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
To this day, whenever I see dolphins, I think of how L'Engle describe...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
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
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!
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
(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.
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
It doesn't have the heart-stopping action of A Wrinkle in Time or the fantastic settings of A Wind in the Do...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
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
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
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
Dazzles the darkness in my heart
And breaks apart the dusky clouds of night.
The end of all is hinted in the start.
When we are born we bear the seeds of plight;
Around us life and death are torn apart,
Yet a great ring of pure and endless light
Dazzles the darkness in my heart.
It lights the world to my delight,
Infinity is presend in each part.
A loving smile contains all art,
The motes of starlight spark and dart.
A grain of sand holds power and might,
And a great r...more
My teacher in grade seven once pulled me aside and just handed me the book and said, "I want you to read this. You'll like it." I thought it was for some assignment and that she was handing out different books to everyone. But no, she wanted me to read it for other mystical reasons and it's been one of my favourite books of all time. I learned a lot from myself reading about the main character who is 14 and about her grandfather with cancer and the three boys who have crushes on her. I always li...more