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In this bittersweet romance, two teens living decades apart form a bond that will change their lives forever.

Amy is drawn to the misty, mysterious clearing behind her Aunt Mae’s place because it looks like the perfect place to hide from life. A place to block out the pain of her last relationship, to avoid the kids in her new town, to stop dwelling on what her future holds
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Paperback, 228 pages
Published April 12th 2010 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Lale Gurel
Mar 17, 2011 Lale Gurel rated it it was amazing
‘The Clearing’ hooked me from the first page and wouldn’t let me go until the last. A far cry from the usual vampire-infested YA that seems to be most of what’s on offer today, it chronicles the relationship that develops across the ages between Amy, spending her senior year in her great aunt Mae’s small town to escape the memory of an abusive relationship, and Henry, living with his family in their farmhouse where it’s always the summer of 1944.

I liked the very neutral, understated cover; I thi
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Fanny Núñez
Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo :C

Cómo puede la autora hacer esto????? :C

El libro me encantó, me creó unas ansias por seguir leyendo, y Henry me enamoró desde el primer momento <3. Fue un libro que logró ponerme la piel de gallina con las situaciones que pasaron y con cáda página con la que me acercaba al final, sabía que lo que este contendría sería inevitable, pero eso no me impidió conservar la esperanza de un talvez...

Un libro hermoso que nos enseña que el amor es tanto hermoso co
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Cara
Oct 28, 2010 Cara rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: readers who enjoy tragic love stories
Shelves: paranormal, 2010
Now before I write anything else I should mention that though I didn't really enjoy this book I know there are other readers who would. It just isn't my kind of book. Too much tragedy for my liking.

Amy has just gotten out of an abusive relationship and to get away from it all she moves away from Seattle to a small town with her great-aunt Mae. She finds one true friend, named Henry, out in the clearing. The place is odd though. It always has some kind of mist around it and it's hard to go throug
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Milly
Nov 07, 2010 Milly rated it liked it
There’s something so magical and so romantic about time travel especially if it involves two people in love but are separated in two different times and two different worlds. This was what reeled me in to reading this book. In starting this book, I have envisioned it turning similarly alike to the movies such as Lakehouse or Tuck Everlasting. Unfortunately, I might have had my expectations too high because the conclusion of this book was confusing and just did not make sense to me. I wish that t ...more
Chelsea
I liked this one (probably a 4, but not a 5) right up until the end. The story was well paced, the characters were likable and had some depth, and I liked the family relationships that were featured alongside the central romance. And I'm sucker for time travel books in general, so there was that too.

But the last 3 pages killed it for me - not the ending itself, which I don't want to spoil, because that made sense and I even liked the way it tied back into the new present. But when Davis tried to
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Tiana Dalichov
Disclaimer: Very few books that I've read in my lifetime have been able to make me shed tears (TFioS, Marley and Me, Clockwork Princess). None of those live up to the emotional turmoil I'm experiencing right now because of this book.

THE CLEARING had me bawling my eyes out. Literally sobbing in my bed, curled around my body pillow and just begging for someone to hold me and make the feels go away. That is how touching, how very real this book was for me.

From the first page I fell in love with D
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Bethany
May 01, 2016 Bethany rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I absolutely love this book even the second time around.
Fatima
Dec 04, 2014 Fatima rated it liked it
3.5/5 Este es un romance agridulce, donde dos adolescentes viven en décadas muy aparte con un vínculo que cambiará sus vidas para siempre. Amy es atraída a la niebla misteriosa que se encuentra de atrás de la casa de su Tia Mae, ya que para ella es el lugar perfecto para esconderse de la vida. Un lugar donde podrá bloquear el dolor de su última relación, para evitar los adolescentes de su nueva ciudad, para poner un paro y pensar en lo qué futuro le puede deparar luego de la secundaria. Entonces ...more
Kristi
Jul 24, 2010 Kristi rated it it was ok
I gave this novel a three star rating however, a two and half star rating would better reflect my feelings.

This story just didn't have much going for it. The Clearing was beautifully told and the Amy and Henry's relationship was particularly compelling, unfortunately those were the only aspects that the story that made a lasting impression.

Amy & Henry's relationship is the one thing that 'made' this story for me. Watching their relationship grow and evolve, the choices they ultimately had to
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Lesley for TeensReadToo.com

Amy has moved in with her Great Aunt to get away from her abusive relationship with her ex-boyfriend, Matt. Now living in the middle of nowhere, Amy is having to make new friends and start over at a new high school. She finds it difficult leaving the past behind and letting her guard down with her new friends.

Seeking comfort from everything that's going on around her, she sees a misty clearing behind her Aunt's house. When she crosses the other side she mee
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Evening Iwanowicz
May 15, 2014 Evening Iwanowicz rated it it was ok
I began this book and feel in love with the story. However, the ending quite frankly (excuse my language) sucked. It ended on a very, very bleak note that was told to you as if it was the best thing that could have ever happened. Don't bother reading this book it is disappointing and you are better off reading something that will enhance your analytical mind anyway.
Abby
Mar 26, 2013 Abby rated it really liked it
The Clearing is a love story between a couple in two different ages. Amy moves in with her Great Aunt Mae to get away and forget about the abusive relationship she had with her ex. While staying with Mae she goes to a clearing which takes her to 1944 where she meets Henry. Perfect, country boy, gentlmenly, Henry. Mmm. I think I fell for him. The moment he called her sweetheart I was just..done. My heart exploded. I need me a man like that. :P Anyways, as they start to fall inlove the time pocket ...more
Crystal
Nov 06, 2011 Crystal rated it it was amazing
This book was one of the best that I have read. Though quite short this book deals with a girl's life in the present and a boy's life from the past. A teenage girl who wishes for a different life, and a guy from the year of 1944 who is stuck in that time. Unless he goes through The Clearing. The clearing that seperates the past from the present, although the boy can't leave his timeline. The girl who eventually meets the boy becomes friendly with him but doesn't know about what time he is from, ...more
Kaitlyn Amira
Oct 06, 2010 Kaitlyn Amira rated it liked it
16-year-old Amy is trying to escape from an abusive relationship. She goes to live with her Aunt May in the country, and while throwing sticks for her German Shepherd, Katie, she discovers a clearing shrouded in fog. When Amy teps through the fog, she is in an endless summer of 1944, and there she meets Henry, an 18 year old, very sweet boy.

I found this book fun to read, but some apects of it were kind of flat. The romance that does, of course, develop between Amy and Henry happens a little bit
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Meredith
I opened this book with high hopes. I tend to be a sucker for YA romances, particularly those with a paranormal slant. However, given the supersaturation of the YA market with paranormal romances right now, I ought to have read this with more realistic expectations.

You have probably read this book before. A first-person heroine with very few distinctive character traits, talents, or goals. A new start in a new town at a new school. A feeling of detachment from her classmates and a failure to fin
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Danielle
Jul 11, 2011 Danielle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
In this bittersweet romance, two teens living decades apart form a bond that will change their lives forever.

Amy is drawn to the misty, mysterious clearing behind her Aunt Mae’s place because it looks like the perfect place to hide from life. A place to block out the pain of her last relationship, to avoid the kids in her new town, to stop dwelling on what her future holds after high school.

Then, she meets a boy lurking in the mist—Henry. Henry is different from any other guy Amy has ever know
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Misha
I did enjoy this book and there were a number of parts compelled me to read further when I knew I should be revising, but overall there was something a little flat about it.
I have given this book 2.5 stars for the premise and for Henry. With Henry I could see exactly why he wanted to stay within a certain time: his fear for his mum and the fear of being carted off to war. He had a number of sides and depth.
However, then there was Amy. Whilst she was likeable enough, I felt like she had no dept
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Kate McMurry
Poignant YA romance

Escaping from the aftermath of a bad relationship in which her boyfriend Matt verbally and physically abused her, teenager Amy chooses to start her senior year at a country school and live with her great aunt in a single-wide trailer. Even though it is Amy's idea to move there, she is hurt that her mother and stepfather don't put up much of a fuss about it, and she's depressed that she's left behind all her friends. In her new town, she feels alienated and unwilling to be open
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Dani
Jun 20, 2010 Dani rated it really liked it
This book is a 3.5 or a 4 star.

I love anything about the second world war, and I am a sucker for romances. At first I wished there would be more "passion" between Henry and Amy, then I realized that's what kept the story so innocent.

THe theory of this story was AMAZING and the despereation I felt when I realized Henry was stuck in his world like he was, made me realize how great of a writer Davis is.
What did let me down was the lack of character in the characters. I felt like they were too
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Lucy
Feb 03, 2013 Lucy rated it it was amazing
Oh god, this book was great! All 228 pages of it (or well 100% on my Kindle but it sounded weird that way). I began skeptical because already a couple of pages in I was bored and I had long ago decided that I need to enjoy a book from the beginning to not put myself through a book that will turn out boring. I WAS WRONGGG. Okay, yes the beginning was a tad boring but you start catching little details (none of what I'll say because I want other people to see the foreshadowing for themselves) and t ...more
Lisa
Aug 20, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: y-a
I was surprised by this one. I bought it on impulse because I thought the cover was simple and pretty. I read it in one sitting. It was a quick read but oh how I loved it.

It had all the important things. Interesting plot, originality, likeable character you care about and good writing.

It was a haunting, strange story. It was about a girl who meets a boy. She really likes him, he really likes her. But he isn't from her time. He is from the past. When she goes into a clearing close to her house,
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Lauren
May 01, 2011 Lauren rated it really liked it
Summary: Amy is recovering from an abusive relationship and has just moved in with her Aunt Mae, who lives in the middle of nowhere.
Henry prayed one horrible night for things to stay the way they were, and now he and his family are stuck in a time loop, unable to walk beyond the mist that surrounds their property.
When Amy and Henry meet, they find comfort in each other. Will comfort turn into something more…?

My thoughts: The Clearing is a sweet little love story with a creative time-bending twis
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JG (The Introverted Reader)
Amy doesn't have a whole lot going for her in Seattle. She's just come out of a disastrous relationship and her friends don't believe her when she tells them how bad it was for her. She decides to try to get a fresh start by moving in with her great-aunt Mae in a little town called Rockville. Amy's been hurt so badly that it's hard for her to open up enough to even make friends. When she's out throwing sticks for the dog one day, Amy notices a band of fog at the back of the property that never g ...more
Hannah Fiore
Jun 28, 2015 Hannah Fiore rated it liked it
Shelves: teen-trash
I give it three stars because it was fast-paced and engaging, and I was waiting to see what would happen to the characters at the end. But it verged waaay to close to Twilight territory at some points. The main character, Amy, has four boys after her over the course of the book, three simultaneously. Though she has a little more personality than Bella Swan, she's still rather annoying. She likes to randomly run out of rooms and buildings when she's upset, which is a lot. Many of the characters p ...more
İrem Toprak
Dec 23, 2015 İrem Toprak rated it it was ok
Actually 2.5/5, but I had to rate an even number, so 2 stars.

I literally just finished the book and I didn't like the ending, not at all.

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Peggy
Mar 29, 2010 Peggy rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading this YA book.It had a different twist to it....told in alternating first and third person by chapter.It is a combination of time travel fantasy, old fashion courting and modern day high relationships and extra-curicular activities.I liked the main character Amy and her willingness to go out of her comfort zone to try and improve herself and her willingness to be open to a new living situation and new high school.
Brooke Moss
Jun 06, 2011 Brooke Moss rated it it was amazing
Again.....not a YA reader. Bought this one, because it's haunting storyline captured me at a book signing. And I wasn't disappointed. Heather has a bright future as an author. She is poigniant and emotional and is capable of making you believe in things that don't really exist.
Ana Karina
May 10, 2014 Ana Karina rated it liked it
Oh my god I just read this book and I just love God. I really do not disappoint at all. I wonder why boys can not exist as Henry.love this book definitely
Kamila Wiklanski
Nov 19, 2015 Kamila Wiklanski rated it liked it
I was very dissapointed with this book. It's about a girl named Amy and she is staying at her Aunt Mae's house. She soon finds mist and then the whole book started going down from there. She meets this one boy named Henry across the mist but it doesn't say anything how the summary in the back said it was. I was really drawn to the summary, it sounded so unique and very amazing. But there was just something about it that couldn't capture me into the story.

The writing was well done and I liked the
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Nicole
Jan 25, 2015 Nicole rated it it was amazing
I LOVED the Clearing! It was so cute and endearing to read. It was a very quick page turner! I started reading around 8:30 and was finished at midnight. Just one of those books I couldn't put down. I guess that makes me a book nerd! In all seriousness though: some young adult fiction is just too cheesy or the stories turn out to be the same over and over again. I really liked the Clearing! It was like a less intense version of the Time Travelers Wife for me. Definitely worth a read if you're loo ...more
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Heather Davis is an award-winning young adult author based in the Pacific Northwest. With a touch of the paranormal, her stories center around ordinary people in extraordinary situations and explore the nature of love and life.

She’s most comfortable crafting stories with a pen in her hand and rain pounding against the windows, but you will find her writing anywhere she goes.
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“Time is one thing you should pay attention to. One day, you'll find there's never enough of it.” 34 likes
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