Saturday, May 16, 2009

A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb

Wow! This book stayed with me for days after reading it! I'm not even sure how to give you a synopsis because the plot line is so different from anything I've ever read! I'll give it a try, but trust me when I say that it is an orginal and amazing plot line:

Helen is a ghost, or "Light" as she calls it. She's been in this dimension for so long, she can't remember what her life was like before she was Light. Her anchor to the human world is through her "host", Mr. Brown, and modern-day English teacher at a midwestern high school. Helen is not sure how she selects her hosts, but she thinks it has to do with her love of literature, since each host has had a connection to the literary world. Helen enjoys her quiet, simple existence, reading novels over students' shoulders, doing her best to inspire Mr. Brown to write his own literary work, but everything changes when she feels the eyes of a student upon her; watching her. It has been hundreds of years since Helen has been seen, and this high school boy is not a normal boy. James, or Billy as he's known to his human friends, used to be Light, and Helen quickly learns that she does not have to stay in this realm of existance. James and Helen begin a love affair that transcends the realms of existance we never knew existed. This love story is one of triumph and despair, and takes the reader to a world beyond our comprehension.

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