Title: The Life of Glass
Author: Jillian Cantor
Publisher: HarperTeen (February 9, 2010)
14-year-old Melissa’s life has not been easy after the death of her father almost two years ago. Her older and more glamorous sister Ashley pretends they’re not related, their mother is already dating someone new, and Melissa’s best friend Ryan has been acting stupid over the gorgeous new girl, Courtney.The Life Of Glass is an emotional novel that takes readers on a journey, not different from that of glass. Glass is fragile, much like this emotive and powerful novel. The Life of Glass is--both literally and metaphorically--truly forever.
Melissa often turns to her father’s journals, reading them for a sliver of his thoughts and wisdom. But as her freshman year progresses, she begins to learn that people, even those who are dead, can change over time, including herself.
Jillian Cantor instills words and unforgettable metaphors that ultimately help the novel grow as the plot is gently unraveled. The plot is smooth and fluent, and not at all lacking in vital detail. It enhances the utter importance of Melissa's turbulent, yet discovery-filled journey.
The pacing of The Life of Glass is completely perfect and just right. Cantor infuses many things into the novel without overwhelming the reader. Cantor's narration from Melissa's point of view flawlessly captures the essence of the subtle lessons in this touching novel.
In this moving book, Cantor demonstrates, through flawless prose and meaningful and deep characters, that The Life of Glass is truly a novel that will break through the toughest of shells.
The Life of Glass triggers epiphanies and revelations through its extremely powerful words.