A Flicker in the Clarity by Amy McNamara

A Flicker in the Clarity

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 consequences for Emma. They’ve had th...

Details A Flicker in the Clarity

TitleA Flicker in the Clarity
Release DateJun 12th, 2018
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, Romance

Reviews A Flicker in the Clarity

  • Camila Roy ••RoyIsReading••
    RATING: 4/5ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest reviewThis 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 the...
  • Emer
    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 stereotypesCharacters 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 becau...
  • Sarah {Literary Meanderings}
    ♥ Find my reviews here: Literary Meanderings- - - *CONTAINS SPOILERS* 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, et...
  • Angela
    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 chara...
  • Dorathy Dotson
    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 ...
  • Tegan
    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 letti...
  • Saegertown Yalibrarian
    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 mis...
  • Idle Misdaventures
    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...
  • Esther (Chapter Adventures)
    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 real...
  • Theresa
    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!~
  • Kejsli
    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.
  • Lindsay
    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
    I really hated Emma! Like omg she got on my nerves!
  • Corinne J
    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 E...
  • Zoë Danielle
    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 chara...
  • Dellybird
    *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 d...
  • Teenage Reads
    Plot: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 ...
  • Shaimae Jallouli
    “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....
  • Amy C
    "'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 b...
  • Kimberley
    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 plag...
  • Ariadne- bookbean13
    I'm sorry, but WHAT WAS THAT ENDING????? So many of these contemporary books end open-ended nowadays. I'm not a fan. It feels like the author just can't decide how to resolve it and therefore leaves it open-ended. And besides, I like knowing things for certain. Couldn't there be an epilogue or something? (view spoiler)[ We don't know if Evie and Emma are friends anymore, we don't know if Evie or Emma gets over all their problems, we don't know a ...
  • Pamela Stennett
    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 suc...
  • Larosenoire299
    2.75/5Emma 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 frie...
  • Erin
    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 wo...
  • 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'...
  • Jordyn
    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 ...
  • Chelsea
    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...
  • Caitlin
    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 boun...