In the course of her work around Amsterdam she is asked to find a missing Jewish teenager. Impeccably researched and at times very moving Girl in the Blue Coat is a very readable story about the frailty of human nature through love, hate, jealousy, and friendship.
Monica Hesse knew little of the period or the location, but thro Powerful and poignant YA historical fiction. Monica Hesse knew little of the period or the location, but through diligent research has recreated World War 2 Holland down to food and the language and interactions of the period. Can one ever read too many World War II novels? I'm impressed. I read this in a weekend. It held my attention the entire time and was never boring. A twist of an ending!
Heartbreaking, delicate and intricate. A rare 5 out of 5 from me! The beginning of the novel had me interested, but it lost me as soon as a romance storyline seemed to be a possibility. I was happy when the book took a turn near the end. The thing I adored about this story was how there were so many elements I knew nothing about. It brought completely new parts of World War II to light for me.
I had no idea there were people secretly photographing the Nazis in creative ways. I had no idea so many children were saved. This book is about flawed people—and I loved that. There are people acting nice to the Germans to their faces and then planning revolution behind their backs.
There are people whose lives were ruined by the war because of loss, but also because their friends sided with the enemy…fell in love with the enemy. This was a new perspective for me, and I enjoyed learning more about the courageous people fighting back however they could during World War II. This book was just The plot was honestly fine, in fact, it was a rather enjoyable storyline that had lots of twists and a surprising ending, filled with lots of mystery, but besides the plot I didn't enjoy much else.
The characters were bland and their motivations didn't seem plausible at all. Hanneke, at the beginning, was cold and unsentimental, and then for a reason that made no sense she had a change of heart. It always makes me super uncomfortable when historical fiction novels This book was just It always makes me super uncomfortable when historical fiction novels are in present tense.
This happened 70 years ago and I don't want to pretend it's happening right now because the world has changed a lot. It was suuuuper annoying that whenever Hanneke discovered a new clue to the mystery, she wouldn't tell the reader until like four pages later. I found myself skipping the pages between her discovery and the readers discovery, as though it built tension the first time she did this, every time after that it was unnecessary and annoying. It's especially annoying when it's in present tense. Honestly though it was an easy read and very historically accurate, props to the writer for doing her research.
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All of which felt tangibly real. The mystery and suspense elements. Very good! I wasn't able to put it all together before the ending. And what an ending, wow! Do we ever really, truly, know anyone as well as we think we do - including ourselves? Or do we see only what we want to see and believe? Expletives - there are a few. Unnecessary, in my opinion. That is the only true negative critique I offer. I enjoyed this fast-paced story with interesting historical elements. The ending is not what I expected with a huge plot twist and a bit confusing for me.
Girl in the Blue Coat is not my favorite historical fiction, but I did like it. Girl in the Blue Coat was chosen by my book club in It was a book I probably wouldn't have otherwise read although I'm a big fan of historical fiction. The plot was interesting and had some good twists. Overall, I enjoyed it. It really got me out of my reading slump and kept me intrigued until the end!
Sep 17, TL rated it really liked it. A very well written and moving young adult book which tells the story through the eyes of a young dutch woman living in Nazi occupied Amsterdam.
The characters were engaging and realistic, they gave me a good insight into what life was like for young people at that time. There were some notes on historical accuracy at the end which made the story even more poignant. I feel that the sadness of the book and the emphasis on relationships would probably be more of interest or suitability to a slight A very well written and moving young adult book which tells the story through the eyes of a young dutch woman living in Nazi occupied Amsterdam.
I feel that the sadness of the book and the emphasis on relationships would probably be more of interest or suitability to a slightly older teen, perhaps 14 or 15, but nothing in the book that is really unsuitable for a younger reader. I feel the story would have benefited from hearing a voice from some of the Jewish characters.
The fact a young adult book is a good read for an adult says a lot about the quality of the book. My copy came from the library and was classified as historical rather than young adult.
View all 4 comments. Even though I'm not a huge historical fiction fan I really liked this book. On one of her routine black market deliveries, Hanneke receives a strange request from one of her clients, Mrs. Find a young Jewish girl that Mrs. Janssen has been hiding. Knowing how much danger searching for a Jewish girl could put Hanneke and her family in, Hanneke initially refuses to help Mrs. However, Hanneke changes her mind and agrees to search for the Jewish girl. Her search opens her up to a world that she never knew existed.
After reading Wolf by Wolf last year and c On one of her routine black market deliveries, Hanneke receives a strange request from one of her clients, Mrs. After reading Wolf by Wolf last year and completely falling in love with it, I made the commitment to read more historical fiction novels. I loved the premise behind it, the setting, and even the cover was beautiful. Needless to say, I was thrilled to start this book. I had great deal of anticipation starting this book. So you can imagine my extreme disappointment when I decided to DNF this book.
I truly hated to DNF this book because I had been anticipating reading it for such a long time. The main reason I decided to put this book down was due to the characters. I could not connect with a single one. In addition to having no connections with the characters, the story was very slow. I made it through almost half of this novel and things were just beginning to pick up. So, with no emotional investments and completely disinterested in the story, I decided to put this book down. Customer Review 5. I didn't want the story to end, but I couldn't stop reading! I felt every character as if they were neighbors, people I wish I could have known.
Hess is an amazing historical story teller. There was nothing stuffy or overly-historical in this story. I loved all the characters, esp Customer Review 5.
It was always hard to stop reading when I did that. Kindle Edition , pages. Girl in the Blue Coat. When Bas suddenly dies, so does much of Hanneke's spirited nature. What bothers me deeply about Girl in the Blue Coat is its overwhelming focus on non-Jewish people and their efforts to save the Jewish population from Amsterdam. You are commenting using your Google account. View all 40 comments.
I loved all the characters, especially Hanneke, who is fighting demons, blaming herself for things that aren't her fault, but finally finding a chance to redeem herself. And she does, brilliantly! I can't wait to read her next book! During WW II there are many people and countries that were apart of the horror. The Netherlands lost more than 2, servicemen when the country was invaded. This story brings home the truth that at any given time the same person can be a hero or a villain. That when one's life or family is on the line it is not always a black or white decision.
Hanneke is helping her family by transporting black market items when During WW II there are many people and countries that were apart of the horror. Hanneke is helping her family by transporting black market items when she is asked to find a missing girl, the girl in the blue coat. Although I found it hard to believe that she would risk everything for someone she didn't know the story was worth the read. Coming of age story set in Amsterdam in Protagonist Hanneke Bakker is grieving the loss of her boyfriend during the Nazi takeover of the Netherlands.
She discovers a youth-led underground resistance effort and they also ask for her help.
Hanneke has misgivings about helping in an effort that would threaten her own safety. She st Coming of age story set in Amsterdam in If there were no war, and if we were normal young adults, what would we be doing today? I wanted to illustrate the split-second decisions we make of moral courage and cowardice, and how we are all heroes and villains.
Recommended for a young adult audience. The Girl in the Blue Coat was pretty freaking good! It's about Hanneke Baker, who is 18 years old, and she trades goods within the Black Market. However, she's also fighting her inner demons throughout the book as well. Why is she dealing with demons already? Well, she feels so freaking guilty about her boyfriends death. She feels like she pushed him into fighting a war he didn't want to and now his death is on her hands, forever. I really thought that Hanneke was beyond freaking interesting.
Yes The Girl in the Blue Coat was pretty freaking good! Yes, she made terrible decisions now and then.. She was just realistic to me in how she acted or whatever.
The kinds of small betrayals that, due to the severe restrictions placed on the people by the German occupation, ultimately led to death. All those layers weave together to form an intricate story that kept me turning pages all the way to the end. This is a great representation of an important moment in history, and because Hesse highlighted some of the lesser known efforts happening behind enemy lines, the tale felt fresh and new.
I definitely recommend this one. One boy confesses to being in love with another boy. Your email address will not be published. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.
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