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January 2007

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Book 1 for me!

Book # 1: A Certain Slant of Light
Writer: Laura Whitcomb
Genre: Young Adult
Number of pages:  288pp
My rating of the book, F-[worst] to A [best]: A

Short description/summary of the book:  From http://www.bn.com: Helen is a disembodied spirit who "attaches" herself to humans in order to possess their bodies. Unable to remember the circumstances of her death, and with no idea why she's in this precarious state of limbo, she knows this much: she's been haunting the living world for 130 years. But when Helen inhabits the body of a high school teacher, everything changes. For though he remains quite unaware of her presence, a certain boy in his class is clearly able to see Helen. This realization, and Helen's subsequent introduction to him, rocks her world.

Uncomfortable with the boundaries of her existence, Helen continues to test them and takes hair-raising risks -- often for love. Moved by her passions, she is stymied by limits placed on her that she doesn't yet understand and is unable to control. Despite the supernatural realm it explores, A Certain Slant of Light is nothing sort of chilling in its evocation of a world that's starkly real, and a newfound love that's positively sublime. (Holiday 2005 Selection)

My Thoughts: I could not put this book down.  I read it in one day losing sleep between work shifts, but it was worth it!  I didn't even want to return it to the library.   It was so good and captivating.  What Helen went through during her being Light and her testing of the limits was so clearly described, it felt as if I was with her.  It made my heart flutter.  That hasn't happened from a book in over a year.  I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a fantastic book to read.

Next book in the Queue: Dear John by Nicholas Sparks