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Glimpse by Carol Lynch Williams

Hope and Lizzie are as close as sisters can be. So when Hope walks in on her sister holding a shotgun, her life is altered in a permanent way. Their mother sends Lizzie to a mental hospital, where she becomes a selective mute. Meanwhile, Hope is left wondering why her p...
Hope and Lizzie are as close as sisters can be. So when Hope walks in on her sister holding a shotgun, her life is altered in a permanent way. Their mother sends Lizzie to a mental hospital, where she becomes a selective mute. Meanwhile, Hope is left wondering why her perfect sister would try to kill herself and what made her think death was the only way out.

The cover of Glimpse is absolutely amazing, matching the story perfectly. The subject is so real, nude, raw, and awful that it makes you want to cry, scream, and hug it at the same time. I was drawn into Glimpse so much that it felt like I was there with Hope the entire way.

My favorite part was in the beginning when Hope found Lizzie:
"What are you doing,
Lizzie Girl?"
"Just thinking,
just thinking about
leaving."

It is written with so much emotion and description in a way that drew me in and kept me that way until the last word; when I finished the book, I closed it and stared at the front cover for a long while, just thinking about
Glimpse.

posted by Sarah7498 on November 8, 2010

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Glimpse by Carol Lynch Williams Review

As an English major I had my fair share of classes who's required reading lists included quite a good amount of work written in verse. I admit that I never really enjoyed it much. It could have been for any number of reasons, I may have been too immature to grasp the ...
As an English major I had my fair share of classes who's required reading lists included quite a good amount of work written in verse. I admit that I never really enjoyed it much. It could have been for any number of reasons, I may have been too immature to grasp the beauty of it, it could have been because it was simply required, or maybe because it was the fact that I had a time deadline that I needed to stick to, but either way I stayed away from it after graduation. Maybe I just don't have a lyrical soul? I hope that's not the reason. But this year I have found myself reading quite a bit of verse voluntarily. Is this a new trend in young adult literature? This is my third tour book written in verse and I was once again unsure if I would enjoy it. I think this book could have been written another way or in a different format but I also think a lot of the powerful emotions behind the words comes out so strongly simply because of the formatting Carol Lynch Williams chose to work with.

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.

posted by Burg on September 7, 2010

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  • Posted November 8, 2010

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    Glimpse by Carol Lynch Williams

    Hope and Lizzie are as close as sisters can be. So when Hope walks in on her sister holding a shotgun, her life is altered in a permanent way. Their mother sends Lizzie to a mental hospital, where she becomes a selective mute. Meanwhile, Hope is left wondering why her perfect sister would try to kill herself and what made her think death was the only way out.

    The cover of Glimpse is absolutely amazing, matching the story perfectly. The subject is so real, nude, raw, and awful that it makes you want to cry, scream, and hug it at the same time. I was drawn into Glimpse so much that it felt like I was there with Hope the entire way.

    My favorite part was in the beginning when Hope found Lizzie:
    "What are you doing,
    Lizzie Girl?"
    "Just thinking,
    just thinking about
    leaving."

    It is written with so much emotion and description in a way that drew me in and kept me that way until the last word; when I finished the book, I closed it and stared at the front cover for a long while, just thinking about
    Glimpse.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    Wonderfil

    Thought this was a book but its poetry.... and I LUVED IT!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 27, 2011

    A great book

    I really loved this book. It was a page turner that made you want to know what was going to happen.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2010

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    Glimpse

    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. I can read the entire 400+ page book in basically one sitting, where I would normally get maybe 200 pages done normally, so that's what drew me into the book. Now, I would have, under normal circumstances, put the book down once I learned that the MC was just about to turn 12...her sister being only 14. BUT, after reading...I don't know, 30? pages before finding out the girl's age, I was totally hooked.
    The story is so different than anything I would normally read. I really don't want to give it away, but, I like to think that this is a "Lifetime book"--a book that is a topic that Lifetime Movie Network always plays about. It's a topic that never gets old to me, since I feel strongly about it. It broke my heart, and I even teared up, when I learned the secret the sister was withholding.
    From the first to the last page, I guarantee you will be grabbed into the story. I don't know how you couldn't be!
    (Oh, and I love the cover! It's so gorgeous, yet so simple!)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2010

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    Reviewed by Karin Librarian for TeensReadToo.com

    Lizzie and Hope are as close as two sisters can be; so, when Hope walks in on Lizzie with a shotgun in her mouth, Hope is thrown into a world of confusion. She can't imagine what would drive Lizzie to such an extreme action.

    After Lizzie is taken to the hospital and put in lockdown, Hope is left alone in the house with her inattentive, prostitute mother. She does her best to keep up a normal life even though Lizzie is always in the back of her mind.

    In a visit with the hospital's therapist, Hope finds out about a journal Lizzie kept, and after seeing how anxious it makes her mother, Hope realizes she needs to find it. She knows her mother did something to make Lizzie attempt suicide, but can't decide what. Her mother has been acting guilty and scared ever since she found out about the journal, and Hope knows if her mother finds it before she does, no one will ever find out what Lizzie wrote.

    GLIMPSE is a heart-wrenching story about the deep love between two sisters and Hope's courage as she finds a way to rescue Lizzie from the hell her life has become. Told in verse, GLIMPSE is a fast-paced story that will grab you as soon as you finish the first page. Carol Lynch Williams handles this edgy topic with grace and finesse.

    If you enjoyed THE CHOSEN ONE, you'll definitely want to read GLIMPSE.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2014

    Loved it

    Loved it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2014

    Great lyrical/contemporary style book

    I am hooked. Best YA lyrical book ever... So far

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  • Posted January 24, 2014

    Breathtaking and heartbreaking.

    This is the kind of story that sticks with you for days.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    Best book i ever read

    You wont regret reading this! Its a tear jerker!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2012

    This Book Was Very Great And Emotional ! I Couldn't Put My Nook

    This Book Was Very Great And Emotional ! I Couldn't Put My Nook Down Once I'd Bought It And I Finished It In An Hour.

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