Lit. Circle #2 Project: Critical Acclaim (Jeremy Brown)

Lit. Circle #2 Project: “Critical Acclaim” [Jeremy Brown]

The girl in the Blue coat – Monica Hesse -[SUMMARY]-

“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 Dutch front lines when the Germans invaded. She likes to think of her illegal work as a small act of rebellion.”


5 STARS – 30%

4 STARS – 46%

3 STARS – 19%

2 STARS – 3%

1 STARS – 0%

“Imane” – A review from Goodreads

“Well, this was good, a well written novel with an interesting plot, but nothing mind blowing, I mean, I personally found the main character to be a bit annoying and unlikable, and i didn’t feel particularly touched by this story, but other than that, I guess this was worth the read.”


The book did receive the Edgar Award for best young adult book in 2017. Beating out “My sister Rosa” by Justine Larbalestier, “The girl I used to be” by April Henry, and “3 thruths and a LIe”  by Brent Hartinger. I found that no other popular awards were offered, and honestly it shouldn’t have won this one in my opinion.


I threw this review in here because it summed up my own opinion quite well, the book is written very but the characters and story don’t do the writing justice the main character is very underwhelming. And Monica Hesse (Author) doesn’t really include the fact that this story takes place in 1943 during the German occupation of Amsterdam. If it didn’t mention that you would think the story takes place in London in the 1850’s. Its just annoying how ignorant the characters are to whats going on around them. They claim to be part of this “Resistance” but the have no clue that the Nazi’s are gassing millions of Jews. Sorry to be to blunt but that’s what its like.



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