The Night When No One Had Sex by Kalena Miller
Genre: Young Adult 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.
15 Reactions While Reading The Night When No One Had Sex
Instead of our usual review, we’re pumped to share our 15 Reactions While Reading The Night When No One Had Sex. We laughed so much during this hilarious YA romcom about a friend group on prom night.
1. Prom night is such a fun YA trope.
It’s been a while since we’ve read a YA book set on prom night. The Night When No One Sex skipped over the dance and went right to this group of friends getting ready for a crazy night without parental supervision. Prom is so romanticized and Miller chose to turn it into a comedy of errors.
2. Being in the middle of nowhere unsupervised is bound to cause trouble.
There’s something about a cabin in the woods that has such a creepy vibe. Usually we the setting in mysteries or thrillers, not contemporary romance. Nothing spooky about this book! But, it means that no one else is around so this friend group can cause as much trouble as they want. Zoe’s uncle does have interesting taste…but hey, it’s free!
3. Poor Alex! Leah is so sweet to stay with him.
On the way to the cabin, Alex Song finds out that his halmeoni is in the hospital and has to change course. His date, Leah, doesn’t know Alex very well and still wanted to go to the hospital with him. Hopefully halmeoni is okay and Alex and Leah can enjoy their night.
4. Morgan is probably our least favorite character. We get that she’s protective of her sister Madison. But she’s unbearable and whiny.
Morgan Alvarez is over productive to the extreme! We get that she cares about her twin Madison and wants to protect her from the universe, but it’s to a scary degree. Madison just wants to date Jake and live her life. Morgan also whine and calls her mom, which made us go “seriously?” The whole point of an unsupervised night is no parents!
5. Madison reminds us of Maeve Rojas from One of Us is Next. She just wants to enjoy her life.
Maeve Rojas is one of the main characters of One of Us is Next. After previous health conditions, people still treated her like she was breakable The same goes for Madison, who was a competitive dancer before she was diagnosed with lupus. One reason she likes Jake, who is a bit of a moron, is because he treats her like a normal person.
6. Julia and Kevin are so cute together!
We love that Julia and Kevin have had a long-term relationship. They’re adorable together. Julia orchestrated the whole weekend so she and Kevin could have the perfect first time. Too bad the title tells us that won’t happen.
7. We feel bad for Zoe, she should go to college wherever she wants.
Zoe and Morgan have also had a long-term relationship, but they have had some communication problems recently. Zoe doesn’t feel comfortable telling Morgan the truth about her college preferences. Zoe wants one thing and her family wants another.
8. Alex’s POV is one of our favorites. It’s fun to read about his instant chemistry with Leah.
Alex is the only one who hasn’t made it to the cabin in the woods. We felt so bad for him that his friend group is all together without him. However, Leah is the sweetest for staying and doing whatever she can to help Alex and his family. We love how they connected and enjoy their banter. It’s not instalove, but they definitely like each other.
9. Jake is a complete moron.
While we respect that Jake doesn’t treat Madison like an invalid, he’s still so so so dumb. Madison, please don’t do what he’s suggesting. He might be sweet, he’s very dumb/doesn’t have great ideas.
10. This book focuses more on character development than plot.
One thing we definitely noticed was how The Night When No One Had Sex focused on the characters and their coming of age story. Especially since this book only take place over one night, it’s about the characters transitioning from high school to college. Prom was the one last hurrah together.
11. LOL Poor Julia.
Without spoiling anything, something ruins Julia and Kevin’s attempt at a first time. However, it’s freakin’ hilarious. While we feel sorry for this couple, it’s so much fun to read about.
12. Leah is so sweet for staying with Alex and helping out.
Leah is amazing! She brings everyone food and basically takes on the role of caretaker…for a bunch of strangers. Not many people would do this for their prom date. Alex clearly has hearts in his eyes.
13. Zoe, please tell the truth.
This is getting frustrating with Zoe. We gets that she’s worried about judgement, but she has to tell her girlfriend where she wants to go to school. It’s made everything awkward and tense all night. Zoe and Morgan can’t stop fighting, so we’d prefer for Zoe to spill it out.
14. We love that Madison’s is saying what she wants and needs.
Madison is frustrated with everyone in her life, especially Morgan and Jake. Finally, she takes a stand and tells everyone what she needs. We support her 100 percent.
15. Fabulous ending!
Everything was nicely resolved by the end. While nothing about the night went as planned for the friends, it was certainly a night they would never forget. We laughed so hard at these crazy antics and loved the comedy of errors.
Overall, we had a lot of fun reading Miller’s latest book and we’d definitely pick up her next YA.
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.