Nov 30, 2012

Blog Tour: Any Other Night by Anne Pfeffer

Title: Any Other Night
Author: Anne Pfeffer
GenreYA Contemporary
Date Published: 10/2011

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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.


Author Bio:
Anne Pfeffer is the author of Any Other Night and The Wedding Cake Girl.  She lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Contact Links
Twitter @AnnePfeffer1

My review:

Any Other Night was a nice novel, mostly due to the male narrator, one who throws in bits of humor even in the darkest moments. Despite the fact that Any Other Night deals with very difficult topics, it never gets too depressing, and as the story progresses, it turns into a tale of hope for all parties involved. 
Ryan was an interesting character to follow. I liked watching him grow and finding himself, though I can't say I would support him in his decisions regarding Emily. The romance starts out sweet, grows stronger, only to fall flat in a crucial moment. I am not sure I would want a person like Emily come back to me, as Ryan wishes her to do. 
One of my greatest problems was the cast. I always feel detached from super-rich characters, and Any Other Night is brimming over with such. So I didn't feel much sympathy after some great revelations, especially given the history of family relations.  
The parts that got me were the memories of the friendship with Michael and Ryan's grief. These passages felt most sincere. While I wish the other characters were more fleshed out, I liked Ryan and Chrissie, who felt like a breath of fresh air, and these are the things that make reading Any Other Night worth the while.

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