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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...more
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 246 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Scholastic Point
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Vinaya
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 alte...more
Lora
Jun 21, 2011 Lora rated it 1 of 5 stars 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...more
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 kn...more
Sam
Kim Harrington’s debut novel is one full of mystery and suspense, likeable characters, and a touch of paranormal. In short, I enjoyed it immensely.

Clare Fern is a psychic. Her brother is a medium and her mother a telepath. In the tourist town of Eastport, their family business is a hit with the visitors, but Clare can’t help but wish her days weren’t spent as part of ‘the freak show’. Unfortunately for Clare, it seems she can’t quite hide her talent yet. The local detective and his son have a s...more
~Tina~
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,...more
Martha
Jan 15, 2012 Martha added it
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.
Karsten Knight
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 boo...more
Nic
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...more
Jasprit
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...more
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...more
Crowinator
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...more
Kristi (The Story Siren)
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...more
Miakoda
I'm so close in giving up with young adult fiction with pretty covers.

Just read this and you'll know why :

"I work here"
I blushed. "With your dad?"
"Yeah. I'm an explorer."
"Huh?" Was this some slang I wasn't up on?
"That's my title..."
"Cool." I pictured him in uniform. Let's just say the picture was...nice.

____________


"See you around." He began to walk away, then stopped. "By the way, what's your name?"
"Clare."
"Clare," he repeated. "Cute."

____________

Please give me a break and a piece of that kit...more
Cara
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 he...more
Kelly
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...more
Isamlq
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
Kristy
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...more
Lexie
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 b...more
Misty
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
Michael
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. C...more
Katie
Mar 28, 2011 Katie rated it 5 of 5 stars
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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...more
Anna

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...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
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,...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Warning: This book is AWESOME! Supernatural twists at every corner.

My Rating:5 of 5

My Cover Thoughts: This book cover is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! The cover shows a young girl on the standing on the beach with seagulls flying above her head and her hair is whipping around from the wind. She has a serious look on her face and her eyes are the colour of the ocean water, ocean blue. She is staring right at you with a look that says she can see your secrets.

My Thoughts/Review: This book is a great para...more
Laura YA indie princess
Kim Harrington deubt Clarity is a work of YA art.

What I loved the most about Clarity is how kick ass Clare is as a character and that all of her family are "special" not just her.

All the way though reading I had no idea who the killer was one minute I was sure it was that character then I was like no it that character. I loved how this book keep me on my toes and kept me guessing the whole way though.

Funniest moment for me has to be with the husband & wife. Ha ha ha serves him right.

I loved...more
Danny
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...more
Alyssa
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...more
mary
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!
Erica (daydreamer)
Clarity is a fun, refreshing novel. The plot is intriguing and planned out well, the characters are likable with good, strong development. I especially loved Clare. She is one heck of a strong heroine. She's not pathetic or whinny, she knows what she's doing, she's social and funny, and refuses to let anyone get the best of her. I really liked the murder plot and how well it was thought out, and how Clare used her ability to help solve it. The story had the perfect amount of mystery, danger, fun...more
Cory
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Only one complaint... I wish it wasn't soooo short! I absolutely obsessed over Clarity. I prolonged finishing it for as long I could, which wasn't long at all. I did not want it to end!

Kim Herrington did a great job in mixing the paranormal with crime. She then added a little love triangle as a side-dish to the UNBELIEVABLE meal. This book had me guessing the whole time. I swear I guessed everyone was the killer at one point or the other. Homicide and psychics was t...more
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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.
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