Release Date: June 22, 2010
Received From: Kindle Store
Other Books by This Author: The Chosen One, My Angelica, Pretty Like Us, The True Colors of Caitlynne Jackson, View them all Here
My Rating: 5 Stars
In one moment
it is over.
In one moment
it is gone.
The morning grows
and our lives-
how they were-
Our lives have
when I walk in
holding a shotgun.
Twelve year old girl Hope’s life is turned upside down when her older sister Lizzie becomes an elective mute and is institutionalized after trying to kill herself. Ever since their dad died Hope and Lizzie have relied on each other from a young age. Their mother is a reluctant and unreliable parent at best, who turns tricks to support the family. Throughout the course of this lyrical and heartbreaking narrative readers and Hope discover that the mother is prostituting Lizzie and it’s up to Hope to bring the truth to light to save her sister.
With raw and haunting writing reminiscent of Ellen Hopkins and Elizabeth Scott, Carol Lynch Williams is a promising new YA voice.
I have come to really love verse novels. Glimpse is no exception. Carol Lynch Williams takes on some very tough issues in this book, and does it in a way that will make you want to protect Hope until the very end. Hope and Lizzie aren’t just sisters, they are best friends. When Hope finds Lizzie with a gun to her head there lives are changed forever.
The tragic events in Glimpse are pretty easy to unravel from very early on, but because of the age of the narrator, Hope, it takes a while for things to unfold in the story. In some cases I would find this very annoying, but it wasn’t. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time waiting for Hope to figure it out, and waiting to see how she would react. I was able to relate to Hope’s confusion and guilt when it came to her sister. I have an older sister myself, and when I was a teenager she tried to kill herself. So I could understand all of Hope’s feelings on that issue.
Carol Lynch Williams‘ writing was very good. The story was told at a pace that made it unable to put down. The Southern atmosphere of the story made it feel like it could be happening in my backyard. It was all very beautiful, even though the content was hard.
All in all, Glimpse was a great read. It was fast, it took me maybe 2 hours to read it. And you will be thinking about it for days afterward. Read it!