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A Hundred Hours of Night

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  1,054 ratings  ·  157 reviews
When Emilia de Wit ran away to New York City, she planned everything to a T. Plane ticket, purchased. Cute apartment, rented online. Subway map, printed and highlighted. This was no ordinary trip -- this was Emilia's declaration of independence. Her chance to escape the disaster her life has become. To get away from the horrible scandal that has rocked Amsterdam, the scand ...more
Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published May 10th 2016 by B015QMBYOC (first published January 1st 2014)
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May 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, owned
Your life sucks? Your family is shit? You want out? Great! Overreact, pack a bag and book a flight to America, cause you're 14 and it makes total sense.

That's what Emilia did, when she found out that her father cheated on her mom. She arrives in New York and promptly faces a few difficulties. Not only doesn't she have a place to stay at, Hurricane Sandy is threatening to shut down the city as well.

I enjoyed this book. It was short and simple and I read it in one sitting. I'm not sure I liked the
Gray Cox
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lovely
THIS BOOK. *Clutches to chest* It gave me warm fuzzy feelings and I love it, ajdksdk.

Definitely not for younger or more sheltered teens though. It had a lot of swearing, slight alcohol abuse, and it also dealt with harsher topics such as suicide, cyber bullying, and other bad life choices.
One of the characters, who was acholic was slightly glorified for it. As mentioned before, there was a large amount of swearing in this book, which normally would make me DNF it, but besides these two th
Feb 07, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
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Suad Shamma
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, own
This was a very endearing book that I finished in a few hours due to the writing style and easy flow. It revolves around the time that Hurricane Sandy hit New York, and a Dutch girl who ran away from home, stole her father's credit card and flew all the way to New York. Alone.

Perhaps that sounds a bit farfetched and silly, and maybe it is, but I was in the mood for a quick YA and so it didn't bother me in the least and I went with it, enjoying the story and the events that were to unfold soon t
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
It had magic but something was missing and the ending left everything almost the same as the beginning.
Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, the first thing that you'll need to know before reading A Hundred Hours of Night, is that it's unusual.

I've read many a MG/YA contemporary over the past couple of years, and I don't think I've ever read a book that's both uniquely structured and involves a devastating real-world event - Hurricane Sandy, in this particular case. But all of this is a good thing, because it's helped A Hundred Hours of Night become one of my favorite new contemporary books of this year.

Author Anna Woltz introd
Jeanne Lawrence
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A GREAT read! This YA fiction book is set during Hurricane Sandy in NYCity. Four young teenagers help each other through the power failure and lack of adult family members and become friends but not without some anxieties and anguish.
May 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First, the positive: I really enjoyed this book. The premise was interesting, the plot was fast paced, and the writing (or, rather, the translation of the writing, as I read it in English as opposed to the original Dutch) flowed very well. It was also a fast read- I knocked this out in a few hours- which was nice. I also really liked the depiction of post-hurricane Manhattan, which I hadn't really seen before.

However, there were definitely some problems, mostly centered on the main character, Em
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: international-ya
15-year-old Emilia escapes her life in Amsterdam to run away to NYC after a scandal rocks her world back home. Soon after arriving, however, she learns that Hurricane Sandy is about to hit New York, forcing her to reckon with her own personal issues in the face of a multi-day blackout and a cold, chaotic, yet beautiful city.

Emilia is fortunate to be in the company of new friends she meets in desparate circumstances before the hurricane hits -- moody, awkward boy-next-door Seth, movie-star-hands
Karyn Silverman
Dates are approximate, since I totally forgot I read this one until I came across a review elsewhere and was all hey! I read that! Clearly not very memorable.
Cassie Tollefson
A Hundred Hours of Night is about a girl that is fifteen yeaes old, Emilia De Wit frombthe Netherlands, her father is all over the internet getting in trouble almost twenty four seven. Emilia ran away and went to New York City, which she planned everything to a T. Plane ticket, purchase. With a fabulous apartment, which she rented online, a subway map which is printed and highlighted. This was her chance of escape the life which her parents were ruining. For Emilia running away it is because of ...more
Sikyra Castle
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eleanor Roosevelt once said, ‘You gain courage and confidence by every experience in which you stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.’

When staring to read, A Hundred Hours of Night, it was like taking a surge, as Emilia made the decision to flee from home. Due to a school affair involving the principal (her father) and another student, causing an
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: family, female, historical
I couldn't get past the unbelievable premise that Emilia could plot to get from the Netherlands to the United States in order to escape the dysfunction that is her father's self-made Twitter-storm/sex scandal. I tried to hold on, I skimmed a bit and thought okay, well I loved Stolen: A Letter to My Captor and that introduction was pretty unbelievable too, so why can't I get past this one? Maybe I didn't really like Emilia or even thought she was "mature" enough to even manage all that she did at ...more
Kyle Pucciarello
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable read, like a good, realistic "The Day After Tomorrow" without the sci-fi and schtick.

A sort of "coming of age in a week" sort of novel, where each of the four protagonists are dealing threats both immediate and existential.

The author captures NYC during Sandy quite well, and the tone of the characters' various ages mostly ring true - at times many felt both younger and older, but such are the teenage years.

Two issues:
- So many tween/YA books include parents dying or doing somet
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is nuts! There are so many things going on in this story, from forged documents used to runaway to America to get away from a scandal that her father was involved in to getting scammed and meeting another runaway and another teen that is taking care of his sister and add to all of this the fact that they are threatened by Hurricane Sandy. This story was one that I found in my daughters room when trying to find some YA books to read for my class and I had no idea that I would be so dra ...more
May 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-stars, ebook, library, 2017
This was cute. I liked the story and the characters, I thought they were both realistic and well-written. (I was very surprised to find out that this book was originally written in Dutch, the translation was so well done!) I thought the main conflict between Emilia and her dad could have been... better. I don't know, like I feel like it could have impacted Emilia more, or been resolved better? It just kind of seemed to be a reason to get Emilia in New York alone. But the characters were delightf ...more
Emilia is a 15 year-old girl from Amsterdam who runs away to America to escape a family scandal. She arrives a day before Super Storm Sandy hits. Emilia joins forces with Jim, a high school dropout, Seth and Seth's little sister Abby. Together they ride out the storm and its aftermath. Woltz draws on her personal experience of being in New York during Super Storm Sandy to create a novel that is simultaneously an adventure tale and an emotional coming of age story. The novel is not suitable for y ...more
Stacy Mozer
In A Hundred Hours of Night, fifteen-year-old Emilia has escaped a social media scandal about her father in Amsterdam by running away to New York City. She thinks she has everything planned, but when she gets to New York she has no place to stay and Hurricane Sandy is closing in. She ends up weathering the storm with two other teenagers and an eleven-year-old girl. As the four of them experience NYC without power, they learn about each other and themselves. I enjoyed this book. It reminded me of ...more
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A young girl is dealing with a whirlwind of emotions in reaction to a catastrophe of her father's making. She runs away to NYC to face a catastrophe of nature named Hurricane Sandy. Everyone she meets is dealing with their own issues both big and small which helps her bring things into perspective.
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute story about a girl that flees from her family to New York. I flew through the pages and enjoyed the characters. Unfortunately the protagonist is 14-years old and I kind of felt a little too old for this book.
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I must say I was surprised by how much I ended up enjoying this book. It was definitely NOT what I was expecting when I picked it up. Left me feeling adventurous, warm, cozy and just... at peace with the world, as weird as it sounds.
Nov 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5 stars

I am doing an internship at a bookstore and I saw this book on the table, read the blurb and decided to pick it up.

This was a lovely story of friendship and growing up and being free. Not the best book I've ever read, but definetely enjoyable and full of fluff.
Oct 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: survival-stories
Not bad. YA book so I give it some allowance for credibility. Given how hands off I've seen some parents be I actually do find the protagonist's parents to be believable. Given how capable most teens perceive themselves I do believe the characters come across as genuine.
Daksh Khanna
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book while I was in grade 7 in Dutch. Found it had a good story and finished it in one day.
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good book. I felt as if the end wasn’t as well thought out as the rest of the book- maybe the parental part could’ve been better strategized.
Aug 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
it was a good book but it was kinda weird sometimes. i read this for school, but i didn't hate it or something. i actually enjoyed it once i read some more. and i loved the ending :)
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an excellent read. I appreciated how this family of strangers came together just prior to Hurricane Sandy.
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. Would love a sequel, but I don't need one. We got closhure.
OCD can't be cured by a cute guy and a survival situation.
Dec 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I like the book however the ending was rather dry. The characters were written appropriately Abby was my favorite.
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