by Jay Asher
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Publication Date: October 18th 2016
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary | Holiday
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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. (Goodreads)
I absolutely couldn't wait to get started on What Light by Jay Asher for a few different reasons. One is because I hadn't read a book by Jay since I read 13 Reasons Why a few years ago. The second is because I LOVE a good holiday story. They are great for putting me in the holiday spirit, and I unfortunately don't have enough holiday reads in my collection. This book was a really excellent holiday read.
There were a lot of interesting characters in the story, including the main character, Sierra, who was raised on a Christmas tree farm in Oregon, and who every year travels to California with her family to sell the trees they grow. I love that she has a really great family, and really great friends in both Oregon and California. And of course, there's Caleb, the bad boy she meets in California who has an interesting, but not as bad as I expected, past life. So many interesting characters to meet in this story, and so many of them will make your heart warm and cozy.
I love the setting for the book. I can't imagine living on a Christmas tree farm, but it sounds pretty amazing, and I can only imagine how beautiful it would be. The descriptions in the story were perfect, and I could picture not only the farm, but the lot in California where they sold the trees, perfectly in my mind. I've never had a live Christmas tree before, but the book totally makes me want to have one. The story was really sweet, and even made me tear up a time or two. It was also a really quick read, which was just what I needed during this crazy holiday season.
Overall; I really enjoyed What Light. It was short and sweet read, and is definitely going to be read annually by me at Christmas time. It definitely helped to put me in the holiday spirit. I can't wait to read more from Jay Asher as well in the future!