In Glimpse, Stacey Wallace Benefiel paints a very realistic portrait of teenage life. Zellie is a relatable heroine, going through all the awkwardness of first love and growing up. The decision to alternate points-of-view between Zellie and Avery is a nice touch, showing truthfully that everyone feels self-conscious at this age. The alternating perspectives also give some believability to the fast-paced love story, allowing the reader to see how far back the attraction goes and making it impossible not to get caught up in the whirlwind romance. The overwhelming sense of fate that drives the novel is both beautiful and tragic, strongly reminiscent of "Romeo and Juliet," but with a streak of the supernatural. Glimpse blends darkness and light, tragedy and romance in a fascinating interplay. The young love is compelling and impassioned, made even more so by the storm clouds threatening their happy ending. However, the preternatural rules that govern this world are sometimes unclear and it's hard to know what to believe about the devastating vision at the heart of the novel.
Alongside the couple is Zellie's best friend Claire, one of the most vibrant characters in the novel. Claire is a refreshing counterpoint to Zellie's insecurities, showing someone who is unique and comfortable in her own skin. However, the adult contingent is appalling. This truly is a novel to empower the second generation because the adults behave like children: they are selfish and apparently hellbent on ruining each other's lives. The way they treat their children is especially horrifying, and makes the reader appreciate what well-adjusted kids they turned out to be, no thanks to their parents. This novel has an unusual flow, with the climax seeming to come in the middle of the novel -- however, Benefiel still has plenty of surprises up her sleeve, and the twists and turns this star-crossed saga takes will leave readers stunned.
Come back February 25 for a guest post with Stacey Wallace Benefiel!
As part of the Teen Book Scene tour, Stacey Wallace Benefiel is giving away a set of ebook copies of Glimpse and the sequel Glimmer to one lucky reader of each blog! Every person who enters will also be put into a grand prize drawing for a set of paperback copies!
- (1) one winner will receive ebook copies of Glimpse and Glimmer by Stacey Wallace Benefiel
- Each entrant will be entered in the grand prize drawing for a set of paperback copies
- Open Internationally
- Ends 2/25/11 at noon EST
- Leave a comment with your email address so I can contact you if you win, and answer the following question:
What is your favorite star-crossed love story?
(This can be a book, a movie, a play, a historical couple, anything...)