Book Review: What Light by Jay Asher

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BW Synopsis

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 What Light by Jay Ashergrow 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.

BW modernteen's review

“Do me a favor,” he says.

I wait.

“Believe in us.”

‘What Light’ by Jay Asher is a heartwarming and very Christmas-y novel.

I was so thrilled when I’ve first seen this book. I’ve read Thirteen Reasons Why and it had an effect on me, but I was surprised when the plot of this novel was very different from Jay Asher’s other books.

At first, I thought it was just a simple love story, but it isn’t. It’s also the type of book that you’ll want to read slowly – like every word has to be kept in your heart before moving to the next sentence.

This novel discusses long distance relationship and a holiday love affair that sure some of you can relate to. And this book is incredibly much shorter than the other novels I’ve read so get ready to keep wanting more. You’ll also get to learn some peculiar words here because Sierra has a very rich vocabulary that you could list down and use in future conversations.

The characters are just simple teenagers, they don’t have powers, but they can melt readers’ hearts too.

Sierra is an ordinary teenager. She lives in Oregon, but her family has a tree farm in California. They visit it every holiday for their family business, which is selling trees for Christmas.

Caleb is a teenager boy as well, who lives in California. He met Sierra when he bought a tree. Also, there’s a rumor running around the town about him.

This is for readers who are finding a great read for this Christmas season and for those who have partners and even single ones too – like me. This love story is very on time for Christmas season, and if you’re a fan of Jay Asher’s works, you’ll like this too.

BW Modernteen's Rating

Rating 5

BW Book Details

Publisher: Razorbill

Publication Date: October 18, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Language: English

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BW About the Author

Jay Asher was born in Arcadia, California on September 30, 1975. He grew up in a family AP Jay Asherthat encouraged all of his interests, from playing the guitar to his writing. He attended Cuesta College right after graduating from high school. It was here where he wrote his first two children’s books for a class called Children’s Literature Appreciation. At this point in his life, he had decided he wanted to become an elementary school teacher. He then transferred to California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo where he left his senior year in order to pursue his career as a serious writer. Throughout his life he worked in various establishments, including as a salesman in a shoe store and in libraries and bookstores. Many of his work experiences had an impact on some aspect of his writing.

He has published only one book to date, Thirteen Reasons Why, which was published in October 2007. He is currently working on his second Young Adult novel, and has written several picture books and screenplays. Thirteen Reasons Why has won several awards and has received five stars from Teen Book Review. It also has received high reviews from fellow authors such as Ellen Hopkins, Chris Crutcher, and Gordon Kormon.

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6 thoughts on “Book Review: What Light by Jay Asher

    • Hello Niraja! I also loved Thirteen Reasons Why too that’s why I’ve decided to read this book. You should start reading this, then tell me what do you think about it. – ModernTeen

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    • It is! I fell in love with Sierra and Caleb. You should finish reading it and tell me what your say about it. 😍 ~ModernTeen


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