Books, Teen Reviews

Read + Review – What Light by Jay Asher

what-lightSierra enjoys a perfect life in her beautiful state of Oregon— two best friends, a happy family, and tons of fun and games. However, every winter from Thanksgiving Break to Christmas, she travels down with her parents to California, where they own a Christmas tree lot. But things aren’t going well, as Sierra’s family has been losing profit and they don’t know whether there will be another year on the lot. But Sierra’s life becomes transformed when she meets Caleb, and she soon realizes that things aren’t always as they seem to be.
Overall, this classic, yet twisted love story was absolutely incredible! The situations in Oregon and California were relatively different; however, they were unified through the theme of love and relationships. I found that the diction and writing structure were kind of similar throughout the chapters, which I wasn’t a big fan of. Although, this was compensated through the phenomenal plot line. One of my favorite things about the story was how Sierra’s friends, in both Oregon and California, were so supportive of her. Even if they were frustrated, they always pulled through in the grand scheme of things. In my opinion, the ending could have been better constructed, as it seemed rushed and definitely not what I envisioned. Nevertheless, this book tugged at my heart strings and I would recommend it to any of my friends.
I admired Sierra’s headstrong character because, through it all, she stood up for what she believed in. Her actions reflect her determination to succeed against the odds. Furthermore, I found it remarkable how she was able to see through Caleb’s past and focus on the future. I know that if I were in her position, I most likely wouldn’t have done the same choices.
Reviewed by Mitali, Grade 9, Twin Hickory Area Library

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