What We Saw at Night (What We Saw at Night #1)
^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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
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, ...more
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Rob and Al ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Most people with XP die ...more
Beautifully written and well paced, this was one creepy ass book. I'm not normally a fan of contemporaries, but this one really managed to suck me in and keep me up all night to finish it - and then up all night because I was afraid to go to bed.
The characters are what make it worth it. It's all told through Allie's head, but you get a good idea of where they are and become strangely attached to them -- I was worried for Juliet when Alli ...more
Overall this original plot had me griping my tablet tight. The characters were ve ...more
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