Review: What Light by Jay Asher

29093326What Light by Jay Asher

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Random House Canada
Publication Date: October 18th, 2016
Publisher: Razorbill
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Christmas

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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.


Five years that I waited for another book by Jay Asher and this is the book he comes to us with?

A typical YA contemporary romance.

Ah, why, oh, why?

Like many people, I was very moved by ‘‘Thirteen Reasons Why’’ and it was actually one of my first reads dealing with suicide.

Then came ‘‘The Future of Us,’’ which I thought was kind of slow and cliché romance-wise but, ultimately, the original idea of being able to see one’s future on one’s Facebook page really entertained me.

But ‘‘What Light’’ is just so… expected (and cliché as well). We have a girl falling for a supposedly troubled boy. Of course, things are never as simple, but it simply doesn’t introduce anything new.

I’ve got to say I love the cover and the fact that Christmas is so alive in the story, thanks to the setting and Sierra’s family business.

But I didn’t exactly like how much pressure Sierra’s friend Heather put on her to find someone to go out with for the one month she is in Oregon. It’s unfair to the boy in question and goes against what relationships should be about to begin with.

There’s also a lot of denying going on – does Sierra like Caleb or does she not? Obviously, she does, we know this, but should she? And does HE? Blah, blah, blah.

I lost interest in this book very fast. At first, I was committed to savour every word but, after some time, the words stopped tasting so good.

Does it count as finished reading if I skimmed parts?

Christmas romances are supposed to charm you, but this story isn’t charming. It’s just ‘‘okay’’.

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3 thoughts on “Review: What Light by Jay Asher

  1. Aw that is total shame that you didn’t enjoy it. It’s the first one in ages that I’ve seem a Christmas romance. I have this on my kindle so I’ll give it a ago, though I haven’t read anything by her in the past. Lovely honest review. 🙂


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