The Girl in the Blue Coat

The Girl in the Blue Coat Amsterdam Hanneke spends her days procuring and delivering sought after black market goods to paying customers her nights hiding the true nature of her work from her concerned parents and ever

  • Title: The Girl in the Blue Coat
  • Author: Monica Hesse
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 184
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Amsterdam, 1943 Hanneke spends her days procuring and delivering sought after black market goods to paying customers, her nights hiding the true nature of her work from her concerned parents, and every waking moment mourning her boyfriend, who was killed on the front line when the Germans invaded She likes to think of her illegal work as a small act of rebellion But onAmsterdam, 1943 Hanneke spends her days procuring and delivering sought after black market goods to paying customers, her nights hiding the true nature of her work from her concerned parents, and every waking moment mourning her boyfriend, who was killed on the front line when the Germans invaded She likes to think of her illegal work as a small act of rebellion But one day Hanneke gets a very unusual request One of her regular customers asks her to find a girl A girl who has disappeared from the secret room in her house A Jewish girl .As she searches for clues Hanneke is drawn into a dangerous web of lies, secrets and mysteries Can she find the runaway before the Nazis do Meticulously researched, intricately plotted and beautifully written, The Girl in the Blue Coat is an extraordinarily gripping novel from a bright new voice in YA fiction a gripping historical mystery Publishers Weekly, starred review

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    1. Maybe closer to a 4.5*This book engrossed from the beginning, maybe partially because it made me think of my own relatives and their experiences in occupied Netherlands. There were little things that reminded me of stories I’d been told and so I had a personal connection to the story. The story itself was very well done, though the ending was a bit confusing and hasty. The characters were very realistic so I came to really care for them and really enjoy the book overall.

    2. Oh, you guys, this book. This book made me cry at least three times, and yes, I will admit that I hugged it when I was done.I don't want to tell you anything about it except that it is about bravery and cowardice and friends and enemies and heroes and villains and how each of us can encompass all those things.The long and short of it is that you need this book. You need to read it and you need to make your friends read it.Highly recommended.

    3. At 18, Hanneke Bakker trades goods on Amsterdam's thriving black market to help support herself and her parents. This war has made the unconventional normal. It's also taken its share of victims, including Bas, Hanneke's boyfriend and the boy she planned to marry. Hanneke is left with guilt and sarrow after Bas's loss. She encouraged him to join the Dutch army in what turned out to be a suicide mission. By 1943, she exists in survival mode, not wanting to get too close to any of her black market [...]

    4. Onvan : Girl in the Blue Coat - Nevisande : Monica Hesse - ISBN : 316260606 - ISBN13 : 9780316260602 - Dar 309 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2016

    5. In the Note on Historical Accuracy at the end of the book, author Monica Hesse writes that she “wanted to tell a story of small betrayals in the middle of a big war”. In this novel, she has certainly achieved that goal.Girl in the Blue Coat is a deeply moving story set in Amsterdam in 1943. Much more than a work of historical fiction, there are many intricacies, questions and mysterious twists that the reader is looking to solve along with the narrator, Hanneke. There are so many memorable c [...]

    6. "Girl in the Blue Coat" by Monica Hess is a YA WW II historical novel that will appeal to a wide scope of readers.Through Hanneke, the protagonist, the heart is the historian. She suffers great loss when her boyfriend dies as a soldier during the German invasion of Amsterdam. Hanneke also carries the greater burden of guilt that she had convinced him to enlist. Part of her is missing because of the death of Sebastian, her first love. She hides her suffering from everyone and tries to bury hersel [...]

    7. Nothing less than 5 stars for this book but I will deduct ½ star because certain things about the ending could have been a bit better, for me. It’s still a wonderful book and I did love it. 4 ½ starsI read this as a buddy read with my friend Diane. I could have easily read this in 2 days, maybe 3, maybe 1, but I had a lot more time to read than my buddy did, so I tried to slow myself down. I’ve enjoyed all my buddy reads with her so it was worth it to at least try to stay as in sync as po [...]

    8. I thought this was a well written YA novel set during the German occupancy of the Netherlands in WWII. It's told through the eyes of Hanneke Bakker, an eighteen year old whose boyfriend was killed fighting during the German invasion. She is involved in finding and selling black market goods to the wealthier people in town but then becomes involved in searching for a missing girl. This causes her to cross paths with a group of young people involved in the resistance and she sees for herself what [...]

    9. Didn't like the protagonist, Hanneke, much. Considering it's a YA book I guess it's in character to be self-absorbed and not very empathic though.The story was historically accurate, which always makes me very happy. Except I just could not understand why this search for this Jewish girl took place. There was no real reason and in 1943 it was far too dangerous to start a search because someone asks you to.I didn't get any further than 3 stars until I came to the end. The plot was well built up a [...]

    10. See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from Vine.Diversity Rating: 1 – TokenismRacial-Ethnic: 0 (plenty of Jewish characters, but they’re almost negligent in the story of their suffering)QUILTBAG: 1 (Ollie is gay and in a relationship with his roommate)Disability: 0Intersectionality: 0Maybe I’ve finally overdosed on World War II YA fiction? There are more than just a few examples of novels that fit that category, but I don’t think I’ve been so underwhelmed b [...]

    11. Powerful and poignant YA historical fiction.Set in German occupied Holland the story is told through the eyes of Hanneke a young teenage girl who works on the black market. 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 [...]

    12. Oh my god What an incredible read. If you like historical fiction, pick up this book in April! Overview: Hitler's invasion of The Netherlands has taken everything from Hanneke. The war has forced her to make her living dangerously by selling goods in Holland's black market. Her dealings taken an even deadlier turn when a client asks her to find a missing Jewish girl, Mirjam, that she'd been hiding in her pantry. Hanneke's own experiences of loss compel her to risk it all and find the girl in the [...]

    13. 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. 1. 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. 2. It always makes me super uncomfortable when historical fiction novels are in [...]

    14. Many thanks to SDCL Santee Branch for recommending this wonderful historical, mystery/suspense YA book at their OctoberBooks and Breakfast meeting. Meetings that give patrons the opportunity to discover books that library staff have read and enjoyed, presented in a casual atmosphere of oral reviews and presentations. This book lived up to Nancy's intriguing synopsis and praise - and then some. I was impressed by the author's writing style and skilled prowess. And doubly impressed by her ability [...]

    15. Customer Review5.0 out of 5 starsI couldn't stop reading!Reviewed By Sherrie Miranda on September 8, 2017Format: PaperbackThis is one of the best stories about Nazi Germany's invasion of other countries that I have read. 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 [...]

    16. Girl in the Blue Coat was chosen by my book club in 2016. 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.

    17. Wow, this was actually really good. Like, I didn't expect it to be this good. It was wait-no-I-can't-stop-reading, shhh-everyone-let-me-read, yess-no-I-knew-it good. (That's a way of saying that it wasriveting. ) (:-P)What I liked (a lot. like a lot):1. The main character; Hanneke. She was courageous and helpful and KIND andughh she rocked.Also, have I told you how much I love books written in 1st person? (Well, I love books written in 1st person a lot, and that's that.)2. THE PLOT IS SOOOO GOOD [...]

    18. 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 [...]

    19. 4,5 ☆Para quem gosta de ler livros sobre o Holocausto, recomendo vivamente este. Dá-nos uma perspetiva holandesa da Guerra que tão sofrida foi.Gostei muito das personagens e das reviravoltas que a história teve. Os últimos capítulos prendem mesmo o leitor ao livro, já que tudo o que acontece no final é muito inesperado. P.S. Achei bastante interessante a nota histórica e gostei das palavras da autora que resumem muito bem o livro: "Quis ilustrar as decisões que tomamos numa fração d [...]

    20. Uma história contada de forma mais leve, passada na época do Holocausto, passada na Holanda na época de ocupação nazi.Uma história cheia de dor, contada de forma simples.De leitura rápida, aconselho a quem goste do tema.

    21. 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 [...]

    22. DNF within the first 50 pages. Hanneke is just kind of boring, and doesn't want to form any sort of attachment to the people around her that she works with. The mystery isn't even something she really cares about, but something she takes out of pity. She tries to be emotionless, because her boyfriend died and left a void in her life, and she succeeds. I wasn't all that intrigued, and had more interesting books to read.

    23. World War 2 historical fiction books are not in short supply. There are quite a few of them out there, a lot of which I haven't read. However, I have read some really great ones - ones that most everyone else has heard of. You know the ones I am talking about - The Book ThiefSarah's Key And so many more. They are powerful, emotional, and intense.Girl in the Blue Coat belongs right up there with all of them. It is a story that is going to stick with you once you finish it.Girl in the Blue Coat is [...]

    24. On one of her routine black market deliveries, Hanneke receives a strange request from one of her clients, Mrs. Janssen. 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. Janssen. 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 [...]

    25. *Physical ARC kindly provided by Little Brown/The Novl*My Review!As soon as I heard of this one, I knew I had to have it. I loooove WWII stories; they are some of my favorites. I don’t know why exactly, except that reliving the war through fiction gives me an insight that history textbooks in school leave out. I can only imagine what it was like living during that time, for different people, so fiction is my view in. I’ve read stories with many characters from different countries during the [...]

    26. THIS BOOK!!I read this book in one sitting because even though it didn't feel like it, it was just too friking riveting for me to put down. It's hard to find historical fictions with a good story line and which are well written so this was an extremely amazing book.Ugh I'm always an emotional wreck after reading anything related to world war so yeah I'm gonna go and cry now

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