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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 ♔Under Mountain Books♔
I had a crazy best friend lets see if this one can live up to them

(i doubt it)
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, r
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
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
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!
A Flicker in the Clarity
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Idle Stuff
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
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 breaku
I was provided an ARC by Harper360 in an exchange for an honest review.

This book is meant to be centered around grief and the strain it can have on different relationships, whether it is friendships, parent-child relationships or romantic relationships. However I don't feel like it was touched on properly until the final 30 pages of the book. It

Every conversation seemed so forced and I still don't know if that is meant to be written that way because of the strains on the friendship or because
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.
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
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
*Minor spoilers*

A Flicker in the Clarity was not the story of friendship that I expected or have found to be typical of the YA Contemporary genre. From being young, impressionable children through to adulthood we are told how important it is to be a good friend but at what point does the cost to ourselves become too great? In her second novel, Amy McNamara shines a light on the dangers of toxic relationships and provides her readers with moral dilemmas that will stay with them long after they p
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
Amy C
Aug 10, 2018 rated it liked it
"'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
Pam Styles
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
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
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
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
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.
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is really 2.5 stars for me. I wanted to really love this book and it was just ok. I didn’t like or connect to any of the characters. The friendships presented were all pretty toxic to be honest. The chapters were all very short, which made the story telling choppy.
Brenda Perez
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book was about a friendship that is struggling to overcome problems. Evie is always trying to help Emma but Emma wants to do things her way. Evie then goes on to try and figure out her own problems as well.
Dec 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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Bailey Manor
Jul 31, 2018 rated it liked it
The beginning of the book was very slow, but the middle and ending got me hooked. For the book being fairly anticlimactic, it is a good story.
Jul 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
Way too much teenage angst and cringey moments.

I couldn't force myself to finish even though I rarely leave a book before its ending.
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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.
“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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