A Ring of Endless Light (Austin Family #5)
After a tumultuous year in New York City, the Austins are spending the summer on the small island where their grandfather lives. He’s very sick, and watching his condition deteriorate as the summer passes is almost more than Vicky can bear. To complicate matters, she finds herself as the center of attention for three very different boys.
Zachary Grey, the troubled and reck...more
I think all developing adolescents should read this book and all its accompanying ones, if only to see that there is more out there than either com...more
That being said, I still love this book. Vicky is wrestling with the problem of evil, particularly in terms of death, and she's also learning about burdens and what a person should or should not ask another person to...more
Vicky Austin goes to her grandfather’s house on Seven Bay Island. Each day, her grandfather only seems to grow weaker from Leukemia. The book begins with the Austin’s family friend Commander Rodney’s funeral. There, she meets her older brother’s friend Adam, who she thinks she likes. She wor...more
Although there are some deep elements to the theme, the major over riding focus of the plot is about Vicky Austin's relationship with three young men. The boys are very different from each other, and although she likes all three...more
Needless to say, I caught on when I realized that the books really weren't speaking to me like the others were...and I quietly returned this one back to the library and saw that I was the only dude to read the book for the past decade...
A good read nonetheless!
I really did like this, which is about all I remembered from having read it before (other than a little bit about Adam and the dolphins). Adam was great and I love the growing up that Vicky has done over the course of the last few books and everything with the dolphins and Vicky's relationship with her grandfather. As much as I am not in...more
(view spoiler)[To start, can I just say:
"You called me."
"And I came."
I'm also going to say that I will not be able to be objective about this book. It's such formative reading for me.
I am reminded of how much I adore Adam Eddington and have always hated Zachary Gray. Zach with his insistence on trying to get everyone around him to shoulder his burdens and his inherent selfishness.
I love Basil and Co. They're pretty excellent.
There is a part of the...more
This has been on my mental "to read" list for awhile. Sometimes, it's mistakenly placed in the "Time" series of L'Engle but this book has to do with the Austin family and not the O'Keefes, although Dr. O'Keefe is mentioned in this book. Fortunately, it doesn't rely on the other books in the Austin series so I was able to read it as a "stand alone" book.
The book centers around Vicki, who is spending the summer on the island where her grandfather lives. He is dying of Leukem...more
There's something about looking up at the stars that makes it easier to look at your problems clearly. The vastness of the ocean pulls me in and lets the words spring to my mind.
I think everyone when they were little dreamed of swimming in the ocean along with all of the sea animals. Adams' project with the dolphins brings back a little bit of my childhood, and the results end up speaking to me as an author and songwriter. I've always been obsessed with the different ways that different people...more
Vicky Austin and her family have come to their grandpa's home on an island...more
Vicky herself is the strongest piece of this book, as well as the entire series on the Austi...more
Surprisingly, I never picked up A Ring of Endless Light until college. My sister read it for school and told me that it was a fellow Vicky Austin novel and was surprised I had not y...more
The back of the book and the first few chapters it seemed like a realistic fiction coming of age/teen romance (yuck-in my opinion). I was irritated about the 3 boys interested in the 15 year old girl. And I felt that she had to make too many decisions about intimacy that I think girls of...more
However, from what I remember, I think she paints the Austins as a perfect family, which doesn't exist. Also, though this is not at all a "naughty" romance novel, and more of a young-adult book (although the main character's three prospective love interests are a big subject), I wanted to use this to comment on the subject of romance in reading. A sermon on sexual purity (by Bob at ECC) let me know that even the Christia...more
Honestly, I don't know how anyone can like this book unless they find picture-perfect, saccharine families and neat answers appealing. Vicky is the most understanding and emotionally and psychologically a...more
I probably would have looooved this book when I was about 11. The reasons for this are twofold. First of all, it's packed to the brim with adolescent wish fulfillment that would thrill a tween or young teenager, but bores the life out of an older person. The ma...more
Things that bothered me:
1) The cluelessness of the female protagonist, who lamented her lack of looks yet managed to snare three boys in one summer and string them all along for a while, going from one date to another, sometimes within the same d...more
A Ring of Endless Light - the fourth in the Austin series by L'Engle. (I have been re-reading my L'Engle collection this winter, sort of randomly. I see that i missed the third in this series reading this time around -i'm going to have to go fill in holes.) Re-reading is an interesting thing - the best books are still fresh and have new meaning when you go back to it.
This book is reall...more