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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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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,755,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 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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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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Oh how happy I was when I went to my new local library and saw Glimpse on the shelf! I probably looked a little crazy snatching it (considering I had just quickly grabbed a few others, too), but I digress.
A beautiful cover, which made me forget about the heavy topic it deals with (if you'll remember, I am one to read a summary of a book once, and only once - meaning usually I forget most of the details included by the time I read a book). I also had forgotten it was in verse (though I soon remembered because this book is rather large due to verse and spacing).

Our time is spent with Hope, whose sister Lizzie is found trying to take her own life. Quite the way to start out a story.

Verse is a dangerous territory for me, because I love Ellen Hopkins and all of her books, which are completely written in verse - and the good thing is that Carol Lynch Williams did a great job. It would have been easy for me to write the book off, comparing it with Crank or Glass or Identical (books by Hopkins) right from the get go, but I didn't, and I didn't really want to, either.

The emotion of Hope as she tries to live without Lizzie and tries to figure out what's wrong is very strong and realistic. This is obviously very important since Hope is our main character and the verse is written from her point of view - and Carol Lynch Williams did a fine job.

There were a few times in the verse that the spacing threw me off and I had to reread to understand what was going on (or who was talking, more commonly). This happened more towards the first half of the book, so I'm not sure if I got used to the writing style or if the awkward phrases are only in the first half.

A little mystery and a lot of heavy topic and emotion, Glimpse is a strong verse novel. I would recommend reading it on a free evening so that you can start and finish it without too much delay - you'll want to know what happens with Hope and Lizzie.
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The book is written in verse, which some readers might find hard to follow. Although in my opinion, it really could not of had the impact it did if it wasn't written this way. Glimpse touches on a very real subject in a way that doesn't go into all the unimaginable details, but enough to make you cry and wonder why!? It's a horrible thing but unfortunately it happens everyday to young children just like Liz.
Meet Lizzie and Hope, best friends and sisters. Their mother always tells them to protect one another, so thats what they do.
When life gets to be to much for Lizzie, she tries to commit suicide and is put into a mental hospital. Younger sister Hope has always known their life was tough but never imagined it was bad enough for Lizzie to want to die. While visiting her in the hospital, Hope overhears her mother tell Lizzie "its our little secret". Hope instinctively knows theirs something going on with Lizzie, something so bad she wont tell a soul. She has to help her sister and protect her from whatever is causing a pain worth dying over. But what if that pain is coming from the one person who is supposed to protect you from the cruel world? Hope has to find the courage to stand up for her sister from the mother that taught them to always protect each other. A mother who has done something so cruel to one of her own daughters.
This book draws you in, breaks your heart when you learn the horrible truth, and builds you back up to the hope of a new beginning for these two young girls.
Beautiful vivid wording. Inspiring analogies. A heart wrenching read that might give people in similar situations the voice to speak up.
The writing style is what is going to instantly grab hold of you and make you want to continue on in this book. A some what choppy style of writing, but I find it intriguing, and definitely not hard to follow. The strong bond, and protectiveness, is something anyone with siblings will relate to in my opinion. Even parents!
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