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Product Details

  • Series: AWARDS: Arkansas Teen Awards 2012 Level 2
  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books; First Edition edition (June 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141699730X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416997306
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #946,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up–Lizzie and Hope learned long ago that they had to watch out for one another. Their neglectful mother, who turns tricks for a living, has left the girls to fend for themselves for nearly as long as they can remember. Yet when Hope walks in on Lizzie and finds her holding a gun, everything changes. After Lizzie is sent to a psych ward, her sister is left to wonder when and why things got so bad. Though Lizzie's terrible secret will be quickly evident to readers, Hope's painful, yet poignant, self-realizations unfold more slowly. This well-paced, raw novel-in-verse is a worthy purchase, especially for Ellen Hopkins's fans who are looking for another verse novel in which teens overcome dire circumstances.Jill Heritage Maza, Greenwich High School, CT
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Sisters Hope and Lizzie are also best friends; Lizzie, the elder sibling, has looked after Hope since she was an infant. When Lizzie suddenly becomes suicidal, though, Hope is bewildered, but she gradually realizes that she may have some insight into the roots of Lizzie's depression. Glimpses into her memories and her dreams unfold a story of neglect and abuse that will haunt both Hope and the reader alike. Williams tells a brutal, gripping story through the veiled language of free verse, choosing her words and Hope's memories with careful intent. Although the descriptions are not graphic, Williams leaves little doubt about Lizzie's trauma, their mother's role in her older daughter's fate, and the lack of a perfect resolution to both girls' pain. The unresolved ending is realistic, but it is hopeful, too, and it includes a tribute to caring friends and adults who struggle daily to rescue children from untenable situations. Grades 8-11. --Frances Bradburn

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Customer Reviews

Hope cannot figure out why and when Lizzie tells her to be careful, she is really confused.
Gerard F. Zemek
I think verse is just a more emotional type of reading, but it was amazing how the author managed to really show the emotion in such brief wording.
Candace Robinson
I definitely recommend this book, even if it really isn't your thing to read a free verse book.
Kayla

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sara VINE VOICE on June 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
It isn't often that I am so emotionally overwhelmed by a novel that I want to simultaneously hug it to my chest and throw it across the room. I was riveted by Hope and Lizzie's heartrending story and, even though it was difficult to read, I found that I was unable to tear my eyes from the pages.

I found it hard to determine if it was the book's content or the age of the narrator that called to my protective side, but it was there in full force. Williams' depiction was so vivid that I found myself completely invested in the characters, which caused many frustrated tears. I wanted to protect Hope and Lizzie from their awful, selfish mother and prevent the tragic events that I felt were sure to unfold.

I haven't read very many books written in verse, but, after GLIMPSE, I may have to. Williams' writing had a much more powerful impact written in blank verse than it would have in any other format. I'm astounded by how the deletion of superfluous words can hone text into a dangerous weapon that cuts straight to the reader's heart.

GLIMPSE is left me swollen-eyed and emotionally drained, but in no way regretting my soggy state. It's often the difficult reads that leave a permanent mark, opening the reader's eyes to an issue or situation that they'd rather avoid. My eyes are officially open.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Uniquely Moi Books on June 3, 2013
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I have found myself falling head over heels in love and exceptionally addicted to novels in verse lately. I've had Glimpse on my wish list for quite some time and finally bought it. The synopsis appealed to me and Carol Lynch Williams has delivered such a powerful, emotional, and incredibly engaging novel.

We learn that Hope's life isn't that wonderful but it hasn't been all that bad either. Having her sister Lizzie to connect and bond with over the years has really made a huge impact in her life. Everything was as good as could possibly be until the day that Hope walked into the room, looking at Lizzie holding a gun to her head and about to take her life.

Instantly, the plot has become enthralling.

Lizzie is taken away and committed for her act that she could not perform. Hope has no clue as to what led her to that point. She thought they were so close. They still are. So what happened? What would make Lizzie want to take her own life? She had a secret diary stashed away. Are the answers in there? The doctor believes so but Hope believes it needs to be kept private. Their mother? She's quite a different story.

It's just their mother who takes care of them. The mother that supports them. The mother who now demands answers as she continues on with her frivolous lifestyle. As Hope slowly starts to wonder what has happened in the past that must have been covered up, she slowly and unknowingly gets dragged into it all. Talking to the doctor and realizing that she should do the right thing, the thing that might uncover the secrets, the thing that might make Lizzie come back home, is the thing that will lead to the ghastly truth.
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Format: Hardcover
THE CHOSEN ONE, about a young woman coming to terms with the reality of growing up in a fundamentalist Mormon sect, was one of my favorite novels of 2009. Author Carol Lynch Williams brilliantly illustrated just how much was at stake for her heroine as she approached the age at which marriage --- to an undesired partner --- was not only expected but enforced. Her latest book, GLIMPSE, may take place in a somewhat more familiar environment, but it nevertheless explores a similar theme, as her story once again shows that for some girls, coming of age carries more than its fair share of complications and potential for devastating harm.

GLIMPSE begins with a harrowing, indelible scene, as 12-year-old Hope Chapman enters the bathroom: "In one moment / it is over. / In one moment / it is gone. / The morning grows / thin, gray / and our lives-- / how they were-- / have vanished. / Our lives have / changed / when I walk / in on Lizzie / my sister / holding a shotgun." Fourteen-year-old Lizzie tells her little sister she was "just thinking about / leaving." When the girls' mother finds out about Lizzie's suicide attempt, she sends her to a mental hospital, where Lizzie immediately retreats into silence, especially when she comes to visit.

Lizzie seems to open up a little when left alone with Hope, but most often her words come in the form of cryptic warnings, only to be shut off as soon as their mother returns. What is Lizzie trying to protect Hope from? What secrets does Lizzie's psychologist seem to think are hidden in her missing diary? Meanwhile, at home, things for Hope are difficult.
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As an English major I had my fair share of classes who's required reading lists included quite a good amount of work written in verse. I admit that I never really enjoyed it much. It could have been for any number of reasons, I may have been too immature to grasp the beauty of it, it could have been because it was simply required, or maybe because it was the fact that I had a time deadline that I needed to stick to, but either way I stayed away from it after graduation. Maybe I just don't have a lyrical soul? I hope that's not the reason. But this year I have found myself reading quite a bit of verse voluntarily. Is this a new trend in young adult literature? This is my third tour book written in verse and I was once again unsure if I would enjoy it. I think this book could have been written another way or in a different format but I also think a lot of the powerful emotions behind the words comes out so strongly simply because of the formatting Carol Lynch Williams chose to work with.

Hope is a young girl who comes to find her older sister Lizzie attempting to commit suicide. Lizzie is placed in a mental hospital and Hope is left with her mother and no clue as to what could have driven her sister to take such drastic actions. I've never felt such hatred and disgust for a character the way I did towards Hope and Lizzie's mom. If you give this book a chance, you'll come to understand why I have these extreme feelings toward the woman. Hope comes to learn that Lizzie kept a journal and the story becomes a race between Hope and her mother to find the journal before the other does. It's a tough read emotionally to make your way through, but Williams will amaze readers with her ability to weave such a deep and moving story together with such ease and flow. This is not a light read but one that I think worthy of a reader's time and energy.
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