[Blog Tour] The Night When No One Had Sex – Kalena Miller

(Edit on the 18th of October 2021: this blog tour was delayed! My initial stop was on the 06th of September and was pushed to this date 18/10.)

Thank you TBR and Beyond Tours and the author for this tour. I was gifted an e-copy of this novel, in exchange for my honest opinion.

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.

Julia made a pact with her group of friends – on prom night they will all go to her uncle’s house and they will all lose their virginity. But things never goes as plan, and this is definitely not a thing you plan so all through the night all the characters will go through … a lot.

I enjoyed this story. I’m not a fan when there’s a plot with a pact for losing your virginity because it’s always super unrealistic and awkward but I had a feeling this book was going to be different and it was. The whole story is set during one evening/night and there are different point of views during the novel: Julia’s, Zoe’s, Madison’s, Morgan’s and Alex’s point of views. The different point of views helps getting to know them all, and I really like that. We also have ‘access’ to their whatsapp group chat which is so funny and amazing. I loved that!

I remember reading few years ago a book about the same king of pact and it was terrible, and as I said before so unrealistic. It was like one of the girl was losing a virginity just like that and then sending a selfie to her friends to let them no. Awful! So anyway I was a bit scared when I started it but in the end it was very surprising and in a good way. So first of all we have Alex who ends up going to the hospital with his prom date because his grandmother had a heart attack and is going through surgery. We have Zoe and Morgan who are going through… through something, I won’t say more. Madison is Morgan’s twin and she just wants freedom. She’s been diagnosed with Lupus when she was younger and her twin is very very protective. She has a huge flare during the night and … Well I’ll let you read if you want to know more about Madison but I really loved this chronic illness rep, because I felt so close to Madison when she was describing her pain etc. Last but not least, with have Julia – the one who decided to make the pact, she’s with Kevin and she’s definitely ready to lose her virginity but it’s not working. She’s going through a lot of pain when they try and she’s scared and start googling her symptoms (endometriosis is mentioned in the book, as potential diagnosis!). Oh and Bulldog, yeah no Bulldog is not a dog but a cat. He is a demon-cat but if you want to know why you’ll have to read it, (again. I know)

Definitely not the night they had plan. But definitely what young readers need to read when it comes to the first time / losing your virginity topic. You can’t plan it and there is no timing for it to happen, it might be painful, it might not be etc. Everyone is different, and every body works differently.

I also like that the novel wasn’t just focus on the pact but on more topics such as the chronic illness like I mentioned, Alex’s grandma, going to university and so the characters’ future.

The Night When No One Had Sex is the author’s debut novel!

Author’s website.

Get your copy – here.

4/5 ⭐️

Very good book, with a great story and even though the whole novel is set during just one evening/night you still feel like you’ve known the characters for ages.

Morgane. x


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