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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray (April 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780061799280
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061799280
  • ASIN: 0061799289
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

In a seemingly idyllic small town called Summer Falls, two teens wake up naked, entwined in each other’s arms, and neither one has any memory of who they are or how they got there. Chapters alternate between “Him” and “Her” as they try to piece together their pasts and find their identities. While Summer Falls is always a perfect 72 degrees and nothing bad ever seems to happen—at least, not that anyone remembers—only Elyse and Marshall see that something is very wrong. Ghosts of the town’s past inhabitants trigger “heatnaps” to erase bad memories on the spot, while sunny memories reveal a darker side in the form of an ancient power funneled through a charismatic ancestor of Elyse’s. Readers will respond to Elyse’s and Marshall’s character development as they search for themselves, each trying to reconcile the person they’re learning about with who they feel they are at the core. The decidedly sci-fi feel of this supernatural suspense story will appeal to a broad range of readers. Grades 9-12. --Heather Booth

Review

“Both Elyse and Marshall are feisty and flawed, making for a satisfying and romantic action-adventure … perfect for a quick summer read. ” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)

“Laced with magic and a touch of romance, and enhanced by a truly creepy setting, this is an intriguing mystery. Give this one to teens who want something other than the typical supernatural romance.” (School Library Journal)

“The decidedly sci-fi feel of this supernatural suspense story will appeal to a broad range of readers.” (ALA Booklist)

Praise for WHISPER: “Common conflicts are nuanced by Kitanidis’s intriguing construction of Joy’s powers, unexpected plot moves, and strong characterizations.” (School Library Journal)

Praise for WHISPER: “Whisper is a refreshingly unpredictable story with the perfect balance of family and friends, and magical gifts and secrets. Phoebe Kitanidis is a strong new voice in the young adult, urban fantasy genre, and I can’t wait to see what comes next.” (Kim Harrison, bestselling author of ONCE DEAD, TWICE SHY)

Praise for WHISPER: “An imaginative tale that that brings to the surface the complexities of family, friends, relationships, and belonging, WHISPER also explore selfishness, selflessness, and the bonds that link us to each other.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))

More About the Author

Phoebe Kitanidis writes character-driven contemporary fiction, often served with a bold supernatural twist. The Indonesian version of her teen novel WHISPER was released this year, and her teen novel GLIMMER was recently optioned for TV.

In 2003, replying to a craigslist internship ad scored Phoebe her first real writing gig (Contributing Writer for Discovery Girls magazine, till 2006). A decade later she went on to co-found OddRocket, a Seattle-based micro-press that celebrates odd fiction and conducts wild experiments in collaborative storytelling.

Phoebe lives with her family in Seattle, proud birthplace of GeekGirlCon, coffee culture, and the Kindle. Her passions include urban farming, eating painfully spicy food, and volunteering on behalf of feral cats.

Customer Reviews

Reviewing this book is tricky... I feel like anything I say could be a spoiler.
Reading Teen
The Nutshell: If you're looking for a good non-murder mystery that will keep you flipping pages then Glimmer is definitely your book.
Jasmine Baggenstos
I liked both main characters -- they had enough flaws to make them seem real, while still allowing them to be likable.
Michelle Madow

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nicole @ Paperback Princess on January 24, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I got this book from the ARCycle program, and I am so thrilled that I had a chance to read it and enjoy it. I had noticed it on the Goodreads Firstreads program where it was part of a giveaway, but that was one giveaway that I failed to win. I’m glad either way that the book fell on to my lap now, and that I was given this chance to read it because it was a really fantastic book that followed a really different plot line. Sometimes you see the same plot just repeated over and over with different character and slightly different details, but this took the Amnesia plot line to a whole new level.

I may as well start with the plot which follows two teenagers through a sleepy Colorado town that seems almost like Pleasantville. Things are perfect, people are happy tourists love it, it is nearly perfect, but as we dive in, it is clear that something very sinister is afoot. I really loved following Elyse and Marshall as they considered what could have happened as they first woke up with no idea who they really were, as they jumped from being kidnapped then to drugged and then to deciding to trust one another was something that was really great. Even later in the book, there are quite a few laughs.

Following their paths as they try to regain their memory at first was both bizarre and a really great way to see what makes a character and person who they are. The more we learn about who Elyse really was and who she became after losing her memory was so different. Just think about waking up one morning in a strange place and having no idea who you were and then having to put on clothes that didn’t feel like they were things that you would wear, and to top it off having people treat you a certain way, it must have been maddening.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kristina's World of Books on April 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
What I Liked
The World
Perfection does come at a cost for the little happy town, but the townies don't really know what that cost is. This concept is so crazy and awesome, but I am so glad I don't live in it. Give me the pain of my memories any day over these lies. Also the ghost and magic just add to the appeal of the world that Phoebe has created for her characters.
Characters
Elyse: She is a very "human" character, she has her flaws and she knows what they are, but she just wants to escape her life. I give her a lot of credit for fighting in her own way and taking initiative to do something about it all. Elyse was a bit of a surprise for me, I was expecting weakness as she finds out about her life, but what was revealed was strength.
Marshall: I'm glad we get to learn about new Marshall, not the original old Marshall, I don't think I would have liked him that much. Who he is becoming and who he was are two different type of people, it goes to show that people can change given the circumstances and opportunity.

A Little Confusion
Following two characters with amnesia was a little confusing at first. Not only are the characters trying to puzzle out who they are, but as the reader you are also trying to figure what type of rules their world has as well. I personally like to understand the parameters of a created fantasy world early on in the book. As this world got unraveled I quickly forgot about it and become very intrigued with everything.

Recommendation
Definitely worth the read
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ashelynn Hetland on April 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Glimmer by Phoebe Kitanidis was a strange book, and I mean that in a good way. I love magical realism, but hardly ever read it because I don't think a lot of people know how to write it, and it's also an emerging genre. Think Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma, a fantastically written magical realism.

I have to say that I read Glimmer quickly; not as quick as I usually can, but when I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it. I would read it until I had problems keeping my eyes open. I just HAD to know what was happening to Elyse, Marshall, and Summer Falls.

DUDES, Summer Falls was so weird! I was CREEPED OUT by the people always falling into heatnaps and everybody exclaiming Summer Falls was paradise! I wanted to get out of that town as soon as possible. It's a seriously creepy town, yo. I think because of its creepiness I was cheering for Elyse and Marshall to save the town.

Now, the good parts outweigh the horrible parts for me, but I have to say what the horrible parts for me is. In the description, it says Marshall and Elyse fall in love and omg, there is zero chemistry between them. NONE. I never wanted them to kiss, or do anything of that sort. It didn't make me mad when they did kiss, but idk, maybe they would have been better off as friends instead of lovers.

Also, Elyse calls herself a slut and then somebody else does and THAT IS THE WORST WORD EVER. Like, I don't even get offended when people cuss or even use those words as insults, but once "slut" and "whore" are thrown around I want to beat my head against a door. And I absolutely hate it when people are slut-shamed. And Elyse isn't exactly slut-shamed, but it still made me so mad I had to set the book down for HOURS until I could manage to bring myself back to reading the book.
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