Monday, August 8, 2016

Review: What Light by Jay Asher

Title: What Light
Author: Jay Asher
Publication Date: October 11, 2016
Publisher: Razorbill
Source: ALA Annual 
Format: ARC
Age Group: Young Adult 
Genre: Contemporary/Romance 

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.

It is remarkable how people tell these stories about how people have impacted them, have changed their lives, and maybe even saved them. For me it was Jay Asher. With his brilliant debut 13 Reasons Why I was constantly stalking the stores, the sites, and the discussions on when a new book was being released and an answer has finally been revealed. This October! I knew this book would be a book I would immediately need. 

What Light follows a simple yet complicated start of a romance with a girl who comes to California for a limited time and a guy with a haunting past full of regret. Struggling through the rumors, the time limit, and the growing emotions these two cross boundaries to find something that may only come once in a lifetime: true love. 

Sierra has a tough life, well at least I think so. Leaving every Christmas season with her family to California to sell trees, leaving her friends, her school, and her everyday life away for the season. I do not know if I would be able to do this but after doing something for years, it almost becomes somewhat of a routine. However, growing up and having to make responsible choices are now becoming a part of this routine and this goes with the never easy dating life. She is a character that I know girls will be able to relate to and possibly find their own selves in her. 

Caleb of course is that typical boy with the bad reputation that everyone seems to love. Well, at least I did! Just thinking of him reminds me of something I heard in Shrek (yes random I know) but he reminds of an onion. (Go with me here) An onion that has layers to it and to find its core you have to take the time to peel away a piece at a time. Inspirational I know. However, he was a character that i know I have read before but it was refreshing to have that familiar character in my mind and make the story that much more enjoyable. 

Overall Jay Asher writes a simplistic story that shows what one must do for the ones they love. I am glad that I was able to not only meet Jay Asher but take a journey with his new story. Jay Asher is an author who will always have a place in my heart and I encourage you to see what his stories can do for you. What Light is the perfect anytime read that brings a smile to your face, when your clouds are dark. 

I give this book 5 souls! 

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