Insight

Insight Fourteen year old Elvira Witsil lives in a remote area of Wisconsin with her mother Connie who acknowledges Elvira only when chores need doing her grandma a cantankerous woman who can t hold her to

  • Title: Insight
  • Author: Diana Greenwood
  • ISBN: 9780310723158
  • Page: 470
  • Format: Paperback
  • Fourteen year old Elvira Witsil lives in a remote area of Wisconsin with her mother, Connie, who acknowledges Elvira only when chores need doing her grandma, a cantankerous woman who can t hold her tongue and her baby sister, Jessie who, the family discovers, is a seer Along with the burdens of a difficult family, Elvira also bears a daunting secret she encouraged hFourteen year old Elvira Witsil lives in a remote area of Wisconsin with her mother, Connie, who acknowledges Elvira only when chores need doing her grandma, a cantankerous woman who can t hold her tongue and her baby sister, Jessie who, the family discovers, is a seer Along with the burdens of a difficult family, Elvira also bears a daunting secret she encouraged her father to enlist in WWII Ever since he was declared missing in action, Elvira has felt responsible for his presumed death But Jessie also carries a secret about the father she never met a secret so powerful that when her mother, Connie, learns of it, she sends the family on a journey to California with a traveling preacher This powerful teen manuscript tells the story of a family s journey toward forgiveness and a young woman s journey toward faith

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    1. 4.5 rounded up!Elvira’s family was poor and far from perfect. Her mother always seemed to be angry, noticing her every wrong move and only noticing her when she could be useful. Her grandmother was always criticizing her mother or her father. Her little sister, Jessie, was sweet, lovely but also strange. Jessie spoke rarely and when she did, they were words that a child would not think of saying. In their house, she felt unnoticed – only noticed when people need her help with household chore [...]

    2. I won this book in a giveaway.It is a pleasant read, set in post World War 2 rural America. It deals with a family that has lost it's father in the wara father that had an alcohol problem to begin with so that the family was poor. Elvira is the main character in the book and she tells of her younger sister who is a "seer". Jessie (the younger sister) being a seer lead the family on a journey across the US as she is used by her mother to try and make money off what she sees in the future.It was [...]

    3. Insight was a good inspirational novel. I wasn't expecting the time period of the book to be in the 1940's. Usually I don't read things set in a war time era. However, this book was really good, and didn't focus on World War II much. The plot went along fairly well. Parts of the plot got a little boring at times, such as the stopping along the side of the road a few times to rest. I thought it was cool how the author wrote a few A.A. references into the book. She also wrote a couple of snippets [...]

    4. Beautiful and imagined, INSIGHT by debut novelist Diana Greenwood, is a story about family, dreams and finding faith in something greater than themselves. A spiritual and enlightening novel, you don’t have to be a religious believer or follower to enjoy the power behind the story. Although, published by Zondervan, HarperCollins Christian imprint, INSIGHT is a book for anyone who enjoys a story that hugs at the heart-strings with flawed, but interesting characters who are searching for their pl [...]

    5. I won an advanced reading copy of this teen fiction novel. The novel moved along at a quick pace and told the story of a coming-of-age girl (Elvira) with a dysfunctional family. The setting is 1940's rural america. I did not realize this book would have a spiritual/religious theme until I got to the end, but have to say that for a book with a didactic element it was not overly preachy. The faith element comes in as the main character (Elvira) comes to terms with her missing father. Elvira's litt [...]

    6. *4.75 starsI loved this book so much. The writing was amazing, each of the characters maintained a set of traits and behaviors throughout the entire book, and the story was intriguing and interesting. It centers around a poor family in the late 1940s.This story is told through the eyes of Elvira, who is the daughter of Connie and Ray Witsil. Ray, a drunk, abandons the family to enlist in the army. Within a few months, the family receives a letter that tells them that he is MIA, and most likely d [...]

    7. originally appeared on:Bookshelf ConfessionsI enjoyed this book a lot. The cover of this book doesn’t really have anything to do with the story-my own opinion-. It suggest a paranormal one, while actually even if there is some supernatural things in the book, it doesn’t deal mostly in it. But I loved the cover just as well. It’s eye-catching and interesting.This book is about self-discovery, love and loss, life and death, acceptance and understanding, past and future, hope and faith, forgi [...]

    8. Young adult 2 book. World War II era. Elvira, age 14, living in a small town in Wisconsin away from town with mother, 4-year-old sister Jessie, and grandmother. Father Ray was a dysfuntional alcoholic father, enlisted in the military, and has been declared missing in action in the Pacific. Elvira is lonely and feels 'different' due to their lifestyle, her father's dysfunction and her guilt that she indirectly caused her father's death. Little sister is 'different' and when she finally speaks her [...]

    9. I won a ARC copy of Insight from the First Reads program on November 20 2011 and received my copy on December 17 2011. Due to my college schedule I have not been able to get much pleasure reading in as you can tell by my updates. However, every time I read a bit of this book I just wanted more, and last night I picked up where I left off on page 43 and read straight through the book. I really enjoyed this book.While the cover art and the tag line, "What if you could see things before they happen [...]

    10. This is a story about a girl, Elvira and her family, in the 1940's. Even though it takes place during that time period I couldn't really tell.Elvira has a rocky home life with a father who drinks and sometimes is gone for days and a mother who doesn't notice her and when she does it isn't to say anything nice. One day her father enlists in the service and is gone. Her grandmother comes to stay with her and her mother and before long her mother gives birth to a baby girl.Elvira talks about how li [...]

    11. InsightDina Greenwood218 pagesRealistic fiction Elvira. seems like she doesnt even exsist. Ever scince her sister, Jessie, was born, seems like no one in the world would know her name. Once she finds out that her family is moving, she gets angry because she has had memorys with her father at that house. They have played and had many laughs. But the one reasone they are leaving is because: Jessie is a Seer. A Seer is a Prophet. In this case: a prophet for God. Elvira's family is very poor and the [...]

    12. Review from bookflameImagine living in the 1940's, dirt poor in the middle of nowhere. With a mother who only notices you when you do something wrong, a grandmother who has nothing better than to constantly insult your mother for marrying your now dead father and a little sister who can see into the future. That is exactly the type of home in which Elvira Witsil grew up in.Family secrets, loss, strained relationships all wrapped up with a small glimmer of hope.Insight was a breath of fresh air. [...]

    13. I am very excited to read this book I won it on Good Reads GiveawaysOk, This is a good book I was not ready for so much talk of finding God but then I thought about it, and if you are faithless, wouldnt you be searching for something. Elvira is a 14yr old girl wwho carries a lot of guilt around on her shoulders. She has a mother whom, to me, seems so self involved everything is happening to "Her" and not to her family as a whole. Their Grandmother is possibly one of the most horrid, mean spirite [...]

    14. This is the first time I in a novel! Believe I have entered many contests, but I finally won and what is even better, the book is dedicated to me and I also received a button and a bookmark!I didn't know what to expect for this book, I think the synopsis doesn't describe very well what the book is about. I am really happy that I won this novel, because I really liked it. The story takes place in the 1940s and is told by Elvira. Vira is a strong character, even though her short life has been anyt [...]

    15. What an incredible read! Elvira's voice grabbed me from the first sentence and didn't let go until the very end. Elvira, her mother and grandmother, her little sister Jessie and all the other characters along the way were interesting and flawed, which made them real and sometimes heartbreaking. How can you resist a character whose first word is, "Damnation?"On a journey that takes them away from home, secrets are uncovered and tensions rise as little Jessie seems to know things she shouldn't. Se [...]

    16. 11/21 - Won this book.12/17 - Received book today.1/2/12 - Interesting book. The cover is misleading. The book is actually set post World War II, in the late 1940s and possibly into the early 1950s. The cover makes it look more modern, as does the catch phrase under the title. The cover does, however, have to do with a dream and something that happens in the book. To me, it just looks much more modern than the setting of the book really is.I did struggle a bit with it being slow moving at times [...]

    17. I received this book from a giveaway. I have to say I recommend this YA book. That doesn't come easily out of my mouth at all for ANY book, but I have to say this is one that breaks the mold. Too many YA fiction books are all the same and this book surprised me. I enjoyed Elvira as the narrator. She was earthy in the fact that she told things how she saw it. She was well-grounded for a character of this type of book. She was an ordinary teenager with a disfunctional family. The presentation of [...]

    18. Nice story. As a history buff, I was tickled to travel down the road in the 1940s in a beat up old truck with the family's main character Elvira on a crowded road trip, complete with campgrounds and a seedy motel, from remote Wisconsin to the shores of California. But it was this young teenager's coming to terms with her father's disappearance in the war that I found so compelling. Added to this mix, Elvira is faced with a distant mother, a cantankerous grandmother, and a little sister who has a [...]

    19. The copy I have is an ARC that I won on the Giveaway's. The storyline was okay, until I figured out where this book was going. I don't like preachy books. However, it wasn't terribly written. It would have been a better book minus the preachy bits, so I don't want to be too harsh with the rating. I should have been able to read this book in one sitting, but those parts had me setting the book down to pinch my nose between my thumb and forefinger in annoyance. If you hadn't guessed yet, this is a [...]

    20. win!4.5-5 stars!I received my advanced reader copy, unsure of what the book covers would contain. I was hesitant to begin, as the synopsis was vague, but promoting a paranornal YA theme. I'm happy to say, that I was engaged in the character, Elvira, within the first few pages. I wanted to know her, her story and the dynamics of the family. This coming of age story is a witty, heartfelt tale of love, forgiveness and redemption. I plan to stow this book away for my daughter to read in a few years, [...]

    21. I received this book through the First Reads giveaway program on . A pleasant read about how a young teenage girl comes to terms with her father’s wartime disappearance. This book is geared towards teens, as it barely skims the surface of one family’s dysfunction as they travel across the country, guided by the youngest member of the family who is a seer. This book was well written, but a bit bland in parts, giving you just enough to keep your interest but not enough to hold your attention f [...]

    22. When I was first offered the chance to read and review Insight, I jumped at the chance. It looked like suspenseful and secret filed, and I just couldn't get over how enchanting the cover was. As it turns out, Insightful was well worth a read! First of all, the characters and plot events in this one were quiet interesting. They constantly kept me on my toes, dying to know what would happen next. I especially enjoyed the mystical aspect to this. And the ending was perfect bittersweet as well as ho [...]

    23. Elvira lives in remote Wisconsin with her mother, grandmother, and younger sister. Dad abandoned the family years ago and joined the military to fight in WW2. Her sister, Jessie, has always been a little bit different, but then they realize that Jessie can sometimes see the future. In an effort to keep the townspeople from making her feel like a freak, they decide to move across the country to California. They go in the company of an itinerant preacher and stop at various revivals along the way. [...]

    24. Insight is a wonderful story about forgiveness and the hardships of live. My only complaint about the book is that it was to short, not because the story need more work but that I simply wished the story wouldn't end. I will be keeping my eye open for whatever Diana Greenwood writes next. I was very excited to have won this book, it was the first book I've won from goodread and I had high expectations. I wasn't disappointed!

    25. I loved this book. I found myself walking down the path with Elvira. I wanted to set with the preacher and listen to his wisdom. Great book!

    26. Not what I thought it would be, but once I got a couple of chapters in, couldn't put it down. The characters are well drawn out and compelling. Recommend for high school age.

    27. A very unique book for YA readers. Fun ending I liked it. I didn't give it five stars because I wasn't "hooked" on it. but good read

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