We Own the Night
Author: Ashley Poston
Series: Radio Hearts Series, #2
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Publication Date: 6/28/16
Source: Requested from Netgalley
*I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*
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No one would ever suspect that responsible, ugly-sweater-wearing Ingrid North is the incognito radio deejay known only as Niteowl. Finally a high school grad, she can’t wait to get out of her tiny hometown of Steadfast, Nebraska (population three hundred and forty-seven) to chase her dreams. Thankfully, her three best friends–Billie, LD, and Micah (who she is definitely, absolutely not in love with)–are more concerned with spending one last epic summer together than finding out where Ingrid slinks off to every weekend.
But for that one glorious hour every Saturday night, Iggy shucks her own skin to become Niteowl–an infamous and daring deejay with the answers to everyone’s love life but her own. There is one caller in particular–Dark and Brooding–whose raspy laugh and snarky humor is just sexy enough to take her mind off the fact that Micah is rapidly falling for a Mean-Girls-worthy nightmare. But when Ingrid lands an interview in New York City for the internship of a lifetime, her secret life begins to unravel. It’s her chance to follow her heart, but she’ll have to leave everything behind–her ailing grandmother, her friends, her radio show . . . and a chance at her very own happy ending.
Torn between her dreams and her home, Iggy begins to realize that to get what she wants she has to give up the things that mean the most to her. But letting go could lead to a summer of sunflowers, rock stars, and the show of a lifetime.
And Iggy might just find that her real life begins when Niteowl goes off the air.
We Own the Night is such a cute and compact romantic story. When I requested the novel I had no idea it was a second in the series, so it can be read by itself or after its companion book without missing out. With only a little over 200 pages, this book is easy to fly through in one setting. Initially, it was the cover and the premise that drew me in. I have seen TV shows revolving around radio deejays but never read a book about one, so the idea seemed like a fresh break from the typical novels I pick up. The radio show aspect ended up being both a strength and a weakness about the book.
I loved Ingrid’s radio host persona and how she is able to confidently handle her nighttime callers, including Dark and Brooding. By presenting herself as Niteowl, it is easy to see the potential she has to be confident in her decisions. Unfortunately, it was also a weakness in the book because I wish I could have seen more of her shows. Often, there was a one to two page glimpse of how a show would go and then the plot would continue after she had finished that night’s broadcast, sometimes picking up the action days later. It made it hard to imagine her as having a large following when we aren’t able to follow her show ourselves beyond the first few callers.
Beyond the radio show, Ingrid’s relationship with her Gram is beautiful. With such a large amount of the older generation suffering from Alzheimer’s or some form of dementia, having a book that represents one possible family dynamic dealing with that is a great thing. Through Ingrid reflecting on past moments as well as the current care she gives for her grandma it is easy to see the love between them.
Of course, there is also romance in the book. It was like a fairy-tale or movie ending where the boy and girl finally realize they like each other in a happily ever after way – somewhat cheesy, but still a completely satisfying conclusion.