Thursday, February 16, 2017

Girl in the Blue Coat

Here's another sort-of YA book. All the main players are in their teens, but I think it's shelved with the historical fiction rather than in the YA section. But for the purposes of this review, I'm calling it YA. As you can see, here we have another WWII historical fiction. I really should branch out and try a different era. If you have any suggestions, sound off! I'm always looking for new books to read, even if my TBR pile is actually over 100 titles long at this point...

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Hanneke lives in Amsterdam, a city under Nazi control in 1943. She spends her day working for an undertaker and dabbling in the black market. That is, until one of her clients asks her to find something much more difficult than sugar--a Jewish girl. Suddenly, Hanneke is swept in the underground where people her own age risk their lives to spirit away people the Nazis deem unworthy. She's not sure this is a world she wants a part of, but she doesn't really have a choice now. She needs to find the girl in the blue coat who ran away from her safe house for unknown reasons and might have run straight into the Nazi cages.

This book sort of reminded me of an episode of White Collar. The premise is simple: Hanneke is given limited, strange information and must use it to find a missing girl. The setting is what is interesting about it. The Dutch underground is an under-examined portion of WWII, and the glimpse that is given here is interesting. There are some truly scary moments as Hanneke defies Nazi rule and nearly gets caught several times while trying to find a girl--a task that she reminds herself she does not necessarily have to do. One thing I was very pleased with in this book was that the romance I predicted did not evolve. It ended up being a story of friendship and perseverance in a terrible point in history. And if I got bored at times because of the straight-forwardness of the plot, I still ultimately enjoyed the tale.

Goodreads Rating: 4 Stars
Up Next:  The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

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