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The Life of Glass Hardcover – February 9, 2010
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The Life of Glass is a gorgeously written book about one girl's journey into coming into her own. Melissa is driven by what she enjoys, but she doesn't fully recognize herself for who she is yet. When Ryan gets pulled away from her, she finds that her feelings for him are deeper than friendship but she rather have him by her side in any way possible than not at all. None of the characters are really two-faced. Yes, there's some pettiness involved in the book - her sister being popular and hanging out with the crowd that is snobbish and self-centered. But there's a little more to each of them, a bit of depth.
The point of view of this book is really something else. You get this foggy sense of Melissa's personality and as the novel unfolds, it becomes clearer and clearer - like you are taking the journey with her into realizing who she really is. I like the realism, the interesting characters, and the overall story of this novel and I will definitely be picking up more of Jillian's novels in the future.
Exactly one year, two months and three weeks before Melissa McAllister's first day of high school, her beloved father died of cancer. It is an event she still struggles to get past every single day. When she was with her father, Melissa felt interesting and worthwhile, but she has absolutely nothing in common with her mother and her older sister, Ashley. One a former beauty queen and one a current pageant participant, they seem so much like each other and so very different from studious, introspective Melissa. If it weren't for her best friend Ryan and the stories and tidbits of information in her father's journal, Melissa fears she would become completely invisible.
As the school year progresses, it seems to Melissa as if everyone important in her life is drifting away from her. First it was her father dying, now her mother is ready to move on - she's even started dating again. Melissa's Grandma Harry has become so forgetful, she barely knows when Melissa has been to see her. And then at school, Ashley goes out of her way to either ignore Melissa completely or belittle her. When Ryan starts dating pretty, sophisticated Courtney Whitman and ignoring Melissa altogether, only her father's journal makes her feel real. But when she learns that her father may have had a secret, Melissa begins to fear the past that she can't seem to leave behind.Read more ›
Melissa McAllister is the smart one. She spent lots of time with her father, who shared interesting facts and tidbits with her. But her father has died of cancer, leaving behind his journal of thoughts and findings. It's to this journal that Melissa turns to when she needs to keep her father close.
When her best friend, Ryan, discovers a special piece of glass in the wash where they hang out in the dry season, she tells him that a single piece of glass can last a million years. Melissa keeps the glass with her most of the time as her special token.
During the course of her freshman year, Melissa lives in the shadows of her beautiful older sister. Her mom and sister share a bond that she's always been left out of. When a gorgeous new girl arrives at school and befriends Melissa, even her sister is surprised. Courtney is nothing like Melissa. But soon, Courtney is moving in on Melissa's best friend, even when Melissa assures her that she and Ryan are only friends.
Ryan starts spending all of his time with Courtney and Melissa is again alone. When a popular older boy starts paying attention to her, her life starts to change drastically.
Ms. Cantor writes a bittersweet story of a girl trying to deal with the loss of her father, whom she was quite close to. She also touchingly portrays the struggles Melissa faces when she comes to realize that maybe her feelings for her best friend go beyond friendship. Over the course of Melissa's year, she matures and grows in confidence and self-esteem, as those around her come to accept her for who she is - and she learns to accept herself, as well.
Reviewed by: Jaglvr
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Did you know glass won’t dissolve for a million years? Such are the types of facts collected by Melissa during the times she and her dad spent pondering the mysteries of the world. Read morePublished 11 months ago by SunshineRose
great story many good point and good condition love it good for readingPublished 12 months ago by doglover
I couldn't stop reading. I was hooked. An amazing book. I would defiantly recommend this to anyone who want a real love story.=)Published on December 19, 2013 by Alecia pritt
This was a beautifully woven story. It's often very difficult for me to find a book at the library that I can stick with for awhile. I couldn't put this one down. Read morePublished on February 26, 2011 by R&R Forever
Melissa still has the last thing of hers that her father touched before he died --- a piece of glass that her best friend Ryan found for her in the wash behind their neighborhood. Read morePublished on June 10, 2010 by Teen Reads
Jillian Cantor has a way of capturing the voice of teens and adults alike. Real experiences, heartbreak, survival, and tons of fascinating facts in this journey of life, death,... Read morePublished on May 30, 2010 by Milw. Writer
Jillian Cantor's THE LIFE OF GLASS is a beautifully woven tapestry of the pieces that make up a life. Read morePublished on April 22, 2010 by Tracy Madison
Melissa's father died almost two years ago. She has been struggling, but is surviving with the help of her best friend Ryan. Read morePublished on March 25, 2010 by Haley Mathiot
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My Thoughts: I really enjoyed reading this book! This is such a complex yet simple book, you'll have to read the book to totally understand what I mean. Read more