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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Though I could not feel paper between my fingers, smell ink, or taste the tip of a pencil, I could see and hear the world with all the clarity of the Living.

If you’re in the right mood for this, go ahead: To ask other readers questions about A Certain Slant of Lightplease sign up. Helen doesn’t even know why because she is only able to remember a few small details of her life here on earth. View all 32 comments. Definitely one of the better young adult novels I’ve read.

You feel their pain and, when she was recalling her death, my heart was really breaking with hers. It is selfless and not overbearing. But it’s suitable for younger readers. The prose is lyrical and pretty without seeming overdone and silly. So while I was rolling around on the ground suffering from texting withdrawl, a thought occurred to me: It’s sensational yet sweet, hair-raising yet unhurried – there were a few quotes I took special notice of but now regret not writing down.

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

I did understand the relationship between James and Helen, even if it did move too fast sometimes. The fact that he is in a body and she is not presents this preposterous couple with their first challenge.

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. Helen must kill Jenny’s personal ahitcomb, but on this quest she finds out she must kill her own.


Those eyes belong to a boy who has not seemed remarkable until now. Seit Jahren begleitet sie verschiedene Menschen auf der Erde bis sie eines Tages einem gleichgesinnten Licht namens James begegnet. Plus, there is a valid critique of self-righteousness found in some if not most people.

What a difficult, beautiful and fascinating book. It is a paranormal love story, but of a very different nature than most. And Helen–terrified, but intrigued–is drawn to him. She’s happy shitcomb this existence, until one of the students in her host’s high-school English class sees her. Retrieved 13 December That’s when you know a book is intelligent.


She feels like she’s the only one of her kind in the World, the only Lightso she’s bewildered when a teenage boy in Mr.

On one hand, I am incredibly impressed with Whitcomb’s story. Helen, on the other hand, possesses alura body of a teenage girl whitcomn parents are extremely religious – right away we are introduced to the “abortion is murder” bumper stickers – they have prayer time and read the Bible every night before bed.

Not all ghosts haunt nor all memories hurt.

A CERTAIN SLANT OF LIGHT by Laura Whitcomb | Kirkus Reviews

First-time author Whitcomb infuses Gothic romance with modern-day drama to create a highly sensual, supernatural story of two spirits caught in purgatory. I wonder how they’ll show ghosts and their human counterparts, will they use the same actors when traveling in and out of bodies. And, as far x she knows, no one can see her until, one day a young man stares at her and not through her. We are experiencing technical difficulties. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.


I get it, you’re both dead and you’ve never met whjtcomb own kind before and you’re adults, but GEEZ. Or, since I’m never above stooping to a corny joke, any one she did as Jenny. But I also believe that there is a giant difference between infatuation and lust, and actual love. I smell mold, I hear the clock ticking, I see an empty chair. Looking for More Great Reads?

The technicalities and sensations or lack thereof of being in the middle place certainn 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. Feb 28, Asghar Abbas rated it it was amazing.

In spite of all the whiitcomb and religious talk, there are serious underlying issues. Helen and James are from another time, when everyone was incredibly modest laurra sex and polite, and chivalry ruled the day Riiiiiight.

It makes you think and question things about life, and it doesn’t necessarily make you happy. Oct 02, Heidi rated it really liked it Shelves: He realizes that he has been holding himself responsible for something that was out of his control.

A Certain Slant of Light

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. The reason I gave it 4 stars and not a 5 stars is because, at one point I found Helen a bit childish and irresponsible.

Helen had been dead for whitxomb years, moving between human ‘hosts’ who she follows around and lives with. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Ask me now and I’ll say this is just a place where you can’t play music or eat. I recommend this for paranormal fans who enjoy something a bit out of the ordinary.

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