A Certain Slant of Light is a young adult horror novel by author Laura Whitcomb. The book was first published on September 21, by Houghton Mifflin. Someone was looking at me, a disturbing sensation if you’re dead. Though I could not feel paper between my fingers, smell ink, or taste the tip. A Certain Slant of Light, Laura Whitcomb’s lyrical and utterly compelling first young adult novel, features two ghostly young protagonists who.

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Her current host is a senior high English teacher, Mr.

Forced to be observers in the game of life that, since their deaths, they are no longer allowed to play. I have read some of the negative reviews on A Certain Slant of Light ceetain the thing most often pointed out is something which usually annoys me: However, her life is regimented and she isn’t allowed personal expression.

Initially, I thought this book would scare the crap out of me, with the creepy cover and all. It’s left up to the reader to decipher what to hold on to and what to walk away with. The term star-crossed comes to mind here. Buy the Audiobook Download: And Helen—terrified, but intrigued—is drawn to him. I was told it is a modern ghost story.

The Spirit of Helen, who has shadowed people for over years.

Helen is a ghost and for the first time in years, human eyes are looking at her. And that’s all I really want: Plus, there is a valid critique of self-righteousness whicomb in some if not most people. As events unfold, aa becomes clear that not everything is as holy as it seems in this family and, though it may not be the main part of the story, this subplot about religious hypocrisy was quite brilliant Definitely one of the better young adult novels I’ve read.


From the Compact Disc edition.

A Certain Slant of Light Summary & Study Guide

LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Jan 04, Cyndi rated it it was amazing. Jun 04, Rachel rated it did not like it Shelves: It’s a very original concept for a romantic YA novel.

The characters become painfully real, extremely likeable, and the obstacles they go through are unimaginable. I particularly enjoyed Helen’s delight at the burst of sensations she experiences when as she discovers the touch and taste of certain things for the first time, as well as the sad, aching pull of her attachment to her human hosts.

In her spare Laura Whitcomb grew up in Pasadena, California in a mildly haunted house. Although it’s not your usual love story, or even ghost story, that you find in YA novels. Eighth Grade Bites 1. They both have hearts of gold Even though Helen keeps trying to convince us otherwise. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.


A Certain Slant of Light (Light, #1) by Laura Whitcomb

The author 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. The biggest thing I hated with this book was the religion.

James and Helen slowly learn what those secrets are, but they don’t now how to deal with them While it’s plain to see this book delved deeper into the heart of human emotion than most young-adult books, Whitcomb’s execution of the storyline unsettled cdrtain.

But I’m positive I would have loved it no matter certaain scenario.

James moves on, and Helen figures out her own path to salvation, joining her loved ones. However I was never bored, just curious as to what direction it was going to go. The reason this whiff of insta didn’t bother me so much in this case is because I was sold on the idea of their loneliness, the pain Helen felt in watching so many people grow, have sllant and die whilst she can never be a part of their lives