Author: Jay Asher
Published Date: October 18th 2016
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Christmas
My Rating: ★ ★ ★
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.
"But I love our snowless California town, right on the coast, just three hours south of San Francisco. I also love selling trees, seeing the same families come to us year after year. It wouldn't feel right to spend so long growing the trees only to ship them all off for other people to sell."
Seirra is torn between loving her time in California and missing her friends back in Oregon. But she also can't imagine not going or spending Christmas without snow.
Once in California though she gets back into the groove of selling christmas trees and loving them. Plus she also has to deal with her dad being overprotective when it comes to dealing with the boys that work on the lot, making them all afraid to even have a conversation with her.
Seirra also gets to reunite with her best friend and they fall back into the same pattern it was so nice to see a real friendship that lasts through distances.
"This season was supposed to be perfect, not bogged down with what-ifs. They're all around me, though, in everything I do. I don't know how to fully enjoy any of these moments without wondering it it's the last."
Then they also have the added problem of the tree lot and it maybe not happening again next year. This is something that weighs n Seirra's mind the whole time and at first makes it hard for her to enjoy her time in California.
"I've also been raised to believe that everyone can become better."
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.