Monday, December 26, 2016

Review: What Light by Jay Asher

Published: October 18, 2016
Publisher: Razorbill
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. 
My Thoughts
I'm so surprised What Light was written by the same author that penned Thirteen Reasons Why! Jay Asher definitely flexed a new muscle from heavy YA contemporary to authoring a light, holiday YA contemporary.

This story takes place on a Christmas tree farm in Oregon where Sierra and her family head out to California every year during the holidays to run their business. For the past couple of years, the business has not been doing so well, so there might be a chance that this will be their last year in California. Knowing she might not be back next year, Sierra decides to make the most of her time with her friends during the holidays. However, falling in love is not part of that plan.

When Caleb shows up at the Christmas lot purchasing trees for struggling families, Sierra takes notice and these two begin a light romance that is not without its struggles and secrets. Not only are they faced with a not seeing each other again after the holidays, but Sierra must also decide if Caleb's past is something she can overlook.

Overall, What Light definitely fits the bill if you're in the mood for a holiday light romance. It was interesting learning about the Christmas tree business. I also enjoyed the family dynamics between Sierra and her parents.

Sierra and Caleb probably won't win best couple of the year for me, and the story won't fall on my top 2016 picks, but it's still a good choice for someone looking for a holiday book that doesn't require too much time or energy to consume.
3 Snowflakes


  1. I've been eyeing this one on Overdrive, but I'm just not in the mood for this genre right now, despite it being the holidays.

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