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What Light

What Light
Jay Asher
Razorbill, 2016
Audience: All Teens
Source: E-Galley

From Goodreads:
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.


What Light was a cute, romantic teen story. Reluctant readers that are fans of romance will like this one, as it’s a quick read. I’d also put it on my clean reads list.

I was surprised at the open relationship Sierra had with her parents. They were always discussing everything that was going on with her, and she was always telling them what she was thinking and feeling. I would have never done that with my parents at that age! It was refreshing, as most teen books completely ignore parents unless they are the catalyst for the drama (even though it didn’t reflect my own experience.) Sierra was a cool main character, and I especially liked that she did what she wanted to do, not what her friends or family wanted her to do. Furthermore, she didn’t feel guilty or worry about her decisions. I wish I would have been more like that when I was younger. Overall, I liked it.

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