“November 27, 2013.... 1st review.... (At p.81)........................ ....................... In the book "What We Saw at Night" by Jacquelyn Mitchard, my thinking on points of views has extremely changed. Being one of them, being an XP patient changes everything, it's like living in a parallel universe, these 3 main characters, Allie (narrator), Rob, and Juliet, do all their activities at night, due to a skin cancer that is extremely sensitive to sunlight. In this book they live during the night, which must be hard because they can barely see anything. What scares me the most is they're doing parkour in 6-story high buildings in the middle of the night. I really enjoy this book, in a way; it's better than the last book I read, which was "Claws" by Will Weaver. The way the author started this book off was excellent, and it was an aggressive beginning to a book, it really focused on Allie and her two friends Rob and Juliet. Also, a part of my life can really relate to the events that occur between pages 0-81. When I was eleven and twelve years old, me and my friends "tried" parkour, at least we thought we were doing real parkour, by jumping off 6 foot rocks and jumping across 1 story buildings, it was me and two other friends that did it, doing parkour together united us as a trio-friendship. Overall, between pages 0-81 I really enjoyed reading the book.”Adam A wrote this review 10 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The plot of this book was thoroughly creepy. Brings chills down your spine, however cliche it sounds. Also the characters are interesting and the social stigma and role in the community the kids have is very intriguing. I was a little skeptical about the premise however. Not to spoil, but considering the behavior of some of the characters I did not believe the friends could ever have been good friends.”Luisa M wrote this review Thursday, July 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was meant to be the beginning of a series. Had I known that, I probably would not have read it. The ending was not satisfying. The ending said, read my sequel.
This is a story of teens with a severe allergy to sunlight. They all sleep during the day, and complete activities at night. A medical clinic which specializes in Xeroderma Pigmentosum has been established in a smaller town in Washington State, and many kids suffering from the disease move there. Some of the kids, knowing that their lives will be shortened because of the disease, take risks including participating in parkour. The novel follows 3 teens over a course of time. One of the teens disappears, and there is a question as to whether or not she is dead.
I like the idea of a science tie-in exploring different diseases that effect teens. I also like the idea of creating a parkour map through town utilizing social studies and math skills.”
“Allie Kim and her two best friends Rob and Juliet don't live the live of normal teenagers. They all three have Xeroderma Pigmentosum. This is a fatal disease that makes them allergic to sunlight. They sleep during the day or stay in doors were it is safe. They have grown up together and look out for each other. When Juliet introduces them to Parkour they go along with her. Parkour is extreme stunt sport of scaling or leaping from buildings. Only be out after dark make this sport even harder for them. They do it because it helps them feel like normal kids and after all they probably won't live a long life after all. One night during this sport they see something. Allie is sure she has witnessed a murder. Her two friends aren't sure whether to believe her or not. She takes matters into her own hands and tries to solve the mystery herself. What she finds may destroy her trust in some she loves most.
Allie is a great character. She is very original as she has XP and that is not something I had read about. You can see all sides of her personality as you read from being a daughter who tries not to worry her mother a whole lot, a very loving friend, someone who is in love and has been a while, does some extreme things but you get to understand why she does it, to someone who will not let a crime go even when people make her think she is crazy. Rob I liked but at times he confused me. He seemed like he was torn a few times about the three's friendship. I wanted to shake him and say think before you act. Juliet I have to say I don't like. To me she seemed selfish and wasn't to good a friend. I understood after I read the book what made her that way but I think she could have handled it different. At times it seemed like she wanted Allie and Rob not to be friends or Allie to be friends with others. It was like it all had to be about her. There is a lot more fascinating people you get to meet in this book.
From the beginning you get to understand what XP is. The author did a great job bringing you into the world of that disease she writes about. You really get to get into Allie's head and see all she goes through. You feel you are Allie reading this book. The plot is wonderful and you really can't figure out just what happened it leaves you guessing to the end. You also wonder who is her friend and who is hiding stuff from her. Lot's of action is in this book and no one is safe. I don't do spoilers so it is so hard not to say something that is one. All the interaction between the characters keeps you on your toes to see what happens next. Did Allie see a murder if so who did it? Is it part of her disease making her lose her mind? You have to read to find out but beware you are probably wrong i know I was. I didn't see the ending coming or what happened. If you want a different mystery in a unique world be sure to pick this up. I look forward to were the next book goes.
“Allie and her friends have xeroderma pigmentosum or XP for short. This means that they are allergic to sunlight. However, Allie and her friends are not vampires. So when everyone else is asleep, Allie and her friends are hanging out having fun. Allie’s friend, Juliet introduces Allie and Rob to parkour. It is the act of jumping roof top to roof top. It is really dangerous but Allie likes the freedom it gives her.
One night while out parkouring, Allie and her friends spot a man and a woman in an apartment window. Allie realizes that she could be witnessing a murder scene.
I have been wanting to check this book out since the moment that I first saw and heard about it. Well I can say that some books sound better on paper then they really turn out to be in real life. I am not saying I hated this book but I was disappointed by it. My expectations of this book were higher.
The premise of it was what grabbed by interest. The fact that Allie and her friends had XP made me think of the Nicole Kidman movie “The Others”. The one where her children are allergic to daylight as well and are stuck in the house. Only in Allie and her friend’s case, they have found a way to live a somewhat normal life. It seems that they rule the night with their infatuation with parkour. I found the idea of parkour dangerous but exciting. I could see why Allie and her friends were doing it. However, it seemed that a lot of people were familiar with XP and just accepted Allie and her friends as normal. So I was kind of wondering why the big hype then to be so secretive?
The mystery surrounding what Allie and her friends saw that night quickly lost its intrigue and I lost interest. The book moved slow. However, I the ending was good and did pique my interest to the nest book. Would probably read the next one just to see how it all turns out but it will not be one that I will rush to grab.
“The concept of "What We Saw at Night" certainly appealed to me: the classic tale of kids seeing something that were not supposed to see. One can't get too bad a story out of that. Ms. Mitchard gets a great story out of it as she jazzes up this tale with details of a rare disorder and the nail-biting excitement of the extreme sport of parkour, resulting in a big that is impossible not to love and begs to be read in one sitting. "Page turner" is definitely what we have here. The writing is solid, completely in tune with the voice of a teenager, and the mystery is all encompassing. The reader has no better idea of what is happening than narrator Allie. This is a well-crafted and exciting thriller, and I can't wait for the sequel. ”Backroads wrote this review Thursday, January 31, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“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 in the town, so the trio takes up stunt-sporting to fill the hours.
We all know that weird things happen at night and our imaginations can get the better of us. During one of their outings, Allie is witness to something terrible. Here is where the mystery and murkiness begin. If you're hoping for a light to shine through to illuminate what is going on, you're going to be disappointed. From here on out I felt like I was feeling my way through the pages blindfolded. Now, this is an interesting style and concept, and I've given a lot of thought to my appreciation or hope of its purposeful intention. With that said, I was uncomfortably lost at times and felt like too much was hidden from me as the reader. I kept thinking I was missing pages or paragraphs. Nevertheless, I read along hoping that I'd be rewarded with a tight wrap-up or 'a-ha' moment. As I neared the end, I was left with missing pieces, more questions and not really sure of what the hell happened. In reflection, this story reminds me a bit of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. If you enjoyed that style and mysterious story-telling, you'll probably also like Mitchard's approach. Lastly, the story ends, but the mystery doesn't. The reader is left with a confrontation, a bold exclamation followed by the lead-in to the next story in the series.
All in all, I wandered around a bit too much in the dark for my liking, but I do appreciate the creative concept and reflection the story provoked. I keep going back, wondering how much was intentional by the author. I'm going to lean toward the optimistic side of this one and chalk it up to creative license and experimentation. However, some readers may feel frustrated with the lack of insight provided, feeling as I did at many points in the story, that either I totally missed something, or pieces and connections were neglected.”
“I wanted to read What We Saw At Night as soon as I noticed that it featured parkour. Not just a sport, but a way of life, I've found parkour fascinating since I first heard about it. A discipline that requires the utmost skill and physical prowess, it's amazing to watch people fly across buildings and scale walls with nothing but their hands. I hoped that Jacquelyn Mitchard could take me into this world, and I was excited for it.
I wasn't disappointed. It is evident that Mitchard has done her research. She describes parkour beautifully, and pinpoints both the beauty and the danger of it. Allie, Rob, and Juliet are brought together by this lifestyle. I'll admit that this part of the book was what I really enjoyed. The problem I had with this book was the inclusion of XP, and how it became the driving force of the story. It required so much explanation, such a repetition of facts, that I soon started skipping pages to get back to the action.
The action picked up again with the inclusion of a murder mystery, and a hidden agenda behind Juliet's behavior. The question of whether or not Allie was in her right mind, and the idea that she might be in danger, pushed the story forward. I'll admit that the suspense factor was a little slow. I think there could have been a few more clues given. However it was a nice addition to the story. Oh, and the ending! I won't spoil, but it's unexpected.
Although What We Saw At Night didn't wow me as much as I had hoped, it was definitely an enjoyable read. I can see the prowess with which Jacquelyn Mitchard is able to weave a story. I am intrigued to read more of her writing as soon as possible. If you are interested in parkour, this is a great way to be introduced to the sport. A mystery with friendship as the backdrop, this is a book that will keep you reading to the end.”
“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 life expectancy, but the three of them have embraced their situations and their lives, vowing to live to the fullest. And so it seems natural that they take up parkour, a potentially dangerous sport that involves skill, dedication, and concentration using the environment around them as a means to get around. But their new sport turns dangerous in ways they couldn't imagine when they witness something they never should have seen. Allie knows that they're all in danger but no one believes her. Now it's up to her to prove what they saw and hopefully keep all three of them safe.
Mitchard is no stranger to the YA world. In fact, she's the author of a number of titles for all ages. With WHAT WE SAW AT NIGHT, she definitely succeeds in creating a suspenseful and serious teen mystery. Each of the characters is believable as teens -- never once coming across as teens from an adult perspective. Their issues are mostly typical of teens but the addition of XP makes the story even more interesting. What's more, the mystery is well plotted and leads directly into a follow up title readers will no doubt be clamoring for. I know I'm looking forward to continuing Allie's story in WHAT WE LOST IN THE DARK. ”