Recently, when my family went on our trip to Montana, I read Glass Girl by Laura Anderson Kurk. This beautiful work of YA fiction drew me into Meg Kavanaugh’s world of Chapin, Wyoming; and I couldn’t stop reading until, in one day (and lots of traffic later), I reached the end.
My Rating: Four and a Half Robert Frost Poems Out of Five
Back Cover Blurb (Taken from Amazon)
The ice cold fear I’d felt, not knowing if Wyatt was alive, pressed into the wall with other girls and surrounded by guys who were unspeakably brave, hit my body again in a wave. This was trauma—the gift that keeps on giving.
When Meg Kavanagh finds herself in the unthinkable role of grieving sister, she discovers some harsh truths—parents aren’t perfect, life’s not always sweet, and the dead don’t write back. Her famous artist mom grieves by slowly disappearing, and her dad copes by moving them to a small town in Wyoming.
What she finds in Wyoming blindsides her.
His name is Henry, and he shows Meg that the best things in life—like falling in love and finding mercy—require uncommon courage.
What I Loved
Meg. Meg, our glass girl, is one of my favorite MCs in all of YA literature. She’s so broken, and yet she’s trying to put herself together. She’s so weak, and yet she’s so strong. Meg is just…. Amazing. And I beg you to read the book so you can get to know her.
The setting of Chapin, Wyoming. Not many YA novels are set in beautiful Wyoming (this is the first book I’ve read with Wyoming as its setting), but Glass Girl just so happened to be surrounded with cowboys in trucks and barns full of horses and sunsets in a never ending sky. Even when I closed the book, I could picture the Wyoming setting and wished I could go to Chapin with Henry and Meg.
All the little flashbacks. The author skillfully added a bunch of flashbacks from Meg and Wyatt’s life in Pittsburgh before (*spoilers*) happened. The flashbacks breathed more life to Meg and her family, more depth, and they made my heart ache even more.
Mercy and grief. Love and loss. The themes of this book are delivered softly and sweetly, in the best way, little by little. Meg is relatable, and her story is one that I’m sure will touch many hearts.
What I Didn’t Love
Some of the content. I disliked some of the content (such as Tennyson’s antics). Content-wise, I would recommend Glass Girl for readers 13 and up.
The fact that the book had to end. I wish Meg’s story could have gone on FOREVER.
I loved Glass Girl and would recommend it to anyone who loves YA fiction. This is a book that will never get old, and I will continue to flip back to my favorite parts. =)
About The Author
Laura Anderson Kurk writes contemporary books for young adults, a genre that gives her the freedom to be honest. Her debut novel, Glass Girl, is an unconventional and bittersweet love story, and its sequel, Perfect Glass, makes long distance love look possible.
She lives in Texas with her family.
Laura blogs at Writing for Young Adults (laurakurk.com). On Twitter, she’s @LauraKurk.
Have you read Glass Girl? What is one of your favorite book settings? Have you been to Wyoming? If so, TELL ME ALL ABOUT IT. What are your thoughts on flashbacks in novels? ISN’T THE COVER GORGEOUS?!?! Let’s chat!