But even that, though closer to the books real story, doesnt really tell it all. This is more about a journey for each of the characters, though primarily for Helen, the teenage mother, and Gabe, the babys unknowing father. Helens journey is arguably the toughest she moves out on her own after her fathers reaction to her unplanned pregnancy, doesnt tell Gabe that hes a father, and finds her way through the help of strangers become family.
Gabe, meanwhile, is spiraling into a world of self-loathing partying. Hes a smart guy, but hes got serious issues. And he knows he does. He just cant seem to help it.
The one night referenced in the title isnt really the same night for every character. For Al, a drifter and young drunk, it comes much later in the book. Bram, the ruthless and calculating man with a plan is the only one that really doesnt have a true epiphany, at least in my eyes. His story is the least developed of the four characters and hes also the guy you cant really get a handle on.
Some poetry novels dont succeed in telling a story, but this one certainly does. I recommend this book for those aged 14 and up, though theres really nothing in it that would preclude those aged 12 and up reading it. This would also be a good choice for classroom use pick a few poems to analyze and mix a message in at the same time.
One Night, a truly captivating book, is about how one night, one night of release, one night of no regrets, there became a consequence. About how an imperfect girl saw the light in this world, how a baby grows up with his exceptional mother, how all the characters heal.
the one night isn't just referring to the one night it changed for Helen and Gabe, but also to all the characters. This book surprised me, actually. I really didn't expect it to be so deep nor did I know it was free verse poetry. But, just like another free verse poetry book, Out of the Dust, the style it's written in goes hand in hand with the story. A must read.