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"A beautiful story of love and forgiveness."
--Stephen Chbosky, New York Times bestselling author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower
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.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-08-08
- Reviewer: Staff
Sierra is the daughter of Christmas tree farmers from Oregon. Every holiday season she travels to California to help her mother and father sell their harvest. Sierra’s parents fell in love at the lot while they were still in high school, and her father, afraid that she might fall for one of the seasonal hires, imposes strict dating rules to protect her. For the past few seasons, Sierra hasn’t minded—the rules keep boys she isn’t interested in at bay—but that changes when she meets Caleb, a boy with a troubled past. The more Sierra learns about Caleb’s generous spirit, the harder she falls. But Caleb’s past is soon discovered, putting their relationship at risk. This light romance from bestselling author Asher (Thirteen Reasons Why) is just dramatic enough to give readers a reason to keep turning pages despite the story’s overall predictability. Charming and sweet, Sierra and Caleb’s budding relationship should suit readers looking for a wintertime romance that’s as cozy (and familiar) as candy canes and gingerbread during the holidays. Ages 12–up. Agent: Laura Rennert, Andrea Brown Literary. (Oct.)
Two teens discover self-acceptance and love at Christmas
Sierra lives two lives—one in Oregon and one in California. Her family owns a Christmas tree farm, and for one month out of the year, they ship their trees to a lot in California to sell them during the holiday season. She is looking forward to packing up and reuniting with her Cali BFF, Heather, but what she doesn’t expect is to meet Caleb.
Caleb has a bad reputation that has followed him over the past several years, and rumors have destroyed his chances at friendships and relationships—until he meets Sierra. Able to see beyond his past mistakes, Sierra not only accepts Caleb but stands up for him.
In his third YA novel, Jay Asher (Thirteen Reasons Why) deftly illustrates one teen’s journey toward self-acceptance with the help of another. While tackling serious family issues including guilt, divorce and how past mistakes can form the future, Asher carefully pieces together Caleb’s story, getting into his head while allowing Sierra to see him at his most vulnerable.
This is a beautiful story about overcoming obstacles, falling in love and paving your own path. A holiday read where the spirit of Christmas is at its most inspiring, this book is perfect for teens who love realistic fiction with a romantic undertone.