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 BradburnSee all Editorial Reviews
I really like the struggle they went to and the happy ending it was extremely fast which made it easy to read! it was a fun readPublished 16 months ago by Kelly Stynes
I first heard about Glimpse when it was reviewed in the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy as a challenging book to read since it is written as a poem. Read morePublished 17 months ago by J. Evans
Read this for my book group recently.
I love this book. It's well-written, sad, and hopeful.
For such few words, this novel is filled with emotion, amazing character... Read more
I'm not really a fan of the verse format, and it honestly felt like a bit of an Ellen Hopkins rip-off. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Runa
I usually don't like free verse novels. Okay, I've never really liked one until I read Glimpse. This book is packed full of emotional scenes and heartbreaking moments. Read morePublished on March 13, 2013 by Kayla
Read this in under two hours, that's how captivating and simply enticing it is.
To start, 'verse books' are always a quick, fun read for me. Read more
It was an interesting read but the writing style could only keep my attention for so long. I wasn't hooked and found myself skipping ahead of some of the narrative to focus on the... Read morePublished on April 9, 2012 by DharmaGrrl365
This book is quite a departure in style from Carol Lynch Williams' previous debut novel THE CHOSEN ONE. Read morePublished on February 3, 2012 by Doug Solter