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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  10,754 ratings  ·  1,116 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 teen
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 246 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Scholastic Point
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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)

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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 20, 2010 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
Jan 20, 2011 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.
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Στις αρχές του Φεβρουαρίου κατευθύνθηκα προς την πλατεία Κοτζιά γιατί διοργανωνόταν το 23ο Παζάρι βιβλίου. Όπως είναι αυτονόητο πήγα με ανοιχτές αγκάλες και αποχώρησα με γεμάτα χέρια. Η μεγαλύτερη ‘’νίκη’’ της ημέρας ήταν ο ‘’Κουρδιστός Πρίγκιπας’’ της πολυαγαπημένης Cassandra Clare. Μέχρι και παρατήρηση (απόλυτα δικαιολογημένα) μου έκανε ο υπεύθυνος γιατί συνέχισα να ‘’σκάβω’’ μήπως έβρισκα και την ‘’Κουρδιστή Πριγκίπισσα’’. Πλησίον όμως εντόπισα τη ‘’Διαύγεια’’ της Kim Harrington σε απίστευτα ...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 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 27, 2010 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
Jun 08, 2010 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 boo ...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
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
Yin 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
Oct 09, 2009 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
Valentina "TinchyB"
May 24, 2014 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
May 04, 2012 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!
Jan 20, 2011 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 he ...more
Nov 27, 2010 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
Jan 28, 2011 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
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 leeetle obsessed 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 ...more
Aug 04, 2010 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 b ...more
Jan 20, 2011 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
Dec 20, 2010 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
Dec 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2011, ya

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
Jan 15, 2011 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,
Nov 18, 2010 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
Dec 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal

With the good and the bad, I really enjoyed reading this book. It kept me guessing who the murderer could be (and I am glad to know that I was 'half right' about it).
But the ending, oh... I hate series, they always keep you waiting for more and my patience is probably in far-far-far-away-land by now ;))

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Mar 18, 2011 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. C ...more
Aug 23, 2010 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
Oct 11, 2010 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
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-series
Εφηβικό ανάγνωσμα που έχει όλα τα απαραίτητα συστατικά. Έρωτα, περιπέτεια, μυστήριο, χιούμορ, διδάγματα. Είναι καλογραμμένο με γρήγορη και πλούσια πλοκή και με άφησε με την επιθυμία να διαβάσω τη συνέχεια, την οποία έχω ήδη παραγγείλει. Αποφάσισα να αφαιρέσω ένα αστεράκι μόνο επειδή ήταν κάπως προβλέψιμη η ανατροπή.
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Kim Harrington is the author of Clarity (a 2012 ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers), Perception, The Dead and Buried, and Forget Me for teens and the Sleuth or Dare and Gamer Squad series for younger readers. 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. Her next rel ...more

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“Listen, I gather you have a problem working with a psychic. Believe me, I don't like working with a jackass any better.” 80 likes
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