Title: A Certain Slant of Light
Author: Laura Whitcomb
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Series: Light, book one
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Romantic, deeply moving, haunting and beautiful, A Certain Slant of Light is simply one of my favorite books if all time--an amazing triumph!
I won this book in a giveaway here on Goodreads. Helen has been benignly haunting a teacher for over a hundred years. Unable to be seen, heard, or touched, she is content with her quiet, voyeuristic life, even if it isn't the same as being alive. Until a boy can see her. Thus forms a quick, almost desperate infatuation that turns into love--James is everything Helen wishes she had and more. But soon Helen is brought to her limit in every way, and it all comes down to one huge question: What will she be willing to risk for contact, and for love?
What I enjoyed:
-The beautiful, sweet narrative that read to me more like a long poem than prose--I drank it all in like water
-The pacing--slow and leisurely at some points but breakneck in others
-Helen, and her narration, as well as her flawed, but still lovable character--her love of literature and life especially drew me to her
-The cast of characters that Helen so greatly loves (Cathy, The Knight, The Saint, The Poet--especially Mr. Brown)
-James, and his whirlwind courtship with Helen
-Jenny--she was a very fragile character for me
-The dilemma and the ending
What I didn't enjoy:
-Many of the church women (talk of their religion brought back bad memories for me)
I loved A Certain Slant of Light! A romantic, tender ghost story observing the human condition--I simply loved this novel and will treasure it forever! Next on deck: Under The Light by Laura Whitcomb!