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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  944 ratings  ·  150 reviews
Ashlyn Greenfield has always known when bad things are going to happen. Each time that familiar tingling at the back of her neck begins, she knows whatÕs to comeÑa trance. SheÕs pulled in, blindsided, an unwilling witness to a horrible upcoming event. But sheÕs never been able to stop itÑnot even when the vision was of her motherÕs fatal car accident. When soulful Jake ent ...more
Paperback, 277 pages
Published October 14th 2010 by Speak
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Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was really good. It was very detailed and I fell in love with the characters. I truly felt like I was there and jake is amazing.

I was crying by the end hoping he'd be ok. This book was great and I would have given it a 5 out of 5 stars had the ending been better. This book better have a sequel.

This author, I've found, does this. I read the death by series and loved them. However they ended with the couple not being together.

In trance the ending was so open ended and didn't really en
Meghan O'Neil
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is very interesting and it makes you think. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes books that make you think outside of the box. The main character is not your normal high school girl, she is way more. Within the book it includes life lessons as well. For example, you can only control yourself not other people and you do not want to ever lose a friendship with family or friends. I would recommend this book to any age group, I think it is a good read for boys and girls.
May 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I liked the sides characters more than the protagonist.
Ashley Monteiro
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Trance is ultimately my favorite novel of all times! The minute I started reading it, I couldn't put it down.
When she feels the familiar tingling at the back of her neck, she knows whats about to come. Ashlyn Greenfield finds herself falling into these trances that lately have been coming more often than usual. She tries to keep quiet about them, fearing no one will understand her or even believe her. These trances gives Ashlyn a scene from an event soon to come, but these trances are not a sce

It's a good story. There are some important themes in here: death, grief, survivor's guilt, isolation, unhealthy coping mechanisms, dishonesty. Gerber handles all these really well within the context of a supernatural story involving visions, numerology and tarot. She even throws running for sport into the mix.

The only trouble here with the writing is that things unfold rather quickly and some of those themes are treated more lightly as a result. Then again, this is a YA book and aimed at a youn
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
2.5 stars out of 5. This book was around 280 pages but it felt much shorter. Not because I flew through the book (which I did) or I was so into it that I did not know the length, but instead because it felt like just the introduction to a book rather than a full book.

Ashlyn Greenfield is recovering. She recently lost her mom in an accident, her sister has disappeared, and even though her dad is still around, he might as well be gone as he is emotionally distant from Ashlyn. In addition to her em
Mackenzie Morris
Aug 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
this is the same auther as the death by bikini series and a great book yes slow at times but belive me you wont regret reading it! this shows that linda gerber wasnt just having a good day with death by bikini but she is just a naturally good writer!
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
I don't know if it because I had to stop reading to return the book to the library and I wasn't able to check it out again for a few weeks, or because I read it in little snippets, but I thought this book was really typical and boring. There wasn't enough story to keep me interested. I would write more, but I'm bored even thinking about the book and trying to describe it. I felt like the idea was interesting and could have gone in so many directions, but instead the author took an entire book to ...more
Nina Test
Dec 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Eh nothing amazing. Cool concept but could've been executed better.

The idea of having visions from the future combined with coding number messages is super cool for a book especially since the sister shares this unique trait BUT there's so much more that could've been done with this plot line.

Lucy Cabrera
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved it but some of it like how she didnt want to go to the jock guy (i forgot his name ) shes dint go i know it tould us what happen but still didnt get why shes was mad him she was the one drinking.
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ashlyn has a secret. She has experienced a great loss that she believes is her fault. She keeps everyone at arms length to keep her secret. I love the friendships that are created even when she tries to avoid it. Really fast read that keeps your interest throughout.
Me, my fake self, and God
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I wish there was a second book, the ending of this one was awesome!!!
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable, quick paced, action packed. At first I didn't like the the ending and then gave it some more thought and realized the last sentence is perfect, never turn your back on who you are. ...more
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This Book is sooo good and full of suspense
Alison Chinn
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not a bad book but it is definitely for a younger reader. A lot of filler in it, making it kind of a boring read.. not much of a plot twist.
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It was well written with balanced character development. The ending made me want to read more.
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing!! Definitely a 13+ rating due too a little bit of content but overall it is really good!!
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is filled with suspense, and cliffhangers. It's easy to get addicted to and will make you sad when you near the end. (not because of the story, just because it's so good you want to read it forever) ...more
Emily Paul
Dec 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"The backdrop of the stadium flips and the bleachers disappear. The track morphs into a rain-slicked road. In the air around me, a random jumble of numbers drift and swirl like tendrils of fog. Twin headlights cut through the darkness, racing towards me. I try to scream, but I can't make a sound."
The book "Trance" by Linda Gerber is filled with intense moments like this. A teenage girl Ashlynn has spent her whole life trying to figure out the meanings of intense trances she is randomly sucke
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ashlyn and her sister have visions where they see glimpses of the future. During the visions, they write strings of numbers that don't make any sense. So people outside their family don't think they're crazy or possessed, they tell everyone they have a rare form of epilepsy. After a serious accident leaves Ashlyn seriously injured and her mother dead, her sister disappears and her father retreats into his work. Ashlyn is left to deal with her grief and guilt all alone, even as her visions contin ...more
Jan 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Trance was another novel I went into not knowing all that much about. Synopsis didn’t give me a great feel for the plot and well it was just intriguing enough to draw my attention. There were some pretty cool things about Trance that I really enjoyed. A lot of fresh, new ideas into the realm of YA fiction that has me pretty excited.

I really enjoyed Ashlyn’s POV. She was such a refreshing character as well. For once it was nice to have an MC that was just able to break down and cry. Someone who
May 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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"Never use limitations as an excuse for mediocrity."

I honestly don't know the best words to describe this book! I am in complete awe right now. I finished reading this in less than a day. I couldn't put it down. I read while I ate. I read while I got my lunch ready for work the next day. The only break I took was to watch the MTV Movie Awards preview of Harry Potter [nothing is more important than Harry Potter. Sor
Jul 20, 2010 rated it liked it
Ashlyn has had trances all her life. She sees bits and pieces of when a future accident or death might occur. She has never been able to control or prevent any of her visions from coming true, not even the accident that killed her mother. After the death of her mom, Ashlyn is left with an absentee father and a sister who just takes off. Ashlyn is left all alone and is once again having trances of another event that she so desperately wants to put a stop to.

It wasn’t hard sympathizing for Ashlyn
Kaitlyn B.
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book left me in suspense and wanting more. With everything having to do with Lynnie's trances, Jake, and Lynnie's sister, I couldn't put this book down. Throughout this entire book till near end, I was on edge, not knowing what will happen to everyone. I enjoy this book and with it having to do with a subject most people would call impossible, seeing the future. It also has a mystery aspect involving Lynnie trying to find her sister, and trying to figure out who it is that she sees dying in ...more
Sep 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: traded-giveaway
Ashlyn and her sister Kyra have a gift: they have visions of the future. But when Ashlyn ignores a vision of Kyra's, their family is devastated by loss. Now it looks like it's all happening again, but who will be lost this time? And can the girls prevent the tragedy?

Meh. That's about all I can say. I read the entire book in about an hour, and when I was done, nothing intelligent popped into my head. Just meh. The premise is interesting, but the execution is rather humdrum. Not much happens in th
Sab H.  (YA Bliss)
Jan 15, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: magical-realism
I was certainly expecting more from this book. What drew me to it was Lisa McMann's blurb about it. Many of you know I'm a huge McMann fan, so when I read the summary and Lisa's thoughts I thought I'd love it. But the thing is, I was expecting it to be a little dark and thrilling. Yet I can categorize it more with Sarah Dessen than with Lisa McMann, if you know what I mean.

With that said, the premise is very interesting, the writing was comfortable and what with being a very short read, I ended
Aug 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I was quite surprised at how much I liked this book! I actually almost read the entire thing in one sitting! It was completely engrossing and very easy to read.
I really felt the author drew the characters quite well. Even though Ashlyn is the main character and it mostly focuses on her she did an awesome job with the side characters as well. I was able to understand and relate to the character and situations they were each in. I understood how Ashlyn didn't want to share her issue (the visions
Jan 22, 2015 rated it liked it
This book "Trance" by Linda Gerber is about a girl named Ashlyn with a special talent. Ashlyn along with her older sister can see the future in psychotic episodes they call Trances. When her older sister sees her mother's death but Ashlyn ignores it things changed forever. Now as her sister ran away,her mother dead and her father cold and distant, can she get to the bottom of these trances?

I found this book very entertaining. I was looking for a good suspenseful book and this one seemed perfect
Jun 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Ashlyn Greenfield's mother is dead and she is having trance's again. Ashlyn had been having Trance's ever since she was a little kid and she is deeply ashamed of the Trance's. Ashlyn feels if though she was the cause of her mother's death just because she didn't have one Trance that could have warned her of her mother's death. Now Ashlyn is having the Trance's again and when she starts having them about a friend of hers.....Ashlyn knows that she needs to step up and save a life.

Another great, no
Christina Getrost
Dec 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Ashlyn lost her mother 8 weeks ago to a drunken driving accident; Ash was driving when a drunk hit them. She feels guilty not only for the usual reasons one might, but because she failed to have a "vision" before the accident that might have saved her mother's life. She and her sister have always had tandem visions of things about to happen, and though they can't always figure them out, it's often enough to warn the victim. Numbers come along with the visions, a stream of digits that Ash writes ...more
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Linda Gerber recently returned to life in the Midwest after four years in Japan where she served as the RA for SCBWI Tokyo. Her books include SASS: Now and Zen, SASS: The Finnish Line, Death by Bikini, Death by Latte, Death by Denim and the upcoming novel, Trance.

She currently lives and writes in Dublin, Ohio, blissfully ignoring her husband, four kids, and one very naughty puppy"


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