I mentioned in my post on 10 books to get you in the Christmas spirit how excited I was to read Jay Asher’s What Light. The idea of a YA romance set on a Christmas tree farm was just something I couldn’t pass up. Even better that it was written by Jay Asher, who, in the one book I’ve read of his, managed to balance teenage hormones with a plot line that didn’t make me want to vomit.
Asher does that again in What Light. Oh sure, there’s a fair amount of instalove and teenage angst, but what YA romance doesn’t have those? Sierra isn’t perfect, but she’s actually a fairly solid seventeen year old. Slightly naive, a bit melodramatic, but overall, someone you want to hug. Caleb is just dreamy enough and just flawed enough to make you swoon, without venturing too far into bad boy territory.
Sierra’s friends are also pretty great too, and it’s really nice to see a male author write strong, supportive female characters, especially in the YA realm. That said, What Light does still have the typical “girl meets boy and life is instantly perfect” schtick going on. But, I’m willing to overlook it, since I don’t pick up a book like this NOT expecting those kinds of happily-ever-after tropes. You shouldn’t either. After all, why else do we read romance? We don’t WANT it to be real, sheesh.
Anyway, What Light is definitely the kind of book you want to read during the snowy season, so grab a copy soon and get to reading!
Hardcover: 251 pages Published: October 2016 by Razorbill Source: Library via Overdrive
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From Jay Asher, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Thirteen Reasons Why, comes a romance that will break your heart, but soon have you believing again. . . .
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.
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