Books Review

Review: Clarity by Kim Harrington

March 26, 2011

I have been wanting to read Clarity for a while, but never seemed to be able to get to it prior to its release earlier this month. The synopsis made me think of Kimberly Derting’s The Body Finder, but in a good way. It also gave me a small impression of Veronica Mars, a TV show and character I love dearly. This book had to be great, right? Well, it is. A few days ago, I tweeted that reading Andrea Cremer’s Wolfsbane was like watching an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which was a compliment in its highest form. Reading Clarity was like watching an episode of Veronica Mars. A really, really good episode.

Now, before I make you all think that Ms. Harrington’s debut is unoriginal, it is far from that. She has written such an engaging, funny, dramatic, and extremely well-written story. The dialogue is fluid and believable, while the descriptions leave nothing to be desired. Her characters are refreshing and likeable. Although some of the side characters come across as stereotypical, their actions are somewhat believable, especially in regards to how they bully Clare.

Speaking of Clare, she makes a great narrator. She’s funny, insightful, and believable. Some of her assumptions are formed quickly, which made me stop and scratch my head, but at the same time, they’re pretty logical, especially given she’s a teen and, let’s face it, teens can be rash. Still, I really like how the focus wasn’t so much on her psychic skill as it was how she uses it. Her loyalty to her family is admirable and she comes across as an extremely likeable person. Not to overuse the comparison, but Clare’s wit and determination reminds me of Veronica Mars’. 🙂

I had heard the romance in the story appears in the form of a love rectangle, which I found intriguing. Personally, I didn’t really see it. I saw it as a love triangle, and a rather good one at that. I’m usually not a fan of triangles, but Ms. Harrington makes it work. I really want Clare and Gabriel to end up together, though. They ooze romantic chemistry. Just sayin’.

The “who dun it” aspect of the story plays out well and concludes rather nicely. Because Clare is such a likeable character, readers will come to the truth along with her, which makes reading the book all the more enjoyable and fun.

All in all, I loved this book. Everything from Ms. Harrington’s writing to the romance pleased me and I cannot wait for the sequel. If you haven’t read this yet, you’ll want to soon. Today, in fact. 🙂 It’s a quick, but thoroughly enjoyable book.

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    Jacinda (The Reading Housewives)
    March 26, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    I’ve never seen Veronica Mars, but now that you mentioned it the blurb did remind me of The Body Finder a bit. I didn’t have a Team yet for this book…weird for me, I’m still on the fence! Great review!

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    Casey (The Bookish Type)
    March 26, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    I agree — Clare was a fabulous character in a fabulous debut! I kind of thought the rectangle included Nate? Or maybe that was just all the “best-friend-turned-lover” stories influencing my brain LOL I’m a Gabriel fan too – sexxxay!

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    Jamie - I'm a guy, btw
    March 28, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    I have never watched Veronica Mars **ducks for flying objects** but I hear it was great, so I may have to. And I love the cover of this book–that alone makes me wanna read it, so your great review only fuels the flame. Thanks DJ!

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