A Certain Slant of Light

A Certain Slant of Light❰BOOKS❯ ✭ A Certain Slant of Light Author Laura Whitcomb – Bluevapours.co.uk In the class of the high school English teacher she has been haunting Helen feels them for the first time in 130 years human eyes are looking at her They belong to a boy a boy who has not seemed remar In the class of Slant of Epub á the high school English teacher she has been haunting Helen feels them for the first time in years human eyes are looking at her They belong to a boy a boy who has not seemed remarkable until now And Helen terrified but intrigued is drawn to him The fact that he is in a body and she is not presents this unlikely couple with their first challenge But as the lovers struggle to find a way to be A Certain PDF/EPUB or together they begin to discover the secrets of their former lives and of the young people they come to possess.

Laura Whitcomb grew up Slant of Epub á in Pasadena California in a mildly haunted house She received her English degree at California State University at Northridge in She has taught Language Arts in California and Hawaii She has won three Kay Snow Awards and was once runner up in the Bulwer Lytton writing contest for the best first sentence of the worst Science Fiction novel never written In her spare.

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  • Paperback
  • 282 pages
  • A Certain Slant of Light
  • Laura Whitcomb
  • English
  • 17 March 2016
  • 9780618585328

10 thoughts on “A Certain Slant of Light

  1. Wendy Darling says:

    45 stars Wow Is this really being shelved in young adult fiction? Laura Whitcomb's writing is deliciously wordy witty and wonderful and the story surprisingly complex with many mature themes The author did a fantastic job of minding the formal speech and thought patterns of Helen's background and contrasting them with the jarring reality of present day all while ruminating on human existence and forgiveness and the value of a life well lived This is an exceptionally intelligent YA book that does not spare the emotions of love and grief and the heavy weight of responsibility I particularly enjoyed Helen's delight at the burst of sensations she experiences when as she discovers the touch and taste of certain things for the first time as well as the sad aching pull of her attachment to her human hostsThe suddenness of the physical relationship between Helen and James surprised me though as until that point everything had unfolded very slowly and naturally Still the connection between these two lost souls is undeniable as they are so well matched as lovers of literature people of integrity and most profoundly as the only known beings in that plane of existence I'm astounded by the places this book was bold enough to explore and I am deeply satisfied with how the story was resolved It's truly remarkable when an author can make a ghost feel so elouently and painfully human

  2. Emily May says:

    This is a book I've had sitting on my shelf for over a year I'd heard plenty of good things about it but still remained sceptical about the whole ghosts romance thing Eh really? Ghosts are somewhere down near zombies on the sexiness scale could I really become invested in such a relationship? Apparently yes but these ghosts have found a way around the whole touching predicament and wasted no time getting back into it by possessing the bodies of people whose souls have abandoned themI have read some of the negative reviews on A Certain Slant of Light and the thing most often pointed out is something which usually annoys me the way Helen and James fall so uickly in love and have sex after only meeting each other a few times The reason this whiff of insta didn't bother me so much in this case is because I was sold on the idea of their loneliness the pain Helen felt in watching so many people grow have fun and die whilst she can never be a part of their lives it led me to understand why these two lost and lonely souls would latch onto one another straight away and cling together to find what they've been missing for so many years I could believe in the desperationAnd that's all I really want to understand It's why I'm turned off by insta love and destiny bound lovers because that's tell not show and it's empty In this novel Laura Whitcomb gives me what I need to care about the couple whilst maintaining a beautiful and slightly creepy atmosphereHowever this story it still far than just a romance Helen and James are haunted by a few scattered and incomplete memories of their past and they must put the pieces together to remember who they are how they died and what holds them in this strange limbo But will the truths of their past be too much to handle? Or will they finally get some peace? As well as this they also begin to discover why the souls of their host bodies have abandoned ship what it was in their lives that made them give upJames possesses the body of a drug addict who's been in trouble with the police multiple times and lives alone with his temperamental brother With both parents gone the two young men struggle along by themselves Helen on the other hand possesses the body of a teenage girl who's parents are extremely religious right away we are introduced to the abortion is murder bumper stickers they have prayer time and read the Bible every night before bed As events unfold it becomes clear that not everything is as holy as it seems in this family and though it may not be the main part of the story this subplot about religious hypocrisy was uite brilliant and a little scaryI recommend this for paranormal fans who enjoy something a bit out of the ordinaryI wrote sceptical in another review and a really nice person told me to learn how to spell So just to let you know this is actually the correct spelling in Britain I'm British Just thought I'd save trolls some typing time

  3. Hannah says:

    What a disappointing read this was After seeing all the high ratings for this including my own daughter's 4 star rating I was eagerly anticipating a uniue and touching ghost story Sad to say nothing in this story touched me in any way and in fact it's one of the worst books I've read in 2011 so far filled with ham fisted stereotypes and unbelievable character actionsWhitcomb actually had a fairly interesting premise starting out Helen a young woman dead for 150 years makes her way out of purgatoryhell? and cleaves to a succession of human hosts Helen haunts them until they die and then finds another to stay with They are never aware of her however so Helen stays in this static limbo for over a century Her current host is a senior high English teacher Mr Brown and it is in his class that she realizes that there is in fact someone who sees herThis is where the story disintegrated into a cliched stereotypical YA teen angst drama I am supposed to swallow the idea that Helen a post civil war young lady and James a WWI doughboy who died 85 years ago and now inhabits a 17 year old stoner boy's body meet and instantly fall in love love really? how about lust and consumate their physical relationship after only a day or so Riiiiiiiiight Guess all those decades in limbo does crazy things for the libido regardless of the time period and social s that Helen and James lived in And we all know that teenagers just can't control their sexual urges and will do the deed with anyone anytime anywhere And it makes it especially cool that Helen now inhabits the 15 year old body of a virgin whose parents fulfil every cliche of religious nut cases 'cause of course that gives this book that push the envelope kind of edginess that it needs to attract teens I found this entire section of the story trite and melodramatic and it didn't do anything to further what might have been an interesting story about death the afterlife and the premise of haunting In essence it became just another bad piece of YA fiction filled with foul language inappropriate sex scenes and cliched stereotypes of teenagers and religious peoplePromising beginning Interesting final pages Utter dreckage in between

  4. Morgan F says:

    I started this book the day the world ended No not in a literal 2012 tsunami earthuake kinda way but in a my cell phone and laptop just so happened to break on the same day kinda way And when you are a 17 year old girl that is really really bad So while I was rolling around on the ground suffering from texting withdrawl a thought occurred to me Go read a book you idjit So I did And in no time at all I forgot the outside world existed To say I loved this book would be a severe understatement So here is a list of adjectives I feel are adeuate descriptions courtesy of Dictionarycom and my own uniue vocabulary Awesome addicting seductive intense articulate lush fantasmic suspenseful beautiful poetic dark amazing uniue mysterious romantic excellent gorgeous wistful eerie superb breathtaking magnificent wonderful fascinating Gothic OMG astounding perfect sublime tender painful and last but not least Jesus So in short it was damn good I just loved everything about it The luscious writing painfully real characters intriguing premise and hushed tone Everything especially the ending was just perfect As soon as I was finished with it I wanted to start it all over again and I very nearly did Initially I thought this book would scare the crap out of me with the creepy cover and all I read Laura Whitcomb's book The Fetch first and I loved it even though this novel is universally loved So perhaps I was biased going into it But I'm positive I would have loved it no matter the scenario As for the SEUEL OMG SUEAAAALLL I don't think it's really needed but hey I'll devour it anyway I'm a little worried it won't be as good as Certain Slant seeing as most unplanned seuels aren't but even if its half as good I'll still love it

  5. Tatiana says:

    I don't think I would have read this book if it wasn't recommended to me I am just not that into ghosts However this book is so much than that It is about love and finding peace and happiness in your afterlife The motives of forbidden and impossible love and body snatching reminded me strongly of certain Stephenie Meyer novels we all know but SM's books seem to a be pile of mediocrity in comparison to A Certain Slant of Light The depth of feeling SM failed to achieve in 3000 pages of fluff prose is achieved by Laura Whitcomb in 300 I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in uality literature

  6. Catie says:

    2 12 starsOne of my dearest friends once told me that she does not brush her teeth or do any other hygiene related activities in front of her husband because she wants to “preserve the mystery” What mystery? That your teeth get dirty when you eat and they need to be cleaned? I like and respect this friend but it’s little comments like that one which gradually led me to realize that we have completely different views on what is or isn’t romantic I am of a “warts and all” romance appreciator Chivalry modesty flowery overturesall just feels like putting lipstick on a pig If you don’t love someone’s warty flawed awkward side then do you really love him or her at all? I guess that’s the main part of this book that fails to resonate with me The romance feels shallow These characters have each accumulated over a century of experience on Earth being human and following humans and yet they both feel like childrenMaybe some of this can be explained by their mutual non living status I can almost get my brain realigned with this view and buy into parts of this story Both of these characters have little memory and they’re disconnected and alone to begin with Apparently they both died in their late twenties but they don’t remember anything about it When given the chance to experience life and companionship again essentially by taking over the bodies of young souls who have “fled” – don’t even ask me how that actually works they jump on it without really thinking over the conseuences I think that’s very understandable but as the time passes I don’t feel that they really stop to consider the ramifications of what they’re doing to these bodies It feels selfish and callous especially given the ending view spoilerIt seems that the author is hinting uite strongly the menstruation calendar comment the fainting the nausea the fluttering that Jenny is pregnant How are these two young people who barely know each other and have extremely different histories going to manage a pregnancy? Jenny is only fifteen years old And the whole meeting between Jenny and Billy at the end feels so contrived and forced It is as if she’s saying “oh don’t worry it’s okay because these kids totally would have approved of their bodies being used” No hide spoiler

  7. Buggy says:

    Opening Line Someone was looking at me a disturbing sensation if you're dead This is one of the best books that I've read in a long time And although it's being touted as YA this can absolutely be enjoyed by adults and as one I'll be recommending it to all my friends It's just a beautiful story of fated romance no matter what your age A CERTAIN SLANT OF LIGHT tells the story of a girl named Helen who's been dead for a 130 years She is now a ghost or light as the author calls her existence In order to keep from plunging into hell Helen must cling to a human host never leaving their side She has had many hosts over her years her latest being MrBrown an English teacher It's in his classroom that she meets James the first person able to see her since she diedJames was light until recently when he took over the body of his host during his drug overdose Helen and James begin meeting and uickly fall in love Eventually James convinces Helen that she should also inhabit a host so that they can both be human and together they choose Jenny The only problem with Jenny is that her parents are religious fanatics and James's host Billy is a former drug addict with uestionable friends This makes living their hosts lives and maintaining a relationship kinda tricky The writing here is beautiful and the story original and interesting The obstacles our lovers have to face as they try to find their HEA are incredible This book had me up late at night and I will be thinking about it for a long time to come Highly recommended for all ages Cheers

  8. Rebecca McNutt says:

    A Certain Slant of Light is often disturbing and very heavy as far as paranormal books go but it's also a beautiful story of facing the past to find the future and its characters though not always likable are understandable and captivating

  9. Giselle says:

    Well if I had one word to describe this book it would be Weird It is definitely weird and maybe a bit disturbing if you really thing about it view spoilerThey basically take 2 bodies and have sex with them Haha hide spoiler

  10. Leslie says:

    What a difficult beautiful and fascinating book It wasn't riveting or necessarily suspenseful although it was filled with incredibly uniue descriptions from a ghost's point of view that if I didn't know any better I would sincerely believe the author actually spent time as one Helen is a ghost and for the first time in 130 years human eyes are looking at her Those eyes belong to a boy who has not seemed remarkable until now Helen is terrified and also unnerved by the fact that he can see her; but she also finds herself incredibly intrigued She is immediately drawn to him and discovers his name is James The fact that he is in a body and she is not presents this preposterous couple with their first challenge Now the two of them struggle to find a way to be together as they begin to discover the secrets of their former lives and also of the young people they come to possessIf you're reading the synopsis of this story or even describing it to someone it actually sounds a little hokey However it works and on so many different levels and is a story of forgiveness and ultimate healing for the dead and the living The author intertwines modern day dysfunction with 130 year old history to develop a surreal yet difficult to imagine kindredship amoungst her hero and heroine; all the while making it believable I did however wish Whitcomb had devoted pages to the romance between Helen and James but the time they did spend together was beautifully writtenThis is not a feel good story it's unapologetically heavy and attempts to send a message It's left up to the reader to decipher what to hold on to and what to walk away with

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