Tue, January 8, 2013

What We Saw at Night by Jacquelyn Mitchard Review

What We Saw at Night book cover

What We Saw at Night book cover

What We Saw at Night
By Jacquelyn Mitchard
Publication date: January 8, 2013
Soho Teen, 272 pages
Source: Publisher

Allie Kim suffers from Xeroderma Pigmentosum: a fatal allergy to sunlight that confines her and her two best friends, Rob and Juliet, to the night. When freewheeling Juliet takes up Parkour—the stunt-sport of scaling and leaping off tall buildings—Allie and Rob have no choice but to join her, if only to protect her. Though potentially deadly, Parkour after dark makes Allie feel truly alive, and for the first time equal to the “daytimers.”

On a random summer night, the trio catches a glimpse of what appears to be murder. Allie alone takes it upon herself to investigate, and the truth comes at an unthinkable price. Navigating the shadowy world of specialized XP care, extreme sports, and forbidden love, Allie ultimately uncovers a secret that upends everything she believes about the people she trusts the most.

— Goodreads.com description

I’m very excited about today combo review/guest post. Why? 1) It’s for What We Saw at Night, the first book from the new imprint Soho Teen. Yay new imprints! 2) It’s by Jacquelyn Mitchard. Hello! Deep End of the Ocean! SO GOOD!*

Anyway, I was definitely pleasantly surprised by What We Saw at Night. The slower pace, combined with the cray set up — kids who are allergic to the sun start to practice parkour in the middle of the night — made me a bit hesitant and made it bit hard to get into. But once the mystery starts to unfold…holy crud.

Do any of you watch Pretty Little Liars? If so, you can probably relate to the sense of dread I felt while reading this book. As Allie gets more entrenched in the mystery, the more things spin out of control. I could not turn the page fast enough, filled with the sick feeling that Allie was trapped, in too deep to ever get out, through no real fault of her own.

AHHH! I’m dying to know what happens next, and thankfully the author’s note at the end said Mitchard is working on the sequel. If you like mysteries, this one’s for you.

I’m also completely thrilled that Jacquelyn Mitchard — who has written books for teens for a while now — agreed to share her favorite YA reads with me. I love getting recommendations, especially from authors:

· The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
· Tighter by Adele Griffin
· Exposure by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes
· The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
· A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Love it! Thank you!

Anna Reads young adult book blog

*Because it was the first Oprah’s Book Club pick and you know Oprah and I are likethis. HA. Okay, obviously exaggerating. But also because I read and loved that book in the ’90s and had a big crush on Jonathan Jackson when the movie came out.

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Posted by: Anna   •   In: death, guest post, jacquelyn mitchard, mystery
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  1. We Heart YA said:

    Hah, Kristan can identify, b/c she has a mild form of sun allergy… Anyway, sounds like a cool story, and we love the cover!

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  2. Dianna (Stories After Twelve) said:

    Oh,I’m so happy you enjoyed this book. I LOVE PLL so I hope I like this book too. Great review, Anna! : )

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  3. VeganYANerds said:

    I’ve never heard of this book, or the author, until now but you had me at the similarity to PLL!

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  4. Bookworm1858 said:

    I really liked this book too-the ending was so cliffhangery and I don’t know what Allie can do next!

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  5. Alexa Y. said:

    This certainly sounds very intriguing! I can’t wait to check it out for myself, especially because you brought up the Pretty Little Liars comparison!

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  6. Lori said:

    This sounds great! I’m adding it to the TBR right now.

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  7. Tara said:

    Now I can read/comment since I’ve written my own review (you know how I roll). I’m not going to lie, I’m a little tempted to try some Parkour in Grant Park – you game? LOL

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