Splendor

Splendor

3.2 4
by Elana K. Arnold
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Splendor, the stunning sequel to Sacred, is a story about changing friendships, family, romance, passion, the study of Kabbalah, and self-discovery.

Sometimes the answers we seek aren’t ours to find. . . .
 
Scarlett loves her boyfriend, the dashing, mysterious Will Cohen. But now he’s gone east for college,See more details below

Overview

Splendor, the stunning sequel to Sacred, is a story about changing friendships, family, romance, passion, the study of Kabbalah, and self-discovery.

Sometimes the answers we seek aren’t ours to find. . . .
 
Scarlett loves her boyfriend, the dashing, mysterious Will Cohen. But now he’s gone east for college, and Scarlett is stuck home on Catalina Island. Senior year should be a breeze, but between dealing with her parents’ separation and her wild best friend, Lily, things are off to a rocky start. And then there’s Gunner. Dangerous, dark, ferociously attractive Gunner. Lily’s potential boyfriend, Gunner . . . 
     Scarlett distracts herself by spending time with her horse and delving into ecstatic mysticism, a way to practice Kabbalah. Through this practice, she hopes to learn to control her emotions, and begin to make sense of her place in the world. But Scarlett’s world is increasingly unrecognizable.
     Are Lily and Scarlett becoming too different to stay friends? Is Will still the love of Scarlett’s life, even though she has feelings for Gunner? Does being in love mean only being attracted to one person? The more Scarlett questions, the fewer answers there seem to be.

Praise for Splendor:

"As in Arnold’s earlier Sacred, teens will gravitate toward Scarlett and her problems. Arnold has painted a very realistic picture of teenage girls and their conflicting emotions. . . . Fans of the first novel will appreciate continuing Scarlett’s story and finding some closure with this sequel. Readers unfamiliar with Sacred will still be able to enjoy Splendor.”—VOYA 

Praise for Sacred:

"Will appeal to many teens, especially fans of the Twilight series."--Booklist

"Filled with tension and angst. . . . Readers will be looking for the next installment."--School Library Journal

"A poignant novel of loss and grief, but also of hope."--VOYA


From the Hardcover edition.

Read More

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
01/01/2014
Gr 9 Up—This sequel to Sacred (Delacorte, 2012) captures only a fraction of the intensity and characterization found in the first book. Scarlett, now a senior in high school, is dealing with the separation of her parents, her boyfriend Will's departure to college on the other side of the country, and her friend Lily's need to push boundaries. In the midst of these changes, the teen forms a relationship with Sabine, a student of Kabbalah. Favoring the company of Sabine's family over her own disconnected household, she turns to her new friend for guidance about her recurring, prophetic dreams involving Will. Distracted by her studies and by her pregnant horse, Scarlett overlooks the seriousness of Lily's rebellion and destructive relationship with Gunner, the sexy newcomer to their Catalina Island high school. The intense, almost supernatural connection between Will and Scarlett is not fully explained in this book, so teens will need to have read Sacred to understand Will's gift for detecting danger before it happens. The book explores Kabbalah, a school of thought founded within the context of Judaism, in a way that is informative but often heavy-handed. The potential connection between Scarlett's dreams, Will's psychic abilities, and Kabbalah are barely touched upon, significantly diminishing the palpable tension felt in the first book. Fans who enjoyed Sacred will tolerate Splendor out of curiosity.—Lynn Rashid, Marriotts Ridge High School, Marriottsville, MD
From the Publisher
Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2013:
"A fluidly written character study that finds Scarlett coming to terms with her spirituality, her relationships and her future."

VOYA
, October 2013:
"Arnold has painted a very realistic picture of teenage girls and their conflicting emotions....Fans of [Sacred] will appreciate continuing Scarlett’s story and finding some closure with this sequel."

Children's Literature - Toni Jourdan
Scarlett lives on Catalina Island and is interested in many things. Scarlett's life has been topsy turvy since her brother's sudden death the year before. Her mother, unable to cope with the loss, moved back to the Los Angeles area. This left Scarlett with her father, who deals with the death in his own passive way. Scarlett's best friend Lily is dealing with her own growing pains and is wilder than she has ever been. When school starts and a mysterious Brit named Gunner moves to the island, Lily stakes her ground although she is afraid that Scarlett also has eyes for Gunner. That is impossible. Scarlett has been in love with Will for years; the relationship is just a little hard now that he is back east at an Ivy League school. Scarlett still visits Will's father who suggests that she meet up with Sabine, who also lives on the mainland. Sabine is into studying the Kabbalah and turns Scarlett on to ecstatic mysticism. By the way, Will has the ability to sense when things are going to happen, and he sees himself as a bit of a super hero. Also, Scarlett is a big Agatha Christie fan, loves spending time with her horse, and has been dreaming that she is Will. There is so much going on in this book that it is hard to figure out what is the true heart of the story. It felt like the writer had seven or eight books in mind and then decided to just melt them all together into this one story. This has all of the prerequisite young adult plot twists, but then there is also pig dissections and horse inseminations in graphic detail. The character of Scarlett was all over the place, making it hard to follow her interests or to pick one to care about. Reviewer: Toni Jourdan
VOYA - Jennifer McIntosh
Scarlett Wenderoth has had enough heartache after barely surviving a bout with depression and anorexia trying to cope with the sudden death of her older brother from a brain aneurysm. Unfortunately, life has other plans for Scarlett. Her mother has finally recovered from her grief but has left her father and moved off their tiny island; her best friend, Lily, has decided to be even wilder and crazier than she can handle; and her boyfriend, Will, has left Catalina Island to attend Yale on the opposite side of the country. Scarlett's senior year of high school is not starting out well. She tries to focus on her pregnant horse and her new study of Kabbalah, but life has one more heartbreak in store for her. As in Arnold's earlier Sacred (Delacorte, 2012/Voya February 2013), teens will gravitate toward Scarlett and her problems. Arnold has painted a very realistic picture of teenage girls and their conflicting emotions. Scarlett is able to empathize with Lily's mom and she sees how her mom deserves more patience and respect from Lily, but she is unable to see this with her own mother. Fans of the first novel will appreciate continuing Scarlett's story and finding some closure with this sequel. Readers unfamiliar with Sacred will still be able to enjoy Splendor, but not quite as much. Reviewer: Jennifer McIntosh
Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-25
Arnold's follow-up to Sacred (2012), though still somewhat hobbled by its predecessor's flaws, presents an artful and satisfying coming-of-age arc for protagonist Scarlett. In a gutsy move, the novel opens with an explicit description of the artificial insemination of Scarlett's beloved mare, Delilah. Delilah's pregnancy becomes Scarlett's touchstone for her senior year, the developing foal a metaphor for Scarlett's slow, continuing rebirth. As the Catalina summer swings into fall, Scarlett has come to some peace with the death of her brother, though her family remains broken. Her boyfriend, Will, is off to Yale, but her best friend, Lily, has returned from Europe for the school year. Scarlett has cause to worry about both of them: Will is determined to use his psychic power to predict violence to save lives, and Lily has become even wilder, dangerously so, than before. Caring for her mare keeps her grounded; she sees to her spiritual side by studying cabala with a Jewish mystic on the mainland. While Arnold is fettered by the narrative construct she established in the first book, she downplays its more melodramatic aspects by focusing closely on narrator Scarlett and her emotional journey. The result is a fluidly written character study that finds Scarlett coming to terms with her spirituality, her relationships and her future. This honest, contemplative sequel rises above its weaknesses, just like Scarlett herself. (Fiction. 14 & up)

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307974150
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
11/12/2013
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
852,741
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
14 Years

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >