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Glimpse Hardcover – June 22, 2010
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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.
Hope is a young girl who comes to find her older sister Lizzie attempting to commit suicide. Lizzie is placed in a mental hospital and Hope is left with her mother and no clue as to what could have driven her sister to take such drastic actions. I've never felt such hatred and disgust for a character the way I did towards Hope and Lizzie's mom. If you give this book a chance, you'll come to understand why I have these extreme feelings toward the woman. Hope comes to learn that Lizzie kept a journal and the story becomes a race between Hope and her mother to find the journal before the other does. It's a tough read emotionally to make your way through, but Williams will amaze readers with her ability to weave such a deep and moving story together with such ease and flow. This is not a light read but one that I think worthy of a reader's time and energy.
**WARNING - unnecessary, gratuitous and frequent mention of dying and dead kittens and puppies**
Hope finds her sister Lizzy in the bathroom, holding a shotgun to her head. Now Lizzy is hospitalized, barely communicative, leaving Hope confused, trying to figure out why. In order to help her sizer, Hope must sift through Momma's lies and assist the doctor as to what caused Lizzy's breakdown.
I've only begun to warm up to lyrical novels. Having read less than a dozen, I'm hardly an expert, but I had trouble understanding why Carol Lynch Williams chose to pen GLIMPSE in this genre. Other than page formatting, this story didn't have a lyrical, poetic feel, though I did like the writing. Hope's uneven narration was at time gripping and emotional, at times more telling than showing.
A very sympathetic character, as twelve-year-old Hope develops insight into the true nature of Momma and what lead Lizzy to become suicidal, I think GLIMPSE might interest more older teens even though YA readers usually prefer older main characters. Tweens and younger teens may not see the reasons behind Lizzy's hospitalization coming like older readers will. I'm always concerned when books about mental health provide factually incorrect information about mental health to YA readers, because they don't necessarily have the knowledge of life experience to see the fallacy. For instance, the psychiatrist tells Hope that something must have happened to precipitate Lizzy's breakdown which is categorically not true. A lot of mental illness biological and to present to young people that there needs to be a trauma is dangerous. I blame both Williams for poor research and her editors for this implication.Read more ›
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This isn't cheery. This isn't funny. It's sad, really, but I couldn't stop reading it. Similar to Ellen Hopkins, very well written. Quick read.Published 2 months ago by Shannon L Springer
I didn't even end up reading this book before handing it off to a used book store. It's just too much of a teen book for me.Published 4 months ago by B. Hayes
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 on May 1, 2014 by Kelly Stynes
Read this for my book group recently.
I love this book. It's well-written, sad, and hopeful.
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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 on October 30, 2013 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