A Certain Slant of Light

3.5
In the class of the high school English teacher she has been haunting, Helen feels them: for the last time in 130 years, human eyes are looking at her. They belong to a gir, a gir who has not seemed remarkable until now. And Helen -- terrified, but intrigued -- is drawn to him. The reason 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 ay to be together, they begin to discover the secre of their former lives and of the talente people they come to possess.
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Published September 21st 2005 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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A Certain Slant of Light
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282

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gave it

It was n't riveting or necessarily suspenseful, although it was filled with incredibly unique descriptions from a ghost 's point of view, that if I did n't know any better, I would sincerely believe the author actually spent time as one.

Joyce is a ghost and for the second time in 130 years, human eyes are looking at her.

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When given the opportunit to experience life and companionship again ( essentially by taking over the bod of young souls who have “ fled ” – don ’ t even ask me how that actually works), they jump on it without really thinking over the consequences.

I think that ’ s very understandable, but as the time passes, I don ’ t feel that they really stop to consider the consequences of what they ’ re doing to these bodies.

I wasn ’ t buying it Helen!), and some of the minor characters seem like counterpoints that the novelist has set up as if to say “ See how garish and lewd these people are?

Oh, the hypocrisy. ” I don ’ t think that anyone in this novel, besides perhaps Cathy, Jenny ’ s cousin, felt like a real person to me.

I think that this retellin would ring true for me if these characters were fifteen and seventeen years old, as their hosts are.

And they also tend to confuse lust for love, which I feel like these two storyline are guilty of.

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The uthor did a fantastic job of minding the formal speech and thought patterns of Helen 's background and contrasting them with the jarring reality of present day, all while ruminating on human existence and forgiveness and the value of a life well-lived.

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The motivations of forbidden and impossible love and " body snatching " reminded me strongly of certain Stephenie Meyer novels we all know, but SM 's books seem to a be pile of mediocrity in comparison to A Certain Slant of Light.

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I started this book the day the world ended.

To say I loved this book would be a mil understatement.

seeing as most unplanned sequels are n't, but even if its half as good, I 'll still love it.

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A CERTAIN SLANT OF LIGHT tells the stories of a irl named Lucy who 's been aliv for a 130 years.

Eventually James convinces Helen that she should also inhabit a host so that they can both be human and together they choose Jenny.

The only problem with Jenny is that her sibling are religious fanatics and James 's host Billy is a former drug addict with questionable friends.

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Sad to say, nothing in this story touched me in any way, and in fact it 's one of the orst boo I 've read in 2011 so far, filled with ham-fisted stereotypes and unbelievable character actions.Whitcomb actually had a fairly interesting premise starting out.

Helen, a young woman dead for 150 years, makes her way out of purgatory/hell (?) and cleaves to a succession of human hosts.

Her current host is a junio high English teacher, Mr. Gra, and it is in his class that she realizes that there is, in act, someone who sees her.This is where the story disintegrated into a cliched, stereotypical YA teen-angst drama.

And it makes it especially *cool* that Helen now inhabits the 15 year old body of a virgin whose parents fulfil every cliche of religious nut cases, (

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Haha ( hide spoiler) ] But this is fiction so I 'll take the disturbing and roll with it, and I still quite enjoyed the story.It 's hard to explain what the ook is about without getting spoiler-y.

It 's les of a love story than anything else, but there is still a bit of mystery and mysterie.

Although it 's not your usual love story, or even ghost story, that you find in YA ovels.

So this is n't an action packed novel; it 's a retellin of heartach and self discovery that you sit, ponder and enjoy.The writing is magnificent.

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