Book Review: Glimpse by Carol Lynch Williams

Glimpse by Carol Lynch Williams

In one moment
it is over.
In one moment
it is gone.
The morning grows
thin, gray

and our lives–
how they were–
have vanished.
Our lives have
changed

when I walk
in on Lizzie
my sister
holding a shotgun.
Read an excerpt

Hope and Lizzie were as close as sisters could be–they could always count on each other. But Lizzie has a secret, one so bad that she won’t even tell Hope, bad enough that she wants to take her own life. Can Hope discover the secret and save her sister?

This is the first novel I’ve ever read in verse, and it blew me away. I’m not one who would usually pick up a book in verse; it’s not my thing. But after I got used it, I even forgot that it wasn’t prose–it flows so well.

The writing, as always with Carol’s books, is beautiful. She doesn’t waste words–every one of them is important and placed perfectly. Carol always does this well, but in this book it’s even more so. I can’t imagine how much thought must have been put into word choice and placement to make the verse work as well as it does.

The quote I included is the very first few lines of the novel. After all my recent conversations about beginnings, this is a great example of a fantastic one. What a powerful way to start a novel. It shows how Hope feels, why that day is different, what the problem is, and sets the tone for the novel.

The story itself is full of emotion. The love between the sisters made me think of me and my sister and how I would be torn apart if ever she tried to kill herself. And how awful for Hope (the main character), because she doesn’t even know why her sister Lizzie wants to die. I went on an emotional journey with Hope until the resolution at the end.

Glimpse is a beautiful novel and I hope it can win all sorts of awards for its beauty. It’s fabulous, it really is.

*news about glimpse*

Carol’s website isn’t all the way up and running yet, but you can read her fabulous blog with Ann Dee Ellis, Throwing Up Words. It’s one of my favorites.

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About Karen Krueger

I write for teens when I'm not chasing after two cute kids. I love to sing and eat cereal (though not at the same time), and I most certainly am not a vampire because I'm addicted to sunshine.
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