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It's the night of senior prom, and eighteen-year-old Julia has made a pact with her friends. (Yes, that kind of pact.) They have secured a secluded cabin in the woods, one night without parental supervision, and plenty of condoms. But as soon as they leave the dance, the pact begins to unravel. Alex's grandmother is undergoing emergency surgery, and he and his date rush to It's the night of senior prom, and eighteen-year-old Julia has made a pact with her friends. (Yes, that kind of pact.) They have secured a secluded cabin in the woods, one night without parental supervision, and plenty of condoms. But as soon as they leave the dance, the pact begins to unravel. Alex's grandmother is undergoing emergency surgery, and he and his date rush to the hospital. Zoe's trying to figure out how she feels about getting off the waitlist at Yale--and how to tell her girlfriend. Madison's chronic illness flares, holding her back once again from being a normal teenager. And Julia's fantasy-themed role play gets her locked in a closet. Alternating between each character's perspective and their ridiculous group chat, The Night When No One Had Sex finds a group of friends navigating the tenuous transition into adulthood and embracing the uncertainty of life after high school.


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It's the night of senior prom, and eighteen-year-old Julia has made a pact with her friends. (Yes, that kind of pact.) They have secured a secluded cabin in the woods, one night without parental supervision, and plenty of condoms. But as soon as they leave the dance, the pact begins to unravel. Alex's grandmother is undergoing emergency surgery, and he and his date rush to It's the night of senior prom, and eighteen-year-old Julia has made a pact with her friends. (Yes, that kind of pact.) They have secured a secluded cabin in the woods, one night without parental supervision, and plenty of condoms. But as soon as they leave the dance, the pact begins to unravel. Alex's grandmother is undergoing emergency surgery, and he and his date rush to the hospital. Zoe's trying to figure out how she feels about getting off the waitlist at Yale--and how to tell her girlfriend. Madison's chronic illness flares, holding her back once again from being a normal teenager. And Julia's fantasy-themed role play gets her locked in a closet. Alternating between each character's perspective and their ridiculous group chat, The Night When No One Had Sex finds a group of friends navigating the tenuous transition into adulthood and embracing the uncertainty of life after high school.

30 review for The Night When No One Had Sex

  1. 4 out of 5

    birdie

    I really love how this book found the perfect balance between making me 1) choke on my laughter, 2) nod yes while reading and appreciating the important topics this tackles and 3) question what kind of ridiculous story I’m reading…and yet still loving every second of it. r a t i n g - o v e r v i e w : characters: 4/5 writing: 3.5/5 vibes: 4/5 plot: 3.5/5 enjoyment: 5/5 OVERALL: 4/5 representation: sapphic couple, chronically ill main character (lupus specifically), plus-sized main character, Korean mai I really love how this book found the perfect balance between making me 1) choke on my laughter, 2) nod yes while reading and appreciating the important topics this tackles and 3) question what kind of ridiculous story I’m reading…and yet still loving every second of it. r a t i n g - o v e r v i e w : characters: 4/5 writing: 3.5/5 vibes: 4/5 plot: 3.5/5 enjoyment: 5/5 OVERALL: 4/5 representation: sapphic couple, chronically ill main character (lupus specifically), plus-sized main character, Korean main character. trigger/content warnings: couldn’t find any. That was…definitely something, huh? The Night When No One Had Sex had me choking on my own laughter one second and nodding yes while reading appreciating the important discussions this book takes on. Now, there’s a lot going on in this one as we basically follow, well, eight characters (four couples). Surprisingly though, it was really easy to not mix the characters and their stories up! But because this story could be easily divided into the four different couples, I’m gonna be reviewing their stories separately! Let’s go! Zoe & Morgan: Let’s start of with the storyline of our cute sapphics: Zoe and Morgan are already sexually active (and actual goals, may I add). They just plan on having a good night together, but when Zoe starts struggling with some university things, Morgan finds herself worrying about her twin sister Madison again, and some miscommunications happen, their night is far from what they imagined it to be. I loved (and related a lot to) them, what else do you want me to say? Julia & Kevin: Julia was the one who came up with the whole sex-pact and I loved her and Kevin together. They’re just really sweet and I don’t know, they complement each other I guess! They’ve been a couple for a long time and tonight they wanna have sex, but let’s just say there are…some obstacles. At some point Julia gets stuck in a closet (I know, I know, but hear me out!!) but most importantly: the sex hurts for her. I thought this carried such important information and lessons and it was really refreshing! Madison & Jake: Though Madison’s “overprotective” twin Morgan doesn’t approve of Jake, she just wants to feel normal for one night. She will do anything to have her lupus not ruin the plan to have sex with her boyfriend, but…well, you’ll have to find out! This was, again, such a refreshing storyline and I loved the whole “I just want to be a normal teenager” thing. Great message and Madison was such an interesting (and very psychologically correct, may I add) character! Alex & Leah: I ADORED their storyline and only wanted more, to be honest! Alex and Leah had the absolute best dynamics since it all felt so natural between them. They are the only non-couple (and also not in on the sex-pact), but their friends convinced them to take each other as a date to prom. As something happens to Alex’s grandmother, they end up spending the night in the hospital. And! I! Loved! Every! Second! Of! It! Overall: I would’ve loved to see some more of the entire friendgroup, to be honest, since I feel like this could’ve been a perfect book for the found family trope, but still! The Night When No One Had Sex brought me such good and comfortable vibes and I miss the cast of characters already! We follow them for one night so it’s fun to imagine where they might’ve ended up, though. This was written with so much wittiness and honesty and I don’t think I’ve ever found a book with a better portrayal of being a teenager. So yeah, Kalena Miller is definitely an author to watch! More of this, please! b o o k - o v e r v i e w : One-sentence pitch: Set the night after prom, The Night when no one had sex follows eight friends who made a sex-pact, but when nothing seems to happen like they expected it to, all of them will have to fight through their teenage struggles, navigate adulthood, and most importantly: accept that life takes unexpected turns, and that’s more than fine. Definitely read it if: you’d like to read a book where sex is openly discussed, you want to read more realistic and honest stories about teenage struggles or you like to laugh while reading. Maybe skip it if: you are really put off by the concept or would rather not read a book that’s sometimes, well, a bit ridiculous. Thank you to the publisher for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review! This did not affect my opinions in any way. blog | twitter | instagram | tiktok | wishlist

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ellie M

    Hello, best YA book of 2021! Part romance, part contemporary friendship story, this book deserves ALL the hype when it comes out. I'm currently at the same point in my senior year as the characters in this, so it was really nice to see so much of the plot devoted to planning for college and uncertainty about the future. Julia Harmond has a plan to lose her virginity on the night of her senior prom, and she's gotten her entire group of friends to join her, after securing access to Zoe's uncle's la Hello, best YA book of 2021! Part romance, part contemporary friendship story, this book deserves ALL the hype when it comes out. I'm currently at the same point in my senior year as the characters in this, so it was really nice to see so much of the plot devoted to planning for college and uncertainty about the future. Julia Harmond has a plan to lose her virginity on the night of her senior prom, and she's gotten her entire group of friends to join her, after securing access to Zoe's uncle's lake house. But she's disappointed to find her first try too painful and is desperate for everything to go as planned. There's also the problem of Zoe's uncle leaving his cat behind in the house, while Julia is severely afraid of cats. And when she and her boyfriend, Kevin, try roleplaying for the first time, she ends up locked in a closet for several hours. Zoe Blackwell and her girlfriend, Morgan, have already been having sex for nearly a year, but she's happy to follow along with Julia's plan, as she really needs a distraction from her recent acceptance to Yale (where she is a legacy student). She doesn't know how to tell Morgan that she might move across the country, and what's going to be even harder is telling her family that she might not want to go after all. (Her uncle even has a whole bedroom in his house decorated entirely with Yale paraphernalia). Yale has always been her dream, so that can't ever change....right? Alex Song figures that he's not going to take part, as he only met his prom date, Leah, five hours before when Julia set them up. But on the way to the lakehouse, Alex is called to the hospital when he finds out his grandmother had a heart attack, and he has no choice but to bring Leah along. His parents and younger sister instantly assume that they're dating, much to Alex's annoyance. But when a hunt for internet connection to look up the lottery numbers for his grandmother leads them across restricted areas of the hospital, Alex and Leah are forced to get to know each other after all. Leah is the daughter of wealthy parents responsible for the developments that got rid of Alex's grandmother's favorite park, and she's planning on going to Vermont for college in the fall, so he tells himself he can't fall for her, but what if he does anyway? Madison Alvarez, Morgan's twin sister, is happy to take any opportunity to be a normal teenager and spend time with her boyfriend, Jake. Madison used to be a hardworking ballet dancer until she was diagnosed with lupus five years ago. Ever since, Morgan has been extremely protective of her, but Madison wishes she had a little more freedom sometimes. But is her relationship with Jake really what she needs? I think my favorite thing about this book was that even though it sounds like it's going to be focused on the romantic relationships and friendships, the majority of the conflict came from other thing (like college plans, pressure from family, and chronic illness). There's no misunderstanding trope here, and no particular "everything goes wrong" moment. No point where the group has a huge fight. Also, NO EXAGGERATED PARTY CULTURE! Since most of the story is about the group and their partners at a lake house with no adult supervision, I was hoping it wouldn't be an over-the-top party with everyone getting drunk and high on the fancy furniture. Nope, it's actually very realistic. They mostly just sit around and talk, and yet they're still more entertaining to read about than any "wild party" in any other book. And the GROUP CHAT. There are several scenes of the characters' group chat, and you'll love the names they come up with for it. Read this if you're at the end of high school, a student who's scared of the future, or if you just miss your teen years.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Reads It

    The Night No One Had Sex follows a close-knit group of friends, enjoying their last glory days of high school before adulthood with a sex pact. If you’ve ever wondered what the inside of a bunch of horny high schoolers looks like then read this book for one hell of a group chat! I adored the multiple POVs as the storyline follows 8 characters (4 couples) and readers can fully appreciate the dynamic relationships and the ability to canvas each character's thought process and emotions. The characte The Night No One Had Sex follows a close-knit group of friends, enjoying their last glory days of high school before adulthood with a sex pact. If you’ve ever wondered what the inside of a bunch of horny high schoolers looks like then read this book for one hell of a group chat! I adored the multiple POVs as the storyline follows 8 characters (4 couples) and readers can fully appreciate the dynamic relationships and the ability to canvas each character's thought process and emotions. The character representation was eclectic from LGBT couples, chronic illness, anxiety disorders, plus-sized characters, and a plethora of ethnicities- this novel offers something for everyone and I approve of the inclusivity. At its core, this novel touches on the struggles of transitioning from a teenager to adulthood, planning for college to the uncertainty of what the future may hold. It imparts such an integral lesson to the younger generation which is to live in the moment and stay true to yourself. The writing style is extremely sarcastic and comical and 100% entertaining. There’s a level of uncertainty as the author wraps up the story, that is very vague and open to interpretation which I don’t usually like but somehow it works with this story. There is almost a whisper of, "this isn't the end of their journey but merely the beginning." This was a highly entertaining coming-of-age story about love, friendship, and family. It provides an extremely sex-positive, straightforward overview of teen sexuality and common issues of teenage life. Thank you to the author, Albert Whitman, and Company and NetGalley for providing me with an arc in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Brinley

    This was the perfect read for a summer day; it was light, fluffy, and cute. I'll admit that some plotlines and characters intrigued me way more than others, but I still enjoyed this book. My favorite plotline was definitely the one about Alex and his grandma. I was most invested in his relationship with Leah, and the lottery ticket added a fun side to it. I was always looking forward to their chapters, which was both a good and bad thing. My least favorite plotline has to be the one about Morgan This was the perfect read for a summer day; it was light, fluffy, and cute. I'll admit that some plotlines and characters intrigued me way more than others, but I still enjoyed this book. My favorite plotline was definitely the one about Alex and his grandma. I was most invested in his relationship with Leah, and the lottery ticket added a fun side to it. I was always looking forward to their chapters, which was both a good and bad thing. My least favorite plotline has to be the one about Morgan and Madison. I didn't care about Madison as a character, and her chapters bored me. I think that other people will like them though! Although this is classified as a romance, it's definitely more of a contemporary or general fiction. It's a tale of friendship and first love, not just a romance. While I'm not sure if I'll reread this, I really enjoyed it! Thanks to Netgalley and Kalena Miller for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Vee_Bookish

    This story gives a small snapshot into the night of a group of teenagers, after their school prom ends. A missing cat, awkward fantasy roleplay and an emergency hospital visit causes chaos to ensue, and the sex pack they all agreed to in their extremely relatable group chat starts to look less and less likely. I loved this story because it's just so fun, balancing the seriousness of a Grandmother in hospital and chronic illness with Zoe stress baking scones with bananas and an unfortunate amount This story gives a small snapshot into the night of a group of teenagers, after their school prom ends. A missing cat, awkward fantasy roleplay and an emergency hospital visit causes chaos to ensue, and the sex pack they all agreed to in their extremely relatable group chat starts to look less and less likely. I loved this story because it's just so fun, balancing the seriousness of a Grandmother in hospital and chronic illness with Zoe stress baking scones with bananas and an unfortunate amount of lube. It's a multi-pov, and despite this only covering a short period of time, keeping up with who was currently speaking was never an issue. My only problem was that I wanted more time with the cast. I really got attached to this group and wanted to spend more time with them, see them in college and which paths they chose. I'm always a little sad to leave characters behind, especially ones as fun as these friends were.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Corey Campbell

    3.5* Sweet, quick, and easy to digest. A fun one-night romp through the end of high school and what the monumental choices you make can feel like.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    TITLE: The Night When No One Had Sex AUTHOR: Kalena Miller PUB DATE: 10.12.2021 The Night When No One Had Sex is a YA book not to be missed! This is such a refreshing debut read that I enjoyed a lot for the friendships, sex positivity, the fun group chats, and certainly a book I wish I had when I was a teen. Kalena Miller captured the essence and nuances of the very real issues and themes young adults face today, such as life after high school, college acceptance, chronic illness, transitioning to TITLE: The Night When No One Had Sex AUTHOR: Kalena Miller PUB DATE: 10.12.2021 The Night When No One Had Sex is a YA book not to be missed! This is such a refreshing debut read that I enjoyed a lot for the friendships, sex positivity, the fun group chats, and certainly a book I wish I had when I was a teen. Kalena Miller captured the essence and nuances of the very real issues and themes young adults face today, such as life after high school, college acceptance, chronic illness, transitioning to adulthood, and many others.

  8. 5 out of 5

    PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of THE NIGHT WHEN NO ONE HAD SEX by Kalena Miller in exchange for my honest review.*** A group of friends makes a pact to lose their virginities to their dates at a cabin on prom night, but things don’t go as planned. Kalena Miller’s story takes place over a night, a milestone night for high school seniors in America. I didn’t go to prom, I spend the evening babysitting, talking to a friend on the phone guessing who had and hadn’t “done ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of THE NIGHT WHEN NO ONE HAD SEX by Kalena Miller in exchange for my honest review.*** A group of friends makes a pact to lose their virginities to their dates at a cabin on prom night, but things don’t go as planned. Kalena Miller’s story takes place over a night, a milestone night for high school seniors in America. I didn’t go to prom, I spend the evening babysitting, talking to a friend on the phone guessing who had and hadn’t “done it”. It was the early 1980s, okay. Prom night was The Night girls who hadn’t yet had sex reportedly decided to “do it.” Sex positivity was definitely not yet a thing. I was intrigued to read THE NIGHT WHEN NO ONE HAD SEX to see how things had changed and stayed the same. I liked how each teen was dealing with a challenge, a grandmother needing emergency surgery, a chronic illness, worries about a twin etc. The issues they had will be familiar to readers of all ages. I enjoyed the different points of view and the growth the teens experienced during the book. THE NIGHT NO ONE HAD SEX is a good light, fun read, nothing too heavy. I’m not sure it’ll stay with readers, which is okay as long as they enjoy the story.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jenni

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It's prom night and this group of friends has decided that tonight is the night: they will all have sex with their significant others before wrapping up their senior year and continuing on to college in the fall. What's the big deal about virginity anyway? One of the girls has an uncle with a fancy cabin in the woods, so they even have a nice place to be. But then so many things go wrong and it looks like no one will be having sex after the prom: one kid's grandma is rushed into emergency surger It's prom night and this group of friends has decided that tonight is the night: they will all have sex with their significant others before wrapping up their senior year and continuing on to college in the fall. What's the big deal about virginity anyway? One of the girls has an uncle with a fancy cabin in the woods, so they even have a nice place to be. But then so many things go wrong and it looks like no one will be having sex after the prom: one kid's grandma is rushed into emergency surgery, one kid is suffering from an autoimmune disease, another is petrified of the cat, who just happens to be inside the cabin. Told in alternating points of view, which moves this story along quickly. Okay this did remind me a bit of high school and our crazy priorities. The only things that were off were: One, a character's crazy obsession with her mother (what kind of awkward teen calls her mother throughout the night on prom night, even at 2:30AM? I would assume it would be the sheltered, weird kid) and two, they mentioned twice that the siamese cat had green eyes. GREEN eyes, people! Really? No. Siamese cats have blue eyes. Trust me on this. Sometimes, they have crossed eyes too (like one of my two who is watching me type this).

  10. 5 out of 5

    Siofra

    Thank you to Albert Whitman & Company NetGalley for allowing me access to this charming book! All thoughts and opinions are my own! This fun, diverse & LGBTQ+, quirky story had some great & very relatable cast that really had me laughing and cringing in the best way. Nothing ever goes like the movies, especially a friend pact to have sex the night of prom. But Julia and her friends all still hope and as each one faces a problem that hinders their goal, they remember you don't need to have sex to p Thank you to Albert Whitman & Company NetGalley for allowing me access to this charming book! All thoughts and opinions are my own! This fun, diverse & LGBTQ+, quirky story had some great & very relatable cast that really had me laughing and cringing in the best way. Nothing ever goes like the movies, especially a friend pact to have sex the night of prom. But Julia and her friends all still hope and as each one faces a problem that hinders their goal, they remember you don't need to have sex to prove you love someone, prove a relationship is strong, or to feel ok. Just having someone romantic or platonic is a vital thing. This book is extremely realistic, and if my friends had done this, it would have gone like this. There are some ridiculous problems, but they are done charmingly, and even when I didn't love how the character responded or acted, I could see their side, and I enjoyed them otherwise.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Reinhart

    I had so much fun reading this book! It follows 8 different teenagers (all of whom I found charming and relatable in their own ways) over the course of one night, who deal with a series of interruptions to their post-prom plans. Ranging from escaped cats to family emergencies to ill-advised stress-baking, the story plays out in ways that are PEAK quirky high school shenanigans and which made me laugh out loud multiple times. Plus, while it is largely a happy book, the characters also face genuin I had so much fun reading this book! It follows 8 different teenagers (all of whom I found charming and relatable in their own ways) over the course of one night, who deal with a series of interruptions to their post-prom plans. Ranging from escaped cats to family emergencies to ill-advised stress-baking, the story plays out in ways that are PEAK quirky high school shenanigans and which made me laugh out loud multiple times. Plus, while it is largely a happy book, the characters also face genuine challenges that feel real and representative for people on the cusp of adulthood. The friend group is also so sweet together—when their stories intersect in person and through their chaotic group chat, their love for each other shines through in ways that made me nostalgic for my own friend groups at age 18. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a light-hearted YA romp!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Her Bookish Obsession

    This book, which is half romance and part modern friendship narrative, is deserving of all the excitement it will receive when it is released. I’m in the same year as the protagonists in this book, so it was incredibly wonderful to have so much of the plot revolve around college plans and concern about the future. Julia Harmond has arranged for her entire group of friends to accompany her in losing her virginity on the night of her senior prom, after gaining access to Zoe’s uncle’s lake house. Ho This book, which is half romance and part modern friendship narrative, is deserving of all the excitement it will receive when it is released. I’m in the same year as the protagonists in this book, so it was incredibly wonderful to have so much of the plot revolve around college plans and concern about the future. Julia Harmond has arranged for her entire group of friends to accompany her in losing her virginity on the night of her senior prom, after gaining access to Zoe’s uncle’s lake house. However, she is frustrated because her previous attempt was too painful, and she is keen for things to go according to plan. There’s also the issue of Zoe’s uncle abandoning his cat at the house, which Julia is terrified of. She spends many hours imprisoned in a closet with her boyfriend, Kevin, as they try roleplaying for the first time. Zoe Blackwell and her partner, Morgan, have been having sex for nearly a year, but she’s delighted to go along with Julia’s plan since she needs a break after her recent Yale acceptance (where she is a legacy student). She doesn’t know how to tell Morgan that she might be moving across the country, and telling her family that she might not want to go after all will be much more difficult. (In fact, her uncle’s house has an entire bedroom dedicated to Yale memorabilia.) Yale has always been her ambition, so it couldn’t possibly alter now, can it? My favorite aspect of this novel was that, despite the fact that it appears to be about love relationships and friendships, most of the drama stemmed from other sources (like college plans, pressure from family, and chronic illness). There’s no misunderstanding or “everything goes wrong” moment in this story. There isn’t a single instance where the group is engaged in a major battle. Also, NO EXTREME PARTY CULTURE IS ALLOWED! I was hoping it wouldn’t be an over-the-top party with everyone getting drunk and high on the nice furniture because the majority of the story takes place at a lake house with no parental supervision. No, it’s not at all unrealistic. Even though they primarily just sit around and talk, they’re more interesting to read about than any other “crazy party” in any book. And then there’s the GROUP CHAT. There are multiple situations where the characters have a group chat, and the names they come up with are hilarious. If you’re nearing the end of high school, a student who is worried about the future, or if you simply miss your adolescent years, read this.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lu

    Thank you so much Albert Whitman & Company and NetGalley for the chance to read and review this book in exchange of an honest review. When Julia and her friends make a sex pact, involving a secluded cabin in the woods, no parental supervision and condoms, they expect to have a fun night, but nothing goes as planned. Alex's grandmother is undergoing emergency surgery and his date, a girl he barely knows, decides to keep him and his family company, Zoe is struggling with her college decisions, Morg Thank you so much Albert Whitman & Company and NetGalley for the chance to read and review this book in exchange of an honest review. When Julia and her friends make a sex pact, involving a secluded cabin in the woods, no parental supervision and condoms, they expect to have a fun night, but nothing goes as planned. Alex's grandmother is undergoing emergency surgery and his date, a girl he barely knows, decides to keep him and his family company, Zoe is struggling with her college decisions, Morgan, her girlfriend, is obsessive about her twin Madison, who has a chronic illness and who only wants to live without fear and like a normal teenager with her boyfriend and Kevin and Julia are trying to have sex, but she ends up locked in a closet. So, what about having the sex pact? I loved reading The Night When No One Had Sex! It's funny, it portrays realistic relationships, between siblings, friends and lovers, common teen fears and doubts and it's really sex-positive. The story is hilarious, told by different POVs and their funny and brilliant group chat, while they navigate this disastrous night, their relationships with one other, fears, doubts, desires and strong bonds, family's issues and pressures. The characterization is brilliant, they are complex and relatable, funny and moving, their interactions well written and realistic in their intricicacies and dramas and desires. Zoe with her doubts and her strong relationship with Morgan, who is supportive and a bit obsessive, Madison, who is struggling with her disease and desires, Julia and Kevin and their strong bond, made of laugh, understanding and love, Alex with his family's problems, his relationship with his parents and grandmother and they navigate their own problems, expectations and unexptected problems on their prom night. The story is really good, hilarious, sometimes moving and utterly amazing. I totally recommend this book to those who wants to enjoy a funny book, well written characters and plot. And there is also a Demon Cat in this story, so what are you waiting for?

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC of The Night When No One Had Sex in exchange for an honest review. This was cute! I think one of the downsides to splintering off the main group into 4 pairs with different story arcs is that inevitably some stories are going to be more impactful for readers than others, but I don't even think it's chalking them up to personal bias when I say Alex and Leah's story was by far my favourite considering my rep starved brain devours anything sapphic and I Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC of The Night When No One Had Sex in exchange for an honest review. This was cute! I think one of the downsides to splintering off the main group into 4 pairs with different story arcs is that inevitably some stories are going to be more impactful for readers than others, but I don't even think it's chalking them up to personal bias when I say Alex and Leah's story was by far my favourite considering my rep starved brain devours anything sapphic and I still found myself rushing through the Zoe/Morgan scenes to get back to them. I think a lot of these characters were really flawed, but in ways that I can see making sense for actual teenagers (including Morgan's weird parasocial relationship with her mum that I already know people are going to read as 'no teenager ever has acted like this' but I promise I knew multiple teenagers in high school who would do exactly that) which I really like in YA. I also like how they were able to portray some relationship plotlines that didn't end in the stereotypical happy way without needing to use some big 11th hour twist where someone suddenly becomes a villain. My one wish was probably more bonding with the whole friend group. Everyone pairs off really quick which would be fine if this wanted to be a series of interlocking stories instead of one about friendship, but the ending had big friendship theme vibes that I don't think really carried through the book. Once the split-up happens the only big interactions we get are through a text thread and I personally am not a big fan of texting in books so maybe it actually was strong on the friendship front and my distain for reading group text threads just ruined it for myself.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lee

    [An eARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.] CN: sex, heart attack, chronic illness, claustrophobia Do you like... ... classic prom night stories - but with a twist? ... sex-positive books with healthy relationships (both romantic and platonic)? ... honest and funny books that also talk about a lot of serious topics? ... chronic illness (specifically: lupus) representation? ... multiple POV books with relatable and loveable main characters? ... sap [An eARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.] CN: sex, heart attack, chronic illness, claustrophobia Do you like... ... classic prom night stories - but with a twist? ... sex-positive books with healthy relationships (both romantic and platonic)? ... honest and funny books that also talk about a lot of serious topics? ... chronic illness (specifically: lupus) representation? ... multiple POV books with relatable and loveable main characters? ... sapphic representation? ... funny group chats? ... stories about friendship? ... books that are easy to read and will definitely cure your reading slump? Yes? Then "The Night When No One Had Sex" is perfect for you! Go pre-order it and experience this very special night with Zoe, Morgan, Julia, Kevin, Maddison, Jake, Alex, Leah - and Bulldog. You're going to love Bulldog.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Drake

    This was a cute, easy YA read with a brief hint of something more. I liked that it was a mostly fun, light-hearted look at prom night, but also had the characters deal with more adult issues (a sick family member, a serious medical crisis, conflict about the future, etc.). I liked some characters and plotlines more than others, but I didn't dislike any characters which certainly made for an easier read. Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC. This was a cute, easy YA read with a brief hint of something more. I liked that it was a mostly fun, light-hearted look at prom night, but also had the characters deal with more adult issues (a sick family member, a serious medical crisis, conflict about the future, etc.). I liked some characters and plotlines more than others, but I didn't dislike any characters which certainly made for an easier read. Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC.

  17. 4 out of 5

    I'm All Booked Up YA

    Instead of our usual review, we’re pumped to share our 15 Reactions While Reading The Night When No One Had Sex. We laughed so much during this hilarious YA romcom about a friend group on prom night. 1. Prom night is such a fun YA trope. It’s been a while since we’ve read a YA book set on prom night. The Night When No One Sex skipped over the dance and went right to this group of friends getting ready for a crazy night without parental supervision. Prom is so romanticized and Miller chose to turn Instead of our usual review, we’re pumped to share our 15 Reactions While Reading The Night When No One Had Sex. We laughed so much during this hilarious YA romcom about a friend group on prom night. 1. Prom night is such a fun YA trope. It’s been a while since we’ve read a YA book set on prom night. The Night When No One Sex skipped over the dance and went right to this group of friends getting ready for a crazy night without parental supervision. Prom is so romanticized and Miller chose to turn it into a comedy of errors. 2. Being in the middle of nowhere unsupervised is bound to cause trouble. There’s something about a cabin in the woods that has such a creepy vibe. Usually we the setting in mysteries or thrillers, not contemporary romance. Nothing spooky about this book! But, it means that no one else is around so this friend group can cause as much trouble as they want. Zoe’s uncle does have interesting taste…but hey, it’s free! 3. Poor Alex! Leah is so sweet to stay with him On the way to the cabin, Alex Song finds out that his halmeoni is in the hospital and has to change course. His date, Leah, doesn’t know Alex very well and still wanted to go to the hospital with him. Hopefully halmeoni is okay and Alex and Leah can enjoy their night. 4. Morgan is probably our least favorite character. We get that she’s protective of her sister Madison. But she’s unbearable and whiny. Morgan Alvarez is over productive to the extreme! We get that she cares about her twin Madison and wants to protect her from the universe, but it’s to a scary degree. Madison just wants to date Jake and live her life. Morgan also whine and calls her mom, which made us go “seriously?” The whole point of an unsupervised night is no parents! 5. Madison reminds us of Maeve Rojas from One of Us is Next. She just wants to enjoy her life. Maeve Rojas is one of the main characters of One of Us is Next. After previous health conditions, people still treated her like she was breakable The same goes for Madison, who was a competitive dancer before she was diagnosed with lupus. One reason she likes Jake, who is a bit of a moron, is because he treats her like a normal person. 6. Julia and Kevin are so cute together! We love that Julia and Kevin have had a long-term relationship. They’re adorable together. Julia orchestrated the whole weekend so she and Kevin could have the perfect first time. Too bad the title tells us that won’t happen. 7. We feel bad for Zoe, she should go to college wherever she wants. Zoe and Morgan have also had a long-term relationship, but they have had some communication problems recently. Zoe doesn’t feel comfortable telling Morgan the truth about her college preferences. Zoe wants one thing and her family wants another. 8. Alex’s POV is one of our favorites. It’s fun to read about his instant chemistry with Leah. Alex is the only one who hasn’t made it to the cabin in the woods. We felt so bad for him that his friend group is all together without him. However, Leah is the sweetest for staying and doing whatever she can to help Alex and his family. We love how they connected and enjoy their banter. It’s not instalove, but they definitely like each other. 9. Jake is a complete moron. While we respect that Jake doesn’t treat Madison like an invalid, he’s still so so so dumb. Madison, please don’t do what he’s suggesting. He might be sweet, he’s very dumb/doesn’t have great ideas. 10. This book focuses more on character development than plot. One thing we definitely noticed was how The Night When No One Had Sex focused on the characters and their coming of age story. Especially since this book only take place over one night, it’s about the characters transitioning from high school to college. Prom was the one last hurrah together. 11. LOL Poor Julia Without spoiling anything, something ruins Julia and Kevin’s attempt at a first time. However, it’s freakin’ hilarious. While we feel sorry for this couple, it’s so much fun to read about. 12. Leah is so sweet for staying with Alex and helping out. Leah is amazing! She brings everyone food and basically takes on the role of caretaker…for a bunch of strangers. Not many people would do this for their prom date. Alex clearly has hearts in his eyes. 13. Zoe, please tell the truth. This is getting frustrating with Zoe. We gets that she’s worried about judgement, but she has to tell her girlfriend where she wants to go to school. It’s made everything awkward and tense all night. Zoe and Morgan can’t stop fighting, so we’d prefer for Zoe to spill it out. 14. We love that Madison’s is saying what she wants and needs. Madison is frustrated with everyone in her life, especially Morgan and Jake. Finally, she takes a stand and tells everyone what she needs. We support her 100 percent. 15. Fabulous ending! Everything was nicely resolved by the end. While nothing about the night went as planned for the friends, it was certainly a night they would never forget. We laughed so hard at these crazy antics and loved the comedy of errors. Overall, we had a lot of fun reading Miller’s latest book and we’d definitely pick up her next YA. Blog | Twitter | Instagram

  18. 5 out of 5

    Bijuri

    3.5/5 stars. I snickered a few times while reading the group chat, but overall this story didn't really grab my attention. It followed four couples (Alex & Leah, Julia & Kevin, Zoe & Morgan, Madison & Jake) and my favorite pair had to be Alex & Leah because I looked forward to their chapters the most, but I wasn't truly invested in any of the couples. 3.5/5 stars. I snickered a few times while reading the group chat, but overall this story didn't really grab my attention. It followed four couples (Alex & Leah, Julia & Kevin, Zoe & Morgan, Madison & Jake) and my favorite pair had to be Alex & Leah because I looked forward to their chapters the most, but I wasn't truly invested in any of the couples.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Moony (The Burglar Baggins) MeowPoff

    1.5 stars i think. It was alot that i found boring, for example the random texts that was trying so hard to be funny or the oddly divided parts of all the people and the couples that kind of nagged on and on. I found Alex and Leah`s story somewhat interesting, but the others not so much. I got this eARC from Netgalley. 1.5 stars i think. It was alot that i found boring, for example the random texts that was trying so hard to be funny or the oddly divided parts of all the people and the couples that kind of nagged on and on. I found Alex and Leah`s story somewhat interesting, but the others not so much. I got this eARC from Netgalley.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Pelden Wangchuk

    Thank you Netgalley for the ARC. Julia made a sex pact with her friends (eight in total) and went to Zoe's uncle cabin in the wood without parents supervision to have the best night of their lives but will they? Alex and Leah: They couldn't join with the pact because Alex grandma is in hospital and they have to go there. Alex found out that Leah is a daughter of a millionaire and freaked out that her father is a mortal enemy of his grandma. Madison and Jake: Madison and Jake tried to have a sex Thank you Netgalley for the ARC. Julia made a sex pact with her friends (eight in total) and went to Zoe's uncle cabin in the wood without parents supervision to have the best night of their lives but will they? Alex and Leah: They couldn't join with the pact because Alex grandma is in hospital and they have to go there. Alex found out that Leah is a daughter of a millionaire and freaked out that her father is a mortal enemy of his grandma. Madison and Jake: Madison and Jake tried to have a sex but Madison lupus flare comes in between and they cannot have, much to their disappointment. So they took Cheetos and went to house roof to have a romantic night. They had a hard time climbing up and down the grass-filled trellis. Jake is naked and Madison while climbing down isn't a good idea because her flare isn't cooperating at all. Morgan and Zoe: Morgan and Madison is a twin and whole night she is worried about Madison's health. On other hand Zoe didn't like the idea of her accepting to Yale University and she wants Morgan to say she don't want her to go but seeing Morgan's supporting her isn't what she's expecting at all! Julia and Kevin: Zoe's uncle has a cat which Julia despise cats so much. They closed their door blocking the entry and try to do elfish role play for sex when Julia ends up locking in a closet when Kevin accidentally breaks the lock. All of them really want to have a best night of their lives in the night of their senior prom but it seems like they are going to learn a lot of things. From each of the characters perspective narrate their own thoughts and story about their uncertainty of their life after high school and transition into adulthood. I really loved this book and enjoyed every pages and the scenes and the hilarious dialogue of course! Every part of the book is so relatable, funny, and emotional. It really shows the life of young people and how they see things from their eyes. This book is so gonna be the best book of 2021 for me.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    This review and more can be found at www.thebookbratz.blogspot.com. I received an ARC of THE NIGHT WHEN NO ONE HAD SEX in exchange for an honest review, and I'm really glad you did, because you guys...this book is hysterical. Seriously. I loved this book so much and am already hand-pushing it on all of my friends because I want them to all read it and laugh along with me. If the title itself wasn't enough to grab your attention, then trust me, the As the summary explains, the story follows a grou This review and more can be found at www.thebookbratz.blogspot.com. I received an ARC of THE NIGHT WHEN NO ONE HAD SEX in exchange for an honest review, and I'm really glad you did, because you guys...this book is hysterical. Seriously. I loved this book so much and am already hand-pushing it on all of my friends because I want them to all read it and laugh along with me. If the title itself wasn't enough to grab your attention, then trust me, the As the summary explains, the story follows a group of high school friends who are all seniors who made a sex pact for their prom night. They secured a cabin in the woods without adult supervision, all of their romantic partners, and it seems like it's going to be a great night...until everything that could possibly go wrong does go wrong. It's a hilarious story of runaway cats, roleplay gone wrong, and lots of twists and turns. Trust me, this is not the type of story that you want to miss! I devoured this entire book in less than 48 hours and even read 200+ pages in a single day because I was so invested in the antics of all of the characters that I just couldn't put it down. I was laughing so hard that my stomach hurt and I was also gasping at every single plot twist and shocking moment. I've been in a bad reading slump for awhile since I've been so stressed about other facets of my life, so it felt like this book found me at the perfect time. I was able to sit down and dive into a hysterical story that I found myself really getting sucked into. I definitely had "one more chapter" syndrome with this one, that's for sure! You get to watch everyone's nights unravel into pure chaos in so many different ways, and although there are a lot of different things going on with each individual couple, the title of the book lets you know that something interesting will be happening with all of them, that's for sure! And some of them are definitely things that you wouldn't expect. Something else that was really cool about this book was the variety of different perspectives. You get to see the story from the perspectives of everyone in the friend group from time to time, broken up by transcripts of their absolutely hysterical group chat with its ever-changing names. Their dynamic with each other really reminded me a lot of my own friend group at home and the conversations we have, so that made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I think above all, this is a story of friendship and all of the different forms its support takes, even among all of the chaos. Seeing them all together and supporting each other (and helping each other out of jams) really made me smile -- I just love books with such tight friendships, and that was really evident here. My favorite characters of them all were definitely Kevin and Julia. Having such a big cast of characters means that there were so many different options to choose from and picking favorites was hard, but I loved whenever I got to see scenes between the two of them. Even as everything about their night was starting to go wrong and Julia's carefully laid plans (hehe) fell apart, it was clear how much love the two of them had for each other. And I also loved the way Julia would just casually blurt anything and everything about her and Kevin to her friends. She definitely kept the friend group on their toes, that's for sure -- even if she wasn't the only one! Overall, I absolutely loved THE NIGHT WHEN NO ONE HAD SEX. If you're looking for a book that makes you laugh so hard it hurts, fall in love, and watch the hijinks of a carefully planned prom night unfold in disastrous real-time, then trust me, this is absolutely the book for you. I'm absolutely a fan of Kalena Miller's, and I'm really looking forward to reading more of her work in the future, because reading this book was honestly such a delight!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Joanna

    Really 4.5. Like the best teen movies, this book starts with a plan then everything goes hilariously awry. Miller got it all right. The characters were endearing without feeling phony. The humor was funny without being over the top. This book has a lot of heart & I’m so happy I read it. I’m looking forward to seeing what Miller comes up with next. I received a free ARC of this book from NetGalley.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Geissler

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me a chance to read and review an early copy. This is definitely a book geared towards the lower end of YA, especially since it takes place in high school, senior year, when our main characters make a pact to lose their virginity on prom night. The story was fun, and relatable in the regard of the pre-conceived notions about what prom night is to look like. It was a little confusing at first trying to decipher who was who, and their r ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me a chance to read and review an early copy. This is definitely a book geared towards the lower end of YA, especially since it takes place in high school, senior year, when our main characters make a pact to lose their virginity on prom night. The story was fun, and relatable in the regard of the pre-conceived notions about what prom night is to look like. It was a little confusing at first trying to decipher who was who, and their relationships but the different POVs made for a nice touch. It also dealt with a lot of other topics, like the anxiety of which college to choose and being away from friends. Overall; not a bad book. I wasn’t the intended audience but I still enjoyed it and thought it was fun and humorous.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dai Guerra

    Thoughts and Themes: As this book has four different point of views as well as four different couples, I will review each of those storylines separately and then review the book as a whole. Zoe and Morgan Zoe and Morgan have been together for a while now and are the only two of the group that have already had sex so this night should be no big difference to them. I really liked how this night goes for both of them and how they are both forced to confront their fears about the future. I like how th Thoughts and Themes: As this book has four different point of views as well as four different couples, I will review each of those storylines separately and then review the book as a whole. Zoe and Morgan Zoe and Morgan have been together for a while now and are the only two of the group that have already had sex so this night should be no big difference to them. I really liked how this night goes for both of them and how they are both forced to confront their fears about the future. I like how they not only are forced to confront those fears but how they do this all together and help each other through those fears. Julia and Kevin These two made me laugh throughout this whole book and I loved reading their parts because of how funny it was. I loved how comfortable these two are with each other and how much they clearly love each other. I loved how all of this was Julia’s plan but nothing goes according to what she has planned. Madison and Jake As much as I wasn’t invested in this relationship as much as the rest of them, I still really liked seeing how things played out for them. I liked seeing the way that Madison navigates her relationship with Jake and what her needs are. I thought it was great that we got to see everyone telling Madison what she should want and what her needs are but she stands up against them because of what she wants. Alex and Leah This pairing was my favorite of the whole book and I loved how wholesome it all was. I liked seeing how Leah supports Alex through what is probably the scariest night of his life. I like that they don’t really know each other but spend this whole night learning about each other. I also like how we get to see Leah interacting with Alex’s family and love getting to see who these characters are when they are alone. Overall I loved the friendships between all of these characters and was laughing during the scenes that you get to see their interactions through the group text. I would’ve loved to see these characters interacting more with each other throughout the night. I loved that this book was about fearing the unknown in so many different ways and the transition from being a teenager to being an adult. I remember being that age and then going to community college so I didn’t feel like a full adult yet until I left home a few years later. I remember trying to decide which college was the best choice for me and thinking about what leaving friends or friends leaving me meant for my future. Characters: In this book you get introduced to four main characters, and their partners. I loved getting to learn more about each of the main characters as well as read about their relationships. I loved reading about the separate couples but also the relationships they had with the others in the group. There were some moments in which some of the characters were frustrating me but then I reminded myself that these are teenagers and this was typical behavior for this age. I liked that this book has Sapphic representation as well as chronic illness representation (Lupus). Writing Style: This book is told through four points of view in first person which I really enjoyed. I was a bit concerned that I would get confused between all of the points of view but they were all distinct enough that you are able to tell the difference between who is speaking. I liked that you got to see things from each of these perspectives because you got to be in the characters head but also follow along as they are figuring the night out.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Janelle

    This book was a quick, easy read and a great representation of high school kids and all the different kinds of pressure they are under all wrapped up in one special night, prom. The characters were diverse, highly relatable and “normal”. Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book (and why I chose them): “I would rather burn my entire rare stamp collection than tell my mom about the sex pact my friends agreed.” We all know that our parents had to have had sex for us to exist, but talking This book was a quick, easy read and a great representation of high school kids and all the different kinds of pressure they are under all wrapped up in one special night, prom. The characters were diverse, highly relatable and “normal”. Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book (and why I chose them): “I would rather burn my entire rare stamp collection than tell my mom about the sex pact my friends agreed.” We all know that our parents had to have had sex for us to exist, but talking to them about it can be really embarrassing and scary, especially if you were raised in more strict or conservative households. I can definitely relate to this on many levels. “I’m not deluded enough to think I’m going to spend the rest of my life with my high school sweetheart. This isn’t 1980.” While this can happen, life is not a John Hughes movie (i.e. the 80s) and the ones we love at 17 may not be the right fit for us five years down the road, or even just a year or two into the relationship. People grow and change, and so do their preferences in a partner. “Are you ready to have sex with an elf?” This made me laugh so hard! But while it speaks to my inner nerd, it also shows that your perfect person will love you for you, and be willing to step outside of the box to make you happy or in this case, ready for intimacy. “Well, all I feel is myself freaking out” I’m 35 and still feel this way sometimes when it comes to big life changes. It can be hard to figure out what you want and even harder to admit to yourself and others. It's okay not to be okay, but know there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. “You know there’s nothing I find sexier than a pro-con list.” No truer words have been spoken (or written in this case). I am a sucker for lists. They make me so happy and I get so much enjoyment from making them, and crossing things off those lists. I love playing devil’s advocate and seeing a problem from both sides. “But if tonight has taught me anything, it’s that a bit of unpredictability won’t be so bad after all” I think this sums up that last bit of high school perfectly. There are break ups, new loves, big life decisions, and family issues. Combining all that with all those hormones raging through our bodies and we are expected to magically be adults who know who they are or who they are going to be. The night of prom holds many expectations, hopes, fears and then it all goes sideways but in the best ways possible. This coming of age book is a must read for anyone who felt even the smallest bit lost at the end of high school.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rochelle Bautista

    A huge thank you to Albert Whitman Teen and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review! 3.5⭐️ 2🌶 This was such a cute, fun and light read that I enjoyed devouring within hours! I think the fact that the events in this book took place in a span of one night made it fast-paced but quite enjoyable! I liked how I got to explore all these interesting storylines from the multiple POVs of this group of friends as they spend the night at a secluded cabin for their planned sex A huge thank you to Albert Whitman Teen and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review! 3.5⭐️ 2🌶 This was such a cute, fun and light read that I enjoyed devouring within hours! I think the fact that the events in this book took place in a span of one night made it fast-paced but quite enjoyable! I liked how I got to explore all these interesting storylines from the multiple POVs of this group of friends as they spend the night at a secluded cabin for their planned sex pact after prom night. It was so easy to get to know each of the characters really well so I didn’t get too confused from all the alternating chapters. Though I found some storylines to be more interesting than the others, I liked how there was a balance of laugh out loud, ridiculous moments and those heavier moments where serious topics were explored especially with the pressure they of having their first time that night, their plans after high school and all their individual issues. I enjoyed Alex and Leah’s storyline the most as it was exciting and sweet all throughout! I also loved how teen sex positivity was highlighted in this book! Overall, this was such a quick, entertaining read about teenagers dealing with the problems life throws at them! I highly recommend this if you’re looking for a light, fluffy read!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Paige

    Disclaimer: I received this arc and e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Book: The Night When No One Had Sex Author: Kalena Miller Book Series: Standalone Diversity: Korean American MC, Plus size Chinese American male character, F/f romance, MC with Lupus Rating: 4/5 Recommended For...: young adult readers, contemporary, sex-positive Genre: YA contemporary Publication Date: October 12, 2021 Publisher: AW Teen Pages: 342 Recommended Age: 16+ (Sex, Sexual content, Sexual fantasies, Fatp Disclaimer: I received this arc and e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Book: The Night When No One Had Sex Author: Kalena Miller Book Series: Standalone Diversity: Korean American MC, Plus size Chinese American male character, F/f romance, MC with Lupus Rating: 4/5 Recommended For...: young adult readers, contemporary, sex-positive Genre: YA contemporary Publication Date: October 12, 2021 Publisher: AW Teen Pages: 342 Recommended Age: 16+ (Sex, Sexual content, Sexual fantasies, Fatphobic comment, Language, Porn mentioned, STDs mentioned, Racism mentioned, Animal violence mentioned, Masturbation mentioned) Explanation of CWs: Sex and all it's different forms are mentioned and discussed in the book. There is one instance of a fat phobic comment. Lots of swearing. Animal violence is mentioned as well as beastiality in a unlikable joke. Synopsis: It's the night of senior prom, and eighteen-year-old Julia has made a pact with her friends. (Yes, that kind of pact.) They have secured a secluded cabin in the woods, one night without parental supervision, and plenty of condoms. But as soon as they leave the dance, the pact begins to unravel. Alex's grandmother is undergoing emergency surgery, and he and his date rush to the hospital. Zoe's trying to figure out how she feels about getting off the waitlist at Yale--and how to tell her girlfriend. Madison's chronic illness flares, holding her back once again from being a normal teenager. And Julia's fantasy-themed role play gets her locked in a closet. Alternating between each character's perspective and their ridiculous group chat, The Night When No One Had Sex finds a group of friends navigating the tenuous transition into adulthood and embracing the uncertainty of life after high school. Review: For the most part I really enjoyed this read. It was well written and I loved the switching POVs. The character development was great as was the world building. I also love how sex-positive the book was and how it discussed different aspects of sex and consent. Definitely a win for teens who are looking for books that openly discuss it and doesn't back down from awkward talks. The only thing I really thought could have been improved on was that the switching POVs did take me a bit to get into and there is a large cast of characters that take a bit to know as well. Verdict: It was good!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    There are certain milestone events that hold so much promise, and yet often never turn out quite the way they are “supposed” to. Senior prom is one such event—anticipated as a magical evening that represents the culmination of one’s high school experience. But while fancy dresses, tuxedos, and disco lights can provide a predictable backdrop, it’s hard for such a highly anticipated event to live up to the hype. In this book, a group of 8 high school seniors adopt a pact (well, one ring leader com There are certain milestone events that hold so much promise, and yet often never turn out quite the way they are “supposed” to. Senior prom is one such event—anticipated as a magical evening that represents the culmination of one’s high school experience. But while fancy dresses, tuxedos, and disco lights can provide a predictable backdrop, it’s hard for such a highly anticipated event to live up to the hype. In this book, a group of 8 high school seniors adopt a pact (well, one ring leader comes up with the idea and the rest go along with varying degrees of enthusiasm) that is summed up by the title of the book. As one might expect, the evening does not go according to plan. One pair ends up in the hospital (but not because they are sick or hurt), others have their plans foiled for reasons having to do with the house, unexpected pets, and their own bodies. While this may sound serious, the entire book is light-hearted and fun with a solid dose of humor. Some weighty topics are dealt with, but the characters end up managing the twists and turns of the evening, and even confronting their fears and growing as a result. Overall the book is an enjoyable and believable account of what it’s like to be a high school senior on the cusp of the next major stage of their lives.

  29. 5 out of 5

    k_dorman

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was a fun Contemporary YA book about friendship and growing up. The book follows Julia and her boyfriend Kevin and their quest to lose their virginity on Prom night. Julia and Kevin don't want to do this alone so they invite their friends, Zoe, Madison, Alex, Leah, Jake and Morgan on their virginity pact. The plan is to stay at Zoe's Uncle's Lake House where they can put their pact to fruition. But suddenly the night turns out to be way more complicated than any of the friends could have ex This was a fun Contemporary YA book about friendship and growing up. The book follows Julia and her boyfriend Kevin and their quest to lose their virginity on Prom night. Julia and Kevin don't want to do this alone so they invite their friends, Zoe, Madison, Alex, Leah, Jake and Morgan on their virginity pact. The plan is to stay at Zoe's Uncle's Lake House where they can put their pact to fruition. But suddenly the night turns out to be way more complicated than any of the friends could have expected. It starts with Alex finding out his grandmother has had a heart attack forcing him and his prom date Leah to ditch their friends to rush to the hospital. Leah and Alex barely know each other but Leah spends the evening supporting Alex and his family as they wait to see his grandma. Leah and Alex find themselves more attracted to each other as they night goes on even though they both know that they will have to go their separate ways this summer. After, Julia and Kevin try multiple times to lose their virginity to each other but ultimately this results with Julia being locked in a closet most of the night. Zoe and her girlfriend Morgan have already had sex but to keep in the spirit with their friends they decide to play along. Only Morgan keeps getting distracted worrying about her twin sister, Madison, and Zoe weighs her impending future of continuing her families legacy of attending Yale. All Madison wants is to feel like a normal girl and to not have her sister or her mom worry about her, especially with her illness. Madison spends most of the evening with oblivious, goofy, clueless Jake who doesn't quite know how to support Madison's illness but seems to do a great job at distracting her from herself. The night has Madison questioning if Jake is really who she needs after all. I liked how the story unfolded, and each character had a set of different problems and different backgrounds that was entertaining to follow. I think I most enjoyed Madison and Alex's storylines the most as they both were going through more difficult situations than the others were. I loved the group chat between the friends and related to their witty and goofy banter as they shared their Prom night adventures with one another. In the end only one of the couples manages to lose their virginity, but I won't tip my hand as to who it was. Perfect for anyone looking for a lighthearted storyline with relatable characters. Thank you to Netgalley and Kalena Miller for letting me read this early.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Raeesa Saint

    Thanks to Eidelweiss and AW Teen for a free e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. The Night When No One Had Sex follows a group of teens who make a pact to have sex on their prom night. As the title suggests, things do not go as planned. The story is told through multiple points of view as well as the teens’ group chat. There is not much plot in this book, since it is very character-driven and takes place during such a small window of time. That being said Thanks to Eidelweiss and AW Teen for a free e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. The Night When No One Had Sex follows a group of teens who make a pact to have sex on their prom night. As the title suggests, things do not go as planned. The story is told through multiple points of view as well as the teens’ group chat. There is not much plot in this book, since it is very character-driven and takes place during such a small window of time. That being said, the general theme of the book is “anything that can possibly go wrong, does go wrong”. If you are a fan of that trope (like I am), this book is sure to be entertaining. I enjoyed the characters. They were each dealing with their own struggles, and it was realistic to see how they all reacted to these struggles in different ways, and how their relationships with one another affected their reactions. There was also quite a bit of representation, which I love to see. The book was easy to read. The added text messages made it a quicker read than most books. It is on the shorter side, which I think was a smart move, considering that it takes place during only a few hours. My only complaint would be that the characters had similar voices, so I would often forget whose point of view I was reading. Overall, it was a highly entertaining read that manages to remain light-hearted while still touching on many serious topics. I think it is a great read for teenagers, as many of them would relate to the characters’ struggles.

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