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What We Saw at Night

(What We Saw at Night #1)

3.11  ·  Rating details ·  1,071 ratings  ·  278 reviews
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 ...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
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,
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone!
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
Nov 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Sarah (A Weebish Book Blog)

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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

Feb 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
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
Quick review for a somewhat quick read. "What We Saw At Night" is an odd YA mystery. I don't know if I can say that my impression of it being "odd" is a good thing, because the oddity lies in its overarching presentation despite some pretty awesome/interesting elements. There were so many things about it that pulled me in - the depiction of three friends who have XP, a rare fatal allergy to sunlight; the Hitchcock "Rear Window" allusions when Allie thinks she's witnessed a murder; the attention ...more
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: borrowed
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
Jan 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Dec 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime, young-adult
Thea’s Take:

Juliet kept smiling. “Everybody dies,” she said, turning her face so it was out of the light. “But not everybody really lives.”

Sixteen year old Allie Kim has Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XD), a genetic disorder resulting in deficient repair of DNA damage caused by UV light. In other words, Allie has a fatal reaction to sunlight and sleeps away her daytime hours safely indoors, leaving the house only at night. With her two best friends, Juliet and Rob – who also have XD – the trio rules the
Sep 08, 2012 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
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Morgan Cote
Feb 13, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked this book, but it was not my favorite. I usually really like mysteries, but this one was kind of odd. At first when I started reading, I liked it and it seemed interesting, but as I got into the book I thought it was kind of weird. I could not get interested during the book because I thought it was weird and boring, so it took me a while to get through. The ending also didn’t resolve any of the book.
Meghan Langevin
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
The dynamic between the trio of best friends is so off. Nobody who is best friends with someone, let alone all their lives like these characters, treats and interacts with their friends this way.
Ava Aymie
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was although entertaining felt as if I went back to 5th grade. Although it had some more mature content the over way the story was told just felt so rehearsed. I did not even enjoy the book but would have liked to know how it ended in the first book and not have to read more books to understand the bleak ending.
Lindsey Rodman
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it
What we saw at Night was an okay book for me. Personally I think I liked the idea of the story more than the story itself. Kids who do parkour at night because they can’t go outside in the day? Super cool, interesting concept, love it. Kid sees murder while doing parkour? That’s cool too. The story itself just wasn’t as interesting as the idea. In all honesty the only reason why I finished the book was because of my English class so overall it was okay, maybe 5/10, probably wouldn’t read again.
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
Kathy Cunningham
Jan 18, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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Chan Luo Qi
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
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
Dec 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 16, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fic
17 year old Allie and her two best friends, Rob and Juliet, are not like other kids their age. They have XP, a severe allergy to sunlight, and cannot go out in the daytime unless seriously wrapped up and sometimes even under an umbrella. Therefore, their lives are confined to the night-time hours, and they have always felt cut off from the 'real' world of the people they call 'Daytimers'. Their condition means that their future is limited, and that they could die young, which leaves them feeling ...more
Nov 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen-ya, mystery
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
May 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Summary (contains some spoilers):
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
Sep 25, 2012 rated it liked it
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
May 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Nov 20, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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