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Meg and Henry are such a great teen couple: madly in love with each other, impatient for their futures together to start, but also convinced that they have people in their lives now who need their help more. Henry is spending the year following high school at an orphanage his sister and brother-in-law run in Nicaragua. Seriously. My church supports a work like this, so I loved reading about that country, those kids, those amazing people who live and work among them.
Meg is spending her senior year of high school missing Henry, and so much more. There's a new boy at school, Quinn, who reminds Meg of the brother she lost (explored in beautiful depth in the first book, Glass Girl). Quinn also has a crush on Meg. Yikes! Meg also forms a relationship with an old woman who was once a great artist but is now fighting dementia and longstanding grief and guilt after losing her son. Such a great story here, to see Meg help someone out of her own painful experience of losing someone so important to her.
Laura goes back and forth between Henry and Meg's points of view, and both stories are so rich and engaging, that I honestly had to take breaks sometimes to process how much each character was going through, separately. I felt a wonderful sense of closure at the end of the book about Henry and Meg, so that I know another book is not needed to show them getting married. It will happen, it has happened, it will always happen, girls! Henrys are real!
As the mother of young girls, I feel like I have to teach them EVERYTHING about life, love, faith, etc. But this book helped me understand that their future friends and significant others, even that "first love," can have transformational roles that are divinely given. Meg, Henry and Co. are the group of friends I pray my children are surrounded by in high school. Laura Anderson Kurk made the characters so real, so likeable...loveable, really. I was moved to tears MANY times. As I neared the last page, I wanted to know what was next for this fictional couple and group of friends I had fallen in love with in just three days. I've thought about "Glass Girl" often over the last few years and was SO excited to hear that Laura Anderson Kurk was writing a sequel! I casually told my husband the release date for the e-book of "Perfect Glass" and happened to see that he had put it in his calendar to buy it for me on the release date. :)
Again, I'm not a "reader", so when he showed me that he not only bought the book for me but he had downloaded the reader onto my phone, although I had thought about this book maybe almost to the point of obsession, I didn't jump right into it because I knew I would want to read the whole thing cover to cover...err, first swipe to last swipe. After a few days of wondering what Meg and Henry were up to these days, it rained, and it was Sunday, and my husband was home! So I excitedly jumped into a warm bed with my phone and fired up my new e-reader app. And just like that, several hours had passed, and I heard my husband getting dinner ready and then (after a small break to feed, bath and bless my children before bedtime) it was 11:57pm, and I unexpectedly swiped the last page. Because I wasn't keeping track of time or pages, as quickly as Meg and Henry reappeared in my life, they were gone again. My heart twinged to know more of the story. But I was happy. Laura Anderson Kurk added elements to this story that have lots of my space in my heart...international missions, pregnant moms, adoption, living the expat life. I loved, loved, loved hearing the story from Henry's point of view. I loved the change of voice between Meg and Henry that was so natural and easy. I loved seeing them work through struggles personally and learning how to work through issues as a couple. It was interesting to see their two perspectives of the same issue. As soon as I closed my phone, I contacted Laura Anderson Kurk asking for a third installment! I'm hoping that one day I can see Meg and Henry (hopefully together) in my current stage of life. However, "Glass Girl" gave me hope for what my children will become and rekindled the feeling of "new love" with the love of my life (who I met close to the same age as when Henry and Meg met). "Perfect Glass" reminded me of divine appointments in our lives and those around us, to be patient, to be kind and loving even in the face of bitterness, and of the saying "To the world, you may be one person. But to one person, you may be the world." Thank you to my cousin who loves orphans like Aidia for introducing me to this author. Thank you to Laura Anderson Kurk for making me a "reader" and introducing me to these characters who forever have a place in my heart. Part III, please? :)
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Since this is a sequel, it had pretty much the same characters. Meg and Henry were as amazing as always.Read more