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Glimpse by Carol Lynch Williams

By Tsbishop23 @TristanSimone

10055551Summary: In one moment

it is over.

In one moment

it is gone.

Twelve-year-old Hope’s life is turned upside down when her older sister, Lizzie, becomes an elective mute and is institutionalized after trying to kill herself. Hope and Lizzie have relied on each other from a young age, ever since their dad died. Their mother, who turns tricks to support her family, is a reluctant and unreliable parent—at best. During the course of this lyrical and heartbreaking narrative, told in blank verse from an exceptionally promising YA voice, readers will discover the chilling reason why Lizzie has stopped speaking—and why Hope is the only one who can bring the truth to light and save her sister.

I heard a lot of really good things about Glimpse from my classmates so I was really excited to read this book. It has also been awhile since I’ve read a verse novel and they always seem to be quick reads which is another reason I was anxious to pick Glimpse up.

Glimpse is a book that deals with really heavy topics. I read so many disturbing things which was not something I was expecting. Hope and Lizzie are sisters who are very close in age. When I was reading I kept imagining them as really young girls but really Lizzie would be about a freshmen in high school, which is the grade my younger sister is in. Having that in my mind made this story so so much more sick. Really, I do not understand some people.

The story is kind of predictable but still very good. The whole time you’re just waiting for ‘it’ to be revealed even though you know what ‘it’ is. This book is hard to explain to someone because all that you can really say without giving too much away is that it I about two sisters who are very close and when the oldest starts going through a rough time in her life and the younger one doesn’t know why, she makes it her mission to find out why. And you should read the book to find out why!

We didn’t get to find out a lot about some of the characters because it is only told from Hope’s perspective and verse novels don’t always go into a lot of detail so that would be the only downside to the book. But you still can make your on assumptions about the characters.

I would recommend this book to girls. Guys may like it but I would imagine that girls would enjoy it more.


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