Review: Perception by Kim Harrington

Kim Harrington’s Website
Publisher: Point, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc.
Age Group: Teen
Source: Borrowed from Public Library
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Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Summary from GoodReads:

When you can see things others can’t, what do you do when someone’s watching you?

Everybody knows about Clarity “Clare” Fern. She’s the psychic girl in school, the one who can place her hands on something and see hidden visions from the past.

Only Clare would rather not be a celebrity. She prefers hanging back, observing. Her gift is not a game to her.

But then someone starts playing with her head . . . and heart. Messages and gifts from a secret admirer crop up everywhere Clare turns. Could they be from Gabriel, the gorgeous boy who gets Clare’s pulse racing? Or from Justin, Clare’s hopeful ex-boyfriend who’d do anything to win her back?

One thing is certain. Clare needs to solve this mystery, and soon. Because the messages are becoming sinister, and a girl in town has suddenly disappeared.

My Thoughts:

Wowza!  This book was great!  I actually liked it better than the first in the series, Clarity.  Not that I didn’t like Clarity, because I did, a lot.  There so many things to like about Perception.

Clarity is an amazing main character.  She really seems to know who she is, and she definitely stands up for herself.  Even though she has had a really rough time at school with bullies, and being made fun of, she doesn’t go on any serious pity-parties.  I really dislike when the main character feels sorry for herself all the time, and Clare does not do that!

There is a slight love triangle going on as well, but it isn’t the main focus of the story (that would be the mystery of what happened to Sierra Waldman and who is sending Clare love notes).  I have to say that I do NOT like love triangles.  They really are not my favorite.  I usually feel like the girl should make up her mind, and not waver back and forth between two guys.  But, that being said, I totally understood why Clare was having a difficult time deciding between Gabriel and Justin.

Let’s talk about the mystery.  I have read a lot of mysteries.  In fact, there was a time when that was the only genre I read.  So I didn’t think the mystery was so mysterious.  I had my suspicions on who the “bad guy” was early on.  But, honestly, I didn’t really care.  I loved the writing, and most importantly the characters, so I wanted to know how they were going to solve the mystery.

Definitely go pick this one up.  Be sure to read the first in the series before you start this one, though.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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2 Responses to Review: Perception by Kim Harrington

  1. fakesteph says:

    I wasn’t going to read the first one, but I think you’ve changed my mind!

    • Quinn says:

      Do read Clarity! It is a quick enjoyable read. And I liked Perception just as much, if not more so. Let me know what you think.

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