Book: The Life of Glass
Author: Jillian Cantor
Before he died, Melissa’s father told her about stars. He told her that the brightest stars weren’t always the most beautiful—that if people took the time to look at the smaller stars, if they looked with a telescope at the true essence of the star, they would find real beauty. But even though Melissa knows that beauty isn’t only skin deep, the people around her don’t seem to feel that way. There’s her gorgeous sister Ashley who will barely acknowledge Melissa at school, there's her best friend Ryan, who may be falling in love with the sophisticated Courtney, and there’s Melissa’s mother who’s dating someone new, someone who Melissa knows will never be able to replace her father.
To make sure she doesn’t lose her father completely, Melissa spends her time trying to piece together the last of his secrets and completing a journal her father began—one about love and relationships and the remarkable ways people find one another. But when tragedy strikes, Melissa has to start living and loving in the present, as she realizes that being beautiful on the outside doesn't mean you can't be beautiful on the inside.
I have wanted to read this book for a while and was so excited when I saw it at my library. It was definitely not what I expected; I thought it was going to be really sad (because of Melissa's father’s death) but it was more focused on moving on, with a little romance thrown in from time to time. I loved the little facts that were throughout the book from Melissa's deceased father, they really added substance to this book and I could really relate to Melissa. Her best friend Ryan was so adorable--I love him! Although, her relationship with her sister annoyed me (her sister was just so ugh! invigorating at times--but it made me laugh because it was kind of like my own relationship with my sister & even though Melissa and her sister fought they still loved each other; their relationship was very different and unique and I liked it. From start to finish this book had me so engrossed-wanting to know what happened next. Needless to say, I finished it in one day. Overall, this book just really made me happy and had my mind in a fresh perspective when I read it. I would suggest it to anyone.
Rating: 5 Stars