About the book:
Title: One Night
Author: Deanna Cabinian
Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, travel, young adult
Thompson may be only seventeen but he knows he’s just checked into Heartbreak Hotel for good, now that his girlfriend, Caroline, has put an end to their burning love. Since then he’s been sleepwalking through his summer job at Super Kmart while desperately dreaming of ways to win her back. He even drops by the Tiki House on Elvis Presley Night hoping that she, a diehard fan of the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” will be there as well. That’s when he meets Johnny Lee Young—real estate agent by day, Hawaii’s Favorite Elvis Impersonator by night—and the lovesick teen’s world suddenly takes a wild and unexpected turn.
As luck would have it, Johnny needs a temporary assistant to help with equipment and social media and Thompson eagerly accepts the offer, hoping it will distract him from his painful and lingering romantic issues. But like Thompson, Johnny is nursing a secret heartbreak and pining for his own lost love. So the new roadie starts making plans—with a little help from his friends Ronnie and Greta—to accompany the counterfeit King on an odyssey of a lifetime that will take them far from their island paradise home in search of true love.
Source: Thanks so much to Timpi Publishing/Patchwork Press for providing me with an e-ARC of this book via Netgalley!
How I Found Out About It: Netgalley
At first glimpse, it was the palm trees and the sunset on the cover that got me to request this book. I love me some stories that take place in warm places; including travelling, so it was no surprise to me that I really enjoyed One Night!
The story does start a bit slow, but by the end it really picks up, and I soared through the last maybe 60 pages. I know that this will be a story I remember for years to come!
To sum up, One Night centres around 17-year old Thompson (yes, that’s his first name!), who is from Honolulu. His girlfriend Caroline had just broken up with him, so he is heartbroken, and keeps trying to think of ways to get back together. Since Caroline is a fan of Elvis Presley, Thompson shows up at a gig, in hopes of seeing her. Though he doesn’t end up seeing her, he does meet Johnny, the Elvis impersonator leading the show. It turns out that he had just lost his love as well, so together, the two go on a voyage to find their true love and what it means.
Let’s start with talking about the characters. I thought Thompson was quite sweet and innocent, and he definitely didn’t deserve most of which he was going through. He also had a lot of determination, in the sense that he had a passion, and that passion was just to get a second chance with Caroline. Some people may not agree with this decision, but I beg to differ, as I believe that the aftermath of his breakup was quite hard for him, especially because he wasn’t expecting it. In my opinion, if you’re not expecting something, then it always hits you waaayyy harder, and you may find yourself in a position that’s hard to get out of.
Next up is Johnny, and I really liked him as well. He was so nice and supportive to young, innocent Thompson, and since Johnny was quite a bit older and experienced, he was able to give him some great advice and coping mechanisms. I felt like Thompson and Johnny bonded very well (as friends), even despite their huge age difference.😜
The one thing that I think this book could improve on is the descriptions of the setting. Dude, it takes place in Honolulu. HAWAII!! And other than simply stating the place they were in, there was almost no mention of their background surroundings. Come on! So many readers including myself are DYINGGG to go there, so we want some description!
All in all, this was a cute, light story, revolving around friendship and working together to reach your goals. I would really like to read more from Deanna Cabinian, that’s for sure!😊I’d recommend this book to anyone looking for a fluffy semi-romance including travel that also focuses a lot on the friendship, because I know you will DEVOUR this one. Be sure to pick it up now, and you won’t regret it!
Rating: 4/5 Stars
*I received a digital ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*