Sunday, September 25, 2016

What Light by Jay Asher | ARC Review

What Light by Jay Asher
Publisher: Razorbill
Expected Publication Date: October 11, 2016
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Christmas, Realistic Fiction
Pages: 251
Source: Received eARC from Penguin's First to Read
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Goodreads Description

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

This review will be shorter than normal because I don't have much to say about it. I thought the general concept was interesting. It was really unique to have the main character and her family run a tree farm then go sell Christmas trees in California every year during the holidays. This something I've never heard of or honestly ever thought about. For that, the story held my interest to see how it all worked. However, even with that, this story fell flat for me.

I didn't connect to any of the characters or care about their stories. While reading I just felt detached from what was going on. The only time I had any strong feelings was when the characters were being extremely judgmental. I was really hoping to enjoy this read but I ended up being disappointed. This book isn't terrible but I thought it was just okay.

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