Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Clarity (Clarity, #1)” as Want to Read:
Clarity (Clarity, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Clarity (Clarity #1)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  10,246 Ratings  ·  1,097 Reviews
When you can see things others can't, where do you look for the truth?
This paranormal murder mystery will have teens reading on the edge of their seats.

Clarity "Clare" Fern sees things. Things no one else can see. Things like stolen kisses and long-buried secrets. All she has to do is touch a certain object, and the visions come to her. It's a gift.

And a curse.

When a teena
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 246 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Scholastic Point
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Clarity, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

Madesa 1. Because the main dead girl was named Victoria, and the guy she liked had a tattoo of the same name. But it was a name of his sister. A little bit…more1. Because the main dead girl was named Victoria, and the guy she liked had a tattoo of the same name. But it was a name of his sister. A little bit strange premise, and naive to say at least.
2. Because the writer is hooking you into a sequel. Read the sequel, if you liked this. You will know. Or you won't. Still..(less)

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
CLARITY, Or Five Reasons Why You Need To THINK Before You WRITE:

Fail #1: The Big Question of Why a Psychic with a Penis is Popular but a Psychic with Boobs is A Freak:

Both Clare and Perry are psychics. While Clare’s gift lies in psychometry, her brother is a medium. Yes, he talks to dead people. They both give psychic readings to tourists in Eastport. Yet Clare’s brother has friends, gets invited to parties, and scores with the ladies, both tourists and locals. Clare, on the other hand, is alt
Dec 07, 2013 Lora rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: fans of YA paranormal romance and Jordan's Firelight
Hmm . . . I think I'm in the minority here when I say that I didn't like this.

I don't know much about the modus operandi of the law (other than what I've seen on Law & Order, naturally), but since when do police detectives and the mayor enlist the residential psychics to help solve a murder case?
The police have Clare investigate the scene of the crime and have her mother read the minds of a lineup of suspects! WT . . . ? I mean, would their testimony even hold up in a court of law? I realiz
Sep 06, 2016 Martha rated it it was ok
My favorite part of this story is that there's a character named Perry and a sequence in which he is missing and at least four people actually say, "Where's Perry?"

Life was so awesome in these moments.
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
In Eastport, a tourist town on Cape Cod, lives a family of freaks. My family. I’m a psychic. My brother’s a medium. My mother’s a telepath. Tourists love us. Townies scorn us. My name is Clarity “Clare” Fern and my brother is Periwinkle “Perry” Fern. What were our parents thinking?

Clarity ‘Clare’ Fern is a psychic. Her father is long gone and the family earns a living by using their respective talents to entertain tourists. Even though their customers think it’s just harmless fun, the locals k
Nina Life of a Bookworm

Nije nikakva tajna da mi je Algoritam najdraža izdavačka kuća. Izdali su mnogo knjiga koje su mi se ugnijezdile u srce, a upravo su i Algoritmove knjige te koje su me dovele do toga da postanem pravi bookworm. Njihove knjižare sam smatrala drugim domom i maštala o tome kako bih dovukla madrac u njihov dućan i tamo živjela, skrivena među policama xD

Ova knjiga jednostavno me prizvala sama da je primim u ruke i pročitam. Nemam neku posebnu metodu odab
Mar 03, 2011 ~Tina~ rated it it was amazing
Recommended to ~Tina~ by: oliviasbooks
Yeah, I was Claire Fern, tough psychic chick, member of the freak family. But if they stripped all those labels off people might be shocked to find a normal girl beneath. Who doesn’t want to spend her days on the defensive.
Who wants what everyone else wants.
To be loved.

While some are born with talents like singing and art, the Fern family are born with supernatural abilities. Clarity is a psychic, her brother, Perry is a medium and her mom, Starla is telepathic. Together they work at a business,
Karsten Knight
Dec 16, 2010 Karsten Knight rated it it was amazing
I was so mesmerized reading CLARITY that at one point I got off at the wrong bus stop...but it was well worth the longer walk home. Kim Harrington has extracted the best elements from the Paranormal and Whodunnit genres and synthesized them into a fascinating, beachside murder mystery. In addition to the killer story, I absolutely loved the atmospheric world of CLARITY, which has traded the traditional "Everytown, USA" setting for a very real and well-explored Cape Cod. Everything about this ...more
Rating more like 4.5 stars

Favourite Quote: "Listen, I gather you have a problem working with a psychic. Believe me, I don't like working with a jackass any better."

Loved it! Clarity is an awesome debut. It is a hypnotic and intriguing read that I could not get enough of.

Harrington's effortless style makes for entertaining and absorbing read. I love the premise of Clarity. Clare's gift is retcocognitive psychometry - picking up imprints from objects. She uses her gift to help solve the murder o
Apr 24, 2011 Crowinator rated it really liked it
I love teen sleuths. I love teens with paranormal powers. So it’s no wonder that I enjoyed this book combining the two. Yes, the blurb is kind of stupid. I can’t see something like “It’s a gift. And a curse” without thinking of Adrian Monk and snickering; I mean, it’s his trademark line! It’s like trying to use “With great power comes great responsibility” without irony. It can’t be done.

Clarity lives in a Cape Cod island town where tourism is big business, and her family makes their living doin
3.5 stars

When I first picked up Clarity, I thought it would be your typical paranormal read, but it ended up surprising me in so many ways.

Clarity “Clare” Fern had the gift of retrocognitive psychometry, by touching certain objects she can get visions from them; so what a person may be thinking, doing or feeling. It’s both a good and bad thing having them. When her family does readings for tourists it can be good for business (the rest of her family also have a gift, her mother's a psychic and h
Aik Chien 인첸
Clarity "Clare" Fern is a psychic, just like her telepathic mother Starla and medium brother Perry. When a murder takes place at King's Courtyard, a cheap motel in Eastport (her living area), Clarity is determined to find out the truth, more so because her brother is the last person to see the victim alive. What starts out as a seemingly-simple task becomes more deadly when the murder count increases.

Although this book has something to do with paranormal abilities, I didn't find it hard to accep
Dec 13, 2013 Kristi rated it really liked it
Clarity had me from the first Chapter, I mean how intense was that! And then by the second chapter, well Clare had me captivated. I absolutely loved her character. And I must admit, any novel that references the Peach Pit is on my automatic favorites list.

I think I expected this novel to revolve more around Clare's ability, but it was an excellent mix of mystery, paranormal, and romance. I have no complaints what-so-ever, well only that I want more!

This is easily one of my favorites debuts so fa
May 26, 2014 Valentina rated it it was amazing

Relativno nova knjiga, naslovnica obečava, blurb isto odličan, Goodreads kaze visoku srednju ocjenu...rekoh,ajde da i to vidimo!

Na početku,uzmite u obzir da sam ja prerasla te diječje knjigice! I to još prije par godina,nekako s početkom popularnosti NA sam lagano zapostavila YA i odlučila odrasti...napokon (baš me zanima koliko će me dugo ta faza držati...)

Knjiga me iznenadila! I to strašno...

Očekivala sam neku jeftinu teen žvrljotinu,kad ono puf,knjiga čak ima smisla,početak i kr
Nov 28, 2011 Cara rated it liked it
What caught my attention was the premise of this book. I mean how cool (or maybe not cool but handy) would it be to be a part of a paranormal family? Clarity (aka Clare) can see memories through objects, her brother Periwinkle (aka Perry) can talk to the dead, and her mother can read minds. As with all gifts they can be fickle, but they make enough money to get by in the touristic area of Eastport. Things start to get bad when a murder happens in town. Clare is enlisted by her ex-boyfriend to ...more
May 01, 2011 Isamlq rated it liked it
I feel like I’ve just seen one of those made for TV murder-mysteries. With all these little clues pointing to one guy, the protagonist(s) couldn’t help jumping to conclusions. There’s a lot of this jumping-to’s going on. It got a little repetitive in fact: circumstantial evidence points to X, so X must have done it. X cleared. Newly found evidence points to Y, so of course Y is guilty.. and so and so forth. I mean, the authorities were just so easy to lead along! All of that was worth it though ...more
Mar 24, 2011 Kelly rated it really liked it
Clarity, the debut novel by (the confusingly named) Kim Harrington, is a solid young adult mystery with a paranormal twist. Clarity, called Clare, comes from a family of psychics. She possesses the power of psychometry, while her mother is a telepath and her brother can speak to the spirits of the dead. They live in Eastport, a picturesque Cape Cod tourist town, and do readings for the tourists. The locals see Clare as a freak.

Clare’s life is shaken up one summer when a pretty young tourist is m
Jul 25, 2012 mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-favorites
ΥΠΕΡΟΧΟ!Αχ επιτέλους καιρό είχα να διαβάσω ένα βιβλίο που να με απορροφήσει τόσο μα τόσο πολύ!Ήταν γρήγορο,έξυπνο με πολύ καλό χιούμορ και μπόλικο μυστήριο!Έπισης συμπάθησα πάρο πολύ την ηρωίδα την Κλέρ ήταν πραγματικά υπέροχη και πολύ ξεχωριστή!Ακόμη χαίρομαι που το τέλος δεν ήταν καθόλου προβλέψιμο και μέχρι το τέλος αγωνιούσες για το ποιός θα είναι τελικά ο δολοφόνος!Μακάρι να πέσουν και άλλα τόσο καλά βιβλία μυστηρίου στα χέρια μου!
Someone - and I can't remember who - recommended this to me because they said that Clarity (the character) reminded them of Veronica Mars. And I am a leeetleobsessed with that show. Until said comparison, I actually had no intention of buying this. Couldn't tell you why, I was probably just burned out on the glut of YA paranormal books out there, but I just assumed that if I ever decided to read this, it would be a library grab. But no. There was a V Mars comparison, and that meant that I clicke ...more
Mar 29, 2016 Lexie rated it really liked it
Several of my reading friends went on at length to convince me that CLARITY was not like the usual paranormal teen book. In fact the powers of Clare's family are downplayed and treated no differently then any other trait. I liked the fact that it wasn't just Clare who claimed specialness, but her family. It was also refreshing to see that Clare didn't angst over being different, she reveled in it and defiantly dared others to comment. She was snarky and obstinate and sometimes thoughtless, but ...more
Nov 28, 2011 Kristy rated it really liked it
Shelves: supernatural
First off I have to say that this is not going to be for everyone. For instance this is not for you if: You are a huge mystery buff and are going to be bothered by all the details or if You are looking for something scary. Also, not for you if it's going to bother you reading about psychic powers.

I however, 100% enjoyed this for what it was, a young adult mystery/fiction story. It was fun and quick. I haven't read anything like it.

Brief Summary:
Clare can touch objects and get flashback's from t
May 03, 2011 Michael rated it really liked it
Clarity is the wonderful story of a young Eastport resident who's family are called freaks as they all have supernatural abilities. Her family are shunned by the local populace but are popular with tourists who come to them for readings. For Clare her life is one of either doing reading with her brother Perry and mother Starla or hanging out with her brother and his mate Nate. But things change for the worse for Clare when a young female tourist is murdered and Perry becomes the prime suspect. ...more
Mar 28, 2011 Katie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own
Unbelievable! I LOVED LOVED LOVED this. I read this in 3-4 hours. I love Clare. She is such a great character. Ms. Harrington, THANK YOU! for writing this amazing piece of art. This was an amazing read and even though the plot is based on the murder of a girl named Victoria and then two more people, it focuses more on Clare and her ability and the type of person she is.

And the COVER! can anyone say gorgeous? I know I can. I’m getting a little tired of all the dark covers appearing. I’m starting
Oct 01, 2011 Anna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, read-2011

Review originally posted at http://bookstobrightenyourmood.blogsp...

If someone would ask me to describe Clarity in only three words,that's what pops in my mind immediatelly: Brilliant,Magical and Fascinating!
Clarity by Kim Harrington is easily among the best books I've read this year and among the best YA books I have ever read in general!

It's an extremelly well written book,with a good plot,not that predictable at least for me.Granted I had my suspects narrowed down to 2 but still I kept wonder
All Things Urban Fantasy
Mar 07, 2011 All Things Urban Fantasy rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

Did you happen to watch a little TV show back in 2007 called Veronica Mars (you can watch the entire series on Netflix Instant Watch)? It was a very cool teen noir series that revolved around a high school girl in a small town who used the skills she learned from working with her P.I. father to investigate crimes (everything from identity theft to cold case murders) and ruffle feathers of the affluent and influential in her city. Like most great shows,
Feb 24, 2011 Danny rated it it was amazing
This was a quick and awesome read! First: isn't the cover awesome? I absolutely love the girl and the colors and just everything. Seriously this was one of the books I would have picked up just because of the cover-awesomeness.

Clarity tells the story about Clare (who refuses to use her beautiful real name Clarity) who lives with her brother Perry and her mother. All of them are have special psychic abilities. Clarity (love that name...) can get visions by touching objects. Needless to say life
Bookaholic (reads every mortal thing)
Jul 12, 2014 Bookaholic (reads every mortal thing) rated it liked it
Recommended to Bookaholic (reads every mortal thing) by: Faye

Rounded up for the wonderful family aspect.

Clarity was almost everything it promises to be: Fast paced, with a cool MC, an awesome family and an entertaining mystery.

Keyword: almost. I dont usually have any problems with love triangles as long as they are well written and provide some use to the plot. But this! This one was a completely unnecessary.

And cliched.

We know the formula. A love triangle between The Mysterious new bad boy, The Golden boy and The MC. But I wished it would have more
Jul 18, 2011 Anne rated it really liked it
Recommended to Anne by:
Clarity is a good YA paranormal murder-mystery. I wasn't sure that I would like it once I found out that the main character's (Clare) special power was psychically reading objects. Basically, it translates into her being able to touch things, and then feel or see what other people felt or saw when they were touching it. I thought that was pretty lame, considering her brother could talk to spirits and her mother could read minds. So color me surprised when Harrington managed to turn her into a co ...more
Apr 20, 2011 Alyssa rated it really liked it
In the Cape Cod tourist town of Eastport, the summers for Clarity ‘Clare’ Fern and her family are filled with psychic readings and not much else, but when a teenage tourist is found murdered in her motel room, the summer becomes unforgettable. Clare must team up with a Detective and his son (who are against psychics) to find the killer, but when one murder leads to three more, the quest to put the criminal behind bars becomes a battle for life, truth, and love.

This murder mystery had fantasy and
Also appears on The Book Lantern .

Okay, I have a question. Why is the sequel not out on the Kindle yet?

I have very interesting priorities these days.

Onto the book: Clarity is one of those novels that leave me with some... mixed feelings. On the one hand, we've got an amazingly crafted paranormal thriller, with a great plot and some really interesting red herrings. On the other... we've also got ANOTHER YA novel with some... questionable portrayals of female sexuality.

Let's start with the good:
Feb 17, 2013 Lydia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Premise: When I saw this book in my library I was a little wary, because it had potential to be a good paranormal mystery, but it also had the potential to be a special-snowflake love-triangle cliché ('the smouldering son of the new detective' - really?). Sadly, it turned out to be more of the latter.

Characters: Most of the characters in this book were very flat. I was grimacing at the main character to begin with (a girl named Clarity who happens to have psychic abilities? Genius) and I never s
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
  • Rival
  • Warped
  • Wake Unto Me
  • Memento Nora (Memento Nora, #1)
  • Luminous
  • Dead Rules
  • A Need So Beautiful (A Need So Beautiful, #1)
  • Vesper (Deviants, #1)
  • Through Her Eyes
  • The Vespertine (The Vespertine, #1)
  • A Touch Mortal (A Touch Trilogy, #1)
  • Shift (Shade, #2)
  • Deadly Cool (Deadly Cool, #1)
  • The Liar Society (The Liar Society, #1)
  • Entangled
  • Haven (Winterhaven, #1)
  • Bad Taste in Boys (Kate Grable, #1)
  • The Lipstick Laws
Kim Harrington is the author of CLARITY, PERCEPTION, THE DEAD AND BURIED, the SLEUTH OR DARE series, and FORGET ME (as K.A. Harrington). She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and son. When not writing, she's most likely reading, watching one of her favorite TV shows, or fantasizing about her next vacation.
More about Kim Harrington...

Other Books in the Series

Clarity (2 books)
  • Perception (Clarity, #2)

Share This Book

“Listen, I gather you have a problem working with a psychic. Believe me, I don't like working with a jackass any better.” 79 likes
“The dumbass?' Justin asked.

'Yes, you're not the only one in town. Who knew?”
More quotes…