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3.07 of 5 stars 3.07  ·  rating details  ·  754 ratings  ·  225 reviews
Three teenagers with XP (a life-threatening allergy to sunlight) are a species unto themselves. As seen through the eyes of 16-year-old Allie Kim, they roam the silent streets, looking for adventure while others sleep. On a random summer night, while scaling a building like any other, the three happen to peer into an empty apartment and glimpse an older man with what looks ...more
Hardcover, 243 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by Soho Teen
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Kat (Lost in Neverland)

^My reaction after reading the ending of this book^

Three best friends, all with the same deadly disease that renders them unable to go out in the sunlight. They sleep by day and go out at night. Other kids have called them 'vampires' but it's really just a tragic condition.
Allie and her two best friends own the night. They learn Parkour, a sport involving using obstacles to your advantage, and stake out the most exciting places for a thrill.
One night, Allie sees what looks like a murder in a bu
What would your life be like if you were a teen, with a rare disorder that makes the sun lethal to you, knowing that your lifespan will be shortened significantly?

Three teens share their night time adventures, spitting in the eye of death with their daring! Allie, Rob and Juliet know their lives will never be normal, so when most kids are home asleep, they out living their lives as best they can, while they can in a small town, Iron Harbor. They dream of places they can never go, doing things th
I'm going to just half-ass this review, because Mitchard seems to have quarter-assed the book, and those are hours I'm not getting back. This is one of the worst books I've ever read. It's a really, really bad book.

Basically, it's...not competently written. The premise is strained, the characters are flat, the plot is baffling, there's no continuous emotional arc, the situations strain credulity, there are infodumps all over, attention is given to all the wrong things, dialogue is unrevealing,
Nov 25, 2012 Lauri rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Yes, to everyone
Recommended to Lauri by: Requested a copy from NetGalley
Shelves: classroom, pdf
Occasionally, you pick up a book and get so involved that the rest of your life just gets in the way; this is how I felt while reading, Jaquelyn Mitchard's, What We Saw At Night.

I had no expectations when I started reading, What We Saw At Night, but quickly found myself involved with the three key characters, Allie, Rob, and Juliet. I learned as I read, about Xeroderma Pigmetosum, and Parkour, and for me, learning about new topics is always a plus. Although the reader is never given a complete
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What We Saw at Night should never have made my favorites list. It probably shouldn’t even be on my “like” list, because it just had so many problems. I didn’t like two of the main characters for most of the book (and still didn’t like one of them after I finished the book), I had to find the answer to a couple of my questions via context clues, and even then it’s just me guessing, the narrator barely stood up for herself, plus there’s that dratted love triangle. *sigh*

Somehow, I wound up rating

Mitchard is a must read author of mine with Cage of Stars and The Deep End of the Ocean at the top of my personal favorites list. This is the first novel aimed at the Young Adult crowd I have read by this author. The plot is clever and original as she describes in first person the life of three teens with a medical condition which makes exposure to sunlight deadly so they spend their nights wandering the town while sleeping through the daylight hours. As a shift worker I can so relate! The kids ...more
A book about Xeroderma Pigmentosum. Alright that is something different for a chance. And teenagers doing building jumping. Sounds exciting.

What a strange, weird and ow so boring book! After an elaboration about XP and a jumping-of-buildings manual and the most unromantic kiss I ever read, I got uhm let me think... Ow yeah, an attempt to create some kind of suspense and mystery-murder story that might've worked if Mitchard had left all the other crap unnecessarily stuff out that made
Faye, la Patata
An arc was provided via NetGalley. Thank you!

So, when I first read the blurb from Netgalley, I was really excited to read it. I've never heard of this particular disease before, so I thought it would be interesting to follow the lives of Allie, Rob and Juliet as they go on with their lives at night and how they cope with this and with each other. Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy this very much even though I desperately wanted to. I encountered a lot of problems, most of them subjective, that influe
I don't normally do reviews, but this book frustrated me enough that I feel like I have to.

Before I go any farther I should mention that the copy I read was provided by the publisher to the store I work at.

The premise was very intriguing, which only increased my frustration as I read. The idea was solid, but the execution was lacking. It wasn't bad. It was mediocre, and in some ways that's worse than bad.

I had multiple problems with the story (pacing, choppiness, Rob's one dimensional portrayal
Jacquelyn Mitchard rules. If you like books about kids with diseases, as I do, you will love this. A lot of really cool scenes with Parkour too.
Caroline Niziol
note: I received an ARC from Netgalley.

Vampires may still dominate the YA fiction shelf, but the teenagers in What We Saw at Night are mortal night-walkers. Born with XP (Xeroderma Pigmentosum), they are ordinary humans with a severe allergy to sunlight (and apparently indoor, artificial lights as well - a point Mitchard muddles). Allie and her friends invest their nighttime energy into Parkour, which brings them exhilaration, physical injuries, and several frightening experiences.

Mitchard write
Jun 11, 2013 Katie rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one
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What appealed to me about this particular book was learning about two things I never heard of before, mainly: Xeroderma Pigmentosum and Parkour. Mitchard takes you into another world where kids with a lethal allergy to sunlight live. The loneliness and fatalism of this infliction are as isolating as the darkness. A commonality of existence bonds the three teens and their families in a unique place, a town that provides a clinic specializing in research. Besides that, there is not much else to do ...more
Ella Preuss
I've been dancing on this book for way too long, and have finally decided to put it to rest.

After reading the blurb and one very promising review, I requested it from NG, but sadly, I found out that this book isn't right up my alley.

The pacing was way too slow for my taste, I didn't get emotionally attached to any of its characters, and I felt like Jacquelyn took too much time setting the suspense in the story. Half way into it is not the right moment to start introducing the wow-ing factors.

Allie Kim and her friend Rob take up Parkour in order to keep up with Juliet, the other kid their age in town with Xeroderma Pigmentosum. One night, they see something suspicious in an apartment. Then Allie sees it again, and the other two have only her word to go on.

WHAT WE SAW AT NIGHT is gripping. The potential murders often fade into the background of Allie's relationships, but so much of her life is driven by Rob and Juliet that its understandable. Without them, she's close to alone in the
Nov 03, 2014 Becky rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: teen
SOHO launched their new teen line this week with the release of Jacquelyn Mitchard's latest, WHAT WE SAW AT NIGHT.

Allie, Rob, and Juliet are best friends. They grew up together in their small town of Iron Harbor, home to the renowned Tabor Clinic, and a facility dedicated to the study of Xeroderma Pigmentosum, a rare genetic disorder that results in a deadly sun allergy. All three teens suffer from the disorder leaving their activity confined to the dark. With XP also comes a relatively short li
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Allie, Rob, and Juliet have XP (allergy to sunlight), so they live their lives at night. Between doctor appointments, the three friends begin Parkour to make them feel alive. This discipline allows someone to fly through the night, jump from buildings, and become more in-tune with nature. One stunt they want to do involves a large apartment building. They begin at the Penthouse level which is supposed to be empty, but it's not. Does Allie witness a crime? After t
The best part of this whole story is that it illustrates the greatness and the weakness of friendship. A common piece of teen life is the friendships created which often contains betrayal, blossoming relationships, and in the end many people face the severing those ties. I loved the relationship between Juliet and Allie, although it always seemed like Juliet had the upper hand in the friendship. Allie was fiercely loyal to this girl despite the shortcomings, the mistakes, and the lies.

Rob and Al
I challenge you to go to a library, find a Dan Brown paperback knockoff, and read the back panel without finding the word "rollercoaster". This is not without reason. Good mystery-thrillers should share much in common with their amusement park counterparts. There should be mounting tension and suspense, followed by a shocking climax complete with gut-wrenching twists. If these books are roller coasters, What We Saw at Night by Jacquelyn Mitchard is more akin to a misplaced child. Lost and confu ...more
Kathy Cunningham
Jacquelyn Mitchard is best known for her 1999 best seller THE DEEP END OF THE OCEAN, a gripping story about kidnapping and loss. Her latest novel, WHAT WE SAW AT NIGHT, is part murder mystery, part love story, part coming-of-age tale, aimed at the YA market. Seventeen-year-old Allie Kim and her friends Juliet and Rob suffer from Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP), a genetic disorder that keeps them prisoners of the night – any exposure to sunlight could kill them. So Allie, Juliet, and Rob spend their n ...more
Laura Martinelli
We got this in at work from the publisher and I decided to give it a read, as the cover copy sounded intriguing. Unfortunately, while the cover copy sold me, the rest of the book really failed to live up to my expectations. It’s not a horrible book, but the majority of the plot dragged on and I felt myself losing interest.

The first quarter of the book was good. I liked these teens, and how they live with Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP). I kinda wished that Mitchard would really get into the mindset o
Chan Luo Qi
Note: This is an ARC copy I received from Netgalley. However, this does not in any way influence my review.

What We Saw at Night
By: Jacquelyn Mitchard
Expected publication: 8th January 2013
Publisher: SoHo Teen

When I first saw the title “What We Saw at Night”, I was intrigued. And after the blurb and a few pages in, I was hooked.

This book does live up to its claim of being like Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me go, only better. Hey, I’m not kidding!

What We Saw at Night features Allie, Rob and Juliet
What We Saw at Night byJacquelyn Mitchardwas something of a mystery to me when I started reading it. I was sitting in my deer stand (hunting, yes) with no luck and decided a good murder mystery might bring me some good fortune. It took me a while to get into the story and I was thoroughly confused when the gymnastic-blackbelt-building-hopping showed up, but it all worked in its own way. The pace was a little slow (even for someone who was just passing time between deer sightings) and I found tha ...more
The author’s purpose for writing the novel What we Saw at Night was to entertain through suspense and thrilling the reader. The novel is about three best friends, Allie, Rob, and Juliet, who all have Xeroderma Pigmentosum or as they called it, XP. XP is a fatal allergy to the sun only allowing them to go outside during the late night hours. In order to make themselves feel like they were ‘living” they would jump off tall buildings and towers. One night during their adventurous routine, they witn ...more
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Allie, Juliet and Rob are “Children of the Moon”. No, don’t worry, you won’t find any creepy bloodsuckers or hairy fairytale creatures in this novel. The three teenagers suffer from Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP), a very rare genetic disorder, a potentially lethal sun light allergy. They live like ghosts , in the same city as their families or other persons of their age but somehow in a parallel universe, a night universe, because they have to prevent any exposure to sunlight.

Most people with XP die
I was intrigued by the plot and main character of this contemporary thriller. Allie and her best friends, Rob and Juliet, suffer from Xeroderma Pigmentosum, a fatal allergy to the sun. They live at night, knowing that their lifespan may be very short. Because of that, Juliet has introduced them to the sport of Parkour, which makes them feel completely alive while they are doing extreme and even death defying moves. On one Parkour adventure, Allie witnesses what she believes to be the murder of a ...more
Claudia Burgoa
Allie Kim and her two best friends Rob and Juliet don't live the live of normal teenagers. They have Xeroderma Pigmentosum a.k.a. they're allergic to sunlight. Sounds cool, like vampier syndrome. Juliet introduces the threesome to Parkour, the leaping-jumping sport. One of those nights they witness, Allie believes it was a murder and she decides to solve the mystery. What she finds out doesn't make her happy though.
Overall this original plot had me griping my tablet tight. The characters were ve
Dec 31, 2012 John added it
I'm stuck between 3 and 4 stars for this. As a mystery, it ended well, but the writing was very show-y and I found myself not really reading for the characters at all. Mitchard does do something surprising, something more horrific than you'd expect, but the shock of that made me appreciate the ending more than I would after some reflection, I think. Also, I'm not sure if I'm a fan of extending the search and battle of this mystery and bringing down the killer to three books - I usually prefer th ...more
Caroline  DeGrappo
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In the fictional thriller What We Saw At Night, author Jacquelyn Mitchard writes from the point of view of a diseased teenager. Being allergic to the sun doesn't have many perks, but Allie manages to find them. Who wouldn't want to have the entire town to themselves as everyone sleeps? Taking up parkour was a unanimous decision between Allie and her friends. What else is there to do? As the XP trio trapeze across rooftops, Allie witness' something she shouldn't have.
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Jacquelyn Mitchard’s first novel, The Deep End of the Ocean, was named by USA Today as one of the ten most influential books of the past 25 years – second only to the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (but second by a long shot, it must be said.)

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