Saturday, April 3, 2010

READING : A Certain Slant Of Light by Laura Whitcomb

In the class of the high school English teacher she has been haunting, Helen feels them: for the first time in 130 years, human eyes are looking at her. They belong to a boy, a boy who has not seemed remarkable until now. And Helenterrified, but intriguedis drawn to him. The fact that he is in a body and she is not presents this unlikely couple with their first challenge. But as the lovers struggle to find a way to be together, they begin to discover the secrets of their former lives and of the young people they come to possess.
I bought this book when I was in London 2 years ago, Christmas 2008.I wanted to read it right there and then, but it's April the 2nd 2010 and I finished it yesteraday.It always seemed to me that this book is so good, that I have to save it for a special occasion. I wasn't wrong.
Whitcomb's writing is beautiful, rich, fluid and lyrical.The intense images she describes, become alive and full of colour as you read through the lines.Her characters,Helen and James, have incredible chemistry and the reader can't get enough of them.Whitcomb also poses questions of morality(are the lead characters' actions justified, even though their intensions were nothing but pure?) and of religious hypocrisy or rather, blind faith.
However, I still can't decide if it fits in the YA category.Well, even if I was 10 years younger I would still enjoy it, but I wouldn't fully understand it.Also, if you can't stand dark fiction or are very religious(ghost,spirit possessions,sex), then you better not read this book.
Overall, Certain Slant Of Light is a haunting novel that will have you thinking about it long after you finish it.I absolutely recommend it!


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