Customer Reviews for

The Life of Glass

Average Rating 4
( 10 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 6 review with 4 star rating   See All Ratings
Page 1 of 1
  • Posted June 19, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Reviewed by Jaglvr for

    THE LIFE OF GLASS is a coming-of-age story of a high school freshman dealing with the death of her father and her troubling feelings for her best friend.

    Melissa McAllister is the smart one. She spent lots of time with her father, who shared interesting facts and tidbits with her. But her father has died of cancer, leaving behind his journal of thoughts and findings. It's to this journal that Melissa turns to when she needs to keep her father close.

    When her best friend, Ryan, discovers a special piece of glass in the wash where they hang out in the dry season, she tells him that a single piece of glass can last a million years. Melissa keeps the glass with her most of the time as her special token.

    During the course of her freshman year, Melissa lives in the shadows of her beautiful older sister. Her mom and sister share a bond that she's always been left out of. When a gorgeous new girl arrives at school and befriends Melissa, even her sister is surprised. Courtney is nothing like Melissa. But soon, Courtney is moving in on Melissa's best friend, even when Melissa assures her that she and Ryan are only friends.

    Ryan starts spending all of his time with Courtney and Melissa is again alone. When a popular older boy starts paying attention to her, her life starts to change drastically.

    Ms. Cantor writes a bittersweet story of a girl trying to deal with the loss of her father, whom she was quite close to. She also touchingly portrays the struggles Melissa faces when she comes to realize that maybe her feelings for her best friend go beyond friendship. Over the course of Melissa's year, she matures and grows in confidence and self-esteem, as those around her come to accept her for who she is - and she learns to accept herself, as well.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted September 23, 2012

    Right before her freshman year, Mellissa┬┐s dad passed away from

    Right before her freshman year, Mellissa’s dad passed away from cancer. Now living with her extremely beautiful mom and sister, Mellissa feels like the odd one out. Melissa always had a special connection with her dad, and as the year goes on, she tries to uncover his secret and keep a journal about relationships that he started alive. But things start to change when Melissa’s best friend Ryan starts dating another girl. Will Melissa be able to accept beauty and love into her life? Or will she get lost in the past with her fathers’ secrets and stories? I give this book 4 out of 5 stars, because the characteristics and the thoughts of the characters seem so real, and the story is relatable to real life. I would recommend this book to any girl who enjoys realistic fiction. I would recommend this to girls because not only is the book in a girls perspective, but it deals with lots of topics about beauty and love. Melissa has to deal with her mother, who started dating again, and her sister, who enters in a beauty contest. Also I would recommend this to anyone who likes realistic fiction, because the more you relate the book to your life the more you feel in the story. In the story Melissa deals with her best friend leaving her, everyone can relate to someone leaving you. Also she has to deal with moving on from the past, something she finds hard, but you can really connect to her thoughts.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 3, 2011

    Simple With a Hint of Character

    Warnings, before reading this, please do take in that this review does have spoilers that could potentially ruin your chances of reading this book.

    This book revolves around a girl named Melissa McAllister who struggles to see the true beauty within her. With her sister Ashley and her mother being the most beautiful girls she has ever witnessed, she has a hard time seeing the beauty reflected on her outside features. During the summer of transitioning from junior high to high school, Melissa's father dies due to cancer. Throughout the book she struggles to let go of the loss of her father, but over time her boyfriend helps her to let go. From a girl left in pain and stuck in misery, Melissa realizes that her beauty has always been there inside her and that holding on to her father's death was the last thing her father would want her to be doing.

    What I really enjoyed from this book is that it was an easy read, but it's wasn't too painfully easy where you would come to the point of putting the book down and returning it to the library. I also liked how I could look back on my freshman year and be able to relate to the main characters struggles and confusion on so many different levels. The major moral or theme of this story was about overcoming the doubts about one's true beauty and accepting themselves for who they are. This is why I could relate to the main character on so many levels because up to today, I'm still struggling to find myself. Also as a girl, I still have insecurities and doubts that I worry about on daily basis but I'm gradually learning on how to let go of those worries and accepting towards who I am. Overall, this book can be relatable to many teenager girls and it shows that you do have the capability of accepting yourself for who you are.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 6 review with 4 star rating   See All Ratings
Page 1 of 1