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.

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  • Hardcover
  • 336 pages
  • How to Be Luminous
  • Harriet Reuter Hapgood
  • 13 July 2018
  • 9781626723757

10 thoughts on “How to Be Luminous

  1. Jay G says:

    Want to see bookish things from me Check out my youtube channel I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review Minnie and her two sisters have always been eccentric, taking after their artistic mother When their mother goes missing, each sister copes in their own way Minnie finds herself struggling with the loss of her colours, seeing the world in monochrome She doesn t know how she will be able to be an artist if she sees the world in black and white She is also worried that she may be taking after her mothers wild mood swings she sometimes experienced This is Minnie s story I think this book did an excellent job dealing with some very difficult topics in a sensitive manner It covers grief, loss, suicide, mental illness and much The book is heavily focused on loss and grief and how it can be different for different people I liked seeing how each sister handled the loss of their mother but all came together to support one another in the end I also really enjoyed how this book handled mental illness and medication as well It showed that it can be scary and hard to handle, but with a good support system it will be okay, although it may still be difficult at times I also really liked that the author included a list of phone numbers to call in case the reader was struggling with their own mental illness I liked Minnie for the most part, but at times she frustrated me with the decisions she made ...

  2. Alexa says:

    Still mulling over my full thoughts on this story In some respects, it really was quite interesting especially as a story about grief and anger over the loss of someone beloved.

  3. Samantha (WLABB) says:

    All the color disappeared from her world along with her mother While trying to remedy the situation, Minnie worries that she might have inherited than her mother s artistic ability.My love for grief and loss books was really satisfied by How to Be Luminous This book was beautiful, heartbreaking, and poignant Hapgood s exploration of grief was well executed, and she did a beautiful job capturing the different ways people deal with great losses.The story was told from the point of view of Minnie, the middle Sloe daughter, but her sisters also played a big role in the story The three young women were dealing with their mother s disappearance in vastly different ways, and I always appreciate, when the complexities of people s sorrow is shown from different perspectives, because grief is not a one size fits all thing Hapgood show the good, the bad, and the ugly sides of mourning, and was really able to convey the emotions attached with this process.The Sloe sisters had put their mother on a pedestal, and would explain away her moods as starlight and sinkholes After much soul searching, and the discovery of a box of prescription drugs, they realized that there was an explanation for their mother s behavior It was sad to see the girls finally accept that their mother s highs and lows were symptoms of her mental illness, and I felt their pain and anguish with having to admit it to themselves This conflicted with their vision of who their mother was, and it was obvious how dif...

  4. Ryley (Ryley Reads) says:

    After Hapgood s previous novel, The Square Root of Summer, I was really excited to pick up her latest book While it was well written, I couldn t help but feel like I ve read similar stories and that there wasn t maybe as much originality as I wanted there to be.This book follows seventeen year old Minnie After the disappearance and presumed death of her famous artist mother four months ago, Minnie has lost all the colour in her life Instead of vibrant colours, her entire world has turned grayscale, and she has no idea why While she tries to navigate her new family life with her two sisters, Min also has to deal with Ash, her sweet, non artist boyfriend She has trouble letting him into the world of her mind and to her art When she meets Felix, the similarly grieving new kid, she finds a kindred spirit But how can she decide who to be with when her own world is crumbling around her Just to get this out of the way, this book does have a love triangle I have to say, it s been quite a while since I ve read a book with a love triangle, I m not sure they re as common these days as they once were and it took me a minute to figure out what was happening, I couldn t quite believe it at first Subsequently, there is a bit of cheating overlap that happens in the book, and while Min s internal commentary addresses that she knows...

  5. Annabelle Heath says:

    After really enjoying The Square Root of Summer, I was eager to dive back in to one of Harriet Reuter Hapgood s stories How to Be Luminous delivers on the same gut wrenching emotion, paired with a twist of magic realism, made all the enjoyable because this is a book about creatives and creation, and the light and dark sides that are often present in people we would label creative geniuses.I love how the central conceit of this book Minnie s loss of her ability to see colour is used so thoroughly to explore all the different, difficult and conflicting emotions that Minnie and her sisters are experiencing They are in an impossible situation, and their reactions to it, and to each other, ring so true This isn t a story of sisters banding together to overcome the difficulty of losing their mother it s the story ab...

  6. Chelsea Girard says:

    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 What can I say I have a soft spot for book that deal with mental health so sue me I fell in love with Minnie and her two sisters as they took on the words through grief, loss and mental health This book was deep, extreme tear jerker right here so make sure to grab some tissues while reading this baby I loved how Hapgood put so much love and ...

  7. Jill says:

    Thank you to Net Galley and Roaring Brook Press for a digital copy of this ARC in return for an honest review.In How to Be Luminous by Harriet Reuter Haphood Minnie and her two sisters, Niko and Emmy Kate, are suddenly left without their mother Minnie, the middle sister, finds a suicide note in her mother s art studio but no sign of her body Niko has to take over as guardian, Minnie loses all her color, and Emmy Kate is going out at all hours of the night Their mother was an artist, as well as the three girls, so losing color makes things very difficult, but Minnie doesn t want to tell anyone, including her boyfriend.I thought this was a really good book about mental illness and suicide, and I thought all the art was really interesting I also love whenever one of the characters is deaf.I thought there might be some sex in the beginning, and I wasn t a ...

  8. Karen Barber says:

    Thank you to NetGalley for providing me access to this rather unusual exploration of mental health.Our narrator, Minnie, is one of three daughters Their mother, a celebrated artist, has gone missing Since the day Minnie discovered a note in her mother s studio she s carried the burden of thinking her mother committed suicideand she believes she s lost colour.We follow Minnie as she tries t...

  9. Amber Johnson says:

    I won this book through a Goodreads Giveaway The beginning was a little slow for me but once I became invested in the sisters story, I couldn t put it down The author really portrayed the sisters grief well with each of them processing it differently I f...

  10. Cassie says:

    Net Galley provided me an ARC of this book The plot developed in this book nicely The story moved along at a great pace and I was interested in finding out what happened to all of the characters throughout the story I wasn t very impressed with the main character at times, I didn t feel like I could feel sorry for her or sympathize with her She didn t seem to progress as a person, and I wasn t rooting for her at the end I would maybe categorize this as older young adult I m not sure a middle school student would be interested in this or if they could un...

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