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
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
I think all developling adolescents should read this book and all the surrounding ones, if only to see that there is more out there than either com...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!
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
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 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
And in the middle of all this, to keep you interested, the narrator, Vicky Austen, not quite sixteen, is being courted by three young men. Which will she en...more
I liked this book. It...more
In this brilliant installment in the Austins series, Vicky and her family are spending most of her summer on the island where her grandfather lives. As she watches her dear grandpa's condition deteriorate, she begins to wonder how the world can even contain life when there is s...more
This is one of the darker books L'Engle has written -- which is why I'm gifting it to a sister who just attended her first wake and sickbed. I can't imagine a better way to grapple, like protagonist Vicky Austin does, with the Big Questions in life, than to a backdrop of beach, dolphins, love, poetry, and philosophy.
That said, if you read it in one big bl...more