Glimpse by Carol Williams

71%

32 Critic Reviews

Williams leans hard on her free-verse line breaks for drama ... and it works. A page-turner for Ellen Hopkins fans.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

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 the death of their father. 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 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.
 

About Carol Williams

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Carol Lynch Williams is a PEN Award winning author of more than a dozen books and a graduate of the Vermont College MFA program. Carol facilitates the children’s writing conferences at Utah Valley University and Brigham Young University. She lives in Utah with her family. Visit her at CarolLynchWilliams.com.
 
Published May 26, 2010 by Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books. 500 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Glimpse
All: 32 | Positive: 27 | Negative: 5

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on May 01 2010

Williams leans hard on her free-verse line breaks for drama ... and it works. A page-turner for Ellen Hopkins fans.

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New York Public Library

Above average
Reviewed by Andrea Lipinski on Aug 09 2010

Glimpse is the latest enthralling and emotional book by Carol Lynch Williams, who has been one of my favorite teen authors for years.

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Chick Loves Lit

Good
Reviewed by Shanyn on Feb 17 2011

A little mystery and a lot of heavy topic and emotion, Glimpse is a strong verse novel.

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Tina's Book Reviews

Below average
Reviewed by Tina on Aug 12 2010

A very hard reality to look into and may disturb some readers.

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Stacked

Good
Reviewed by Kelly J on Jul 22 2010

The verse format's sparseness is perfect for the story telling.

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YA Love

Good
Reviewed by Mrs. Andersen on Jul 13 2012

Glimpse by Carol Lynch Williams is gripping and intense.

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Caught Between the Pages

Good
Reviewed by Kayla on Aug 27 2010

I usually don’t like free verse novels. Okay, I’ve never really liked one until I read Glimpse.

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One Librarian's Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Melissa on Jan 06 2011

Gorgeous, rending, painful, enlightening, real, bitter, absolutely heartbreaking.

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Pure Imagination

Good
Reviewed by Lori on Aug 02 2010

It was all very beautiful, even though the content was hard.

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The Hiding Spot

Good
Reviewed by Sara on Jun 15 2010

It's often the difficult reads that leave a permanent mark, opening the reader's eyes . . . My eyes are officially open.

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Reading Nook

Below average
Reviewed by Britt on May 31 2010

This book was so depressing. Dead kittens and suicide attempts.

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Bloody Bokkaholic

Below average
Reviewed by Taschima Cullen on Jun 16 2012

The "big secret" that moved the story along was, at least for me, painfully obvious.

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The Reading Chic

Below average
Reviewed by Sierra on Jul 24 2010

The plot is over used, well, the main part of the plot, and this is not the best book that I have read about suicide.

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The Happy Nappy Bookseller

Good
Reviewed by Doret on Jun 19 2010

I don't read novels in verse often. When I read one as good as Glimpse, I always wonder why that is.

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InkBitten

Good
Reviewed by Julia on Jan 19 2012

Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down.

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Mel's Books and Info

Good
Reviewed by Melissa on Aug 26 2011

The characters are well developed, you can see their strengths and their weaknesses, their dreams, and the harsh reality that is their life.

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Bookish Comforts

Good
Reviewed by Rachelia G on May 14 2012

Glimpse is a book that I'm sure will stick with me for a while, both because of the content, and the characters.

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Reading Angel

Below average
Reviewed by Angel on Jul 25 2011

I found Glimpse to be a powerful read, but also I at times found the writing to be a little too disjointed, even for a verse novel.

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YA Books and More

Good
Reviewed by Naomi Bates on Mar 28 2011

Lynch Williams unfolds a tragic story gradually to a situation both girls live in and through, but with different voices that create very strong characters in Hope and Liz.

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Karen Krueger

Good
Reviewed by Karen Krueger on Aug 02 2010

Glimpse is a beautiful novel and I hope it can win all sorts of awards for its beauty

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Karin's Book Nook

Good
Reviewed by Karin on Aug 02 2010

Carol Lynch Williams handles this edgy topic with grace and finesse.

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21 Pages

Good
Reviewed by Linna on Jul 23 2010

Each page is written in a scattered style, like reading shards of poetry, beautiful but dealing with so many harsh themes.

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The Library Lurker

Good
Reviewed by Library Lurker on Jul 12 2010

Glimpse is a heartbreaking and powerful novel that had me turning the pages as fast as possible near the end just to find out what happened.

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Carrie's YA Bookshelf

Good
Reviewed by Carrie on Jul 02 2010

Williams does an amazing job here. I was immediately pulled into the troubled world of Hope and Lizzie. Their's is a disturbing story, but an important one all the same.

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Once Upon a Wanderer

Good
Reviewed by Jadee on Nov 08 2011

This is an extremely powerful book- with an extreme message.

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A Lonely Little Book Blog

Good
Reviewed by Sarah Lydia on Nov 08 2010

When I finished the book, I closed it and stared at the front cover for a long while, just thinking about it.

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OCD About Books

Good
Reviewed by Karen on Nov 06 2010

This book was amazing! I absolutely loved it and could not put it down!

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DeRaps Reads

Good
Reviewed by Mrs. DeRaps on Oct 22 2010

I was disturbed by this book. But, that is not necessarily a bad thing. I think that this book could be very helpful and/or interesting to readers who have enjoyed other controversial novels like Ellen Hopkins's Tricks and Thalia Chaltas's Because I Am Furniture. No happy endings. But, a realistic view of the lives of two young girls...

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One Girl Collecting

Good
Reviewed by One Girl on Aug 29 2010

Glimpse gives us glimpses into an abusive life, but it also leaves us with a sense of Hope (dualistically).

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Blinded by Books

Good
Reviewed by Kelsey on Aug 09 2010

I'm glad that someone is stepping for the broken, the victims and telling their stories to rest of the world.

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Sarah's Random Musings

Good
Reviewed by Sarah on Jul 01 2010

I recommend this book to anyone that is looking for a powerful book.

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Spine Label

Good
Reviewed by Julia Riley on Jun 09 2010

From the first page, I was utterly riveted.

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