Google+ Reading Teen: Glimmer by Phoebe Kitanidis

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Glimmer by Phoebe Kitanidis

Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (April 17, 2012)
Language: English
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What if you forgot your identity and had to rely on other people to tell you who you were?

And what if to discover your true self, you first had to unravel a mystery so big and terrifying you were not sure you’d survive solving it?

When Marshall and Elyse wake up in each other’s arms with zero memory of how they got there or who they are, it’s the start of a long journey through their separate pasts and shared future.

Terrified by their amnesia, the two make a pact to work together to find the answers that could jog their missing memories. As they piece together clues, they discover they’re in the idyllic mountain resort town of Summer Falls, where everyone seems mysteriously happy, but as Marshall and Elyse quickly learn, darkness lurks beneath the town’s perfect facade. Not only is the town haunted by sinister ghosts, but none of its living inhabitants retain bad memories of anything—not the death of Marshall’s mom, not the hidden shame in Elyse’s family, not even the day-to-day anguish of high school.

Lonely in this world of happy zombies, Marsh and Elyse fall into an intense relationship...but the secrets they uncover could be the death of this growing love—and the death of everyone, and everything, they love in Summer Falls.

My review:

Honestly, when I picked this book up and read the summery I thought it was going to be really dumb.
I decided to read the first chapter and just see what it'd be like.
Well, I sat down and ended up reading basically half of it.
I could barely set it down because every page had a new twist to the story.
The pace did not fall below heart pounding.
Glimmer swallowed me whole and I was taken completely by surprise.

Elyse was an awesome main character. I loved how down to earth and humble she is. She surprised me a little bit. I expected her to be a weak little girl when she started to discover what her life was like before she got amnesia. Instead she showed strength. She really saw how incredibly selfish she was, and she actually did something about it and didn't just sit there and whine.

I really liked how the chapters kept switching from Elyse's and Marshall's point of view. I always like reading from both sides.

Reviewing this book is tricky... I feel like anything I say could be a spoiler. There's just so many twists and turns its crazy.

Just so I don't ruin anything for anyone, go pick up Glimmer and read it for yourself (:


  1. I'm excited to read Glimmer mostly because of the upcoming romance and because of the secrets of their pasts. I want to know what sort of mysteries are buried there and how that came to inject them into the town of Summer Falls.

  2. I think most of my intrigue for this book is the mystery to it. I still don't really know anything about the book even though I have read numerous reviews. The synopsis had me completely drawn in, and the reviews just make me more and more curious. I think I have to get this book ASAP!!

  3. I've heard some pretty mixed reviews about this book, so I'm really glad that you liked this! The synopsis sounds so mysterious, and I'm so glad that you didn't give away anything at all. =) I seriously can't wait to get my hands on a copy!!

    -Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

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