Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Glimpse by Carol Lynch Williams

Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Release: June 22nd 2010
Age Group: Young Adult (12-18)
Book Source: Library
Awards: YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults (2011)

     Hope and Lizzie Chapman. They're sisters for life, sharing everything together- problems. At only a year apart they were as close as any sisters could be. But they don't share everything together. Sisters have secrets too. Big secrets. who knew sisters this close could have lives separate from each-others.
     But when little sister Hope catches Lizzie with a shot-gun attempting suicide. From there everything moves fast, Lizzie in rehab, their mother in denial; Hope feels condemned. It's now her mission to discoverer the truth; before its too late to save Lizzie- from herself.

     To start; I thought this book was a well written free verse poetry-novel. Even though it was poetry all of the describing detail that made you really feel and experience the emotion that Hope was being tormented through. It was roughly realistic and painful to read. When Hope was full hopelessness- you were hopeless. It was such a roller coaster of emotion it was almost ridiculous. 

This book showed the loss of Hope's innocence.  Innocence is a precious thing but having a vicious mother it is difficult to preserve. But Hope's sister, Lizzie did just that. Preserved Hope's innocence until she lost the will to live from her mothers terrible decisions. 

Throughout this novel my mind often strayed to the book: 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher. In this case it wasn't her peers fault she pondered suicide- it was her mothers. That gruesome fact left me wondering- how would it feel to feel such immense love to sacrifice your own innocence for anothers- sacrificing it to your very own mother? 

The realness of this novel is... Painful. Gruesome. This is an extremely powerful book- with an extreme message. I would definitely recommend this free verse poetry novel to those who love thrilling stories.

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