Glimmer by Phoebe Kitanidis was a strange book, and I mean that in a good way. I love magical realism, but hardly ever read it because I don't think a lot of people know how to write it, and it's also an emerging genre. Think Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma, a fantastically written magical realism.
I have to say that I read Glimmer quickly; not as quick as I usually can, but when I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it. I would read it until I had problems keeping my eyes open. I just HAD to know what was happening to Elyse, Marshall, and Summer Falls.
DUDES, Summer Falls was so weird! I was CREEPED OUT by the people always falling into heatnaps and everybody exclaiming Summer Falls was paradise! I wanted to get out of that town as soon as possible. It's a seriously creepy town, yo. I think because of its creepiness I was cheering for Elyse and Marshall to save the town.
Now, the good parts outweigh the horrible parts for me, but I have to say what the horrible parts for me is. In the description, it says Marshall and Elyse fall in love and omg, there is zero chemistry between them. NONE. I never wanted them to kiss, or do anything of that sort. It didn't make me mad when they did kiss, but idk, maybe they would have been better off as friends instead of lovers.
Also, Elyse calls herself a slut and then somebody else does and THAT IS THE WORST WORD EVER. Like, I don't even get offended when people cuss or even use those words as insults, but once "slut" and "whore" are thrown around I want to beat my head against a door. And I absolutely hate it when people are slut-shamed. And Elyse isn't exactly slut-shamed, but it still made me so mad I had to set the book down for HOURS until I could manage to bring myself back to reading the book.
However, like I said, the good outweigh the bad. I LOVED the ending, when everything came together. I so did not guess it coming, but I also wasn't that shocked, so it's not a HUGE plot twisty ending. But it's still wicked awesome. And I do recommend this book, especially for those who like magical realism and ghosts! I will say for those who do read this book to keep an open mind. Just because it's confusing doesn't mean it isn't fantastic. <3 Take a risk, not everything in life is explained! So why should it be in books?