What We Hide by Marthe JocelynWhat We Hide by Marthe Jocelyn

What We Hide

byMarthe Jocelyn

Hardcover | April 8, 2014

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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 Illington Hall, which the students call Ill Hall. This is Jenny's chance to finally be special and stand out, so when she arrives she tells everybody a lie. But in the small world of Ill Hall, everyone has secrets. Jenny pretends she has a boyfriend. Robbie and Luke pretend they don't. Brenda won't tell what happened with the school doctor. Percy won't tell about his famous dad. 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 ia a provocative, honest, often funny and always intriguing look at secrets.
MARTHE JOCELYN has written or made pictures for nearly thirty children's books. Her most recent books include the novel Viminy Crowe's Comic Book and the picture book Where Do You Look? She was the 2009 recipient of the prestigious Vicky Metcalf Award for her body of work. Her middle grade novel Mable Riley won the inaugural TD Childre...
Title:What We HideFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.8 × 1.04 inPublished:April 8, 2014Publisher:TundraLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1770496424

ISBN - 13:9781770496422


Rated 2 out of 5 by from ? 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 boarding school stories, just wanted to let 'ya know. So many POVs are hard to deal with, even if you know who's telling the story. There were just too many here to keep up with. I don't even know some of the characters' reasoning and point to be in this book, and they had this huge POV. It was kind of dumb because the different POVs were written in different formats, which made me laugh because I could tell that the author wanted to "change it up." Aha, letter format? PLAY FORMAT?! Don't kill me of laughing. The only UP was the beginning and end. Those two things were the probably only good things, but they captivated me, so that's all that matters. Like I said before, I really disliked the characters, especially Penelope and Alec. Yuck. And this is where I say that I don't understand what the author was going for because I don't really understand why she wrote her characters like that. ... This was a really "nothing special" kind of book. I didn't see any specialty in it, and I'm disappointed because I really was expecting better.
Date published: 2014-04-10

Editorial Reviews

"These are textured, smart characters, and it's likely that readers will find themselves wishing for more from many of them—the only detraction of the slice-of-life style on offer here. Poignant and often witty, this novel treats its audience to a nuanced look at the era." - Kirkus Reviews"Jocelyn provides authentic British flavor and an evocative representation of the tumultuous '60s, when teens challenged social conventions. Intrigue builds as many figures, willingly or unwillingly, come face-to-face with what they are hiding and must decide whether to drop their deceptive facades." - Publishers Weekly“Where it shines is in many of the individual scenes. Jocelyn shows an ease with the vagaries of the teenage mind and a willingness to depict some very uncomfortable situations without blinking. Yes, there is a lot of sex here, but Jocelyn writes about it with more brute honesty and maturity than you’ll find in many adult books.” - Quill & Quire“Jocelyn moves from one character’s voice to the next, each with its own sharp perspective, style, and emergent self—(and often sexual) knowledge. Warm-hearted, clever, funny and moving, this keeps readers thinking all the way to its end. Immensely satisfying for its interwoven stories and fully realized characters.” - The Toronto Star