Friday, February 15, 2013
What We Saw At Night, by Jacquelyn Mitchard
Barnes & Noble
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 feel truly alive, and for the first time equal to the “daytimers.”
On a random summer night, the trio catches a glimpse of what appears to be murder. Allie alone takes it upon herself to investigate, and the truth comes at an unthinkable price. Navigating the shadowy world of specialized XP care, extreme sports, and forbidden love, Allie ultimately uncovers a secret that upends everything she believes about the people she trusts the most.
I thought that the premise was cool, but I just couldn't get interested in this book and did not finish reading it. The characters seemed younger than their ages would suggest, and I can't imagine parents letting their teenagers roam the streets at night.
I loved The Deep End of the Ocean, so I was thrilled to have a chance to review Mitchard's new book! I just wish it had held my interest.
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.