Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Review: Clarity by Kim Harrington

Clarity by Kim Harrington
Published by Scholastic Point
Date Published: March 1, 2011
Rating: 4/5
In Eastport, a tourist town on Cape Cod, lives a family of freaks. My family. I am a psychic. My brother is a medium. My mother is a telepath. Tourists love us. Townies scorn us. We live in a grand Victorian house with no permenant ghosts, and we use the first floor for our family business; readings. Not the bookstore kind.
Clarity "Clare" Fern is a freak. At least, that's how everyone in Eastport sees her. You see, Clare was born into a family with special, supernatural abilities. Clare is a psychic, her brother is a medium, and her mom is a telepath. They run a family psychic business for entertainment purposes only. They're the tourist's dream team. Until one day, right in the height of tourist season, there's a murder in Eastport. (Dun dun dun...)

The police chief's son and Clare's ex-boyfriend, Justin enlists the help of Gabriel, the son of the new detective, and Clare to work on solving the case with her abilities. The case heats up with more blood and no leads, but then when Clare's brother Perry becomes the top suspect there isn't anything Clare wouldn't do to find the real killer. This is no scooby mission.

A few months ago, I wasn't as excited for this book as a was a few weeks ago, but that doesn't change the fact that this was a really good read. I loved the "murder mystery with a little bit of paranormal mixed in" storyline. I was able to connect with the main character (not because I'm psychic or anything) because she was a redhead and we gingers stick together :) It's a rare thing to see a red-headed protagonist in books these days and it's a sad reality. But alas, we are rare, making the stories we're tied to that much better.

When I read the synopsis of Clarity a few months back, I thought it would have something to do with ghosts or something more supernatural-like, but it was the opposite. It was more like a contemporary story, but the main character just happened to have psychic abilities. She even says they were a curse at one point, but I understand her reasoning. Who want to be seen as a freak by everyone in your high school? Not me.

There was a little bit of love triangle that turned into a love square later on. You know, normal YA girl problems. But it wasn't overplayed at all throughout the story. She just happened to like different guys for different reasons. Also, Clare was a pretty independent girl, which is understandable when no one wants to be friends with a "freak", but she carried herself well even when no one stood up for herself. Very commendable.

Clarity was actually very well written. Not that I was expecting it to be bad or read like it was written by a new graduate of Hooked On Phonics or something, but for some reason I don't cross my fingers for debut novels to have great writing. Maybe I'm cynical or something. Who knows. Most of the debut novels I have read have been great. I don't know why my mind automatically thinks it could go both ways.

Anywho, this was a great book. At just under 250 pages, it made for a pretty quick read too. It could be read in one sitting if you are patient enough for it. If you grew up with Nancy Drew or just Scooby Doo, this book is for you. Wow. That was totally unintentional, but I will keep it.

Who doesn't love murder mysteries?!


  1. Love your review. Especially the Scooby reference. Sounds like a nice book to read in one sitting.

  2. Glad you liked it I'm looking forward to reading it

  3. Great review, Jeremy! I'm glad you enjoyed the book. I'm looking forward to reading it, and hope to do so soon. :-D

  4. I love murder mystery books! I never read Nancy Drew as a child, but I have seen plenty of Scooby Doo :)

    Awesome review! I've heard a lot of great things about this book.

  5. Never read any of Nancy Drew but I spent a ton of hours watching Scooby Doo.

    Great review. My sister is getting this book, so I will have to borrow it from her at some point.

  6. I'm adding this to my to-read list!

    And yes, rare IS cool! :)

  7. Thanks for the review. I'm now looking forward to reading this one... If I get to it eventually! :) This sounds like a fun mystery. I can't believe there's so much love drama going on though. It's kind of a turn off for me, but it doesn't sound like a big part of the plot so it shouldn't be a problem.