Review: How to be Luminous

How to Be Luminous


When seventeen-year-old Minnie Sloe’s mother disappears, so does her ability to see color. How can young artist Minnie create when all she sees is black-and-white?

Middle child Minnie and her two sisters have always been able to get through anything together: growing up without fathers, living the eccentric artist lifestyle, and riding out their mother’s mental highs and lows. But when they lose their mother, Minnie wonders if she could lose everything: her family, her future, her first love . . . and maybe even her mind. 

Rating: 4-stars


How to Be Luminous by Harriet Reuter Hapgood is a tale of woe. Loss, grief, and love are wonderfully combined in this novel. Instantly, I felt sympathy for the characters for having lost a loved one and for their difficulty through out the book. Beyond that, I felt the book stretched out the plot more than it should and thus, it fell flat. Almost bored when reading it. To me, there wasn’t enough action to propel me as far as I would have liked. It was hard to continue. The emotional journey was there. I knew what the characters were feeling and why. The disappearance mystery part didn’t hold me. I was disappointed in that. That’s why this book has 4 instead of 5-stars.

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