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3.67  ·  Rating details ·  181 ratings  ·  46 reviews
Some secrets won’t let you go. Elvira Witsil lives about as far away from civilization as you can get, in a remote corner of Wisconsin where nothing much ever happens. In a house crowded with her mother, her cantankerous grandmother, and her little sister, Jessie, Elvira feels forgotten and alone. Their house also contains numerous secrets, and Elvira’s family holds their ...more
Hardcover, 218 pages
Published April 23rd 2011 by Zondervan (first published April 1st 2011)
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Feb 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
4.5 rounded up!

Elvira’s family was poor and far from perfect. Her mother always seemed to be angry, noticing her every wrong move and only noticing her when she could be useful. Her grandmother was always criticizing her mother or her father. Her little sister, Jessie, was sweet, lovely but also strange. Jessie spoke rarely and when she did, they were words that a child would not think of saying. In their house, she felt unnoticed – only noticed when people need her help with household chores. T
Nov 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Insight was a good inspirational novel. I wasn't expecting the time period of the book to be in the 1940's. Usually I don't read things set in a war time era. However, this book was really good, and didn't focus on World War II much. The plot went along fairly well. Parts of the plot got a little boring at times, such as the stopping along the side of the road a few times to rest. I thought it was cool how the author wrote a few A.A. references into the book. She also wrote a couple of snippets ...more
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

It is a pleasant read, set in post World War 2 rural America. It deals with a family that has lost it's father in the war...a father that had an alcohol problem to begin with so that the family was poor. Elvira is the main character in the book and she tells of her younger sister who is a "seer". Jessie (the younger sister) being a seer lead the family on a journey across the US as she is used by her mother to try and make money off what she sees in the fu
Apr 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful and imagined, INSIGHT by debut novelist Diana Greenwood, is a story about family, dreams and finding faith in something greater than themselves. A spiritual and enlightening novel, you don’t have to be a religious believer or follower to enjoy the power behind the story. Although, published by Zondervan, HarperCollins Christian imprint, INSIGHT is a book for anyone who enjoys a story that hugs at the heart-strings with flawed, but interesting characters who are searching for their plac ...more
Nov 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
I won an advanced reading copy of this teen fiction novel. The novel moved along at a quick pace and told the story of a coming-of-age girl (Elvira) with a dysfunctional family. The setting is 1940's rural america. I did not realize this book would have a spiritual/religious theme until I got to the end, but have to say that for a book with a didactic element it was not overly preachy. The faith element comes in as the main character (Elvira) comes to terms with her missing father. Elvira's litt ...more
Apr 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dsa-book-club
*4.75 stars

I loved this book so much. The writing was amazing, each of the characters maintained a set of traits and behaviors throughout the entire book, and the story was intriguing and interesting. It centers around a poor family in the late 1940s.

This story is told through the eyes of Elvira, who is the daughter of Connie and Ray Witsil. Ray, a drunk, abandons the family to enlist in the army. Within a few months, the family receives a letter that tells them that he is MIA, and most likely d
Feb 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
originally appeared on:Bookshelf Confessions

I enjoyed this book a lot.

The cover of this book doesn’t really have anything to do with the story-my own opinion-. It suggest a paranormal one, while actually even if there is some supernatural things in the book, it doesn’t deal mostly in it. But I loved the cover just as well. It’s eye-catching and interesting.

This book is about self-discovery, love and loss, life and death, acceptance and understanding, past and future, hope and faith, forgiveness
Nov 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Young adult 2 book. World War II era. Elvira, age 14, living in a small town in Wisconsin away from town with mother, 4-year-old sister Jessie, and grandmother. Father Ray was a dysfuntional alcoholic father, enlisted in the military, and has been declared missing in action in the Pacific. Elvira is lonely and feels 'different' due to their lifestyle, her father's dysfunction and her guilt that she indirectly caused her father's death. Little sister is 'different' and when she finally speaks her ...more
Dec 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
I won a ARC copy of Insight from the First Reads program on November 20 2011 and received my copy on December 17 2011. Due to my college schedule I have not been able to get much pleasure reading in as you can tell by my updates. However, every time I read a bit of this book I just wanted more, and last night I picked up where I left off on page 43 and read straight through the book.
I really enjoyed this book.
While the cover art and the tag line, "What if you could see things before they hap
Jan 19, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a story about a girl, Elvira and her family, in the 1940's. Even though it takes place during that time period I couldn't really tell.

Elvira has a rocky home life with a father who drinks and sometimes is gone for days and a mother who doesn't notice her and when she does it isn't to say anything nice.

One day her father enlists in the service and is gone. Her grandmother comes to stay with her and her mother and before long her mother gives birth to a baby girl.

Elvira talks about how li
Charli M.
Sep 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Dina Greenwood
218 pages
Realistic fiction

Elvira.... seems like she doesnt even exsist. Ever scince her sister, Jessie, was born, seems like no one in the world would know her name. Once she finds out that her family is moving, she gets angry because she has had memorys with her father at that house. They have played and had many laughs. But the one reasone they are leaving is because: Jessie is a Seer. A Seer is a Prophet. In this case: a prophet for God. Elvira's family is very poor and
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Imagine living in the 1940's, dirt poor in the middle of nowhere. With a mother who only notices you when you do something wrong, a grandmother who has nothing better than to constantly insult your mother for marrying your now dead father and a little sister who can see into the future. That is exactly the type of home in which Elvira Witsil grew up in.

Family secrets, loss, strained relationships all wrapped up with a small glimmer of hope.

Insight was a bre
Nov 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommended to Alisa by: Won on First Reads Giveaways
I am very excited to read this book.. I won it on Good Reads Giveaways...

Ok, This is a good book.. I was not ready for so much talk of finding God but then I thought about it, and if you are faithless, wouldnt you be searching for... something.
Elvira is a 14yr old girl wwho carries a lot of guilt around on her shoulders. She has a mother whom, to me, seems so self involved... everything is happening to "Her" and not to her family as a whole. Their Grandmother is possibly one of the most horrid,
Elizabeth "Liza"
May 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, historical
This is the first time I in a novel! Believe I have entered many contests, but I finally won.. and what is even better, the book is dedicated to me and I also received a button and a bookmark!

I didn't know what to expect for this book, I think the synopsis doesn't describe very well what the book is about. I am really happy that I won this novel, because I really liked it. The story takes place in the 1940s and is told by Elvira. Vira is a strong character, even though her short life has been an
Nov 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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Tracy Holczer
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What an incredible read! Elvira's voice grabbed me from the first sentence and didn't let go until the very end. Elvira, her mother and grandmother, her little sister Jessie and all the other characters along the way were interesting and flawed, which made them real and sometimes heartbreaking. How can you resist a character whose first word is, "Damnation?"

On a journey that takes them away from home, secrets are uncovered and tensions rise as little Jessie seems to know things she shouldn't. Se
Sharon Marie Himsl
Nice story. As a history buff, I was tickled to travel down the road in the 1940s in a beat up old truck with the family's main character Elvira on a crowded road trip, complete with campgrounds and a seedy motel, from remote Wisconsin to the shores of California. But it was this young teenager's coming to terms with her father's disappearance in the war that I found so compelling. Added to this mix, Elvira is faced with a distant mother, a cantankerous grandmother, and a little sister who has a ...more
Nov 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway.

I have to say I recommend this YA book. That doesn't come easily out of my mouth at all for ANY book, but I have to say this is one that breaks the mold. Too many YA fiction books are all the same and this book surprised me. I enjoyed Elvira as the narrator. She was earthy in the fact that she told things how she saw it. She was well-grounded for a character of this type of book. She was an ordinary teenager with a disfunctional family. The present
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May 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
When I was first offered the chance to read and review Insight, I jumped at the chance. It looked like suspenseful and secret filed, and I just couldn't get over how enchanting the cover was. As it turns out, Insightful was well worth a read! First of all, the characters and plot events in this one were quiet interesting. They constantly kept me on my toes, dying to know what would happen next. I especially enjoyed the mystical aspect to this. And the ending was perfect... bittersweet as well as ...more
Elvira lives in remote Wisconsin with her mother, grandmother, and younger sister. Dad abandoned the family years ago and joined the military to fight in WW2. Her sister, Jessie, has always been a little bit different, but then they realize that Jessie can sometimes see the future. In an effort to keep the townspeople from making her feel like a freak, they decide to move across the country to California. They go in the company of an itinerant preacher and stop at various revivals along the way. ...more
Nov 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-won
I received this book through the First Reads giveaway program on Goodreads.

A pleasant read about how a young teenage girl comes to terms with her father’s wartime disappearance. This book is geared towards teens, as it barely skims the surface of one family’s dysfunction as they travel across the country, guided by the youngest member of the family who is a seer. This book was well written, but a bit bland in parts, giving you just enough to keep your interest but not enough to hold your attent
Dec 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: goodreads-win
Goodreads win!
4.5-5 stars!

I received my advanced reader copy, unsure of what the book covers would contain. I was hesitant to begin, as the synopsis was vague, but promoting a paranornal YA theme. I'm happy to say, that I was engaged in the character, Elvira, within the first few pages. I wanted to know her, her story and the dynamics of the family. This coming of age story is a witty, heartfelt tale of love, forgiveness and redemption. I plan to stow this book away for my daughter to read in a
Jun 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
it was weird in some parts but it was a pretty intense but in the end it was very happy
Jun 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I found myself walking down the path with Elvira. I wanted to set with the preacher and listen to his wisdom. Great book!
Jul 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Review - coming soon!
Aug 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
A very unique book for YA readers. Fun ending... I liked it. I didn't give it five stars because I wasn't "hooked" on it. but good read ...more
Jan 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Awesome book. I wish she would have written more about what happens to the family at the end.
Jan 13, 2012 rated it liked it
More like 3 3/4. Review is a coming
Sep 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, christian
Insight is about a young family and the way they deal with grief or learn to accept the loss of Ray the husband/dad lost to the war. Dealing with feelings of guilt, loss and discovering how to move on and accept. Elvira is fourteen and feels like the only person who ever cared about her or noticed her was her Dad. She lives with both her grandmother, mother and younger sister. After discovering Jessie the younger sister has the gift of sight the family hits the road. They begin traveling with a ...more
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Diana Greenwood grew up with the Bobbsey Twins, Laura Ingalls, Huck and Tom, the Hardy Boys, Jo, Francie Nolan, and Oliver Twist. She tried to duplicate the adventures of her favorite characters by writing poems, stories, and scripts for summer performances in her backyard. Today, she still has those childhood editions on her bookshelf and spends her days writing stories of young people embarking ...more

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