Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Glimpse (YA)


Glimpse. Carol Lynch Williams. 2010. June 2010. Simon & Schuster. 496 pages.

In one moment
it is over.
In one moment
it is gone.
The morning grows
thin, gray

and our lives--
how they were--
have vanished.

Lizzie and Hope are sisters and best friends. Hope is almost thirteen, Lizzie just fourteen. But one day Hope gets a bit of a shock. She finds her sister, Lizzie, in a desperate moment. She finds her sister holding a gun, fingering the trigger. She does save her sister--in that moment--and Liz is taken to a place where she can get some help. But that is just the beginning of a mystery. For Hope can't understand what led Lizzie to such an act. Did her sister really want to die? Was it just a cry for help? Can Hope discover the truth--the real reason--behind Lizzie's actions?

The book is about Hope's journey to see the why.

Glimpse is a dark novel, a verse novel, for older teens. Carol Lynch Williams made me feel. It's rare for me to hate a mother so very, very much. But hate her I did. Glimpse may not be for every reader. It's dark, ugly, raw with pain. But it's very well written.

© Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

2 comments:

Tina's Blog 9:14 AM  

I just checked this one out yesterday. I am anxious to read it, even though it sounds rather dark.

Aubrey 2:28 PM  

It is a dark story, but I think it has a message of strength for the characters who go through such horrific things. I love Carol to death and thought this book was very moving.

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