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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Perfection Learning (1 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756963915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756963910
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13.8 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,524,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Whitcomb writes with a grace that befits Helen's more modulated world while depicting contemporary society with sharp insight. In the subgenre of dead-narrator tales, this book shows the engaging possibilities of immortality-complete with a twist at the end that wholly satisfies." --School Library Journal School Library Journal"A highly senual, supernatural story of two spirits caught in purgatory. . . . Mesmerizing." --Publishers Weekly Publishers Weekly"Whitcomb is generous with atmospheric detail . . . and she creatively pulls together a dramatic and compelling plot that cleverly grants rebellious teen romance a timeless grandeur." --The Bulletin Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"[An] original, opinionated, sexy, and romantic novel of the afterlife." --Horn Book Horn Book"Whitcomb writes beautifully . . . this will be irresistible to teens." --Booklist Booklist, ALA --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Laura Whitcomb grew up in Pasadena, California where she lived in a mildly haunted house for 12 years. She has taught English in California and Hawaii. The winner of three Kay Snow Writing Awards, she was once runner up in the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction contest for the best first sentence of the worst science fiction novel never written. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her dog Maximus.
 
 
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148 of 153 people found the following review helpful By Whimsical Witch on 31 Aug. 2006
Format: Paperback
I bought this book because it was recomended to people that read & loved "Twilight" by Steph. Meyer. I loved it from the first page, for a first novel L.W. does an absolute splendid job. Her style of arranging words are amazing, elegant and very very clever!

The story tells of the remarkable relationship that springs between two ghosts (or Light). One who inhabits a boy's body (protecting it untill the boy's own soul returns) and one that has been haunting people for over 130 years. Against all odds they fall in love and Helen, who is still just a ghost decides to save a body as well, to be with James. When she does so, she not only get to taste apples for the first time in 130 years, but she also gets to taste the sweet & intoxicating juices of passion and love. James & Helen spend every possible moment together in their new bodies. But their host's lifes are not perfect, and they struggle to cope with everyday life. On top of this they are both trying to find out why God has not let them into heaven yet. What terrible crime did they do to deserve centuries on earth as Light?

It's a passionate story, filled with the true love of eras long gone, but with the snap of life in 2006. I recomend this book for older teens. It does have sexual contet (allthough all *very* tastefully written, and leaves most to imagination). People from age 16 and above (to 100yrs) will love this book. A great great read!!!!
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Shana Lawlor on 2 May 2006
Format: Paperback
Helen is a Light, a ghost. She haunts hosts, the living known as the Quick. She never strays too far away, for if she does, she feels the cold hand of her death coming to claim her. She does not know why she has not reached heaven, but feels that she has done something terrible. Because of her long love of literature Helen clings to poets, writers and playwrights, anyone who shares her love of literature. Helen's current host is Mr. Brown, a high school English teacher. Helen hovers over his shoulder whispering helpful hints in his ear and giving him inspiration.

One day, whilst in one of Mr. Brown's classes, something amazing happens. Someone sees her for the first time in 150 years. The Quick, is a boy, one of Mr. Browns students. Helen is terrified but intrigued. How did this young man see her? So begins her relationship with James. James is a Light, inhabiting the empty body of a Quick. Helen is the only other Light he has seen. Helen is so enthralled with James that she takes James as her new host. James tells her that the spirits of some of the Quick have left their bodies and the bodies are empty vessals waiting for someone to inhabit them. So Helen decides to take a body so that she can taste, feel, read, breathe and be alive again. And also to be with James.

Helen takes the body of a young girl in James' school. Finally after so long, Helen is alive again and with someone who cares about her, James. But Helen also sees flashes of her life, as does James. And they come to realise why their bodies spirits left. They both must face their deaths, and deal with the shambles of their bodies lives. But they have each other.

This was an enjoyable book. It had a unique story and heartwarming characters trying to find each other and themselves. For Laura Whitcombs' first novel this was a great success.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Crosland on 26 Dec. 2009
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I love this book. I loved it so much, I read it six times cover to cover! Then I kept quoting it and was forced to lend it to my friend, who immediately went out and bought her own copy. After a few weeks of us going "James! I love James!" or "Billy! I want Billy!" most of the school was alerted to the greatness of this debut novel. And now for an analysis of the text...

Helen is a ghost, Light, dead for over a century. Attatched to a schoolteacher, she happily haunts the world. Untill, that is, she is seen. Helen becomes fasinated by this child, his body called Billy, his soul James. James is akin to Helen. He too is dead. He borrowed Billy's body when Billy's spirit wandered too far from it. Helen becomes smitten with James and agrees to also 'save' a body. They start a search and stumble upon Jenny, a once creative girl who has had her aspirations crushed by her strictly religious family. Helen decides to occupy the body to be with James completly, but complications arise...

The first chapter is a little slow but bear with it and you will have a story you wll never forget.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 29 April 2009
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It's not often that I like a book more for its writing style then the storyline, but with A Certain Slant of Light, the writing was incredible.

The elegant prose wrapped around me, dissolving the outside world and slipped me into the world of Helen and James as if I too was a light.

The story itself is beautiful and touching. The book is about teenagers but it is not a typical teen read. The issues faced in the book are perhaps better suited to adults but does not alienate the younger readers.

Issues of drugs, religion, sex, family relations and more are dealt with in a mature way as the main characters, although in teenage bodies, are adults themselves.

A Certain Slant of Light took me mere hours to read but the story will stay with me long after it has been shelved on my bookcase. If you are in doubt of whether you should buy this book or not, please take my recommendation - this book is beautiful, brilliant and unforgettable.
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