Book Review – ‘Glimmer’ by Phoebe Kitanidis


Glimmer‘s mystery aroused my curiosity. How do I describe this story? The very moment I started reading everything seemed strange, but It definitely had me at ‘naked’ (nothing perverted just sheer interest). A guy and a girl wake up ‘undressed’ in bed next to each other; nothing wrong there except for the fact that neither can recall how they ended up in such a predicament, nor their lives prior to that. Talk about a wild night gone wrong. So, after a few freaky findings here and there, the two make a rather dramatic exit sparked by an unknown’s arrival. From there on readers are introduced to a place like no other.

I can’t fully interpret the non-human like behavior of the residents, as their questionable attitude contributes to the story of the two main characters. However, I can say that if ever you believed perfection never existed, it surely dwells in Summer Falls. On the other hand, I would like to dote on the mysterious two in this electrifying tale.

Her name is Elyse, according to people in town. The girl with amnesia comes off as headstrong, honest, and determined, while the girl she supposedly was portrayed characteristics Elyse can’t quite comprehend. Though she can’t remember a thing, there are abnormalities about the person people described her to be. Something just doesn’t feel right, she knows it, and will stop at nothing to prove it.

Elyse’s most memorable scene: catching a glimpse of her entire body in the mirror. The way she described her appearance was just amusing, in my opinion. Its as if she found herself to be more shocking than the fact that she’s suffering from memory loss. Hilarious indeed. Still, I was just as curious to know what she looked like, and was just as taken aback as she was upon seeing herself in full form. What a shocker? In terms of body description that is.

His name is Marshall. Though it’s revealed further down, like towards the middle to be exact, I’m more concerned with Marshall’s story as the plot thickens. Why is it that his presence is almost if not always ignored, what’s with this need to protect Elyse, and how is it that they both have strong feelings for each other even though their memories are gone? 

Whatever the case, this story is quite mouthwatering. What I loved most about it is the way in which it was written. Phoebe writes from the point-of-view of both Elyse and Marshall, respectively. This strategy is just pure genius; a wonderful way in which readers can experience the emotions of both characters in their individual moment. Now, how many authors have done this before? Okay. I know Phoebe isn’t the first to do this but it’s a great method used by authors nonetheless. Kudos to Kitanidis for a superb job on this one.

Glimmer is hauntingly entertaining. The deeper it goes the more intriguing it gets. It’s one of those novels you’ll carry around with you even to the toilet, if that means never putting it down. I’m very impressed with the direction Kitanidis is going in; this is a great second effort following a remarkable start. At this point in time, I’m severely hooked on her writing and I can’t wait to read the next.

Rating: 5/5


Title: Glimmer

Author: Phoebe Kitanidis

Publisher: Balzer + Bray (Harper Collins)

Release date: April 17, 2012


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3 thoughts on “Book Review – ‘Glimmer’ by Phoebe Kitanidis

  1. Okay, I won’t lie the cover caught my attention as I scrolled through the YA fiction search. Also, “Glimmer” may have attracted me, as my first thought was a tribute in The Hunger Games. (Mild obsession? Maybe.) I hadn’t heard about this book, and your review makes it seem pretty interesting. I’ll most likely check it out!

  2. I’m not feeling the cover simply because it would’ve been better to have both the main characters on it. Regardless, it seems like an interesting read.

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