Girl in the Blue Coat

Girl in the Blue Coat

by Monica Hesse


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The bestselling, "gripping" ( Entertainment Weekly), "powerful" ( Hypable), "utterly thrilling" ( winner of the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery, perfect for readers of Kristin Hannah and Ruta Sepetys

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.

On a routine delivery, a client asks Hanneke for help. Expecting to hear that Mrs. Janssen wants meat or kerosene, Hanneke is shocked by the older woman's frantic plea to find a person—a Jewish teenager Mrs. Janssen had been hiding, who has vanished without a trace from a secret room. Hanneke initially wants nothing to do with such dangerous work, but is ultimately drawn into a web of mysteries and stunning revelations that lead her into the heart of the resistance, open her eyes to the horrors of the Nazi war machine, and compel her to take desperate action.

Beautifully written, intricately plotted, and meticulously researched, Girl in the Blue Coat is an extraordinary novel about bravery, grief, and love in impossible times.

*Don't miss Monica Hesse's newest masterwork of historical fiction: The War Outside*

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316260633
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 5,696
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Monica Hesse is an author and journalist with The Washington Post. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and their dog.

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Girl in the Blue Coat 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a book that all should read.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Barns and Noble Review Girl in the Blue Coat is an incredible book with an incredible storyline that every young person should have the opportunity to read. Monica Hesse has managed to take a horrible time in world history that modern day teens are not able to understand. This book is a perfect example of a story of an average person who would never be shown in the news and how they can affect so many people. Hanneke was able to turn the eminese pain of losing the love of her life, into courage and service to others in need. This story is incredible because it shows how we all of have hidden talents that can be so hidden that we do not even know that they are there. I think one incredible twist in the story that was not really said in words was Hanneke's change from serving the wealthy, to helping someone with no monetary reward. One thing I believe Hesse was able to do well is telling the story in the first person. This can be very difficult with historical stories because unless it is a memoir you do not know what truly happened. But with the mystery element to the novel in my opinion the story could not be told in any other way. Overall I do recommend this story even to somebody who is not in to reading historical fiction because there is such an incredible story line to the novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully written and deeply expressed. Kept me awake later than I should be and leaves me to read more of thisnauthor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book, is a must read for those who lije stories about eorld war two!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everybody should read it. It is captavating! Hesse did such a great job. It is so intresting!! I read the whole book in two hours
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Girl In The Blue Coat: A simply magnificent read for 2018. The way Monica Hesse was able to sprinkle in some small clues as the story progressed was just the kick the story needed to keep going. Taking place in 1940s Amsterdam, when the Second World War knocked on the Netherlands doors at a time when war inevitable, bringing in sadness and despair. Hanneke must go on a crazy adventure, trying to find a missing girl before the Nazis do and take her away for good. I thought there were plenty of plot twists in the story, we get a look back at a time before the war, and how things seemed peaceful and tranquil. As you read on, you’ll see how the protagonist grows as a person during this difficult time. This book reminds me of a couple other books i’ve read, Out Of The Dust, and The Red Badge Of Courage, each one with their own problems to solve, whether The Civil War, or in the Dust Bowl, new challenges come with every turn of the page. I would give this book 4 and a half stars. I highly recommend this book to anyone that likes historical fiction, adventure, and a little bit of romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book it goes into the life of a teenager who even though has Been through a lot still perseveres and gets through life
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put it down
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A book you want to read in one sitting. World War II. How people helped people...even risking their own lives to do so.
nhr3bookcrazyNR More than 1 year ago
I found this to be a different take on a WWII story - set in Amsterdam. Lots of unexpected elements in this tale. I was caught up immediately in Hanneke's experiences - and read as quickly as I could to see what would happen next. I found surprises!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was one I refused to put down. I ignored all my natural urges like eating and going to the bathroom, and socializing, just to keep reading this book. Amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first picked up the book, The Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse, I originally thought it was going to be similar to the diary of Anne Frank. Boy was I wrong! I instead found out that this story was about Hanneke, a girl from Amsterdam during World War II, who is asked by her neighbor to go in search of a Jewish girl named Mirjam, who is in danger of being found and murdered by Nazis. Throughout the story, Hanneke must act brave when searching for Mirjam, maintain good relationships with others, and cope with the death of her boyfriend, Bas. She also learns an important lesson in knowing when to take risks for herself and other people, even if it means costing her something she truly cares about. I would recommend this book for anyone who’s interested in historical fiction and adventure, as well as mystery and romance. Other than that, this book really changed my opinion about World War II from the Amsterdam perspective.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book Girl In the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse is about a girl named Hanneke who lives during the time when the Germans invade Amsterdam in 1943. She is asked to help Mrs Jansen find a missing girl named Mirjam. Mirjam and her family are faced with many different problems throughout the war. I would compare this book to One Crazy Summer . They both happen during a time period where people wanted to be equal. They both had characters that anyone could relate to . Both of those books made me want to read more . I learned a lot about the time periods in each book ( Black rights movement and the time when the Germans invaded Amsterdam ) . I would give this book a 4 star review. I enjoyed getting to learn about the time period and what was happening during the war . I liked how the author sprinkled in the details throughout the story . I also like how the different parts of the story came together. This book made me want to keep reading to find out what was going to happen to Hanneke, Mirjam and the other characters in the book . The author is a very good writer. She came up with a very good story to teach people about what happened during the war. I liked the book because it was not just facts. It was a story that made me want to keep reading with good details.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had recently read the Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse. When I first read that title, I assumed it would be about the girl on the cover, seen wearing the said blue coat, or that girl being the main character. I assumed wrong. The author did a really great job with the protagonist’s back story; a girl named Hanneke. She is a story within the story as she deals with some ghosts of her past throughout the book. She has to wrestle with that as she walks the streets of World War II Amsterdam while avoiding Nazi’s and hiding the truth about her clandestine profession. She is then assigned on an even more dangerous task by her neighbor to help find a girl who went missing that she was helping. While I did like most of the book, there did seem like there were parts that were predictable. One thing that I could predict was the climax. I’m not giving it away, but I can tell you it will rattle your core when you find out. It’s part mystery part thriller, being that it’s one of those stories where everything that happened ties together and is explained at the end, as depicted in many mystery movies. It’s sort of the reverse of Ocean’s 11. If you’ve seen that you’ll know what I’m talking about. There was something nice about the pacing; it was calming and I never felt bored reading through it. I liked the way the author sprinkled some bread crumbs that the characters had to follow of what they sought. In the end, I came up with the conclusion that this was about the character trying to find herself and be at peace with her past. One thing I wish the author did was give the other characters a concluding arc so we knew what their fates would’ve been. Overall, I liked this book aside from a few predictable plot lines. I felt bad for the main character throughout the full book. Someone give that girl a hug.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse is a must read for mystery lovers. Monica Hessie writes this story beautifully. This is a story about a girl who lives in Amsterdam, Netherlands and she is on a mission to look for this girl in a blue coat. This book definitely compares to the Girl on the Train, the book I read a year ago. This book is mysterious, romantic, and sad since it takes place during World War II. This is a time where all Jews were sent by Nazis to Concentration camps; Some to Death camps and get killed. I would give this book a 4 out of 5 stars because the story without the romance and just the sadness and the mystery would give the story in full detail. Overall I love the story so much that is a must read for high school and college students.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We read this book in my reading class. I loved all the twists and turns and how it all came together at the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good book overall but I feel they tried to stuff so much into the ending it ruined it but it's all your opinion
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
Intended for a YA audience, the content and subject matter make this book engaging for adults as well. The setting is The Netherlands during World War II. The protagonist is a young woman involved in the black market. A page turning story of young love, war, survival and devotion, this historic novel is intense and powerful. Rich in detail and depth, the spirit of hope underlies the atrocities portrayed throughout this composition. The ravages of war and the price of freedom are issues that are broached with sensitivity and discernment. Losses are agonizing and the challenges of survival are considerable, but hope remains. Excellent reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading_With_Cupcakes More than 1 year ago
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 Thief...Sarah'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 about Hanneke. Hanneke is the main provider for her family despite being a teenager. However, where her parents assume she is working a fair and honest job, she is in fact working for an underground black market. She is the middle man. She is the one who will either go get the desired hard to find item, or she is the one that will deliver it. Cigarettes, chocolate, and all the other hard to get "luxury" items that have become hard to find. Then one day, one of her regulars asks her to find something different. Hanneke is asked to find a missing girl. However, she isn't just any missing girl...she is a Jewish missing girl in the middle of the Netherlands while it is occupied by the Germans. Not a good place to be missing. Hanneke then goes against her better judgement and begins to hunt for the missing girl in the blue coat. And through this journey, the story unfolds into its full glory. Through Girl in the Blue Coat we learn a lot about the Netherlands while it was occupied by the Germans in World War 2. I found this very interesting. Not many stories I have come across have showed this particular country and what it was like then. The fears of the people, both the Jewish and others. The way friends can get torn apart because of war. The loss of loved ones... Girl in the Blue Coat really covered a lot and it covered it beautifully. Well, as beautifully as one can cover something as horrific as World War 2. And even though it is technically historical fiction, I still felt as though I learned a lot from the story. It opened my eyes to a lot of different aspects of World War 2 and for that I am thankful. This is a story that I think any World War 2 historical fiction buff needs to add to their TBR if they haven't already. And be ready to suffer from many many feels. It is worth it though. My Rating 5 Stars Find more of my reviews here: This review is based on an ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
Hanneke thought she was rebel. Hanneke thought her actions against the Communist were disastrous to their realm but her actions were only a fraction of what was really happening behind the scenes. I loved it when she finally realized the magnitude of the operations that individuals were doing to diffuse the system that the Germans were trying to put into place. She was confused, overwhelmed and she knew that she would never be able to erase the events and information that she had received. She wanted to know yet she was afraid of knowing. They wanted Hanneke to be a part of their operations for she had talent that they can use yet Hanneke isn’t sure if she wanted to join this large of an organization. Working trades on the black market is a job that she liked just fine. Hanneke is approached by one of her clients to find Mirjam, a girl who her client had hidden in her home. Dealing only in goods, Hanneke denies the request but later decides that finding this Jew, might be the one thing she can do in this mixed up world that she is living in. It’s not an easy request as Hanneke must learn about Mirjam’s life and then pieces together her actions. Where did Mirjam go? There are so many options to consider under the circumstances and Hanneke must consider them all. Did she move to another hiding spot, has someone taken her, did she run away completely or is she slated for deportation? It was a great journey that I took with Hanneke as she searched for Mirjam. Her search leading me into interesting avenues as I heard fantastic stories about individuals whose lives had been changed because of caring individuals and because people let power control their heart. Hanneke had her own demons that followed her on her journey. Bas, his life was taken from him too soon and Hanneke carried this guilt with her. I felt for Hanneke as the story of Bas unfolded. I understood the weight that she carried and her zeal for life. Moving forward will be hard, but mourning forever will not be the answer. She mourns the life of her best friend Elsbeth. Still living, these two girls are no longer close and it’s as if she is no longer there. These two girls are divided because of the war and I could feel the loneliness and the sadness in Hanneke as she moved about her day. I wanted Hanneke to feel connected to someone, to feel the excitement that should come with the excitement of being alive and having another day of freedom. She should have someone to share that with and not be alone, I felt for her. I enjoyed the author’s writing; I felt it reflected that time in history, the oppression, the tone and the sullenness of the times. Another great historical fiction novel. 4.5 stars
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Is this book a great book because i went to read it now but i need someone to tell me what this book is all about before i just read it so i can get the book and read it myself
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