Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Review: What Light by Jay Asher

by Jay Asher
Publisher: Razorbill Books
Release Date:October 18th, 2016
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
Sierra's family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it's a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other.

Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.

By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb's past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love.

What Light is a love story that's moving and life-affirming and completely unforgettable

I was getting extremely impatient waiting for the new Jay Asher book. Am I being a little over the top? No! If you're an avid book reader like I am, and have dived into both Thirteen Reasons Why and The Future of Us, and have adored those two titles to pieces, highly anticipating Jay Asher's latest is completely reasonable. When What Light's cover was first released, as well as the premise, I jumped for joy! I was excited not only for another Jay Asher title, but also one perfectly penned for the holiday season. I was hoping for a new yearly Christmas read, and oh boy did I get it!

In Jay Asher's third novel, comes a holiday coming of age romance that will inevitably tear your heart in two. Following the POV of Sierra, it begins in a Christmas Tree farm in Oregon, a wonderful setting for any young girl to grow up in. Every year the family packs up and moves to California for a brief period of time to set up their Christmas Tree Lot for the season, and there Sierra finds herself constantly living between two vastly different lives. Suddenly she meets Caleb, a guy with a reputation whom still finds himself paying dearly for a mistake he made years ago. When Sierra and Caleb's paths cross, true love blossoms, but can Caleb learn to heal and seek forgiveness for his past?

"Caleb, will you be my date for the winter dance? I won't go with anyone else."
"I would be your date to anything."

It felt so, sooooo good to step back into a well-written world with realistic teen characters in identifiable settings. Perfect for the holiday season, I adored the vast change in setting, traveling from Oregon to California. Sierra was an incredible character. She was sweet, honest, and real to the very core of her being, which is likely why I found her to be such a reliable character throughout the progression of What Light. Caleb, although completely swoon-worthy, had his own pain and issues, and the emotional turmoil he experienced was heartbreaking. It's fair to say I was intensely emotionally attached to Sierra and Caleb's journey together. Their interactions were thoughtful and inspiring.

Overall, I adored What Light by Jay Asher. It was the perfect holiday read, with a touch of realism, romance, all bundled into a truly inspiring story of growing friendships, relationships, and love.

5 / 5 Cupcakes

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  1. Sounds like an amazing book
    Thank you for sharing

  2. I've loved his other two books too. So happy to hear he has a new one out!

  3. LOVE him! He's a wonderful author and I love how he can write heavier storylines like his first novel but also something lighter and romantic like this one which is perfect!

    Lovely review :)