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Overview

In this powerful debut, Laura Anderson Kurk offers a rare glimpse into the soul of the often forgotten grieving sibling. Glass Girl is a lovely book that treats with compassion one of life's most trying times,
lending honesty to the discussion about the impact of violence on families.

At turns funny, tragic, and hopeful, Glass Girl captures the reality that is Meg's life--the slow, messy heartbreak of grief balanced with the rush and energy of first love. Readers will recognize the gentle, believable journey that takes Meg from Pennsylvania to Wyoming, from loneliness to love, and from sorrow to hope.

The story of Meg and Henry will touch teens who are trying to do the right thing but still feel lost at times. Those who are learning that life is often a slow-moving dance that is exquisite and excruciating at once, but is, above all, beautiful.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781449700690
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/12/2010
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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  • Posted May 1, 2011

    Outstanding Read

    Glass Girl is an outstanding read! It caught my interest immediately and kept me engaged and eager throughout the book. I really like how Laura was able to capture every emotion throughout the story. She uses symbolisms and has applied my literary terms throughout the book, which makes it a great English book. I have found myself often thinking about Meg and Henry and wondering how life unfolds for them. Looking forward to many more great reads with Meg and Henry. Laura, thank you for sharing your love of writing with others. Your book is so inspiring!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2011

    Realistic Read

    I think the best part of Glass Girl is that it discusses hard issues experienced by so many families and it shows readers that life gets dark at times but faith and hope are true, steady lifelines. The completely appropriate, wholesome plot gives teens a view of a healthy dating relationship that isn't given to the obsessions found in so much of todays' literature aimed at teens. This love is on equal-footing and built on a foundation of respect and trust--everything you hope your son and daughter will find one day. Moms-- read this book for the pure enjoyment and message. Teens--read this book for vivid examples of love, hope, faith and healing.

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

    For Moms and Daughters

    I read Glass Girl just before my college age daughter read it. I wanted to slow my reading so I could savor the story, but the book ended far too soon. My daughter read it and loved it, and we are both anticipating more of this wonderful story. We talk about Meg and Henry (and Henry's dad) as if they are people we know. Not only are the main characters richly drawn; the minor players are just as well fleshed out. The prose is funny, poignant, sometimes unexpected and highly readable. Unlike some faith inspired fiction I've read, Glass Girl does not shy away from some of the harsh realities of this world. It gives mothers and daughters a great starting point for some very important discussions about life, faith and relationships.

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

    Absolutely astounding - you have to check this out!!!

    When I first picked up Glass Girl I couldn't put it down. Glass Girl has a wonderful taste of novelity. The kind of person I would persuade to read this book would be a young adult (pre-teen to any adult). This story has moved me beyond imagination. This is definitely my favorite book ever!! If Mrs. Kurk has any other books I will read them in a heartbeat.

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

    Pure Romance, Hopeful Message

    I bought this book and finished it in three days! This is coming from a mother of two preschoolers. What made me read so quickly was not danger or fantasy or fear or even high adventure; it was the very real voice of a lovely, fragile modern-day heroine and the beautiful prose of Laura Kurk. Meg, the main character, has a broken heart, but she doesn't realize she also has the strength to become whole again, with the help of a pure-hearted, handsome cowboy, and of God. The spiritual message was so deep that it wasn't evangelical in the negative sense many people think of it; it was heartfelt and inspiring. And even though it was about a girl who was grieving, it was also funny and uplifting and hopeful. Read this book, and you will not be able to get Meg Kavanaugh and Henry Whitmire out of your head! They set the bar for youthful strength and vulnerability, pure love and tempting passion. You truly get the feeling that these two are the kind that can change a generation and change the way readers perceive themselves, view love, and approach God. Read this book, as a mother or a daughter, and find hope.

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

    More Please!!!

    Laura Anderson Kurk wrote Glass Girl specifically for teens and young adults, and though I am no longer in either category...I found myself carried away to the beautiful state of Wyoming, loving tender Meg, adoring Henry, and realizing once again the beauty of salvation in Christ. I thoroughly enjoyed being beautifully led through those awkward teen moments, feelings of first love, and overwhelming grief enough to knock the stuffing out of you. I recently choose to get this book as a gift for several people in my life. One is a Mom of two children, the other is a 14 year old girl. I feel super confident that both of these people, despite the huge differences in their ages will both equally enjoy this book. The Mom, will enjoy the depth of feeling and intricacy of the story, and the teenager...well she is just not gonna be able to help but fall in love with Henry and all that he stands for. I am more than ready for more from this author!!

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

    Amazing book!

    This is my very favorite book. I absolutely could NOT put it down! For anyone who has experienced any sort of loss....or just wants a good book to read, then you will love this book. It is filled with heartache, romance, and the trials that you find in everyday life. An absolute incredible novel! I absolutely ADORED this book! I can't wait until the sequel comes out!

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

    YOU HAVE TO OWN THIS BOOK

    I am pushing 30 and have not read a fictional book since I graduated High School. My love for reading fiction had vanished until I was introduced to this book. I was immediately drawn to Meg and her story, and in no time, I found myself reading the last line of the last chapter yearning for more. I cannot wait until my girls, ages 9 and 5 are old enough to read this book. The lessons learned and the challenges faced begged me to take a second look at my life and example to others and sent me praying even harder for a Christian young man, such as sweet Henry :) to one day find his way into my girls hearts. You must read this book, it pushes the norm when it comes to a typical teenager's lifestyle and is a refreshing story filled with self-worth, and redemption.

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  • Posted June 3, 2010

    Deep and heartfelt!

    I just finished reading this book and was blown away by it. I am a literature teacher turned stay-at-home mom, and typically only read classic literature. This book was given to me, and I picked it up expecting a short, entertaining read. The story that unfolded as I turned each page affected me much more than I had anticipated. It is incredibly well-written and deeply heartfelt.
    The characters Kurk has crafted are deep and intriguing, often full of flaws but overflowing with potential. Meg's journey from grief and anger to peace and healing is one that almost anyone can relate to. Her family has been transformed from perfect to shattered, and her heart has suffered much from the descent. As she meets and begins to get to know Henry, a boy at her new school, she experiences grace - possibly for the first time. Henry is steadfast in his love, and it is his compassion that draws Meg to the arms of Jesus, where she at last finds forgiveness for herself and all who have been involved in the recent tragedies of her life.
    This one should not be missed!!

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  • Posted June 3, 2010

    Deep and heartfelt!!

    I just finished reading this book and was blown away by it. I am a literature teacher turned stay-at-home mom, and typically only read classic literature. This book was given to me, and I picked it up expecting a short, entertaining read. The story that unfolded as I turned each page affected me much more than I had anticipated. It is incredibly well-written and deeply heartfelt.
    The characters Kurk has crafted are deep and intriguing, often full of flaws but overflowing with potential. Meg's journey from grief and anger to peace and healing is one that almost anyone can relate to. Her family has been transformed from perfect to shattered, and her heart has suffered much from the descent. As she meets and begins to get to know Henry, a boy at her new school, she experiences grace - possibly for the first time. Henry is steadfast in his love, and it is his compassion that draws Meg to the arms of Jesus, where she at last finds forgiveness for herself and all who have been involved in the recent tragedies of her life.
    This one should not be missed!!

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

    A great debut novel with life, humor and romance

    Glass Girl is a joy to read. The main character, Meg, faces some of the toughest things life can dish out, and she does it with grace and good sense and humor...and some understandable outbursts.

    Girls will identify with the lessons Meg must learn: about her own strength, about forgiveness, about taking chances and trusting. And--along with Meg--they will fall for Henry, the strong, handsome, mature, good-natured senior who truly appreciates the woman Meg is becoming. Henry supports Meg in the hard times, while introducing her to the splendor and romance of Wyoming.

    High school students will love Meg and Henry; parents and teachers will love that Meg and Henry can be normal, human teenagers and still make good decisions. I would recommend this book for all teens, especially girls, and their parents!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2011

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

    Glass Girl is one of the best books I have read in a very long time. Actually, its on the top of my favorites list. Every Christian girl should read this and I'm buying a copy for all my friends. Its a beautiful story filled with tragedy, struggles, love, and Christ's love. Its so amazing,I didn't want to finish it, so I allowed myself a chapter or two every day to make it last. I'm so excited for the sequel! I definitely recommend this book to all. I also love Laura's facebook page for Glass Girl. GO LIKE IT! She posts many different articles that she recommends people to read and i like to go and look at the page every day!

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  • Posted May 28, 2011

    AMAZING!!!

    I had just moved to a new town and had been going to church for several months when a lady there let me borrow Glass Girl to read. She knew I was a creative writing major and loved to read and thought I would enjoy reading her niece's first novel. Well I took it home that Sunday, began reading it, and finished it before I went to bed that night! I couldn't put it down! Since then, I have bought my very own copy and read it two more times.

    It is such an inspiring book, especially for Christians everywhere, but I believe it is a book everyone would love, even those who don't know God yet. The story is heartbreakingly beautiful and real, and the love story could go down in time as one of the greatest. I have two brothers that I am extremely close with, and I couldn't imagine going through the things Meg goes through, but she is such a strong character and good role model for young girls, as is Henry for boys. The details she uses are so strong and vivid, I believe I really am in Chapin, Wyoming seeing and feeling the things Meg is. It is an amazing read, and the writing couldn't be better. I absolutely love it! I recommend it to everyone that asks me what I've been reading lately, because it is one everyone will enjoy. PLEASE READ IT!!!! So wonderful!!! (But make sure you have a box of Kleenexes!!)

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  • Posted May 18, 2011

    A Book for Every Healing Heart

    "Glass Girl" was my most pleasant surprise in a WHILE! After receiving it as a gift, I started reading it ... not really knowing what to expect. Tho' I've been out of high school nearly 20 years, Laura Anderson Kurk took me right back, and I felt myself identifying, almost immediately, with the main character. I appreciate that the fictional book uses a realistic, modern-day story to illustrate for us an honest, accurate picture of the process of grief, and emphasize how everyone recovers differently. Thankfully this is a book I can confidently recommend to ladies across the spectrum, and know that no matter the age, life stage, or spiritual place, each one will enjoy and appreciate both the drama and the message. Additionally, you'll enjoy the thrills of horseback riding, sacrificing one's self for someone else's benefit, and exploring in the wild, as Henry introduces Meg to the natural splendor of his father's ranch. With skillful character development, and a masterfully tender approach to a number of sensitive issues (loss of a loved one, mental illness, disabilities, bullying, different family situations), "Glass Girl" is a book you'll never forget. This easy-to-read, modern, western romance is written to an audience junior high age and up, and it helps equip each reader to continue her own healing process from the griefs she has inevitably experienced, as well as fine-tune each one's ability to support others in their hard times. Enjoyable, and insightful from the first page to the last! Here's hoping for a sequel!!

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  • Posted April 5, 2010

    Glass Girl in a nutshell...

    Wyatt told me once that if tenderness were a disease, I'd be terminal. "You're just a little glass girl," he'd murmur every time I blushed or cried or stared too long at someone. I didn't mind it so much. The point was he knew that one day I'd break--not my heart--all of me.

    When Meg Kavanagh finds herself in the role of grieving sister, she discovers some harsh truths--like parents aren't perfect, life's not always sweet, and the dead don't write back. Her mom copes by going to bed, and her dad copes by moving them to Wyoming. To Meg's surprise, she begins to heal in Wyoming, and she falls hard for Henry, a boy with a soul as deep as hers, a hard-earned maturity, and a remarkable faith that he's glad to share. Meg learns that her tenderness is a rare gift and that sometimes simply enduring is the greatest miracle of all. But Meg does more than endure, she finds love, faith, and a strength she never knew she had.

    A novel of innocence, tenderness, loss and redemption that illustrates the power of grace in one girl's life.

    Laura Anderson Kurk bets she has more cringe-worthy teenage memories than you. She calls writing for teen girls and young adults great therapy, especially since she knows teens who've been hit with life's cruel one-two punch and still find reason to hope.

    Laura has always been a writer. As a child in rural Oklahoma, she wrote stories, wrapped them in plastic and duct tape, and hid them under rocks in the creek behind her house so her brother couldn't find them. She holds a B.A. in English from Abilene Christian University and an M.A. in English from Texas A&M University. After a career spent writing for others, she committed to telling the stories that mean something to her. She lives in College Station, Texas with her husband and two children.

    For more information, visit www.laurakurk.com.

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  • Posted April 5, 2010

    Glass Girl in a nutshell...

    Wyatt told me once that if tenderness were a disease, I'd be terminal. "You're just a little glass girl," he'd murmur every time I blushed or cried or stared too long at someone. I didn't mind it so much. The point was he knew that one day I'd break--not my heart--all of me.

    When Meg Kavanagh finds herself in the role of grieving sister, she discovers some harsh truths--like parents aren't perfect, life's not always sweet, and the dead don't write back. Her mom copes by going to bed, and her dad copes by moving them to Wyoming. To Meg's surprise, she begins to heal in Wyoming, and she falls hard for Henry, a boy with a soul as deep as hers, a hard-earned maturity, and a remarkable faith that he's glad to share. Meg learns that her tenderness is a rare gift and that sometimes simply enduring is the greatest miracle of all. But Meg does more than endure, she finds love, faith, and a strength she never knew she had.

    A novel of innocence, tenderness, loss and redemption that illustrates the power of grace in one girl's life.

    Laura Anderson Kurk bets she has more cringe-worthy teenage memories than you. She calls writing for teen girls and young adults great therapy, especially since she knows teens who've been hit with life's cruel one-two punch and still find reason to hope.

    Laura has always been a writer. As a child in rural Oklahoma, she wrote stories, wrapped them in plastic and duct tape, and hid them under rocks in the creek behind her house so her brother couldn't find them. She holds a B.A. in English from Abilene Christian University and an M.A. in English from Texas A&M University. After a career spent writing for others, she committed to telling the stories that mean something to her. She lives in College Station, Texas with her husband and two children.

    For more information, visit www.laurakurk.com.

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