Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Teen Reads Week: Clarity

by:  Kim Harrington
published by:  Scholastic Point
publish date:  March 1, 2011

Clarity "Clare" Fern sees things. Things no one else can see. Things like stolen kisses and long-buried secrets. All she has to do is touch a certain object, and the visions come to her. It's a gift.

And a curse.

When a teenage girl is found murdered, Clare's ex-boyfriend wants her to help solve the case - but Clare is still furious at the cheating jerk. Then Clare's brother - who has supernatural gifts of his own - becomes the prime suspect, and Clare can no longer look away. Teaming up with Gabriel, the smoldering son of the new detective, Clare must venture into the depths of fear, revenge, and lust in order to track the killer. But will her sight fail her just when she needs it most?

I thought this book was going to be a paranormal book, but it wasn't really.  It was more of a YA murder mystery with a little bit of the supernatural thrown in.  In that way it surprised me, but in a good way. 

I thought this was a great book for teens.  It had a little bit of sex drama, but nothing worse than they would see on network television.  Other than that it was well written and well laid out.  I thought the writer captured the teen vernacular well without getting too ridiculous as some writers tend to do.

I can't wait to read more from Kim Harrington in the future. 

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