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A Flicker in the Clarity

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For as long as Evie can remember, she and Emma have been best friends. They’ve gone through everything together—only Evie understood what it was like for Emma to lose her older brother in a car accident. And though they couldn’t be more different—Emma is the life of the party while Evie is shy—the dynamic has always worked for them.

But then Evie makes a careless mistake th
Hardcover, 428 pages
Published June 12th 2018 by HarperTeen
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Camila Roy ••RoyIsReading••

ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

This book mentally drained me.

For as long as Evie can remember, she and Emma have been best friends. They’ve gone through everything together—only Evie understood what it was like for Emma to lose her older brother in a car accident. And though they couldn’t be more different—Emma is the life of the party while Evie is shy—the dynamic has always worked for them.

But then Evie makes a careless mistake that ends up having serious
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
*before reading*

When is this book coming out? I desperately need a Amy McNamara fix. It's been forever since she blessed us with Lovely, Dark and Deep.

*after reading*

A Flicker in the Clarity mentally drained me. That's my main beef with the book. Our heroine's best friend is destructive. She's promiscuous and reckless. Evie's always there for Emma. When Emma's brother dies she starts acting out. Reading about their relationship was hard because everyone wants to help out a friend in need. But yo
Vee_Bookish // YA Book Blogger
I had a crazy best friend lets see if this one can live up to them

(i doubt it)
Emer (A Little Haze)
After the exquisitely beautiful prose and the whole feeling behind Lovely Dark and Deep I'm so unbelievably disappointed by this.

Too many YA tropes and stereotypes
Characters that it was very difficult to empathise with (in a story that demanded empathy)
A far too tidy ending.
And the prose... Painful. Juvenile almost at times.

Really didn't like this one sadly.


Sometimes I can't even with myself. Picked up this book in my local library because it sounded suitably mysterious to me and it's v
Sarah {Literary Meanderings}

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Evie and Emma are best friends. The type of best friends where one is shy and one is outgoing. The dynamic has worked for them so far, but the book begins with them having a rift. Now, the synopsis will have you believing that something huge happens; some terrible thing with terrible consequences. No. Emma is out with some older guy, spending the night with him, partying, etc. Evie always covers for her with Emma's parents,
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
In all fairness this book is written for a young adult audience. With that clarified I didn't like it. So much teen angst. I don't know how Evie isn't medicated but it could probably help her out some. The character's felt flat and not fleshed out and as such it took away from what could've been a really good emotional stuff. Instead we get teen angst on practically every page and tears, lots and lots of tears. From what I can tell the main character spent the majority of her time either crying ...more
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
I struggled with this book a lot, especially at first, because I HATED Emma and couldn't stand the toxic, unhealthy friendship between her and Evie. However, I thought it was a very realistic portrayal of how unhealthy friendships can be, and how scenarios can play out given different factors, and how people can easily get stuck in negative patterns/mindsets - but there is hope and possibility to work through them and grow, even if it means letting go of something familiar/ingrained because it's ...more
Dorathy Dotson
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a pretty good book, even if the prose was a little bit over-complicated at times and the plot was dragged on somewhat. I know that it was about a girl cutting ties with a problematic and toxic friend, but the fact that she continued to be affiliated with her after everything that the friend did was somewhat shocking to me. Having cut off a toxic friendship before, I know what it takes, but by the end of the book it wasn't treated as the moral of the story- instead, it was more along the ...more
Saegertown Yalibrarian
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
LOVED this story of Evie and Emma! A Flicker in the Clarity is another beautiful read by one of my favorite YA authors, Amy McNamara. This is such an empowering contemplation for girls, truly anyone, to continue striving to LIVE no matter what seemingly insurmountable challenges face us in life. There is an extra treat within the pages of A Flicker in the Clarity for those already in love with Lovely Dark and Deep also by Amy McNamara. Do not miss this book!
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Idle Misdaventures
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I cannot even find the words best to describe this book. I was taken on a wild ride, looking into everyone and understanding so much. I have connected so much with this book that moments where I wasn't reading it left my mind wondering what Evie, Emma, Theo and Jack were up to. But never Alice. Never the cabbage. The ending of course wrecked me. why did that have to happen? why did it end like that? I'm a blubbering mess because of it and I don't even want to think that this is the end. it's not ...more
Esther (Chapter Adventures)
Feb 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
You can also read this review on my blog :)

A Flicker in the Clarity aims towards representing reality with all its imperfections: unresolved issues, toxic relationships, unexpected events, and the pain of heartbreak. For this, the novel gets its stars. However, I wish the novel had gone deeper. I was left wanting to know a lot more than what I got.

As far as plot goes, there isn't one clearly mapped out. That's why I think the book represents reality so well. We get a peek into these people's liv
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it
There was a point where I'd put this book down for a couple days, and when I came back to it I'd completely forgotten what it was about and everything I'd read so far. I didn't connect with this title the way I so easily do with almost everything I read, but it wasn't bad. I just definitely won't be coming back to it. (As for a review of the actual story...I honestly have nothing to say.)

And this has been another unhelpful review by Theresa!~
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Chalk would work better, and I make a mental note to pick up some, but an artist makes use of the tools at hand. I scratch a pair of rakes crisscrossed like swords onto the soft surface of one of the bricks. I'll map where I've been found.
May 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
This is a wonderful story that shows how Evie's life truly begins after a fight with her best friend, including how she finally chooses to save herself. Thank you Edelweiss for the ARC.
Ashley Marie
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ohnospooks
I really hated Emma! Like omg she got on my nerves!
Corinne J
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Amy McNamara delves back into familiar territory six years after her debut, as "A Flicker in the Clarity" once again rattles with the aftershocks of death—the same death, apparently, that haunted the wintry world of 2012’s "Lovely, Dark and Deep". Though the concept’s recycled, the emotions are not, as McNamara crafts a poignant new story with poetry and skill.

When an impulsive decision lands her best friend in hot water, shrinking violet Evie finds herself all but cut out of Emma’s life. The br
Zoë Danielle
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
A Flicker in the Clarity by Amy McNamara is a beautifully written, quiet contemporary young adult novel about Evie, who has been best friends with Emma for years. Emma was always the outgoing one, but after Evie makes a mistake and Emma shuts her out, Evie has to figure who she is on her own. There are a lot of books about friends or sisters where one outshines the other, but what makes Evie's story so special is McNamara's writing and the character depth and complexity of the story. 

Evie's char
Teenage Reads
May 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Teenage Girls
Shelves: advance-copy, 2018
Emma has always looked out for Evie. At their private competitive high school, Bly, Evie was going to get bullied because she was a scholarship kid. Yet, with Em at her side since day one, Evie has managed to get to junior year with no incidents. Em has given her everything Evie could want, her old iPhone when Em got a new one, a dress when they went to a dance together, even advise as Evie, instead of kissing the boy she liked back, ducked and did an awkward laugh. Evie for Emma, allowed h
Shaimae Jallouli
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: english, 2019
“I used to joke with her that sometimes I forget what I look like, and it’s kind of true. But it’s not about looks. It’s bigger than that. I’m a blank. I need an example, someone to look up to, someone to tell me how to be. I’ve always needed to see how other people do it, check out the possible options before I can decide for myself.”

After a horrible reading year, due to studying occupations I found myself stuck in a reading slump. While I was going through a book series, nothing seemed appeali
Amy  (Teastainsandbooks)
"'It's impossible to run away from yourself. Believe me, I tried. Hiding from what scares you feels like a solution, but it really only deepens the fear.'"

When I saw this book described in the Harper 360 newsletter, I knew I wanted to read it. Meaningful contemporaries have this tendency to pull me in and break my heart, but unfortunately this just didn't have the pulling power I'm used to.

Maybe it was because this is linked to McNamara's first book, and I haven't read that, but this is seemingl
Thank you Edelweiss+ for this Advanced eGalley of A Flicker in the Clarity.

After the death of her older brother, Emma begins to spiral out of control. Evie, her best friend and confidant, hopes to save Emma by shielding her from consequences. However, after Emma puts Evie in a questionable moral situation, yet again, Evie makes a decision that leads her to not only question her co-dependent relationship with Emma, but the demons of fear that plague her personal insecurities as well.

This book is
Pamela Stennett
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it

Emma and Evie have been friends for as long as they can remember though they are as different as any two high schoolers can be. They balance each other in their best moments and repel each other in their worst. 

I spend a lot of time clucking my tongue and sighing at the lack of attention given to the nitty-gritty side of mental health in fiction. 

There is often an emphasis on normal-spiral-treatment-healed. 

A Flicker In the Clarity does no such thing. 

Emma and Evie both stumble through their tra
Sep 24, 2018 rated it liked it

Emma is such a bitch, a worst friend ever I swear :/ Even Jack - the guy Evie had a crush on - is a bad guy, too. Being surrounded by those like that is a torture to anyone. That's why you should your pick friends carefully and keep people who have negative influences on you at arm's length.

Every parts about Evie and Theo is cute and heartwarming, and the rest are awful and annoying. It's such a mess. Evie was carried away by her best friend and always put herself in Emma's shoes, but Emm
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
I mean honestly ive read better books. Firs tof all Emma was so annoying, how the world revolved around her and how Evie was always there to pick up after all the pieces she left laying around. Honestly it was just annoying the whole plot basically revolved about how Emma hated anyone who ever thought about Patrick and how she didn’t have him anymore but really she just needed some help. Theo, first of all let me say he was extremely dull. Like what kind of guy talks like him? he was definetly s ...more
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
So I have so many amazing feels for this book. 😊 It threw me back into my high school life and allowed me to revisit some of the friendships I had. This book helped me really understand how toxic those friendships were and how great of a thing it is that they are over. Evie truly was myself in high school and this book was something I really needed. Friendship is powerful in both good and bad ways and it is beautiful to go on Evie’s journey and discover that your choice can be wrong and have bad ...more
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: edelweiss
I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. This one disappointed me a bit with how everything wrapped up in the end I was looking for something that was more tied together. I would have probably rated this one a 4 star read if the ending had been better because I was thoroughly enjoying it up to that point. This book follows Evie who is in a fight with her destructive best friend Emma after Emma's brother dies. Evie has to work to find herself when everyone is shutting her o ...more
Mel (Abookishaddiction)
I am so conflicted. I really loved the writing. The prose was beautifully written, like poetry. However the main character Evie? One word, annoying. I guess I was expecting this book to go in a completely different direction than how it went. It did stir up a lot of emotions and kept me turning each page until I could figure out how the author would tie up everything and end the book. But honestly? I didn't love the ending... I felt like it wasn't really an ending? Honestly not sure how I feel a ...more
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it
There are so many beautiful gems in this book but they're buried in mounds of sand. The first three paragraphs of the jacket summary cover about 150 pages of the book then that fourth paragraph gives away another chunk. It's a good story but I think this was a case of the author giving away the whole iceberg instead of just the tip. They should know every little detail that goes into a decision but the readers do not. I think this book could have been a lot more powerful if some of the redundant ...more
Here is the thing: I don't know how to feel about this book. It's not very flashy, it's not very "commercial" in premise, it doesn't have a strong hook, and its plot barely resembles the description here, but it affirmed a piece of me that had weathered a friendship that ended in toxicity (on both sides) and so, I am glad I read it.

A Flicker in the Clarity is, I think, about the slow death of a friendship. It's about having to sometimes draw boundaries that affect our oldest friendships, and alt
Cha Jonas
Honestly, I almost gave up at the first few chapters. It was kinda boring with much more narratives than the dialogue and I almost fell asleep all the time. But then I'm happy I didn't do that. Because it's good. Evie finally stand up for herself. I know as much as you love your best friend, you can't just sacrifice yourself to save them every single time. It's not her job to fix Emma' problems. Sometimes people need to try figuring it out by themselves.
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Amy McNamara is the author Lovely, Dark, and Deep (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers) and a manuscript of poems, the new head chronometrist. Her poems appear in a wide variety of literary journals and have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is married to the artist Doug McNamara and they live in Brooklyn with their two children. ...more

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“You have to take care of people.” I say, defensive.
“Why’s that?” Theo asks.
“Because that’s what friends do,” I say,”
“It wasn’t my dream,” he says. “In case you haven’t noticed, my parents are intense. Like they know how we’re supposed to be, who we’re supposed to be. As if it’s even up to them.” 0 likes
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