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20 July 2012


Glimmer by Phoebe Kitanidis is the story of two people who wake up together with no memory of how they got there, where they are, or who they might be.

Elyse (though she does not know that is her name) finds herself in bed with a stranger - a boy who looks about 17. Though he is very cute, she has no idea who he it. But when she thinks about it, she does not know who she is either.

When Marshall wakes up, he does not recognize the girl in his bed or even the room they are in. Though the girl says it is him in the pictures on the dresser, he has no recollection of any of it.

After a few starts, they decide they should stick together until they find out what is going on. But how do you integrate yourself into a town where everyone thinks they know you and you don't even recognize yourself in the mirror?

As Elyse and Marshall piece together what they can about the town on Summer Falls, Colorado, it seems they are not the only ones with memory problems. Everyone seems to get "heat naps" that come upon them, drop them to the ground for a few minutes, and when they wake up they don't remember the last few minutes.

Kitanidis has created a Stepford-like town that will have readers craving answers. Elyse and Marshall are characters that develop for the reader as they figure out who they are themselves. It is a fun way to approach a novel. Great summer read.

Kitanidis, Phoebe. (2012). Glimmer. New York: Balzer and Bray.

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Blogger Krystianna said...

I'm glad to hear that this is a great summer read. I've been wanting to read this for a while now. Thank you for the review! :)

27 July, 2012 14:05  

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