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
My favorite L'Engle book ever, about the formative summer when Vicky Austin's grandfather is dying and she meets a young marine biology student who teaches her to swim with dolphins. I'm not sure any other YA author has ever come close to L'Engle's complex and intelligent story-telling with the Austin family, which is secure in its wisdom that everyday life is dramatic ...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
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
Before anyone starts throwing stones or even worse missiles, I have to point out that this is not a review, but rather a response. Furthermore, I read this book at the wrong time. Which is NOT code for saying that it's an immature book you could only love if you read it as a child. But really, rather than desiring to avoid abuse, I hate to say why a book that is an abiding favourite for so many friends is one that really didn't work for me.
As a child m ...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!
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
Reviewed more in depth here at the YA/MG book battle
Well, I give this one 4 stars, even if I have some serious issues with some parts of th ...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
Even though A Wrinkle in Time is probably the best written of her children's books, I've always liked Vicky better, and I've always found Adam to be the more crush-wor ...more
It doesn't have the heart-stopping action of A Wrinkle in Time or the fantastic settings of A Wind in the Do ...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.
I ha ...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
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 think I might have also watched the movie and that's what drew me to the book.
If I picked it up again today I would probably finish it in a few hours without batting an eyelid and that's no fun, so I'll keep my 12 year old impression of it... and say it was the most magical read I'd ever had.
Vicky Austin and her family have come to their grandpa's home on an island ...more
The author's talent for lyricism and word usage shines brightly in this book, as does her understanding of love and loss, life and death. It's a story about growing up and discovering who you are, but also learning about other people and seeing them as individuals.
There's little that can be said negatively about this book. If it is seen by some as too harsh of a voyage into reality, I would counter that the ...more
Vicky herself is the strongest piece of this book, as well as the entire series on the Austi ...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
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