Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Review GLIMPSE by Carol Lynch Williams

by Carol Lynch Williams
Published June 22nd 2010 by Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Hardcover, 496 pages

Placement in the Pile: Top Picks

Summary: (From the jacket-flap)
Just a year apart,
the Chapman girls
were as close as
sisters could be.
Hope could always
count on Lizzie,
and Lizzie could
always count on Hope -

But even sisters have
secrets. Big secrets.
And if Lizzie has her
way, she'll take the
biggest secret of all
to her grave.

GLIMPSE will catch your attention and stop your heart on the very first page. Following the story of these two sisters is no easy feat. Hope and Lizzie's story is haunting, but it is an important story to tell. It touched my heart. Carol Lynch William's use of verse was very fitting for this subject, and title. Through this format we get to see glimpses of these girl's world that in the end combine into a very powerful whole. I loved the story of hardships, childhood lost, and finding strength in sisterhood, even when the bad guy is someone you love.

I have had the incredible opportunity to meet Carol in person on several occasions and I can tell you that she is one amazing person. This book is very important to her. And I can see why. I love my paranormal romance books, but sometimes you just need something more real. This book certainly fulfilled that for me. It made me so grateful for the life I lived, and my own daughter. So it is highly recommended for the adult crowd. Yet, I also highly recommend it for the teen crowd.

Don't be daunted by the page count. The verse writing makes it a very fast read. When I started GLIMPSE, life got in the way for a while and I picked it back up a few days later. That night I read more than half of it in a few hours, I simply could not put it down.

So all in all, I found GLIMPSE to be an important message for women everywhere. This one will make you think.


The Library Lurker said...

I really liked this book! It was very powerful. Great review!

Sara B. Larson said...

Sounds like an emotional but well worth it type of read. Thanks for the review!

Randi said...

cant wait to read it! sounds awesome

Ratliffs said...

oh, yay! I can't wait to read this! I've always loved Carol Lynch Williams books!!