Book Reviews, Young Adult

Review: Glass Girl by Laura Anderson Kurk

“Glass Girl is a story of mercy…vast and unending. Delicately powerful.”
-Darby Karchut, author of Finn Finnegan and Griffin Rising

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 Whitmire, and he shows Meg that the best things in life–like falling in love and finding mercy–require uncommon courage.

From young adult author Laura Anderson Kurk comes a heartfelt story with bittersweet intensity and emotional storytelling.
–Back cover of Glass Girl by Laura Anderson Kurk

This book was lovely. The phrase “delicately powerful” definitely describes it. It is not a light topic, but it is written about in a delicate, sensitive way. It is a book about healing. It really just is a sweet story.

The characters are really wonderful. Meg was very relatable, and I liked the theme of how even though she was sweet she was strong. A lot of time sensitive female characters are shown to be week, but Meg definitely was a strong character. I loved that her parents were not perfect. They were well-rounded individuals who both had their own problems. A lot of times in YA fiction the parents are either horrible or perfect. This showed that the parents are human but still good people. I really liked them. Her friends were also great. I really loved Tennyson’s personality and her name! Thannet was one of the sweetest characters that I have read about in a long time. And then there is Henry. Henry is amazing! He is sweet and caring, and basically every heterosexual girl’s dream guy. I loved reading about him. There were a few times that I felt like he wasn’t entirely realistic, because he was just so perfect, but I still loved him.

I was also pleased with the writing style. I am generally a bit hesitant to pick up Christian fiction just because of how preachy it can get. This book was anything but preachy. I really appreciated that. The Christianity was there but it was subtle. It proved a point but in a gentle way.

If you are in the mood for a story that is gently powerful this book is for you. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars.