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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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What made me end up with 3 stars rather than 4 was that Helen really did act a tiny tad too stupid at times just so that she would provoke a new conflict and the ending, which somehow wasn’t really my thing, but that doesn’t mean it was bad. Knowing at once that they are meant to be together, Helen allows James to teach her how to enter the body of an “empty” teenager, not whicomb what complications lie ahead.

Retrieved 13 December Just a moment while slxnt sign you in to your Goodreads account. Helen and James begin meeting and quickly fall in love. Well, if I had one word to describe this book it would be Weird. The love story is touching and beautifully told, both characters are very likeable. It’s not for everyone, but you should still give it a try.

A Certain Slant of Light

I recommend this for paranormal fans who enjoy something a bit out of the ordinary. A Certain Slant of Light is both a pleasant surprise and View all 12 comments.

Brown who holds a special place in her heart. So James, who was 29 when he died, jumped in and took over. She is now a ghost or “light” as the author calls her existence. Needless to say, this brings up quite a fe A Certain Slant of Light is both a pleasant surprise and 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.


And in no time at all, I forgot the outside world existed. The Girl with the Broken Heart. In the story their souls flee from their bodies when the child can’t bear it any longer and gives up on his life, leaving behind an empty shell that moves without a will, a consciousness inside.

Sexually explicit scenes and not-so-gentle jabs at hypocritical Christians may raise some eyebrows, but the author’s poetic prose, capturing the spirit and sorrow of the two unearthly protagonists, will likely have a mesmerizing effect on readers.

So perhaps I was biased going into it.

A Certain Slant of Light (novel) – Wikipedia

The distinction is an important one. Definitely not a book I’d recommend. Lauren Molina klingt jung, verletzlich und sehr zart. Involves girl’s ghost, her living classmate, and possible friendship [s] 6 38 Jul 07, Ich wollte herausfinden, was Jenny zu dieser vollkommenen Isolation getrieben hatte und wie ihr Familienalltag aussah.

Being so constricted by your family, being forced to obey and follow such rigid rules, and forcing their religion into every facet of your very being? That their soul can be absent, drifted off to a new place, while their body remains living its life. Not only does she present us with sticky dilemmas, but her solutions are just as complex.

They are trying to pick up the peaces of their host’s lives, while trying to come to terms with their own pasts and the reasons why they have not crossed to the other side. These characters have each accumulated over a century of experience on Earth, being laurs and following humans, and yet they both feel like children. Helen and James are from another time, when everyone was incredibly modest about sex and polite, and chivalry ruled the day Riiiiiight. The author did a fantastic job of minding the formal speech and thought patterns of Helen’s background and contrasting them with the jarring reality of present day, all while ruminating on human existence and forgiveness and the value of a life well-lived.


He sees her because he, too, is a spirit. The reason I gave it 4 stars and not a 5 stars is because, at one point I slsnt Helen a bit childish and whitcpmb. He’s not haunting people but places actually one place in particular and one day he sees a teenage boy, Billy Blake, whose soul has left his body, so he enters him and starts living his life as Billy. But really, it is so much more then just a ghost story.


The suddenness of the physical relationship between Helen and James surprised me, though, as until that point everything had unfolded very slowly and naturally. 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.

certzin A Certain Slant of Light is about children being strangled indirectly by their parents controlling every aspect of their lives or, on the opposite, by neglecting them. YA fiction, years ago. If one dies, she must find another host or be dragging into a dark, frightening hell-like existence underground. Nov 24, Maya rated it liked it.

I’m a little worried it won’t be as good as Certain Slant. I’d hesitated picking up this certsin because one of the reviews on Amazon said something about “graphic sex,” but I found that it was neither graphic nor gratuitous nor titillating.

Of course the two ghosts fall in love, and James helps Helen find another abandoned body to inhabit. Helen had been Light a spirit for well over a century and not once spoke to anyone that entire time and had never quite realized how desperately she craved the company of another.