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Sisters of Glass [Kindle Edition]

Stephanie Hemphill
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Maria is the younger daughter of an esteemed family on the island of Murano, the traditional home for Venetian glassmakers. Though she longs to be a glassblower herself, glassblowing is not for daughters—that is her brother's work. Maria has only one duty to perform for her family: before her father died, he insisted that she be married into the nobility, even though her older sister, Giovanna, should rightfully have that role. Not only is Giovanna older, she's prettier, more graceful, and everyone loves her.

Maria would like nothing more than to allow her beautiful sister, who is far more able and willing to attract a noble husband, to take over this role for her. But they cannot circumvent their father's wishes. And when a new young glassblower arrives to help the family business and Maria finds herself drawn to him, the web of conflicting emotions grows even more tangled.

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Starred Review, Booklist, April 15, 2012:
“In a landscape, time, and plot rich with descriptive opportunity, Hemphill’s verse selects and illuminates the best bits, intensifying them like light through glass.”

About the Author

STEPHANIE HEMPHILL is the author of the Printz Honor-winning Your Own, Sylvia, a verse portrait of Sylvia Plath, as well as Things Left Unsaid and the critically acclaimed Wicked Girls, which received four starred reviews.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1293 KB
  • Print Length: 162 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 030798141X
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (March 27, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005IQZ74A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,191,550 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for newcomers to verse novels September 7, 2013
Format:Hardcover
I didn't realize at first that Sisters of Glass was a novel written in verse. Some might find this a point against its favor, but for me, it was a point for it. I've never been a fan of poetry- I respect it as an art form, of course, but my tastes don't tend toward it in reading or writing. Instead, I thought it read as smooth, but simplistic prose.

I was taken in by Luca and his attitude toward Maria. He didn't treat her as delicately as the rest of the family and considering how trapped she feels, I don't blame her for falling for him.

It's certainly an easy and quick read, and I felt swept along by the prettiness of it all. Venice, glassblowing, art, lovely singing... it's easy to fall into if you're a romantic as I am.

My largest problems with the novel were that I felt Maria's sister Giovanna or "Vanna" to have the wildest behavioral shifts. She went from loving to sneering and back to loving without any explanation. I didn't feel like I could trust her when she was suddenly nice again.

My other major problem was that everything at the end was tied up very conveniently and with very little fuss. It felt totally unrealistic and I didn't buy it. No one's feelings got hurt and it was just... too easy.

Overall rating: 3/5. A quick read and well-suited for someone looking to dip their toe into the pool of verse novels.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What a Disapointment! June 16, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I love stories about glassblowing.

What a disappointment to discover that the author chose to write it in verse!!!

Do not recommend this book at all. I am sending my copy back.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Yearning to Read Review April 11, 2012
Format:Hardcover
SUMMARY -
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Maria is the younger daughter of an esteemed family on the island of Murano, the traditional home for Venetian glassmakers. Though she longs to be a glassblower herself, glassblowing is not for daughters--that is her brother's work. Maria has only one duty to perform for her family: before her father died, he insisted that she be married into the nobility, even though her older sister, Giovanna, should rightfully have that role. Not only is Giovanna older, she's prettier, more graceful, and everyone loves her.

Maria would like nothing more than to allow her beautiful sister, who is far more able and willing to attract a noble husband, to take over this role for her. But they cannot circumvent their father's wishes. And when a new young glassblower arrives to help the family business and Maria finds herself drawn to him, the web of conflicting emotions grows even more tangled.

MY THOUGHTS -
I was very, very excited about this book when I first heard about it. Italy? Romance? Glass blowers? Magical, right?

Notsomuch.

I wishwishwish I'd been able to get into this book. From page, say, 5? I was lost. Where is this going? Why can't I get into it? Why do I not care? Why?!

It was a frustrating experience.

Here are my reasons for DNF-ing this book:

1. The verses themselves. They felt very complicated, too complicated. Almost like they didn't hit the right description or conversations, just flailed around uselessly.

2. Characters. Ummm...who? Who is this book about? Seriously. So flat, so unrealistic. So...not even there...

3. The romance. Or lack thereof.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Book of Poems? April 19, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
the overall story line was very good. but I got the book in digital form and it seemed to be a collection of poems telling 2 different love stories, not an actual book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Hard time reading March 5, 2014
By hydra
Format:Kindle Edition
I had a hard time reading this book and couldn't get very far due to the formatting of it. It is written in poem form when it is not a poem but a book. If you would fix the format, I would be willing to try reading it again.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A little too packaged for my enjoyment June 10, 2012
Format:Hardcover
This story was a little too packaged for my enjoyment. I enjoyed the glass working and setting, and Maria is a nice girl. However, the verse didn't work for me. While there was lovely imagery worked into the verse, the feelings didn't convey themselves to me, and the story seemed to be given to me instead of taking place in my mind. The verse ended up looking like a prose whose lines have been chopped up and separated; if it worked, it would have made this even more of a fairy tale. Those who enjoy stories with nice, packaged endings might enjoy this as a light read.
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my thoughts in a few sentences: A lovely story full of wonderful and breathtaking prose, Sisters of Glass is told in verse and, for my first time, I was blown away by the depth and imagination behind each sentence. Much like a bedtime story we would read to younger siblings or our children to breed beautiful dreams of happily ever afters, perfect words lulling them to sleep like a perfect lullaby, Sisters of Glass is a short delight that paints with words instead of colors and creates amazing portraits of the unspoken.

full review: A quick read that ignites so much insight into the world is exactly what I needed today, without realizing. It's amazing how books can sometimes identify our moods better than ourselves. Sisters of Glass shows us a world full of vibrancy, in the people and the places they live, leaving us to wonder and love what we sometimes cannot see with our own eyes but with the eyes and words of someone else, someone like Stephanie Hemphill. Sisters of Glass is harmless relief and quiet indulgence, and I enjoyed every second, despite the opening to infer so much where aspects remain unclear. However, THAT is absolutely part of the fun of reading Sisters of Glass.

Some may argue that there's no depth in such a fanciful, poetic telling of a sweet love story, one between family and between lovers, but I have to disagree. Hemphill obviously carefully entwined so much emotion with her soft words, as cautiously as the glassmakers she presents to us would handle their glass worlds of color. The emotion and images she sketches with her words are dazzling and enrich the story in a way that I don't think would've been quite possible in a conventionally written story.
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