Glimpse by Stacey Wallace Benefiel

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Glimpse by Stacey Wallace BenefielGlimpse by Stacey Wallace Benefiel

Series: Zellie Wells #1

Rating: 2 of 5 stars

Zellie Wells has a devastating crush on Avery Adams, the son of her mom’s high school sweetheart. At her sixteenth birthday party, held in the basement of her dad’s church, she finally finds the courage to talk to him. Turns out, the devastating crush is mutual.

As Avery takes her hand and leads her out onto the makeshift dance floor, Zellie is overwhelmed by her first vision of his death; shocking because not only are they both covered in his blood, but they’re old, like thirty-five, and she is pregnant.

Afraid to tell anyone about the vision, (she’d just be labeled a freaky black magic witch, right?) Zellie keeps the knowledge of Avery’s future to herself and tries to act like any other teenager in love. When they get caught on their way to a secret rendezvous by her mom and his dad, they are forbidden to see each other.

Convinced that their parents are freaking out unnecessarily, Avery and Zellie vow to be together no matter what. They continue their relationship in secret until Zellie learns that their parents are just trying to prevent her and Avery from suffering like they did. The visions are hereditary, they’re dangerous, and if they stay together the visions will come true.

Now Zellie must choose between severing all ties with Avery, like her mom did to prevent his father’s death, and finding a way to change Avery’s future.

It had been two hours since my sixteenth birthday party had ended. Three hours since I had first kissed Avery. Four hours since I’d had the vision of him bleeding to death on the side of the road.

Oh, boy, is this family jacked up. Glimpse starts out innocently enough, a pastor’s daughter anticipating her 16th birthday, crushing hardcore on the school sports prodigy and dealing with her mother and little sister and crazy best friend… all relatively normal. Then she glimpses Avery–her crush’s–future and all hell breaks loose in a span of, like, days.

Let me try to walk through this whole plodding mess. Spoilers galore, people. Turn your heads if you haven’t read.

1. Zellie and her mother, Grace, are gifted with vision, called “seers.”
2. Grace’s mother, Zellie’s grandmother, killed herself due to this so-called gift. Shortly before her death, she wrote a letter explaining why.
3. These women’s visions are triggered by their first love SPOILER » or by the person they feel the strongest physical connection to.
4. Avery is Zellie’s trigger.
5. SPOILER » Avery’s father, Mike, is Zellie’s mother, Grace’s, trigger.
6. Zellie’s grandmother’s trigger was Zellie’s grandfather, who died.
7. Oh, yeah, the first vision is pretty much of their triggers–i.e., Mike, Avery, Granddad–dying.
8. Their sisters, Hazel (for Grace) and Melody (for Zellie), are their dedicated Lookouts.

Okay. That’s all. I think.

Now, I don’t know if there is a possible way to have written this smoothly, but the execution bore no finesse whatsoever. Events, explanations, reasons and reactions were dished out in such a jarring manner that I kinda just had no choice but to swallow it chunk by chunk without getting a feel for the taste of the narrative. (Which I will touch on again in a bit.) After I decided I wasn’t gonna jive well with this book and went along for the ride, things pretty much evened out and I found myself enjoying it a little more. Definitely not my typical interest, but somehow I managed to dig it anyway. Despite–

Speaking of narrative, scenes alternate between Zellie, written in first-person, and Avery, written in the third-person (limited), but I don’t exactly understand the function for constructing the novel that way. Avery and Zellie were literally the same person, same voice, same situation, same mind, except Avery had male genitalia where as Zellie possessed female ones. Their only difference!

And the weird parent involvement. Uncomfortable! Usually, I’d make note of disappearing parent acts, but holy cow there was too much parent drama in Glimpse. Avery’s parents are Zellie’s mother’s ex-best friend and ex-fiancee, a connection that follows them well into present-day and, on many, many awkward levels, disrupts Avery and Zellie’s advances on one another.

I’m sorry, but that was just weird.

Considering all that, I’m not sure why I like this book at all. Maybe it’s because I already bought the other two in the series. Or maybe it’s because the absolute ridiculousness of it all is hard to resist. It’s pretty fluffy. Aside from one minor incident of Zellie and Avery SPOILER » participating in a little park bench no-bra/no-T shirt late night romp, the whole thing is about as PG as it gets. Nothing ever seemed to go that wrong. It certainly never broke my heart (like Bound did!).

I don’t know. I kinda liked it. But, like I said, too ridiculous to take seriously. And I don’t think I’d ever wanna re-read it. I think a good two-starred “It was okay” suffices quite nicely for my experience with Glimpse.

Let’s see where Glimmer and Glow go, I guess. Ha!

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