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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 hold...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published April 12th 2010 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Lale Gurel
‘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...more
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...more
Cara
Oct 28, 2010 Cara rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: readers who enjoy tragic love stories
Shelves: 2010, paranormal
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...more
Milly
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...more
Kristi
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...more
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...more
Evening Iwanowicz
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
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
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
Catalina
I think this book will satisfy any reader- if one prefers romance, or science fiction, etc. You'll like this book.
What can I say about the back story, I love it. Davis doesn't ramble on in the beginning about how sad and depressing it was to be in that abusive relationship. The readers don't need that, we need a story. And that's what she gave us. The setting was magnificent- although I had trouble picturing what Henry's side looked like. The characters- OHMYGOODNESS. Henry Briggs, I wish there...more
Kaitlyn Amira
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...more
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...more
Danielle
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
...more
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...more
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...more
Dani
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...more
Lucy
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 4 of 5 stars
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,...more
Lauren
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...more
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
Peggy
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.
Julissa Batista
Don't judge this book by it's beginning, I didn't like it either. I though it was going to be flat, boring and annoying. But hang in there... it turn out to be cute, innocent, simple and beautiful.

This review and my rating are totally subjective. But I couldn't help it, I cry with this one!... The last book that made me cry was "Me Before You" of Jojo Moyes. Maybe if it wasn't for how it made me feel I would have rated it 4 stars.

And like I said before this book it's simple. Simple to read, simp...more
Brooke Moss
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
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
Kyli
I can't even finish reading this one. I'm giving it 2 stars because the concept is a thought-provoking one with a lot of potential, but the story itself didn't live up to any of that. The characters were, as many others have said, flat and one-dimensional. Amy is particularly boring and her use of the word "freaking" really irritated me, especially since she used it in such an ignorant way in regards to Henry and his old-fashioned way of life.

As far as her experience with her ex-boyfriend, it w...more
Katie
Heather Davis' second novel, The Clearing, was even better than her first and that is saying something because I greatly enjoyed Never Cry Werewolf. The Clearing was such a unique love story and one that I know I will re-read many times in the future.

Amy was a beautiful character. Unlike some characters, she was real. She had many issues that real teens face and I found her very easy to relate to. Sometimes she got on my nerves but she was still a great character. As was Henry. He was so sweet a...more
Alissa Bach
I agree with some reviewers who have already posted here: Stories about Time Travel Romance are becoming more and more popular. I'd even go as far as to predict this genre will become the new Vampire Romance. Maybe. Or maybe it'll be Zombies that take the new top slot as Most Preferred Romance Sub-Genre among YA readers.

I've actually read quite a bit of the Time Travel genre, really liking some while getting bored with others. For example, I didn't really like "Time Traveler's Wife" too much (sh...more
Pricky
(2.5 STARS) Fleeing from her old life, Amy tries to start over in a small town and finds herself escaping to a previous time period in the clearing behind her aunt's home.

As Amy travels between both time periods, I could visualize myself in both places. Davis does a great job of describing both the present day small town life as well as the past 1940's farm life. From the town's corner convenience store to descriptions of apple pie and biscuits, Davis' strength is in her ability to make you feel...more
Barbara Bell
As “The Clearing” opens, we are privy to the main character’s thoughts, and we know that things are not quite right. She lies awake, listening to the sound of late-night TV coming from her mother and step-father’s room. Most of all – at night – she wishes herself to be far, far away. She imagines a life far away from her suburban neighborhood, far away from the green lawns of her high school, but most of all, far away from a guy named Matt and the bruises he left on her arms.

To the reader of Hea...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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