Author: Phoebe Kitanidis
Edition: ARC, HarperTeen
Pub. Date: April 17, 2012
"What if you forgot your identity and had to rely on other people to tell you who you were?
And what if to discover your true self, you first had to unravel a mystery so big and terrifying you were not sure you’d survive solving it?
When Marshall and Elyse wake up in each other’s arms with zero memory of how they got there or who they are, it’s the start of a long journey through their separate pasts and shared future.
Terrified by their amnesia, the two make a pact to work together to find the answers that could jog their missing memories. As they piece together clues, they discover they’re in the idyllic mountain resort town of Summer Falls, where everyone seems mysteriously happy, but as Marshall and Elyse quickly learn, darkness lurks beneath the town’s perfect facade. Not only is the town haunted by sinister ghosts, but none of its living inhabitants retain bad memories of anything—not the death of Marshall’s mom, not the hidden shame in Elyse’s family, not even the day-to-day anguish of high school.
Lonely in this world of happy zombies, Marsh and Elyse fall into an intense relationship...but the secrets they uncover could be the death of this growing love—and the death of everyone, and everything, they love in Summer Falls."
When I saw that Phoebe Kitanidis, author of Whisper, had a
new book being released I was beyond excited and unfortunately got my hopes
really high. Though it is a great story, Glimmer was not at all what I
expected. You begin by meeting Elyse and Marshall who have absolutely no idea
who they are. Just think of how you would feel waking up, naked, in a place you
don’t know with a person you are equally confused about. I think I would be
freaking out and running as far and fast as I could. I wouldn’t wait for an
explanation. But these characters are obviously a little smarter than I am,
because they try and figure out why they are there. And this is where I start
to falter about my love for the book: I expected so much more questioning of
the situation, which would add to the bigger picture, but Elyse and Marshall
practically skip that. They go from “What the hell am I doing here?” to “We are
a team, let’s do this” in the matter of moments. I felt as if a giant chunk of
the scene was left out. I had to reread the page a couple times before I
understood it enough to move on. This is not the only time this happened.
Throughout the book you meet many people and are introduced
to different things, but it was as if they were just thrown in without reason.
Yes, you read in Elyse and Marshall’s POV and they obviously do not know anyone
because they have no memory of them, so they can’t give you a rundown of what
is going on. But as soon as they (re)meet everyone and thing, it’s like they
never forgot them and instantly go on with it. Many times the feeling as if a
chunk was missing, came back.
The characters are okay. Not perfect, not awesome, not
horrible, just okay. The first half of the book, I was annoyed with how flat
everyone was. No depth, just one straight line. Later on, though, as more
interesting twists and turns happen, they grow and you see more of the true
Elyse and Marshall. I loved the undeniable connection between them, it was a better quality of the book. They are both strong characters and you root for them to win no matter what.
It took me a while to get into this story. One reason I kept
going was because I know Phoebe Kitanidis has a special way with words. She has
of gift of quirky-smart-ass without being over the top or trying too hard. With
that said, there are a few words and scenes that are not for children. Viewer
discretion advised. I did enjoy reading Glimmer, it was a nice ride. I was so thrilled to have a chance to read this story that I feel I might have ruined it for myself.
Glimmer is a very interesting read. Not a favorite, but
definitely one I would recommend. There is love, ghosts, witchy magic, and an
extremely odd town. If your town ever starts having “heatnaps” and you can’t
remember how you ended up where you are, GTFO of there. Don’t wait for the
ghosts to eat you alive.