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Titanic: The Long Night

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This action-packed big summer read focuses on the lives of several teenage passengers aboard the ill-fated "Titanic".
Paperback, 373 pages
Published March 1st 1998 by Scholastic
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I remember being young and reading this book. I always enjoyed the story of the Titanic. I have seen the movie many times and have read countless books about it. This book was just as good this time around as the first time I read it. It even seemed better.

Elizabeth, a young first class passenger, wants to go to college while her parents want her to be married. Max is an artist who has ignored his rich raising and is determined to make his own way. Katie, a young woman in steerage accompanied by
Rachel Carter
May 27, 2016 Rachel Carter rated it it was amazing
Shelves: have-paperback
Didn't love Elizabeth & Max but I adored Paddy & Katy so much that this gets five stars anyway. I have read this book way too many times because I just can't get over how cute the two of them are!
Jul 14, 2015 Nattie rated it liked it
Shelves: incomplete
A nice story. I found the chapters focused on the ship hitting the iceberg and the direct aftermath to be the most entertaining.

Elizabeth was a lot more interesting than Katie, couldn't really get into her and Paddy and Brian as much as I would have liked. I'm not a big insta-love person, but I make exceptions for Titanic-based stories, you kind of have to. Elizabeth and Max didn't particularly set my world on fire.

After the ship hit the iceberg and they were loading the lifeboats, I pretty much
Saturday's Child
Jul 31, 2016 Saturday's Child rated it liked it
By fluke I recently found a copy of this novel so of course I just had to read it.
No joke, I've had this book roughly since the movie came out, and I've JUST NOW read it for the first time. Risa can procrastinate on reading, oh yes she can.

Anyway, I'm being generous with the stars, only because this book bothered to have more than one decent female character. Otherwise, it wasn't terribly remarkable to me. This isn't my first run in with Diane Hoh. I don't think she's a very good writer. Nothing knee jerky, or anger inducing. She's just... unremarkable. It took me about three
Aug 19, 2016 Laurie rated it it was amazing
I found the follow-up book to this one in my classroom, and nobody ever claimed it, so I kept it and read it over a holiday. The follow up was okay, but there was a lot which was merely a follow-up to the first, Titanic: The Long Night. Maybe I would have enjoyed the second book if I had read the beginning book first. My thought is "No." Much of that book felt like it was explaining rather than putting me in the book.

But this novel, the one you should read first, was filled with action and roman
Nov 27, 2010 Amy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of the Titanic
Recommended to Amy by: Cassidy
3.5 stars.
A good book about the Titanic! I liked the characters, especially Katie with her irish accent, and i even liked Elizabeth after a little while. It got a little long in the end, but i guess it was supposed to, because it's called, "Titanic:The Long Niight." it was very similar to quite a few other Titanic stories. (for example, the actual movie) but it was still enjoyable. It makes me so angry and sad to think about what all those poor souls went through.
Dec 17, 2014 Cara rated it liked it
To start off, I will say that I love reading about the Titanic, both fiction and nonfiction tales. The movie is one of my favorites, and any chance I get to learn more about this event I jump at.

All in all, this book was a little lackluster. It wasn't just the multiple typos or the fact that parts of it resembled the movie just a little too much (you can really tell this book was written on the heels of the movie!). The part I struggled with was that I didn't get terribly invested in the charact
Feb 14, 2014 Natalie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I have read this book before a few years back but I wanted to read it again and like the first time it touched my heart by such a tragedy. This was the first historical fiction novel I have read about the Titanic and the author, Diane Hoh, did a beautiful job telling this story. Even though the transition from one character's point of view to the next wasn't done as smoothly as it should have been, I still enjoyed the novel with the details of the ship and the voyage, the descriptions of what ki ...more
Dec 08, 2008 CLM rated it liked it
Yes, this was sort of a rip off of the movie but it held my interest. I was a little disappointed that the rich NY heiress and the poor Irish immigrant girl, leaving parallel lives on board, never actually met, but that was better than if they had improbably become BFF.
Nov 19, 2008 Megan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Historical Fiction Readers
Recommended to Megan by: Myself
I picked this book up at Goodwill quite a while ago, expecting a generic story where everyone dies. I loved it. I really did. I thought it captured the mood on the Titanic on that night perfectly. I really suggest you read it.
Oct 10, 2016 Nick rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Titanic: The Long Night was a book about the story of the Titanic’s maiden voyage by Diane Hoh.
The book starts off with Elizabeth Farr, a young british girl who’s in an arranged marriage she doesn't want to be in, Max Whittaker, a young first class passenger, and the Irish third class family. It was released in 1998, one year after the Titanic movie. Most of this book wasn't too interesting, it was pretty much a copy of the movie. The only part I found really interesting in the book was the iceb
May 10, 2016 Lindsay rated it it was amazing
Review originally posted on Tsundokuholic.

The year is 1998. A story about a rich teenage girl on the Titanic falling for an artist returning to America from a year abroad in Paris grabs my heart.

No, I’m NOT talking about James Cameron’s blockbuster movie Titanic, although the same could be said for the movie. I’m talking about Diane Hoh’s novel, Titanic: The Long Night. Cheap novel riding the coattails of a blockbuster film? Absolutely it is. Compelling story? I sure thought so.

A wealthy sociali
May 15, 2015 Keri rated it liked it
I agree with a majority of the other reviews in that the book seemed to copy the film Titanic, especially in the beginning. Elizabeth is just like Rose in that she yearns for independence and love that isn't arranged. Max is similar to Jack in that he is an artist who has been living a carefree life in Europe. The only difference is that he is in fact wealthy, but chooses not to live like the others of his class. It did seem that the story of Katie, Paddy, and Brian was thrown into the novel in ...more
Aug 19, 2014 Mati rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, it's pretty difficult to review this without addressing that yes, this book was FAR too similar to the movie to really leave a lasting impact on me. It was Titanic the movie, for teens. Rich girl who is going to be pressed into a loveless marriage suddenly is swept off her feet by another passenger and oh no, the ship is sinking and women and children have to get off first but will he make it!

Just...getting that out there.

I did like the historical elements thrown in and I liked learning a bi
Jun 07, 2011 Josiah rated it liked it
The maiden voyage and subsequent sinking of the Titanic is perhaps the most fascinating setting for historical fiction to have occurred in the past several hundred years. You have the mixing of social classes, from the wealthy elite (John Jacob Astor, for example) who punch their tickets for first-class accommodations all the way, to the affluent members of second-class, financially secure but not quite up to the level of the Astors on the social scale, down to the third-class passengers, many ...more
Sarah Jane
Jan 02, 2016 Sarah Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I was in middle school, we had to write short stories about Titanic one year, so I've always been really fascinated with the tragedy and different authors' takes on it. Diane Hoh did a wonderful job creating fictional characters and portraying them in the story. I might have enjoyed Katie's perspective the most though because of her Irish accent. I got really attached to each of the characters and it surprised me a little to find they were all fictional - especially because the last book I ...more
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
Elizabeth Farr is an heiress who has never wanted for anything in her life - except the freedom to make her own decisions. Now she is stuck on the Titanic with her parents, who plan on marrying her off to a man she doesn't love when they reach America again and refuse to listen to her pleas for a college education. Elizabeth is prepared to spend most of the voyage in arguments and misery, but then she meets fellow passenger Max Whittaker, who is dressed like a third-class passenger, but comes fr ...more
Natalie Frampton
I have finally got to this book after I requested it months ago off netgalley. I wish I hadn't waited as I really loved it. I have a weird fascination with the Titanic. The whole terrific tragedy and huge loss of life plus the mystery and conspiracies that surround it.
This version of events is told to us from the points of view of two young ladies Elizabeth and Katie. Elizabeth in first class and Katie in third. I loved Diane Hoh's writing because of this, because whilst the two girls never offi
Jun 07, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it
More kudos to Open Road for continuing to bring back the cheese. While TITANIC isn't YA horror, the author carries the weight. But in a good way. TITANIC: THE LONG NIGHT proved to be a novel that transcended time, most likely because it's already a period piece. It still read well despite the fact that it is an older title.

The two POVs alternate between Elizabeth, a first class passenger, and Katie, a third class passenger. Unfortunately for me I just finished watching the Titanic miniseries on
May 15, 2012 Nisha rated it really liked it
For a YA historical fiction book, I am blown away, but it does well in the normal grading scheme too. Titanic: The Long Night, follows 2 female leads (and their male counterparts) and their experiences on the Titanic.

The "main" female lead, Elizabeth is an upper class young woman going to America to marry some dull fellow without having a chance to go to college and experience life. She meets Max, also technically of the same class, but has striked(struck?) it on his own to pursue a career in a
Bree Phoenix
Jul 09, 2012 Bree Phoenix rated it really liked it
I remember stumbling upon this novel right after the big blockbuster movie Titanic hit the screens. I was not allowed to watch the movie at the time because it was rated 14A and my parents were very strict when it came to ratings (however they were very lenient when it came to novels, quite the hypocrisy I know). Not being able to watch the film when every one of my peers had seen it twice was condemning me to social outcast, thus when I saw this novel at my local bookstore I begged my mother to ...more
I bought this book at a flea market for $0.50 and didn't really expect that much from it. I ended up being completely blown away by how much I loved this book. It is one of the few books written for young adults about the sinking of the Titanic that really goes into it in great detail. The sinking itself took up about half the book, which I loved. It was so emotional that at points I found myself near to tears. I actually had to stop reading and put the book down at points because I was so afrai ...more
Well so far (1/3rd of the way in) (view spoiler) ...more
morgan ✧
Mar 10, 2012 morgan ✧ rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Titanicians...duhh
Recommended to morgan ✧ by: just wanted to read more Titanic style books
I really did enjoy this novel! But it did drag on for a while that's why I gave it four stars. Then again I was so intrigued by this book that I had to read the sequel: Remembering the Titanic (which I'm reading now).

I love the relationship between Elizabeth and Max and with Katie and her love triangle. Being published on a year or two after the movie Titanic by James Cameron was released this book is a lot like the movie. Having the same Rose/Jack situation.

I do praise Diane Hoh in her writin
Feb 01, 2013 Lily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The unsinkable ship that sank.

Two Thousand, two hundred and twenty three souls boarded this ship, and only 706 survived the disaster. It is an event in history that will go unforgotten. But what of those souls on that ship? Who were they? What stories would they share were they alive to tell them?

Whether on the movie screen, or in literature, the story of the Titanic has inspired film and writing professionals. And I am sure, will i
Ana T.
Apr 13, 2012 Ana T. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Titanic, The Long Night is a very nice YA story focusing on the lives of four young passengers on board the Titanic.

The main character is Elizabeth Farr, a first class passenger, travelling with her parents. Elizabeth main problems are convincing her parents that she wants to go to Vassar instead of marrying the man they want her to marry. Also in first class is Max Whittaker, returning to New York after studying art in Paris, he had a falling out with his parents about what he wants to do in l
Jo Bullen
Jun 26, 2016 Jo Bullen rated it it was ok
I LOVED this book as a kid. I must have read it five times or more within the space of a couple of years. And then I threw it out. Now I teach a unit on the Titanic (kind of - it's a vehicle for lots of non-fiction articles) and wondered whether this would have something in it I could use as a hook or even as a recommendation for the students to read. And you know, it's not all bad. It's more romancey than Titanicy and it's not the best written book ever. But it's okay. Just like every other boo ...more
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Titantic by Diane Hoh is a wonderful book. It is a book about a girl named Elizabeth Far and a boy named Max Whittaker. They fall in love even though they can't be together because their parents' don't approve.

The good thing about the book is that the characters really show their individual personalities. The story is very interesting and unpredictable. It is very dramatic and leaves you sitting on the edge of your seat.

The bad thing about this book is that it switches from a story about Eliza
Nov 27, 2015 Kim rated it liked it
I liked Katie a lot. If it hadn't been for her I don't think I could have made it to the end. Maybe because I can't really relate to the upper crust, but I was sick and tired of Elizabeth's whiny, abrasive sense of entitlement and non-gratitude toward her parents. Yes, you don't want to marry that boring Allen guy, which was a point driven into the ground. Stop being a downer and just enjoy wearing your expensive Italian lace and the hats with big feathers on them.
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Diane Hoh is the author of fifty-seven novels for young adults. She grew up in Warren, Pennsylvania but currently resides in Austin, Texas. Reading and writing are her favorite things, also gardening and grandchildren.
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