What Light

What Light

Book - 2016
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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.
Publisher: [New York, New York] : Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Random House, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781595145512
Branch Call Number: YA FIC ASHER, J.
Characteristics: 250 pages ; 22 cm


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For teens. Romance at a Christmas Tree Farm? Sounds cuddly.

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Apr 02, 2018

I really like Jay Asher and 13 Reasons Why and I didn't expect this book to be similar to 13 Reasons at all, that being said, the plot of this book is so thin it's almost painful to read. The characters show no growth or development at all. I love YA books but I struggled to get through this because it was so boring.

ArapahoeKati Dec 04, 2017

A feel-good story about what forgiveness, love and family (plus Christmas-y without being too Christmas-y).

Nov 17, 2017

Overall I thought this story was okay. I was very torn on the problem that surrounded Caleb and if he really was okay now and if it really was just a fluke or if it would happen again. I also had some problems with Sierra I got it this was supposed to be a memorable year, but I feel like she really didn't spend much time with her best friend or with her parents. As for the romance that this was focused on, it was nice to seem them taking it slow. Instead of just jumping into it and having super insta-love that would fizzle out before the book was over. What I did really like though was Seirra's love for christmas time and her family business. This is a quick Christmas read that is sweet.

Oct 11, 2017

WHAT LIGHT deserves way more than my 5 stars. I read it possibly around a year ago but I remembered it again when I recently read 13 Reasons Why. It is honestly such a feel-good book and soo different from many common YA book. You should DEFINITELY add it to your TBR list because...WOW!

I was looking through my library's online database to find new books. I usually just search Teen or YA books published in the last 5-7 years (I do read older books sometimes but when I am searching for titles, I always look for recent ones). Pages and pages came up and I began browsing through. I am a big believer in (Judge-a-book-by-its-cover) so when I saw WHAT LIGHT, I fell in love with the cover. That prompted me into reading the synopsis and I checked it out immediately. I finished it in less than 24 hours because it was really good!

I have always loved Christmas and holiday/winter reads because the setting and the tone/mood of the book always feels like snowflakes falling. Yes, I am weird, I know but that is what it feels like. I loved the book from beginning to end. I also tend to sympathize with outcast characters or ones that are considered with a bad past. Caleb was no exception. I also loved Sierra because she is such an angel. She is one of these people looking for lost souls almost and rescuing them. Everyone warned her about Caleb and yet she chose to get to know him and then make a judgment. It's a classic love story where one or the other is adamant at helping their other overcome something. Ignoring all disapprovals, Sierra made everyone see that *they* are wrong. The ending is also very sweet. I wished the ending had something more but I get the ending. I understand why Asher made it that; the end on a soft tone rather than a big bang. The characters, plot, setting, everything was beyond amazing and the cover could not be more accurate in depicting the feel of the book.

Overall, I truly loved this book and re-reading it is very near in my future. In fact, I may re-read it in a few weeks because it was such an amazing book and much better I found, than Thirteen Reasons Why. This is the kind of book that will cheer you up. It is also the kind of book that you read with marshmallows, hot chocolate, while it is snowing. Hmmm all of which I may try in my re-read. Of course snow isn't predictable but the book can be read at night or gloomy days. Honestly, it doesn't matter when you read it because you will love it regardless.

Aug 08, 2017

Reminiscent of Romeo and Juliette, this is a beutiful novel with themes of forgiveness, first love and the search for happiness.
Even though it's a Christmas story, a good beach read.

This is ultimately a story about forgiveness and sometimes the hardest person to forgive is yourself. People continue to judge and exclude Caleb because of his past, but Sierra tries to look past those events. She becomes his champion. Ultimately this was a nice story about forgiveness that takes place during the holiday season. If you are looking for the emotional impact of Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why you won't find it here. Still if you are looking for a sweet holiday romance with a little more depth, you might give this one a try.

vpl_teens Nov 14, 2016

The book What Light is a wonderful read for anyone who loves a good holiday romance. The atmosphere is warm and fills your heart right up. I never wanted the book to end and always wished for more pages but sadly every book has to end at some point. Jay Asher’s style of writing encourages the reader to continue to keep reading and never stop. I would want to read a sequel of this book in the future.
What Light is about a typical girl named Sierra who sells trees during the holidays with her family. She decides to not get involved in any type of holiday romance even though she is encouraged to do so by her best friends. However, that changes when she meets Caleb whom she is amazed about because of the good deeds that he does during the holidays.
The characters in this book is well structured and very realistic. They grab you and make you apart of the story which is why I considered this book a second world to escape in. I personally enjoyed reading and viewing the lives of each of the characters even if they were minor like a family friend.
The main idea of the story is to not judge a person by rumours but instead get to know them without having any doubts. I would rate this book 4.5/5

Reviewed by Shilpa S. for Teens Read it First, http://teensatvpl.tumblr.com/

Nov 12, 2016

What Light by Jay Dasher is you're typical YA holiday romance. From being full of clichés and to being brutally predictable, this book has it all. One major thing this book lacks is likable characters. Of course Sierra is SO pretty that guys are literally sabotaging her relationship after being rejected by her. Sierra's friends are no better, acting more like 10 year old children rather than almost high school seniors. I mean, who pressures their best friend to find a boy, gets mad when they don't spend enough time with them, and doesn't trust them to make their own decisions! Caleb is a whole different story. I get that he didn't stab anyone, but who stabs their sister's door repeatedly! (That whole thing was glossed over pretty quickly) They only knew each other for five minutes! The only reason I'm not giving this book one star is because they kept shoving Christmas in front of my face that I actually felt the need to get a cup of hot chocolate. 2 Stars @Ruby_Tuesday of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Pubic Library

Sierra spends every Christmas season in California so that her parents can work at their family Christmas tree lot. This year is different; Sierra meets Caleb a local guy buying her trees so that he can give them away to families who can’t afford their own. But Caleb has a past that he can’t escape. Will Sierra be able to overcome his past mistakes to let them have a future together?
I picked up this book because I really like the author and although this is a totally different genre from his first, it's still an amazing read for the Christmas season. It’s a really cute and light hearted story that's great for this time of year! I really enjoyed it. Rating 3.5 out of 5 stars.
- @Fallenangelhushhush of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Two hearts, slowly unravelling and opening up to one another. This is the story of Caleb and Sierra, two teens troubled by various problems. Sierra's family is stressed about their tree lot, especially since they may not be able to return to it for another Christmas the next year. Caleb is a boy with a lot of baggage, who catches Sierra's heart from his first visit for a Christmas tree. The two are literally perfect for each other, but so much stands in the way that readers will find their hearts beating in sync with the book. Can love conquer all? Truly a book that is more than some "cute Christmassy theme". 5/5 stars
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library


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