Author: Carol Lynch Williams
Genre: Teen Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Novel in Verse
Publication Date: June 22, 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN-13 Book: 9781416997306
Source: I received a copy for review from the publisher for my book award committee. This is my honest review!
Glimpse by Carol Lynch Williams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Liz and Hope, sisters separated by a year, have always taken care of each other. When Hope finds Liz in the bathroom with the shotgun, Hope wonders what could have done this to her big sister. As Hope remembers more about the past few months, she begins to see a darkness that she never saw before, a darkness and secrets that may swallow Liz and their family whole.
Glimpse is a novel in verse, and a very fast read. Told from the perspective of Hope, flashbacks from her memory show us pieces of the puzzle leading up to Liz’s extreme actions. It is amazing how much can be told with so few words.
This book is skillfully written, and the sparseness of the book reflects the lives of these two girls. They have nothing solid they can cling to other than each other and the format of the verse and shortness of the pages reflect that. While not quite as well done as Ellen Hopkin’s book Crank which made the read feel they were coming down from a high as the words crashed down the page, Williams has written a novel that is at once sparsely formed, yet fully fleshed out.
The characters are well developed, you can see their strengths and their weaknesses, their dreams, and the harsh reality that is their life. The way the story was told worked well and kept the reader hooked—wanting to know the whole truth of the story.
Overall, this was a wonderful yet shocking novel in verse.
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