Glimpse by Carol Lynch WilliamsGlimpse by Carol Lynch Williams


byCarol Lynch Williams

Hardcover | June 22, 2010

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In one moment
it is over.
In one moment
it is gone.

The morning grows
thin, grey
and our lives-
how they were-
have vanished.
Our lives have

when I walk in
on Lizzie
my sister
holding a shotgun.

Twelve year old girl Hope's life is turned upside down when her older sister Lizzie becomes an elective mute and is institutionalized after trying to kill herself. Ever since their dad died Hope and Lizzie have relied on each other from a young age. Their mother is a reluctant and unreliable parent at best, who turns tricks to support the family. Throughout the course of this lyrical and heartbreaking narrative readers and Hope discover that the mother is prostituting Lizzie and it’s up to Hope to bring the truth to light to save her sister.

With raw and haunting writing reminiscent of Ellen Hopkins and Elizabeth Scott, Carol Lynch Williams is a promising new YA voice.
Title:GlimpseFormat:HardcoverDimensions:496 pages, 7 × 5 × 1.5 inPublished:June 22, 2010Publisher:Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:141699730X

ISBN - 13:9781416997306

Appropriate for ages: 14


Rated 3 out of 5 by from An important read for young girls This poetic story tackled so many issues including mental illness, dysfunctional families, and how important a bond between sisters is. I think this story was best written in the form of verse as it felt more personal, but I would have liked to see Hope developed a bit more than she was.
Date published: 2018-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotional Beautiful Story. 4.5/5 stars Carol Lynch Williams is one amazing author. Her words captivate me and reading her books through poetry is the best experience that a reader can have. A lot of people don't enjoy poetry in YA books and think that grammar and spelling is important to captivate readers but I think the opposite: reading YA books through poetry is amazing! Better yet, reading this book through poetry is amazing. The concept and plot matches perfectly with the words and this author is great at making me cry, as well. :) "There's an animal in my throat that wants to scream its way out. It could tear my throat apart, I think." This is a very difficult book to read. You have to have the feeling and you need to be able to go through the vibe that this author creates. It is mixed with many concepts that are combined in one-- suicide, depression, abuse, and seeing all of that happening to one family is so sad and tears me up when thinking about it. This is about fourteen year old Lizzie who tries to commit suicide, but her sister catches her about to do it, and Liz is suddenly taken into the hospital where she is looked after. Hope, her sister, is trying to figure out what's the mystery behind her crazy mother and her sister's action... and why she's the one that no one loves. I'm just going to say that this is the type of story that you're going to cry for because of how the emotions are written so deeply and beautifully and because how bad you will feel for Hope. Her scenario is truly heart-breaking and I seriously don't know what I would do in her situation. It's the type of situation that you just cannot put yourself in because it's so horrible and destructive. This plot was very moving and fast paced. So much was happening and every chapter left us wanting more. It was very difficult for me to leave this book down for even the slightest minute. It was so beautiful all throughout and so captivating. My only slight problem was Hope. She was too easy and too loving to her mother when she was practically verbally abusing her, and this made me so sad because she was letting her mother act this way to her and she didn't do anything about it! If she got that boost up maybe she would've been more confident and would've known what to do. Overall, the book was amazing. The ending was very light and open, although I do wish that we found out what happened to the sisters later on because we all want to see them happy and free!
Date published: 2014-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing this story was beautifully structured and absolutely heartbreaking. i love how the whole story comes full circle in the end. Lizzie is so heroic and i can only aspire to be half as brave as she was for Hope as i can for my sister. This book makes me want to be a better sister. Although the writing a slightly juvenile, and the verses don't have the same impact as Ellen Hopkins' work, the plot is amazing and is not easily forgotten.
Date published: 2012-10-23

Read from the Book


In one moment

it is over.

In one moment

it is gone.

The morning grows

thin, gray

and our lives—

how they were—

have vanished.

Our lives have


when I walk

in on Lizzie

my sister

holding a shotgun.

She fingers the


Looks up.

My sister.

My sister just looks

up at me.


the trigger

of that gun.

© 2010 Carol Lynch Williams

Editorial Reviews

"This well-paced, raw novel-in-verse is a worthy purchase, especially for Ellen Hopkins's fans who are looking for another verse novel in which teens overcome dire circumstances."--SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, August 2010