Review – What Light by Jay Asher

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July 1, 2019 by ceresbooksworld

What light by Jay Asher


Publisher: Razorbill

Publication date: October 16th, 2016

Source: French arc

Rating: 5 hearts




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.

What Light is a love story that’s moving and life-affirming and completely unforgettable.


What light tells us the story of Sierra who lives in a Christmas tree farm most of the time but who moves to California during Christmas time. We follow Sierra from Oregon to California and during the Christmas season. Like every year she finds her best friend in California, Heather. This one has the idea to find a boyfriend for Sierra this year; but Sierra is already attracted by a boy, Caleb.

I love Sierra, she loves her family and Christmas is very important for her, she’s sad every year to leave her friends in Oregon to go to California but she doesn’t see herself stop doing this trip. She loves her life so much that she doesn’t want it to change. Sierra is a girl who likes simple things, she doesn’t like lies and she needs all the elements to make decisions.

Caleb is adorable, what he does for people is extraordinary for a boy of his age, he’s not selfish and I appreciate that. His life is not simple, he does one thing in the past for which he’s angry, but he deserves a second chance. I love Caleb too, actually I think I like all the characters in this book besides Andrew.

The story is really cute, I liked the fact that it happens at Christmas time because I find this holiday is magic. The theme of this book is the second chance, Will Sierra give Caleb a second chance and will Caleb forgive himself.

Frankly, I did not read 13 reasons why, I saw the series though, but I really like the style of Jay Asher, it’s simple and fluid, and the story is very beautiful and read in this period is even better. I came out of this book being lighter, I don’t know how to explain but I felt good and I can only advise you to read What light.

Quick word : a wonderful book to read during this Christmas season.

About the author

Jay Asher was born in Arcadia, California on September 30, 1975. He grew up in a family that 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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