Thursday, August 20, 2009

Review: A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb


In the class of the high school English teacher she has been haunting, Helen feels them: For the first time in 130 years, human eyes are looking at her. They belong to a boy, a boy who has not seemed remarkable until now. And Helen--terrified, but intrigued--is drawn to him. The fact that he is in a body and she is not presents this unlikely couple with their first challenge. But as the lovers struggle to find a way to be together, they begin to discover the secrets of their former lives and of the young people they come to possess.


This is one of my all time favorite books. Ever. I actually read A Certain Slant of Light a while back and can say honestly -- it completely blows Twilight out of the water. In my eyes, this should be a HUGE bestseller, as well as it's author -- the delightful and talented Laura Whitcomb.


In A Certain Slant of Light, you see through the eyes of a ghost that cannot move on -- Helen. You see the life of the dead in a beautifully written masterpiece. And life as a ghost is an unseen life, until, after 130 years of being invisible, human eyes finally see Helen as she drifts around in an English class. Though this frightens Helen a bit, she still feels drawn to the young man that sees her.


This haunting novel will make you feel like it's all real. And with such a powerful ending... well, you'll just have to see.



~Angel

2 comments:

Jill of The O.W.L Blog said...

Thanks for the review. I've looked at this one several times. I'll think I'll pick it up now.

La Coccinelle said...

This is one of my favourite books, too. It's so underrated, it's almost criminal. Laura Whitcomb writes beautifully.