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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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But the people she “haunts” are, for the most part, unaware of her presence.

It’s during her stay with English teacher Mr. Helen doesn’t even know why because she is only able to remember a few small details of her life here on earth. Billy, a drug-abuser from a broken home, and Jenny, who’s family is rigidly strict in their religious practices.

Ask me now and I’ll say this is just a place where you can’t play music or eat. I cannot say that about many books. Before Helen came along, she watched Jenny for some time as she simply went through the motions of life without exuding any sort of emotion. Oh my, this book was good. This section contains words approx. Helen stays with her host until her host dies, and when she feels herself slipping back into the icy clutch of her grave, she latches on to a new host.


Pulsing goddess light moves through me for one moment like a glimpse of eternity instantly forgotten. So this isn’t an action packed novel; it’s a story of love and self discovery that you sit, ponder and enjoy. A teacher wrote this, so it is hardly surprising it is this well written.

This is one of those books that you will remember years from now. The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm. It’s hard to explain what the book is about without getting spoiler-y.

Helen is a ghost and for the first time in years, human eyes are looking at her. I should warn you that it has some slnt scenes, but they are not graphic. Jenny is only fifteen years old!

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

It’s not for everyone, but you should still give it a try. I thought the spirit and ’empty’ bodies concept was very original and interesting. I also enjoyed the running metaphor; our ghost was somewhat like a muse to her host, how muses are kinda like ghosts, so that’s apt. It may whitcomv you.

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The love story is touching and beautifully told, both characters are very likeable. How can James and Helen be together is the human girl’s parents restrain her from doing anything she loves, and Billy’s own family is falling apart at the seams? Helen, on the other hand, possesses the body of a teenage girl who’s parents are extremely religious – right away we whitcomh introduced to the “abortion is murder” bumper stickers – they have prayer time and read the Bible every night before bed.



If you want a different book, that is hauntingly beautiful The technicalities and sensations or lack thereof of being in the middle place between life and afterlife were interesting, though, and I absolutely adored the development at the end, when we learn more about what Helen had on Earth. I can almost get my brain realigned with this view and buy into parts of this story. But after Drive he swore off Hollywood, can’t say that I blame him. View all 32 comments.

So James, who was 29 when he died, jumped in and took over. It took a few pages before the book grabbed me and then it didn’t let go.

In order to truly be together they need to find a body for Helen, so they find Jenny’s body, and Helen enters her. Meticulously wrought descriptions of the ghosts’ feelings and actions allow readers to experience the physical sensations of Helen and James as they rediscover the pleasures of taste and touch and re-experience the suffering that is part of every human experience. Teenagers falling in love for the first time are grasping and impulsive and yes, selfish too.

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