Review: What Light by Jay Asher

What Light by Jay Asher

What Light is such a fun holiday romance. Sierra’s family owns a Christmas tree farm in Oregon, but each winter they travel to California for Thanksgiving through Christmas to tell their trees. This summer could be their last because the tree lot isn’t doing well. Sierra’s parents met and fell in love on the tree lot when they were teenagers, but despite that, they can’t believe that Sierra might feel the same way about Caleb. Even Sierra doesn’t want it to be love. She’s a practical girl, and she knows long distance relationships can’t last.

This story was so unique. A family that travels for the Christmas season is unconventional, but fun. The full cast of characters are terrific. Sierra and Caleb were both adorable. And I loved Sierra’s friends – Elizabeth and Rachel in Oregon and Heather and Devon in California. Everything in this book seemed realistic. The parents were present, and while somewhat overprotective, they were great additions to the story.

For a holiday romance, it’s not overly Christmas-y, so it could be read any time during the year. It was a very quick read, and one that I may revisit again in the future.

Rating: 4 Stars

What Light
Jay Asher
Young Adult Fiction
Penguin
October 18, 2016
Hardcover
272

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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4 Comments

    1. It was good. My favorite of his is The Future of Us though. I LOVE that book. I think I’ve read it 3 times on my phone, and I usually only listen to re-reads. That tells you how great it is. It’s the perfect book for someone in their 30s who had AOL in high school as I did.

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