- Title: What We Hide
- Author: Marthe Jocelyn
- ISBN: 9780385738477
- Page: 279
- Format: Hardcover
Americans Jenny and her brother, Tom, are off to England Tom to university, to dodge the Vietnam draft, Jenny to be the new girl at a boarding school, Illington Hall This is Jenny s chance to finally stand out, so accidentally, on purpose, she tells a lie But in the small world of Ill Hall, everyone has something to hide Jenny pretends she has a boyfriend Robbie and LAmericans Jenny and her brother, Tom, are off to England Tom to university, to dodge the Vietnam draft, Jenny to be the new girl at a boarding school, Illington Hall This is Jenny s chance to finally stand out, so accidentally, on purpose, she tells a lie But in the small world of Ill Hall, everyone has something to hide Jenny pretends she has a boyfriend Robbie and Luke both pretend they don t Brenda won t tell what happened with the school doctor Nico wants to hide his mother s memoir Percy keeps his famous dad a secret Oona lies to everyone Penelope lies only to herself.Deftly told from multiple points of view in various narrative styles, including letters and movie screenplays, What We Hide is provocative, honest, often funny, and always intriguing.
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From the summary, I expected this book to blow me out of the water with the various styles of writing used and the way it was described as "provocative, often funny, and always intriguing." Sorry to say, this book was absolutely none of those things. With the Vietnam draft calling Americans to war left and right, Jenny and her brother Tom decide to go to school in England, Jenny to a boarding school and Tom to university. At Illington Hall, Jenny can be whoever she wants, which means she tells a [...]
Meh. This was well intentioned, I suppose, but curiously flat. Yet another in what seems to have been a series of books I've read recently whose reach exceeded their grasp in so many ways. I think this is the most disappointing. First, there's the multiple points of view. I've complained about this in the past, and shall do so again (George R Martin does this brilliantly. Few others do). Multiple points of view are only interesting if they are truly distinct and if the different viewpoints give [...]
[Note: I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for a review. Many thanks to both Netgalley and the publisher!]I really hate to say it, but this book was a huge disappointment to me. It seemed like it was going to be everything I love - a POV-switching, character-driven historical novel about teens with secrets - but all of those things fell flat for me.Most egregiously, the characters never managed to actually feel like people. That's a huge problem in a book that r [...]
I did not enjoy this book. There are waay too many characters, and too many perspectives, and it's hard to keep up with their individual stories. Like, i kept having to look at the blurb every time i read a new chapter cuz i couldn't remember the characters story. That's what made it hard to understand, and very boring. Each chapter didn't have much in it. And the characters lacked a lot of development. Nothing really happens in this book, and it goes on forever. It's legit just about people lyi [...]
Something about this book just rubs me the wrong way. Don't get me wrong, its not the worst book i ever read. It won't even make it on the top 10 list. But the book just tried to hard. It attempted to make so many stories, weave together so many subplots and the end result was such a disaster. it just tried to hard to be deep! I feel like if the author let it be more chick-lit-ish it would make more sense and be overall more interesting to read.
The strength behind this book is its voice. All of the characters are loud, in your face, and quintessentially adolescent. The downside? There's too many people to keep track of. They all have secrets--thus the title--and after the third or fourth tragic history I could not be bothered to try and keep track of them anymore. I enjoyed it well enough, but it deserved a tighter focus or more length to explore the quantity of issues brought up.
I won a copy of this book from LibraryThing and I meant to get to it right away, but I just didn’t get the chance. Which is probably a good thing. It took me a really long time to get through this book. If I would have tried reading it when I got it (I was sick), I probably wouldn’t have finished it. That would have drove me crazy. I don’t think I’ve ever not finished a book. I might put them down for a bit, but I always go back to them. This one, I don’t think I would have picked back [...]
not a bad read, too many unanswered questions, would like to see another book set, say 10 years in the future, see how everyone turned out. Could introduce things that were socially relevant in the 1980's and another 10 years. A quick read for those cold winter nights!
[See the full review at thoughts and afterthoughts]Rating: 3/5Should this book be picked up? the tl;dr spoiler-less version:- Follows 8 POVs, changing tenses, and told in varying narrative styles (i.e. letters, screenplays, prose-fiction)- Timeframe set during the 1960-70s, themes involve: lies and betrayal, LGBT, social status, sexuality (not crude though), bullying; all relevant to the average teenager- Ensemble-driven rather than fully developing specific characters; some of which are more/le [...]
How I Came To Read This Book: I received an ARC from the publisher.The Plot: The book is a series of interwoven stories, all told from the perspective of students and townies around a boarding school called Illington Hall, located in Yorkshire, England. Set in the 1970s during the Vietnam War, our entry into the school is through an American girl named Jenny, that's sent away for a semester abroad, in part to keep her brother, a draft dodger named Tom, company while he attends Sheffield Universi [...]
For more reviews, gifs, Cover Snark and more, visit A Reader of Fictions.Marthe Jocelyn’s What We Hide was a completely unknown quantity when I picked it out. I’d never heard of it before it appeared in the YABC book haul, the cover tells me nothing, and no one I know has read it. Books like this don’t come along often, but it’s always a joy to find a hidden gem like What We Hide. This book has so much to love, for readers who appreciate slower-paced, thoughtful fiction. Through brillian [...]
I got my hands on a copy of this book when I was at a library conference back in January. I was lucky enough to meet the author and get my copy signed (yes, this is why I love library conferences). Of course, as soon as I get the book at home it languishes on my book shelf. I decided to give it a try this weekend and I was sucked into life at an English boarding school.What We Hide was completely unexpected. From the cover, I was expecting something more girly and less serious, and frankly more [...]
This review originally posted at More Than Just MagicAs the title suggests What We Hide is a book about secrets. Not just about keeping secrets and the dangers of keeping the wrong secrets but also about the motivations behind it. Why do we hide parts of who we are? What makes us distrust those around us?The story opens on an American girl named Jenny, who has just come over from America with her draft-dodging brother. She’s attending an English boarding school and sees this as an opportunity [...]
Warning: thematic spoilers below the fold.It's the late 60s or early 70s, and Jenny's off to England for a semester abroad in boarding school. Her older brother is in university in England—away from the States and away from the draft—but their close friend has shipped out to Vietnam.But the story is not only Jenny's, and this was what I found both most frustrating and most compelling about the book."I think about this all the time," said Nico. "Like, for instance, who is telling this story?" [...]
Yeeeee. -.- I expected the best from this novel. I wanted a contemporary novel with so much happening, but all I got was this BORING book. One minute I thought that something big was going to happen, the next I was completely out. I was confused with what was happening. What should've I expected? So the plot started off really well. When I was at 20%, I thought that I would give this a four start rating, but eventually it slowed down and nothing really changed.This is one of those cheesy boardin [...]
I debated pretty hard between 3.5 and 4 on this one. There's an underdeveloped quality to it: too many stories, too many strands all going at once. And mostly, they weave together very nicely but some - Percy's, say, or Nico's - don't really need their own focus. (view spoiler)[ I suspect the author was trying to mirror Nico's mother's short story in some metaphorical way or something but it was too much. Sometimes a story needs only so many layers as it naturally has.(hide spoiler)]That's the t [...]
Everyone has a different story, and you won’t know it unless they tell you. But they’re story could all be a made up lie. This is what ‘What we Hide’ is about there and many perspectives and different stories but everyone hides a lie in their stories. Tom is faced with two decisions to move to England or be drafted. He decides to move to England and he takes, his little sister, Jenn. There Jenn makes multiple friends but when they get to know her she doesn't tell them the whole truth abo [...]
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from Tundra Books via LibraryThing's giveaway.Ducking the Vietnam War draft, Tom leaves America for a college education in England. Bringing along his sister Jenny, she begins a fresh school year at a Quaker boarding school where she quickly realizes she can be whoever she wants to be. What We Hide gathers the voices of numerous teenagers who, despite their conflicting personalities, social cliques, and attitudes on sexu [...]
Huge thank you to Tundra Books and Netgalley for this ARC!2.5I am torn when it comes to What We Hide. It has an intriguing premise with a lot of mystery surrounding the characters within the story, and each character is connected to another by a small thread. The writing is gorgeous, it keeps you guessing, and yet, I struggled to connect with it. There are so many perspectives in this novel, and I think that's what's problematic about it. I never felt like I understood a lot of the characters or [...]
I wanted to like this book and while the potential was high, the reality fell flat.Boarding school? Check.Complicated friendships?Haves vs Have Nots (townie vs private school style)? Check.Interesting (ish) characters and multiple focalizers? Check and check.So what went wrong???It all felt superficial. Everyone had their personality and there was no real depth to anyone. The new girl who lies in an attempt to "reinvent" herself, the boy-slut who's actually still a virgin, the girl-slut with a s [...]
I'm still wrapping my head around this book. Reading this book is like being dropped into a moment and specific place in time , and getting the perspectives of many participants . The dialogue is just so well written. The interweaving of so many different narrators and perspectives is also great. It took me a little bit to get into it, because it seems to come completely out of nowhere, by that I mean it is completely unique - and there is no familiar structure in YA - except for the fact it's s [...]
I received a free copy from the publisher through LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review.I heard a piece of writing advice -- and I wish I could remember who said it because I think about it a lot -- that having your protagonist lie about something is a great characterization tactic. Watching someone (and knowing that they are) lying tells you so much about them. Of course, it reveals what they want to keep from you. But what they choose to tell you, the nature of the lie itself, the deta [...]
*3.5*Overall I enjoyed this book. It takes place in a boarding school in England during the early seventies. It follows mostly students at this school and the secrets that they keep. Of all the books I've read with multi-perspectives this one did a very good job at distinguishing between the characters and their point of views. The style of writing was very different for each character and there were distinct personalities shown. That being said I think that there were too many perspectives. It [...]
eh. this book was a mess it would've been so much better if she'd picked like three povs and stuck with them. I saw other reviews say this, but it's like.body really grows (I mean there is some character development, mainly where Jenny is concerned, and that was sweet, but nothing really happens) and you don't really get to see what's happening with them, and there's just really no emotional impact. I honestly would have preferred it have been all from Jenny's POV (though my true wish is that th [...]
Pár megjegyzés ehhez a könyvhöz, mielőtt bárki elkezdené:- ne számíts semmiféle történetre- ne számíts kidolgozott karakterekre- ne számíts semmiféle érzelemreSzóval úgy általában semmi esetre sem érdemes nekikezdeni. Ez tipikusan az a fajta könyv, aminek a fülszövege ott vág át, ahol csak tud, bár úgy 40 oldal után rájössz, hogy valami nem stimmel.Azt hiszem a legnagyobb gond a szerkezetből adódik, körülbelül 4-5 POW-t kapunk, ami rengeteg egy ilyen rövid [...]
I received a copy of Marthe Jocelyn's "What We Hide" compliments of LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program and appreciated the opportunity.This YA novel shares the unique perspectives of a group of teenagers who are attending a boarding school in the UK. Each chapter is written in the voice of one of the characters, shedding light on their hidden "secrets", what they see that others may not. There is a tonne of drama along the way, as is the standard life of most teens. It did have some laughable [...]
What We Hide is a slower paced Young Adult novel that takes place in a British boarding school during the Vietnam War era. If you're expecting some major conflict to occur, you'll be disappointed. The narrative revolves around eight different protagonists, all of whom are wrestling with their own darkness. This is a story about how our actions and choices influence how others see us, and how people tell lies and put on airs in order to be viewed (or not viewed as the case may be) in a certain wa [...]
I really loved this book. Great use of multiple person POV, and I liked how each POV was structured differently-- some in first person, some in third, others in letters and even a screenplay. Very interesting. Each character felt distinct and fully realized, and perhaps the most effective thing about multiple POV in this book was getting to see the different characters through the eyes of other characters. I'm a sucker for any book that revolves around secrets and lies, and WHAT WE HIDE does it [...]
I was slightly put off by the poorer reviews for this novel, but since I've enjoyed a couple of Marthe Jocelyn's previous books, I had to read this. I wasn't disappointed. I thought the multiple perspectives of the characters would be hard to follow, it wasn't. The writing style reflected what the book was all about: perspective (and truth, is that a theme?). I wasn't super keen on Jenny's story because it seemed childish what she was doing I just don't think it was written in a believable way. [...]
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