What Light – Jay Asher


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.


What a cute story! Sierra and Caleb had such a sweet romance. This was a classic first-love story.

I was pretty surprised because I expected something weighty like Thirteen Reasons Why. It’s been so long since Jay Asher has been on the scene, and I didn’t expect something so light and fluffy! But really, you’d have to be a grinch not to enjoy this story.

My main gripe was that Caleb and Sierra didn’t really go through any major trials and tribulations. She heeded all warnings. They had a dark cloud over their heads, but *poof* it was gone in an instant. What happened to them? There was so much build up about the future, and we never got to see it. Their families were great, they were super into each other, and had great friends.

Also, Heather and Devon’s relationship annoyed me. Gurl, you need to be honest with yourself! And dude, don’t send such mixed messages. It’s such a shame to think about the relationships that fall apart because people don’t try.

That trampoline scene though? That was everything I never even realized I wanted. 🙂

Related Reading

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  • Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares – Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

Rating: 4/5 


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