31 May, 2011

The Glass House

Author: Sonya Hartnett
Genre: Fiction 
Audience: Young Adult
 Format: Book - Library

Synopsis: The Glass House follows six early 20 something’s for a few weeks of their life. Each is struggling to work out what they want and where they fit in.

What I thought: This was Hartnett’s third novel, written when she was just 21. Hartnett’s strength in this book is the clear, concise characters. The six meet regularly at their local pub – The Glass House- but it’s what happens outside that really defines them. Henry and Katrina are experiencing the death throes of their relationship –again, Faine’s crush on Liam is stifling the rest of her life, Simon is looking for love in all the wrong places and Tory sits back and watches it all. Hartnett’s characters draw you into their lives, making you care about the outcomes. Typical of Hartnett, by the end, not all is resolved, but enough is that the reader walks away satisfied and with hope.

Recommended for: those who want to see an author develop over time.