The Way the Light Bends

The Way the Light Bends

Virtual twins Linc and Holly were once extremely close. But while artistic, creative Linc is her parents' daughter biologically, it's smart, popular Holly, adopted from Ghana as a baby, who exemplifies the family's high-achieving model of academic success. Linc is desperate to pursue photography, to find a place of belonging, and for her family to accept her for who she is, Virtual twins Linc and Holly were once extremely close. But while artistic, creative Linc is her parents' daughter bi...

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Title:The Way the Light Bends
Author:Cordelia Jensen
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Genres:Young Adult
ISBN:0399547444
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:400 pages pages

The Way the Light Bends Reviews

  • Laura Gardner
    Feb 28, 2018
    ?????/5 for THE WAY THE LIGHT BENDS by @cordeliajensen1 ; thanks to @theloudlibrarylady and @kidlitexchange for this ARC. All opinions are my own. _*_*_*_*_* Linc and Holly are virtual twins; Linc is white and Holly was adopted from Ghana as a baby. And yet, although Linc...
  • Laura Sibson
    Mar 27, 2018
    In both her debut verse novel, Skyscraping, as well as her latest verse novel, The Way the Light Bends, Jensen evokes New York City with such clarity that I feel as though I am there, walking the city streets with her characters. In this latest book, Linc spends time in Central Park re...
  • Meg Wiviott
    Sep 05, 2017
    Cordelia Jenson?s newest novel in verse, The Way Light Bends is the story of longing, to find a comfortable place in the world, family, and one?s own skin. At its heart, it is a love story?between sisters, Linc and Holly?a bond made stronger by their differences and devotion. J...
  • Laura Chase
    Jan 20, 2018
    I was intrigued by the fact that this novel was writen in verse. I wasn't sure I would like it as I'm not much of a poetry reader. I found that the farther the book progressed the better I liked it and enjoyed this style, I really liked the character of Linc and her artistic abilitiy ...
  • Paul  Hankins
    May 26, 2018
    We are considering using this book in Room 407 with the students enrolled in English 11 during the 2018-2019 school year. Allusions to and treatment of Seneca Village invites "ladders" with Marilyn Nelson's MY SENECA VILLAGE (this is the early look at our approach with the book). T...
  • Jayme Carruthers
    Jun 09, 2018
    @KidLitExchange #partner Thanks to the #KidLitExchange for the review copy of The Way the Light Bends. All opinions are my own. Linc feels like an outsider in her family. Once close to her sister, Holly, she feels like she's always second best. Her parents certainly seem to love ...
  • Jenni Frencham
    Jul 14, 2018
    Jensen, Cordelia. The Way the Light Bends. Philomel Books, 2018. Linc is the artistic sister. She loves photography, and her mind is always seeing things in motion and the way objects can capture a moment. Holly, Linc's sister who was adopted when Linc was just a baby, is the smart ...
  • Jo Oehrlein
    Jul 21, 2018
    High school growing up and being a misfit in your school and family. What if you see your life through an artistic lens and the rest of your family is much more academic? I really hate how Linc's parents thought she just needed to "work harder". On the other hand, she was more motiv...
  • Susan
    Jul 06, 2018
    #partner @kidlitexchange The Way the Light Bends By Cordelia Jensen @cordeliajensen1 @penguinteen Thank you @kidlitexchange for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. This is my second novel in verse by @cordeliajensen and it was just as memorable as the ...
  • Emily
    Dec 09, 2017
    Beautiful story, beautifully told. Full review to come. ...
  • Angelene
    May 26, 2018
    I received a copy of this book in a goodreads giveaway. What can I say about this book? That it drew me in? That I couldn't put it down and finished it in the early hours of the following day after I got it in the mail? Yes and yes! I loved it. The Way the Light Bends tells the story ...
  • Katherine Paschal
    Mar 28, 2018
    **Review on https://smadasbooksmack.blogspot.com/** I will be the first to admit that I don't read poetry, ever- I have never sought it out, connected to it or enjoyed it in any way; really it is something I try to avoid if being totally honest. That being said, this book was comple...
  • Maggie
    Apr 24, 2018
    Quick read. Super good story... love that it's told in verse. ...
  • Jennifer
    Feb 15, 2018
    beautiful ...
  • Jennifer Leigh
    Apr 27, 2018
    The Way the Light Bends is a strong verse book that blends history and contemporary themes. Linc is a strong main character that I related to because of her strong will to be herself even when her family pushes her down. There is also LGBT, adoption, and Ghana representations. The phot...
  • Kate Olson
    Feb 08, 2018
    Thanks so much to the author for providing me with a review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. As in her previous work, Jensen writes this story in poetic verse, but this time with a great variation in structure. THE WAY THE LIGHT BENDS seems to me even more poetic in nat...
  • Elisa Zied
    May 04, 2018
    What a beautiful book! A great and quick read for any teen who struggles to be who they are while conforming to who they think they?re supposed to be. Also loved learning about the history of Central Park and viewing Linc?s world through her mind-camera and real camera. I highly re...
  • Gabby
    Sep 03, 2017
    Thank you so much to Cordelia Jensen for sending me an ARC! This book comes out in March 2018! There are things that I absolutely loved about this book, and other things that I thought were just okay. This story follows a girl named Linc, who has an adopted sister named Holly. She is a...
  • Suze Lavender
    May 13, 2018
    Linc and Holly are sisters. They're almost the same age and consider themselves twins. Holly is adopted and Linc is a biological daughter. Linc is the creative sister and Holly the athletic one with academic success. Their mother loves everything Holly does, but doesn't approve of anyt...
  • Jenna
    Jun 30, 2018
    Cordelia Jensen's novel "The Way The Light Bends" is the story of two sisters, Linc and Holly, who are almost like twins in a sense, because they are that close. However, as they grow older, they grow apart more and more, and soon Linc feels like Holly fits in with their family better,...
  • alice (arctic books)
    Jan 12, 2018
    You can find this review and others at arctic books THE WAY THE LIGHT BENDS is a wonderfully written free-verse novel. It?s beautiful and genuine, and it?s now one of my favorite books. I look forward to what Jensen has to offer in the future. This novel focuses on Linc?s s...
  • Ariel Hess
    May 06, 2018
    Disclaimer: This review is solely my opinion. I was provided a copy of this book from @KidLitExchange #partner in exchange for my honest review. Thanks again to @KidLitExchange  #partner for access to review a free copy of this book! The comments in this review do not reflect the view...
  • Kiki Cole
    Jul 11, 2018
    A beautifully written novel told through fluid verse and detailed words. A story about sisters, family, success, failure, & healing. Although it was a seemingly slow story, it only took me a matter of hours to be sucked in through a whirlwind of grief, release, rebellion, & acc...
  • Lesley
    Feb 04, 2018
    Cordelia Jensen's verse novel, like Skyscraping, is the story of relationships and the ways "the composition of a relationship changes as we change individually." (p.380) Though they used to be "in tempo/ in time" (p. 4), sisters Linc and Holly in their sophomore year are following "tw...
  • Teenreadsdotcom
    May 29, 2018
    THE WAY THE LIGHT BENDS by Cordelia Jensen centers on Lincoln, a high school student at a prestigious private high school in New York City. Throughout her childhood, Lincoln was overshadowed by her adopted sister, Holly, and her numerous achievements that emulated their accomplished mo...
  • Leah G.
    May 16, 2018
    Linc shows the character strength 'appreciation of beauty,' because she notices and photographs the little things, and gives meaning to them. For instance, she sees grass growing out of a small crack in the sidewalk, and calls it a "rebellion." ...
  • Myra
    May 12, 2018
    A short read, but powerful and intense... ...
  • Inn Auni
    Apr 12, 2018
    "Mom, you're crying." That was the moment I realized how good this book is. I felt Linc deep in my heart. The sense of wanting to belong. I looked at my kids and cried some more. Because just like Linc's mom, I thought what I was doing was for them. When I never ask them what they w...
  • Veeda
    Apr 20, 2018
    So, I'm not big on books about art students. The problem starts because art student characters tend to have this pretentiousness that other characters don't and I've never seen an art student character thats different from the rest of them. Despite that, the adoption factor of this sto...
  • Melissa
    Jun 23, 2018
    4 out of 5 stars This was an incredibly quick read because the story is written as poetry and I was immersed in the story. A great story of family, being true to yourself, going after your dreams and secrets. I was not a fan of Linc's love interest, he was a sketchy character sin...