Blog Tour Review: The Night When No One Had Sex by Kalena Miller

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A perfect blend of funny and serious. Full of life lessons about the future.

Thank you so much to TBR and Beyond and Kalena Miller for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary eARC and media kit!

Book Information

Genre: YA Contemporary
Publishing Date: September 7, 2021

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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Content and Trigger Warnings

For a list of warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.

About the Author

Kalena Miller grew up in College Station, TX with her mom, dad, and the most photographed hamster in history. After high school, she moved a thousand miles north to attend Carleton College, where she graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Religious Studies. After a brief stint working as a paraeducator in Seattle, Kalena decided she missed school too much, so she spent the next two years pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at Hamline University.

Kalena currently lives in Hopkins, Minnesota with her husband, Kenny, and Toy Australian Shepherd, Toshley. She writes middle grade and young adult fiction and co-authors narrative nonfiction with her mom, Kathy Miller (check out her website here). She loves books that make her laugh and make her cry, preferably at the same time, and she firmly believes all quality novels should feature a cat.

Review (no spoilers)

If you’d like to follow along with the rest of the tour, you can find the tour schedule here.

Told through alternating points-of-view, The Night When No One Had Sex is a YA contemporary novel about a group of teenagers who have made a pact to all have sex on their prom night. Unfortunately, fate has alternative plans for them. Amidst tales of being locked in a closet during foreplay, unexpected hospital trips, desperate scone-making during mental breakdowns, lost cats, dead animal heads, and lupus flares, this group of friends is in for a unique, but decidedly unsexy, night of their lives.

When I first started reading this book, I had a really bad feeling that I was going to find myself quickly exasperated by teen foolishness. There seemed to be so much tension before the night even began that I found myself preparing for the absolute worst. Thankfully, that’s not where this book headed for me.

Although many of the characters have infuriating qualities, there was something about them and the way that they were written that made these qualities somewhat endearing. Whenever they made a decision that was a clear mistake, instead of finding myself frustrated, I found myself lovingly shaking my head in an “oh you silly silly kids” type of manner. They all had flaws, but it was clear that every single one of them following misguided attempts to do what they thought was best. Their friendships and inter-relationships were perfectly beautiful at times and tragically beautiful at others.

On top of having great characters, this book had an equally-lovable plot. There were some things that didn’t make any sense (I’m looking at you, Alex-Leah internet sub-plot) but, once again, I found that I wasn’t at all bothered by it. The story is a mixture of serious life lessons and incredibly heartfelt/hilarious interactions between loved ones. It’s a feel-good novel all around, and I think it will be well-loved by many,

The Night When No One Had Sex was a fantastic novel that I would definitely recommend. It’s out on shelves now, so don’t forget to grab your copy!

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