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Glass Girl Paperback – December 2, 2013
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Glass Girl is a joy to read. The main character, Meg, faces some of the toughest things life can dish out, and she does it with grace and good sense and humor...and some understandable outbursts.
Girls will identify with the lessons Meg must learn: about her own strength, about forgiveness, about taking chances and trusting. And--along with Meg--they will fall for Henry, the strong, handsome, mature, good-natured senior who truly appreciates the woman Meg is becoming. Henry supports Meg in the hard times, while introducing her to the splendor and romance of Wyoming.
High school students will love Meg and Henry; parents and teachers will love that Meg and Henry can be normal, human teenagers and still make good decisions. I would recommend this book for all teens, especially girls, and their parents! --Rosanne Catalano, About Noting, April 8, 2010, Sarasota, FL --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Glass Girl is a young adult novel that will appeal to teens (especially girls) and their parents who are looking for a great story about normal teenagers who find a way to do the right thing. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Glass Girl is the first title by Laura Anderson Kurk, but it's full of promise for her future success in YA. She has created some deep characters; the reader will come to love Meg, Henry, and Thanet. Henry is the kind of guy you want your daughter to bring home; Ms. Kurk manages to make him a good hero without making him too-good-to-be-true. The reader will even learn to love Wyatt, Meg's deceased brother, and grieve right along with her.
This is not just a romance novel. This is a story about grief and living through the loss of a sibling. Ms. Kurk strikes just the right note of pathos, but out of the sadness, Ms. Kurk also communicates an inner peace and joy to her readers to a degree that is uncommon in YA fiction.
We don't discover until the story is almost over just how Wyatt died. The reader winds up piecing together Meg's past at about the same pace as Henry does. Even though Meg seems fragile in the beginning of the story, she discovers unsuspected wells of strength inside herself. In fact, she is the glue that holds her family together against terrible odds. There is a strong spiritual aspect to the conflict in this book. Meg has some tough questions about God and about why terrible things happen to people.
Ms. Kurk doesn't shy away from describing mental illness or the difficulties of dealing with depression and grief. The death of a young person is so hard to bear and tears many families apart. The story of Meg's family is tragic and true-to-life, and their reactions to grief are believable and gut-wrenching. Meg's struggle to live through the experience and emerge on the other side will draw you in and cause you to consider the sorrows of those living around you.
Readers, ninth grade and up, will identify with Meg and Henry and want to know what happens to them next. Fortunately, Ms. Kurk has written a sequel, Perfect Glass, which tells of the surprising twists and turns Henry and Meg encounter in the next year of their lives.
Readers of the 2010 version of Glass Girl will want to pick up the 2013 version to see the new characters and settings and how they shape the story leading up to the sequel. Perfect Glass will be available for purchase on June 1, 2013; a sneak preview is included at the end of Glass Girl.
The story begins with Meg and her parents moving across country to Wyoming to start anew, away from the press (scrutiny and judgement), away from sympathy (pity), and away from all things familiar (painful reminders). But leaving doesn't mean they can forget, and their fractured hearts are not ready to mend.
The themes in Glass Girl are so real they bite, but they're beautifully depicted with Kurk's polished and profound writing. It is often that a sentence will read like poetry. In addition to the thought-provoking writing, the friendships Meg develops in her new school are heart-warming, honest, and exciting.
Henry, Meg's new boyfriend, is another gem in Glass Girl. His family owns a ranch in the small Wyoming town where Meg and her parents relocate. His strong moral character, his wry sense of humor, and his unquestioning love for Meg make him the perfect hero, not to mention a role model for young men.
Glass Girl is multi-dimensional and therefore tells many stories. It is a story about working through grief; a story about trust and first love; a story about free will and God's unconditional love; and a story of hope. It is a deeply insightful and emotionally gripping read that sets an example teens will want to follow.
I wouldn't be surprised if Glass Girl became mandatory reading in high schools. It has the soul of a classic.
Laura Anderson Kurk's prose is lyrical and honest. I loved the descriptions of Wyoming. As a girl from the East Coast like Meg, I've never experienced the country and I found the descriptions mesmerizing.
Most of all, I enjoyed Meg's journey to heal. Her pain was so real and caused me to cry. I hardly ever cry when I read books. Yes, I may get depressed and upset with characters, but it's not often when a book has me in tears like Glass Girl did. I could connect deeply with Meg's pain and her journey to find forgiveness and mercy.
The story does mention high school parties and alcohol, which I didn't love, but the author keeps it clean.
I personally think every girl should read this book; Glass Girl is for anyone who has ever felt grief or pain in their life. I highly recommend it to all girls and young adult lovers. Without a doubt, I will be reading the sequel, Perfect Glass...and I can't wait to read more from Laura Anderson Kurk!
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