What Light


Read: 12/20-12/20

A little background about me, I love everything about Christmas. I love the atmosphere that comes with all the decoration, food, and drinks. I am also a sucker for a cheesy Christmas movie. The Hallmark channel becomes my channel of choice in December. As the days got closer to Christmas I decided it would be the best time to read this, after all it is a book that takes place during Christmas.

What Light by Jay Asher is about a teenage girl named Sierra who lives on a Christmas tree farm in Oregon for 11 months out of the year. But at the end of November her and her family pack up their things and move to California where they will sell their trees on a lot for the month of December. Sierra has been doing this her whole life. She has always had her two lives: the Oregon life and the California life. Even though she had been doing it every year she was still sad leaving each life behind. This year, possibly her last year in California, she meets Caleb. Suddenly her life in California is beginning to be more important than she ever thought it would. But secrets on both sides are threatening Caleb and Sierra.

This book had everything you would expect from a Christmas themed book. Minus the snow off course but they were in southern California. I loved the perspective of the story. You always see the Christmas tree lots pop up after Thanksgiving so it was fun to read a book from the perspective of someone who worked on a lot. The characters were all likeable, expect for the ones that were meant to not be liked. The family atmosphere was written well. Everything about the characters and the setting was so perfect for the plot.

The plot was cheesy and predictable but that is exactly what I was in the mood for. I wanted a simple love story with a happy ending. I didn’t really like Caleb’s back story. It fell a little flat to me but that was really the only problem I had with the book. I think this book would be fitting for the winter season, even once the holidays have passed.

Overall it was an enjoyable book. It was a lighter book than Jay Asher’s most famous book but he has shown that he can clearly do light and serious books.

Rating: 8/10


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