Absolute brightness: The mystery of Leonard Pelkey.
This is the story of a luminous force of nature: a boy who encounters evil and whose magic isn't truly felt until he disappears.
Phoebe isn't your normal spoiled emo "average teenager" she is herself, besides her colorful hair Phoebe is pretty boring and normal. She's not use to change and she's still adjusting to her families divorce. When her cousin, Leonard, comes to live with her she's clearly bugged and hates him.
As a teenager you can relate a lot to Phoebe, because when your in her mind you...more
It was just the three of them, mom who runs a beauty salon called “Hair Today”, Deidre – the gorgeous older sister who turns heads as she walks down the street, and Phoebe – the spiky fuchsia haired 9th grader who loves to read and wants life to just be normal. And then there was Leonard – who shows up on their doorstep, their 14 year old cousin who was wearing Capri pants (pink and lime green plaid) a too-small T-shirt, and a pair of shoes that were more lik...more
ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS does have quite a bit in common with those novels, although it is the only one of the three in which the crime is solved. In fact, the novel is almost too neat. No story dealing with subjects as murky and messy as gay bashing, pedophilia/ephebophila, murder, and the death penalty should be that...more
Yet, while some characters receive lengthy descriptions, other characters, even those more important to the story aren't given the same treatment. At one point towards the end, a...more
Leonard Pelkey comes to live with his cousin, Phoebe, upon the death of his mother. Having never met Leonard, Phoebe has no idea what to expect. Leonard arrives packing all of his obvious flamboyance in tow. Though he never actually admits to being gay, his clothing, sense of style and fashion, love of wom...more
Thank you for writing Absolute Brightness.
life is complex, life has many many levels... We don't always get to choose our focus. We have all been hurt, or been abused, or been ignored, or been in love, or been infatuated, or been thought of as "less-than", or been confused, or been unsure, or been mean, or been misunderstood or have been loved, or have been deeply appreciated...
And many of have experienced a multitude of experience, of sensation at the same time... This story spea...more
First off, I just have to say this. I love the cover! And the title is awesome (once you have finished the book).
The main character is a fifteen year old girl who matures through the book into a seventeen year old. It was a entertaining read; it was funny, sad, and serious all at the same time. This book made me cry.:)
Unfortunately, some parts of it were very predicatble. Some of this was balanced by surprises, but not totally. Overall a good summer read, a very respectable and worth-reading t...more
It's not really YA. If you made the MC a college student rather than a high school student, I think it would have worked better. Also cut out about a hundred or so pages and most of the various character back story. In fact with the amount of back story you do get I am annoyed (?) that I still don't understand some of the characters motivations behind their actions. I get that you're not really supposed to understand the murder because...more
Things I disliked about this book: I like to think our world isn't as terrible a place as the author made it out to be. I also wish the author didn't feel forced to make Leonard disappear in order for the people to appreciate him (besides the old salon ladies). Additionally, this book was way too long. The author was trying to tackle too...more
It might have been better as 2 novels- one about Leonard and one about the subsequent trial. The protagonist feels like two different c...more
This book showed me...more
From the beginning I tended to question Leonard the same way Phoebe did:
Why did insist on remaking people?
Why did he say nothing about Phoebe?
And what was with his look?
No doubt I came to love Leonard an just how odd he was but I couldn't help wonder why he did the things he did. And by the point wen he went missing I began to really panic and by the time it said he died I ended up balling my eyes out because he really was just that person you just can't help l...more
The character that drove the plot of this story was great. I found him to be so full out life that you never wanted it to end. This character is like so many young boys today who are told as they grow up, to be themselves. But as they grow up, and still with that same idea, they start to see that the world doesn't always a...more