'The Light We Lost' by Jill Santopolo Review
I was honestly bored at the airport and wanted to pick up reading again this summer. So I decided to do just that, and this book peaked my interest because of the blurb.
I want to say right now, that I am completely biased toward this book, and you'll find out why soon enough (no, it's not because I get a commission on sales, or was paid to advertise it...seriously, just read on!).
It's a broken love story.
This book is a love story. There is no denying it.
But I call it a broken love story because of the way the author portrays the love and the relationships in the book (although you can also tell by the title).
It's a broken love story because it follows the lives of two lovers who are so right for each other that they are wrong for each other. And that's all the spoilers I will be giving you.
Told in a way as if the author is talking to you.
Not going to lie, when reading the first half of the book, I kept questioning myself: is the author writing this story for someone in her life? Because the chapters are pretty short, and they usually end in a way that asks questions to the person she (the character) is talking to.
But then towards the middle of the book I realized that the chapters worked that way BECAUSE it was as if the character was talking to someone and asking that someone questions.
Also, as a side note, at the end of almost every chapter, you get a new piece of a puzzle, a puzzle of what happens at the end of the story. Those hints keep you engrossed.
'Tear-jerking' is the appropriate adjective for this book.
I went through a roller coaster of emotions with this book, and that's how I like it.
But I honestly don't remember the last time I read a book that made me cry, made me choked up, and made me want to sob (for being so lucky - more on that later).
Throughout points in the book, I had to routinely stop to check myself, because I was on the verge of tears. I honestly lost track of how often I was about to cry.
But it took the ending of the book to totally push me to the edge. I cried on the plane.
It makes you look at love differently.
I think what mades this book such a good read is that not only is it written beautifully, but it makes you appreciate the love you have in your life.
I won't give you any spoilers because that would ruin it, but it made me look at the love I have in my life differently. It made me appreciate all the people around me who love me, and who I love back.
This book isn't just another sappy love story. Don't roll your eyes when reading the synopsis of this book, because as someone who has read quite a number of novels, this is one of the better ones.
One thing I forgot to mention, is also that this book chronologically happens from when 9/11 happens to 'present'. So it is a story that transcends over a decade. But it doesn't do it in a way that makes you question time, which is always a plus in my book.
I honestly couldn't recommend this book anymore.
If you want it, you can find it on Amazon here.
Do you have any favorite books that made you cry?