05 January 2013

What We Saw At Night; Jacquelyn Mitchard

What We Saw At NightWhat We Saw At Night by Jacquelyn Mitchard
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I had such high hopes for this book - Mitchard is a great writer.  Possibly the problem stems from the inclusion of XP (xeroderma pigmentosum) as the driving force for the story, as that required much exposition (and often repetition of that exposition; I got it that these kids couldn't go out in the sun after the first two mentions, but there were more to come).  And, sadly, this is the start of a series (in my ARC there was a selection from the sequel, but the ending of this could have stood on its own!).

What We Saw At Night is the second book YA book I've read that features parkour (the first being Hacking Timbucktu), which I'm not sure American teens are aware of.  The author does a good job of describing it so maybe people will go to YouTube to see what this artform(?)/activity(?) is about.  Intertwining this with the question of what Allie saw, whether or not there was a murder, and who "blondie" is made the story more interesting.  The suspense factor was a little tame, but that could be a matter of taste.

ARC provided by publisher.

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