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 a car accident in which Michael dies.
Ryan blames himself for what happened to Michael. As far as he’s concerned, he doesn’t deserve to have love or ever be happy again. Then he learns Michael left a secret behind. Ryan feels compelled to take on his friend’s unfinished business, and in the process, changes his life forever and becomes a man.
This book was published in October 2011 under the title Loving Emily. In May 2012, it was reissued with its content unchanged as Any Other Night. The book was named a Finalist in the 2012 Indie Reader Discovery Awards competition.
A NOTE ABOUT CONTENT: in this book, some characters use profanity, engage in nonexplicit sexual activity, or take illegal drugs.
My View: Wow, yes this book’s worth that word. I love books where there’s no lay back time. I like my books to keep moving and hold my attention. This one does both, so that’s great.
The plot is good, the characters believable and human. There’s some amount of laugh, tears and other emotions thrown in there, so that’s another thumbs up.
The writing is smooth and easy-going. The book had me rooting for Ryan, what a loveable character. The things that this 16 year old has to go through and how (if) he emerges as a winner is what makes the crux of the story.
The book did make me think a bit about life even though there was no preaching involved.
Overall, it made for a quick, good, one-sitting read.