Home Recommended Reading Workshops About RSS

Late Lights: a novella in stories ~Kara Weiss

Truth be told after the first couple of pages I thought I was not going to like LATE LIGHTS, I did not even have a cover for my copy! It was the incredible use of language that kept pulling me  into the stories and pushing me forward.  Whereas the anger in the swear words would have been off putting, rather it was so “right on” that there was no confusion about the pain and misunderstood /misplaced emotion.  It made the dialogue seamlessly real.

Late Lights is a collection of  5 stories about 3 adolescents who are between the ages of 15 and 20.  Monty, BJ, and Erin all met in kindergarten and were still best friends although their paths kept them apart.   The three are peer parenting each other not because they are daycare, working parent children, but primarily because their fathers are not supplying the necessary guidance or the love which the child needs.   The mothers are consumed.

Monty begins the story as he is in juvenile detention and on such good behavior he is about to be released for the 4th time.  He is from the wrong side of the street, and Erin’s mother does not want him around her daughter.  BJ is confused and has gender identification issues which translate into playing ball with the boys and wandering the streets with Monty.   Erin has chosen boarding school to get away from her mother’s control and she excels at sports and her studies.   When you add in that each of these three are actually neglected, unseen, by their parents, the reader can comprehend the acting out and the choices that they make in their lives.

There was neither a happy ending nor a tough to take ending, and the stories held your attention. I am sure that readers would like a sequel of 5 short stories about these three reaching their 30s and are they still best friends?  I was left hoping for the best outcomes and understandings.  I was cheering these three onward; I think many people will enjoy reading LATE LIGHTS.

I started reading this novella after 5 days of no reading and two weekends of lots of company.  I liked that each story was complete in itself and that they all fit together.   I did not have to put the reader down and could accomplish the whole story in one sitting; it proved to be an intense and refreshing format.  I completed the whole novella a second time in 5 hours as I put my feet up to prepare to write this review.   There is a power to each story and the great use of language made this a very good debut book and smoothed the stereotypical behaviors and some of the grittiness.

Author’s page:  Kara Weiss
tlc logoI received a PDF copy of this book from TLC online book tours and Colony Collapse Press and it is my understanding that there is a giveaway comment for a great comment.

If you purchase anything from Amazon or Powell’s (Powell’s only has 2 left in stock as I am writing this review!)  from this site I will receive a few blossoms in my bouquet.  Thank you.  Donations also welcomed.

Related Reading:
The Fault in Our Stars
Our Love Could Light The World  
Half As Happy
What The Zhang Boys Know

Tags: , , , ,

8 Responses to “Late Lights: a novella in stories ~Kara Weiss”

  1. Sara Says:


    You had me with this line: ” I liked that each story was complete in itself and that they all fit together.” As a fledgling writer, I know how difficult this can be to do. I’m impressed and enjoyed this review very much.

    Patricia Reply:

    I read this book the first time Sara over a period of 7 days and I too liked that the stories were complete and that the connections were redefined within each one. To write the review, I thought I needed to read it a second time straight through…

    Yes, I think it is very difficult. Thank you for your good words.

    I think new authors like my reviews also, I am getting about a dozen independent requests a month now – I just wish I had a bigger readership…I still do not review the ones I do not care for … although I may make an exception for a book I will review in September, because I think the topic needs to get out and be outloud even though the writing is a slog.
    Patricia recently posted..Late Lights: a novella in stories ~Kara WeissMy Profile

  2. Talon Says:

    I like the format, Patricia. Sometimes a short story just suits perfectly the time we have to sit and read.

    Patricia Reply:

    Weiss is a good story teller. The format was excellent, I am liking it more and more as time goes by

  3. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    “I liked that each story was complete in itself and that they all fit together.”

    My FAVORITE type of book!

    Patricia Reply:

    I am liking these connected short stories or novella’s very much myself – it is a good style for busy folks who like a good story.

    Kept me thinking about what the characters might be like in the future – that is fun too
    Patricia recently posted..Late Lights: a novella in stories ~Kara WeissMy Profile

  4. Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours Says:

    I like the idea of follow up stories to discover where these characters went with their lives … intriguing!

    Thanks for being on the tour.

    Patricia Reply:

    Heather J
    You know it is my pleasure :)

    … on to the next read
    Patricia recently posted..Late Lights: a novella in stories ~Kara WeissMy Profile