Glimpse This stunning and PEN Award winning novel of triumph over trauma is a page turner for Ellen Hopkins fans Kirkus Reviews In one momentit is over In one momentit is gone Twelve year old Hope s life is t

  • Title: Glimpse
  • Author: Carol Lynch Williams
  • ISBN: 9781416997313
  • Page: 178
  • Format: Paperback
  • This stunning and PEN Award winning novel of triumph over trauma is a page turner for Ellen Hopkins fans Kirkus Reviews.In one momentit is over.In one momentit is gone Twelve year old Hope s life is turned upside down when her older sister, Lizzie, becomes an elective mute and is institutionalized after trying to kill herself Hope and Lizzie have relied on each oThis stunning and PEN Award winning novel of triumph over trauma is a page turner for Ellen Hopkins fans Kirkus Reviews.In one momentit is over.In one momentit is gone Twelve year old Hope s life is turned upside down when her older sister, Lizzie, becomes an elective mute and is institutionalized after trying to kill herself Hope and Lizzie have relied on each other from a young age, ever since their dad died Their mother, who turns tricks to support her family, is a reluctant and unreliable parent at best During the course of this lyrical and heartbreaking narrative, told in blank verse from an exceptionally promising YA voice, readers will discover the chilling reason why Lizzie has stopped speaking and why Hope is the only one who can bring the truth to light and save her sister.

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    1. 3.5 starsGlimpse is the third Carol Lynch Williams book I’ve read, and my first experience with her verse. I had suspected from the eloquently spare style of The Chosen One and Miles From Ordinary that the author would handle verse effectively, and that theory was borne out by the pared back, sharp poetry used to tell the story in Glimpse. It’s abundantly clear that Lynch Williams isn’t afraid of tackling complex, even controversial topics, having covered polygamy, child abuse and mental i [...]

    2. I have been a fan of Carol Lynch Williams' books for a while now but, though I think Glimpse is a decent story, I still believe it to be the weakest I've read so far.I would be the first to say that the author has a fantastic talent for getting inside the mind of her protagonist and dragging the reader with her along a tumultuous and usually painful journey. Williams' books are all about the characters, the relationships, the emotions and the darkest depths of the human mind. They are not propel [...]

    3. I'm not a big fan of verse novels. The only exception was Sold by Patricia McCormick. That is, until now. I still don't like the fact that this book was written in free verse, but I was able to get past that and enjoy the story underneath. Glimpse is about 12-year-old Hope and what happened after she found her older sister, Liz, in the bathroom with a gun in her hand. Liz becomes virtually silent and is sent off to a mental care facility. Meanwhile, Hope is trying to cope with things back home. [...]

    4. I was quite surprised when I flipped through this book to see it's all written in poetry style. And, honestly, I groaned. I'm not a big fan of poetry. I think my main problem with it is that I believe in the rules that go with our use of English – grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc. They all serve a purpose. As such, it can be hard for me to operate outside these rules. Not for lack of trying, just it slows me down SIGNIFICANTLY. Usually. While written as poetry, this book flows like a typic [...]

    5. *4.5 stars* Carol Lynch Williams is one amazing author. Her words captivate me and reading her books through poetry is the best experience that a reader can have. Alot of people don't enjoy poetry in YA books and think that grammar and spelling is important to captivate readers but I think the opposite: reading YA books through poetry is amazing!Better yet, reading this book through poetry is amazing. The concept and plot matches perfectly with the words and this author is great at making me cry [...]

    6. A harrowing tale of sexual abuse, vividly recounted in prose poems. Hope and Lizzie are sisters who are very close. Lizzie, the eldest, is very protective of Hope. As the novel opens, Lizzie has been hospitalized for a suicide attempt. Hope does not understand why her sister will not communicate with her or with her mother when they visit. As the story unfolds, we learn that Hope and Lizzie’s mother is a prostitute and their home is a tough place where survival is what counts. Hope has her fri [...]

    7. It isn't often that I am so emotionally overwhelmed by a novel that I want to simultaneously hug it to my chest and throw it across the room. I was riveted by Hope and Lizzie's heartrending story and, even though it was difficult to read, I found that I was unable to tear my eyes from the pages. I found it hard to determine if it was the book's content or the age of the narrator that called to my protective side, but it was there in full force. Williams' depiction was so vivid that I found mysel [...]

    8. "Her voicepierces me in the chest,right under, the breastboneAnd my heart,right then and there,rips in half.I can feel the weepytear in it."That's right. It's another one of those books that is written in verse. This one is about two sisters, Hope and Lizzie. Lizzie tried to kill herself and Hope is trying to find out why. Her mother is a prostitute so they aren't living in the best living conditions. I've never absolutely loved a book in verse. Burned by Ellen Hopkins got close only because the [...]

    9. 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 [...]

    10. I have come to really love verse novels. This one is no exception. Carol Lynch Williams takes on some very tough issues in this book, and does it in a way that will make you want to protect Hope until the very end.Hope and Lizzie aren't just sisters, they are best friends. When Hope finds Lizzie with a gun to her head there lives are changed forever.The tragic events in this story are pretty easy to unravel from very early on, but because of the age of the narrator, Hope, it takes a while for th [...]

    11. Finding her sister with a shotgun to her head, Hope tries to figure out what would make her sister do such a thing.Glimpse had a high bar to reach after The Chosen One and Carol Lynch Williams managed to deliver. Written in verses, Glimpse is a novel to breeze through,but the emotional and tragic subjectfor the novel is not. It is a stunning novel of redemption for the soul as Hope stumbles along the road of her sister’s trauma. It is a story of struggle of money, of deaths, of protecting the [...]

    12. Still quite depressed after finishing this one. It was slow to start, but became heart-wrenching around midway. Wasn't satisfied with the ending at first, but after re-reading it on the plane I believe it's the best possible ending for this book. Lizzie <3 Full review to come :)

    13. I love this author. This book is written in poems which I love.This book is good.It made me sad. But I didn't cry. It leaves the reader with a hollow aching feeling inside.It's a book of loneliness and hurting.

    14. I'm not a fan of books written in verse but this one worked. The story was heart wrenching but a bit predictable. I often question why I buy and read these dark YA contemporary books because they always leave me feeling miserable but this was one of the better ones that I've read.

    15. Glimpse tells the story of a girl dealing with her sister's attempted suicide and choice to stop speaking, using poetry and lyrics to get the messages across.

    16. This was a quick read since it was written in verse.I figured out early on, around page 150 or so what Lizzie's secret was. I wasn't expecting this book to be about their mom being a prostitute and what she forced Lizzie to do. I'm so glad Hope chose to tell on her mom and stick up for her sister.This was a quick heartbreaking read.

    17. Glimpse: A short and easy read on flashbacks to months ago when life wasn't so rough, when Hope still had a sister. Follow the struggles of having to grow up at a very young age, before you're a teen. Having to leave home so mom can work, having to be dropped off so mom can meet a stranger for work. Take a glimpse at what life for 2 sisters who rely on each other for life, while their mother relies on desperate men for life. This story captivates you on a new level, and leaves one big question l [...]

    18. Personal Response: I personally liked this book. I thought that it was very good book because I can relate to it. I also thought that this book was very sad. I thought so because Hope walks in on her sister Lizzy holding a shotgun to her head with her fingers on the trigger. This book is a good book to read because, it tells a story about a girl who wants to kill herself, and how shows how much that it hurts the people around you. It also makes you think of how much you should appreciate what yo [...]

    19. This book was okay, but not a favorite of mine. It was written kind of like Ellen Hopkins writes her books, but a lot easier. It was almost too easy for me. The plot line didn't really get interesting until the end. It was really slow throughout the story. The end, when a big secret was revealed, is what made it more interesting. Two sisters were separated when the oldest tried to commit suicide. She was sent away to a hospital to get better, while the younger sister stayed at home with their mo [...]

    20. "Glimpse," by Carol Lynch Williams, may be threatening to some teens because of its first appearance - it is nearly 500 pages in length and the cover is entirely uninviting. However, if you can entice a teen into really examining and reading the cover, actually opening the book, and reading the very first page - he or she will be hooked.In the fashion of Ellen Hopkins or Cathy Ostlere or Patricia McCormick, Carol Lynch Williams has written a novel in verse with terrific teen appeal! It is long, [...]

    21. The setting of this story is in the '60s. Hope and her sister Lizzie's life gets turned completely around. Lizzie, all the sudden, stops going places and seeing friends, and then out of nowhere she tries to kill herself, three times. Hope spends all her time trying to find out why her dear sister would want to kill herself. As the story goes she finds out more and more about why her sister would do such a thing. Then when seeing her sister one day in the hospital Lizzie says something about a di [...]

    22. The Chapman sisters live with their mom, who supports them through prostitution. The girls don’t like their mom’s *chosen* profession (nor do they like her clients), but they mostly don’t think about it. Then, Hope’s older sister Lizzie tries to kill herself – Hope finds her holding a gun and contemplating it sadly. She’s taken to the hospital before she can actually do any harm to herself and spends the next several months there without opening up much to staff about what precipitat [...]

    23. I have found myself falling head over heels in love and exceptionally addicted to novels in verse lately. I've had Glimpse on my wish list for quite some time and finally bought it. The synopsis appealed to me and Carol Lynch Williams has delivered such a powerful, emotional, and incredibly engaging novel.We learn that Hope's life isn't that wonderful but it hasn't been all that bad either. Having her sister Lizzie to connect and bond with over the years has really made a huge impact in her life [...]

    24. This book in verse is very well written, but deeply upsetting. I gave it four instead of five stars because I felt it was a bit too much; it's pure misery. I'm not a fan of "trigger warnings," but I do think this book may be too disturbing for child sexual abuse victims.

    25. Having read _The Chosen One_ by Carol Lynch Williams, I was eager to dive into this one, especially after reading raves about it on this site. I was not disappointed at all. Written in free verse, Williams has told a painful and beautiful story of sisters, and what it means to love and protect someone in the face of horrible circumstances.Hope and Lizzie are sisters, one year apart, living with their mother in a small Florida town. Their father died when the girls were young, in an accident that [...]

    26. Glimpse is an eloquently written journey of two sisters childhood experiences and the bond the is fostered as one discovers the secret of the other. Hope and Lizzie have always taken care of each other; they have shared everything including their secrets, until one day when Hope finds Lizzie trying to kill herself. With Lizzie hospitalized and refusing to talk, Hope must figure out what could cause someone, especially her sister, to attempt suicide, and how can she, Hope, fix it. Carol Lynch Wil [...]

    27. This book, to put it simply, is breathtaking. I couldn't believe the depth and emotions running through this book.When I see a book with an interesting writing style like this, I tend to think two things right off the bat. One, that I definitely want to read it because I love interesting writing styles. Two, that it'll have to be done really well to get a good story out of so few works.This book was done really well. I was hooked from the start. Read it in one sitting, and couldn't put it down.T [...]

    28. 2017 reading challenge: #51 a book about a difficult topic.2,5Trigger warning: child abuse, sexual assault, suicide.I have become I fan of books in verse. Ellen Hopkins does an excellent job; we get a developed story, complex characters, and beautiful narration. Here too, like Hopkins's books, we have a story about violence and neglected adults. It is an important story to tell, to show, to understand, I agree. But the truth, I wished it had some trigger warnings. I wasn't prepared, I wasn't exp [...]

    29. Reviewed by Karin Librarian for TeensReadTooLizzie 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 [...]

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