Book Review | Glimmer
Author: Phoebe Kitanidis
A teenage boy and girl wake up completely naked in each other’s arms, with no recollection of who they are. As they try to pick up the pieces of their lives, they learn that they live in Summer Falls, Colorado, a small, picturesque town with a strange climate that causes something called “heatnaps”. People can experience heatnaps any time and any place, usually after something bad happens to them.
Soon Elyse and Marshall learn their own names, but find they are not comfortable with their identities. Elyse cannot believe that she is a prom queen type, or that she would wear such tight clothing, and Marshall cannot grasp that he is a slacker in school on the verge of failing all of his classes. The one thing that both of them know is that they have strong ties to one another, and they are the only ones that each other can trust. But as they begin to uncover the truths of Summer Falls, Elyse learns that maybe she shouldn’t trust Marshall after all.
Glimmer by Phoebe Kitanidis is one of the most unique YA paranormal books that I have read in a long time. It’s a clever combination of magic and ghosts, but to reveal any more than that would be to give too much away. I couldn’t help but think of The Stepford Wives while reading this; while there are some similarities, Glimmer is its own story entirely.
Glimmer had me pondering a lot of things while I read. What if there was something that allowed me to forget all my worst memories, and just go on with my life as if they had never happened? Would I want this to happen to me, and how it would it affect me overall? Some of the residents of Glimmer are like zombies, and while it’s true they don’t experience much pain or suffering, it’s not really living at all.
Elyse is a strong heroine, who cleverly outwits the “reset” button that her town has. She writes down her memories in a journal and urges herself to remember what has happened to her and to her family. Her history is tragic and sad, but she becomes stronger with each new recollection.
Narrative shifts back and forth between Elyse and Marshall. Finally through flashbacks we also get to know them as who they were when they first met. I loved the way that Glimmer slowly unraveled; I could not wait to discover the terrifying truths of Summer Falls, and neither will you.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.*