Chime by Franny BillingsleyChime by Franny Billingsley


byFranny Billingsley

Paperback | April 12, 2012

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"Part mystery, part fantasy, this beautifully-written page turner explores guilt, mercy, and love."—New York Times bestselling author Holly Black

Briony has a secret. It is a secret that killed her stepmother, ruined her sister's mind, and will end her life, if anyone were to know. She has powers. Then Eldric comes along with his golden lion eyes and a great mane of tawny hair. He is as natural as the sun, and he treats her as if she is extraordinary. And everything starts to change . . .

A National Book Award Finalist 

★ “Exquisite to the final word.”—Booklist, starred review

★ “Both lushly sensual and shivery.”—School Library Journal, starred review
Franny Billingsley ( is the award-winning author of four books, including The Folk Keeper—winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for fiction—and Chime, which received six starred reviews and was a National Book Award finalist. A graduate of Tufts University and the Boston University School of Law, Franny left ...
Title:ChimeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.26 × 5.52 × 1 inPublished:April 12, 2012Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0142420921

ISBN - 13:9780142420928


Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't Judge a Book by it's Pretty Writing(Because That's About All This Book Has) I hated this book. I don't hate books that often, but I had to force myself to slog through this thinking 'It has to get better!'; it doesn't. The plot: Interesting. Magic, witches, Brownies and a mysterious death. The setting: Awesome. What's better than a creepy swamp? The writing itself: Umm...I would describe it as okay. I mean there's some pretty writing in there. The environment is described well and I liked the way Briony thought sometimes. However it sort of jumped all over the place in some parts. See!? All good things! Why don't I like this book? I'll tell you why, the characters. They were just all so awful. Especially our main character Briony, who is by far the whiniest, most unemotional, self-centered character I've had the displeasure of reading about. She constantly talks about how much she hates herself, so much so I almost started a drinking game but then I realized I might die of alcohol poisoning before the halfway point. She feels nothing for her family or "friends", I mean her maid's baby dies and Briony just goes through the motions of caring for a hot second and then complains about how she has to do pretend to care, and in another point in the story when her sister gets hurt partially because of Briony not watching her, she complains about how much of a pain it would be to take care of her! Sorry you can't hate yourself for two seconds and have to care about someone else for once. I did read in the little blurb at the back of the book that the author tried to make Briony unlikeable to be different and she succeeded leaps and bounds. And that's fine to try new things, and would have atleast been innovative if the other characters weren't a whole other mess by themselves. Eldric(the " love" interest) constantly switches between being a nice guy and a total jerk and for some reason really rapey near the end, but none of that is even really interesting somehow since all and all he ends up so boring it hurts. He supposed to be interesting! Eldric is nice, he makes crafts, was apparently a bad boy at some point, but none of this is expounded upon; at no point does he do anything remotely bad boy-like except that rapist thing and even then thats not bad boy, that's a call to the cops. Briony's father and teacher are totally pointless characters, as well as stupid beyond belief, especially the father. Cecil and Leanne make terrible antagonists since they are both actually pretty nice and interesting until the author seems to remember "Oh! I should actually make a reason for Briony to be so awful to them instead or her just hating them for no reason.". Cecil is literally there just to compare him to Eldric, I know because Briony keeps doing it over and over again and Leanne is actually a pretty cool person, into cool clothes, supports Eldric in his art, likes cars and riding horses, but the author keeps to make her look bad but only succeeds in making Briony look worse since in most of the book Leanne is seen as a good person until suddenly a plot twist(no spoilers) and we're supposed to believe Briony was right all along about hating her! The problem is even after Leanne is revealed she still hasn't done anything really terrible so it doesn't really work. The conclusion has to be that Leanne is only there to make Briony and Eldric's love more plausible and like a love triangle where the main character will always beat out the other girl for the boy; there's even a part near the end after Briony has already gotten the boy and Leanne is sitting on a step only for the purpose of Briony calling her ugly. That is the only reason. Leanne shouldn't be there because then her secret would quite obviously be exposed, but there she is! For the purpose of Briony calling her ugly like the petty, unlikable person she is. The only character who is a saving grace is Briony's sister Rose. Rose is so delightful and interesting and its so refreshing to see a special needs character in a book who is a main character and not just some throwaway or a side character. All her little quirks like her paper mache and secret keeping and just the love that pours out of her is amazing. I would literally pick up a sequel to this if it were only about Rose. However one good character and all the pretty writing in the world cannot make up for how God awful the rest of it is. It's almost impossible to like a book if you can't relate to any of the consistent main characters and if you find the characters you're supposed to hate more enjoyable than any of the supposed good characters. I would say skip this book but so many people seemed to like it that I'll have to recommend you read it for yourself.
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Concept I really liked the concept and story of CHIME. Briony's character is very interesting and complex. I was hooked on the book within the first two chapters but I found it really hard to understand certain parts of the book it seemed to flip from present time to Briony thinking about something in her past. I would have liked it was made clearer when we was switching times periods because for me it was hard to follow and seemed like Briony had A.D.D because she was constantly switching back and forth. But once I got use to the writing style it was easier to follow. I really liked the story itself though. I was very intrigued by the “swamp” and the creatures that lived there. It’s too bad that we didn’t get to learn more about them. I really liked Eldric he is very charming and kind of reminds me of Johnny Deep in Finding Neverland. I love Eldric and Briony’s relationship they act like they are the best of friends and have a wonderful brother/sister relationship even though they aren’t brother/sister. Overall, I felt that the story was good but the writing was hard to understand. If you like stories about witches this one is for you. The Rating: 3.8 out of 5 For more reviews please visit
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ... When I started the novel I was expecting it to be like every other teen read there is on the shelf: easy to read. But it wasn't. It was written like how I suppose the language (if they spoke english) would be spoken in those times. But aside from that it was a good read. About halfway you can kind of see where the novel is going and it was a little on the predictable side but it still made me want to finish the book. I consider it a good book when, even though I may know what is going to happen, I still want to finish it just to make sure I am right.
Date published: 2011-05-01

Editorial Reviews

A National Book Award Finalist"Part mystery, part fantasy, this beautifully-written page turner explores guilt, mercy, and love."—New York Times bestselling author Holly Black★ “A darkly beguiling fantasy.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review★ "Billingsley takes the time to develop a layered narrative adorned with linguistic filigree—she is one of the great prose stylists of the field.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review★ “Exquisite to the final word.”—Booklist, starred review★ “Both lushly sensual and shivery.”—School Library Journal, starred review★ “Extraordinary and moving.”—BCCB, starred review★ “An entirely original concoction.”—The Horn Book, starred review