths book gets 3 stars.^_^¥_¥

  • ♥ C.A.Anna ♥
    2019-02-28 16:39

    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. :DWell done!5/5 for me todayMJ_Lover

  • Pamela Hubbard
    2019-03-03 15:15

    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.

  • Katie
    2019-02-21 20:37

    I enjoyed this book. As a young aspiring author, this book really opened my mind to new style of writing. When I first opened it, I was shocked. I thought that there is no way this could be the book I ordered, but it was everything and more. This book will forever alter my style of writing. I will for sure study different type of writing, not just this style, but all styles. This book is a great for kids looking to explore the English field.

  • Danielle
    2019-03-18 15:19

    I liked this book a lot. The language was sparse and beautifully composed, and the voices of the teenagers were captured really well. The art of saying a lot through saying very little. The only gripe I would have is how well the character of Helen seemingly handled the difficult circumstances she found herself in - too composed? Great climax and lovely pensive ending.