Monday, January 18, 2010

A Certain Slant of Light- Laura Whitcomb

 A Certain Slant of Light
This book has one of those plots that you think, ‘Now there is no WAY that could be bad.’

And you would be right, because this was bloody amazing, just as I expected it to be.


And the plot, you ask?

Ah, it begins with the tale of a ghost who no one can see. She follows around people and tries to be their muse, but of course they can’t see her, so she’s not sure it’s working.

Then one day, a boy looks at her.

Do not forget that no one can see her.

But James, he can, because see, he is also a ghost, only he’s inhabiting the body of a living boy whose soul is wandering outside somewhere.

And the more Helen, as the first ghost is called, is around James, the more she likes him. And the more she wants to further their relationship, though they cannot really touch.

So she finds a body to inhabit.

But this has unforeseen consequences.

It turns out that ‘Jenny’ left her body because she is the daughter of strict religious zealots who are basically killing her soul, and now she's so sad she can't stand to stay in her own body.

And James’ host, Billy, was a drug addict. He overdosed. Whoops.

And those two types of people tend to have differences.

Even though James and Helen are in love, they have to deal with all the issues that materialize through their meanderings in others’ lives.

But the big question is, why are they ghosts? And how can they move on?

Perhaps with the help of Jenny and Billy, they will find a way.


This is the kind of book that would appeal to a lot of people. The bodies Helen and James inhabit are teenagers, but Helen and James themselves are not. So even if you are not a teenager (which I am not, though I sometimes pretend to be), you can relate to this book. It actually helped me through a rough time in my life (most of my life happens to be 'a rough time,' so anything that can help is very much appreciated).

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