In the town of Eastport, Maryland, there is a family of freaks by the name of Fern, or at least that is how the townspeople see them. Starla is a telepath and can hear your thoughts. Perry is a medium and can speak with the dead. And Clarity (“Clare”) is a psychic who, when she touches certain objects, can receive visions from the energy and memories left behind by the last person who touched them.
Their small town had always been safe and was now happily filled with lots of summer tourists. So everyone was surprised when one of them, an 18-year-old girl vacationing in Eastport, was found murdered in her motel room. With little information and few connections, leads are few. But with the safety of the town’s residents and tourists as a top priority, Mayor Spellman asks Clare to use her gift to help solve the case. Finally, for once, she can use her gift for something other than local fun. Finally she can find deeper meaning in her psychic abilities. But will her abilities be enough to find the killer? And can she have an open enough mind to follow where the leads take them, or will her feelings toward family and friends cloud her judgement?
If only she could see the future.
Clarity is a fun YA novel I would recommend to teens who enjoy a little mystery and romance. I liked the tension Clare feels as she is torn between her ex-boyfriend Justin and the new boy, Gabriel. There is good character development and the reader is pulled along without too much being revealed. The one thing that bothered me about the novel was the writing of the main character, Clare. To me she did not feel like an authentic teenager. She is still a likable character, but the author’s choice of words and handling of situations made her seem quite a bit older than 16.
Rated: Mild. There are 25 uses of mild language. We learn of one sexual situation after it is over but nothing is really said about it. There is also talk of Clare’s brother hooking up with lots of girls and one very minor scene that Clare sees in a vision.