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Titanic: The Long Night

(Titanic #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,931 ratings  ·  133 reviews
Two teenagers discover true love aboard the doomed ocean liner

Elizabeth Farr never wanted to return to America. During her family’s vacation abroad, she has fallen in love with England, and is despondent when her father refuses to let her stay. Returning to New York means having her debut into society, and that means a swiftly arranged marriage. Elizabeth will never go
Paperback, 373 pages
Published March 1st 1998 by Scholastic
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Jun 04, 2011 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 twentieth century. 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 of whom we ...more
May 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-history
Read this years ago and remember it fondly.
Probably because I was going through a slight Titanic obsession and there are characters in this novel who may as well have been named Jack and Rose, but that of course is besides the point...
Apr 24, 2015 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
Nov 05, 2010 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.
Rachel E. Carter
Mar 28, 2014 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! ...more
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
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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
It was definitely one of my favourite books. It reminded me a bit of the movie, but the author still managed to change it around and make an interesting plot and romance! The book follows two girls: 1st class Elizabeth Farr and 3rd class Kathleen (Katie) Hanrahan. I love how sometimes they see each other, but they never actually meet. It was a great way for the characters to interact.
Dec 02, 2008 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.
Saturday's Child
Jul 31, 2016 rated it liked it
By fluke I recently found a copy of this novel so of course I just had to read it.
My love for this book is firmly rooted in nostalgia. Is it good? I honestly don't know. ...more
*3.5 RIP to everyone who died on the ship, and the survivors who have now all passed, since 2009. The first-hand history is gone, but at least we have storytellers and books.

“Why shouldn’t the men have come along if the boat was going to leave only half full? To leave them on a sinking ship was indeed a crime of the worst sort.”

So... I was not expecting a 4 STAR TO EVEN CROSS MY MIND. The first part of this book was complete and utter TRASH! Then, throughout the last 3rd of this book I was just
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
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I enjoyed this story. It was a fictional story that gave the impression of non-fiction. I guess kind of like James Cameron's movie. I guess this is the case with any historical fiction is it can circle around events and lives in a factual way. Even if our main characters are not actual people, or many of their stories are not actually events, they are stories and lives and people that did exist or pieces of thos
Loran (Inked with Curiosity)
When I spotted Titanic The Long Night at my local used bookstore I had to get it. It has the most hilariously cheesy 90s cover and I'm a complete loser for anything Titanic-related so I was pretty stoked to read this one. The plot focuses on a group of five passengers, Max and Elizabeth from First Class and Brian, Paddy, and Katie from Third Class as they travel on board the doomed liner. Most of the characters were quite funny and well-rounded. In fact I really only disliked Elizabeth because s ...more
Wade Walker
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Found this on a thrift store shelf for $3 and I'm a sucker for anything Titanic, so I bought it. The book has a lot of pitiful parallels to the 1997 James Cameron film "Titanic," which was suspicious considering this book came out the year after. I wonder if some aspects of the film were appropriated. For example, the primary female protagonist is a 17 year old rich girl aboard ship with her rich parents, who have betrothed her against her will to a man she doesn't want to marry. She is very res ...more
Bree Phoenix
Jul 10, 2011 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
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
This story was alright, but honestly... I feel like the author wanted to recreate a sweet teenage romance similar to what is found in the 1997 film. A free-spirited artist meets a rich, headstrong girl who won't give in to her arranged marriage......

Likes: What I really like the juxtaposition of Elizabeth's story as a 1st class passenger on the Titanic and Katie's story as a 3rd class passenger. This definitely brought up issues that the reader can see between how the different classes were trea
Oct 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Like so many others, I bought this book after watching the movie, and I loved it! It was perfect for my Titanic addicted self who was transitioning from kids/teen books to more adult books (I was only 12 at the time). Now 30, I decided to read it again (probably for the fifth time) and see how it held up. As other reviewers have already said, this book is so similar to the movie. You have your spoiled, first-class main character who redeems herself as the book goes on, and your third-class chara ...more
Sydney Danenberger
Mar 07, 2021 rated it liked it
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Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I bought this book at a garage sale a while ago and finally decided to read it. Going in, my only thoughts were "this is going to be a children's story...I'll just give it a shot though." What I found was an intriguing, relatable tale of two different perspectives on the Titanic. The writing kept me intrigued, and, frankly, stressed out for the characters the entire read. I also learned a lot about the sinking of the Titanic from this book. Titanic: The Long Night makes me want to read more Tita ...more
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely amazing! I have always been interested in the Titanic, and every time I put the book down, I couldn't wait to pick it up again. I loved how the story was told from the perspective of the first class and third class passengers. You usually only get one or other, but I've never read a story before that had both. I loved how Elizabeth never backed down from trying to get what she wanted, which was unusual for a girl of her upbringing in that time period. Kathleen and Paddy' ...more
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
OMG I *loved* returning to this childhood/early teen favourite of mine. I've been obsessed with the Titanic for a very long time and devoured every history book and novelization I could get my hands on. This was by far my favourite one, the one I kept through numerous cleaning purges and moving out and just growing up.
Is it the best-written book I've ever read? No. Was it fun and did I smile and cry and laugh and go 'awww' in all the places I used to? Yes. So, it's perfect. On to the sequel! (I
R.J. Southworth
Published shortly after James Cameron's Titanic came out, this romance novel is pretty cliché. On the one side, there's an enlightened rich girl who wants more out of life than the conservative snobs have planned for her, and falls in love with an unsuitable man; on the other, there's a third-class passenger with a fiery spirit who falls in love with an irresponsible rogue. However, it is still a pleasant and comfortable story which covers the well-known historical events in plenty of detail, an ...more
Cierra Bolding
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love historical fiction novels and in elementary school was obsessed with the Royal Diaries and Dear America series. In middle school, one of the books in my 8th grade history class reading library was Titanic: The Long Night. I loved the book and read it over 3x times :) I loved it so much that I asked the teacher could I keep the book she said yes!!

Wonderful story and characters!!!Read the sequel when you get a chance!! I still have this book till this day :)
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I’m fascinated by the titanic and really connected with the characters. The story was equally spread between the days the ship set sail and the night of the sinking, giving you time to understand the characters back stories and emotions, so that by the time the sinking occurred you were really engaged with their journey. An easy and enjoyable read with a somewhat hopeful ending!
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Always had a slight obsession with Titanic so I found this book at a library book sale and bought it a couple years ago. I meant to read it last April and I never did. I try to do something Titanic every April to honor the anniversary. This is what I finally chose. I really liked this, although bits and pieces of the character’s lives reminded me as if it had been inspired by the movie. But I enjoyed it thoroughly.
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Now I’m not going to lie and say I read the whole thing —I didn’t— I just read Katie’s story and OH BOY it was one that I sat and thought about the day after I finished it. I absolutely loved her story. I read about 50 pages of Elizabeth’s story and was just bored. I wanted more of Katie’s story - major book hangover.
Jen Hodgson
Sep 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Read this one as a teenager and enjoyed it. I like Diane Hoh's style and read many of the books she wrote for Point Horror series. There is a fascination surrounding the fate of the Titanic and I think this is the book that sparked it for me. Definitely would like to read this again as an adult to revisit those thoughts. ...more
Alex Yates
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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You know how some parents swear they don’t have a favorite child, but you know they do? This book is my secret favorite child. I read it every year in middle school and high school. Now, at 26, I’ve rediscovered it and it is just as fantastic as I remember. I will absolutely recommend this book to anyone and everyone.
dorothy cannon
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A enjoyable read

This book tells the story of a First and Third class passenger on the Titanic.
I have read a lot of factual books on the Titanic and they featured in this book.
This was an enjoy read
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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, alongside gardening and grandchildren.

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