Tuesday 25 July 2017

The Light We Lost - Jill Santapolo || Review

He was the first person to inspire her, to move her, to truly understand her. Was he meant to be the last?

 Lucy is faced with a life-altering choice. But before she can make her decision, she must start her story—their story—at the very beginning.

Lucy and Gabe meet as seniors at Columbia University on a day that changes both of their lives forever. Together, they decide they want their lives to mean something, to matter. When they meet again a year later, it seems fated—perhaps they’ll find life’s meaning in each other. But then Gabe becomes a photojournalist assigned to the Middle East and Lucy pursues a career in New York. What follows is a thirteen-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and, ultimately, of love. Was it fate that brought them together? Is it choice that has kept them away? Their journey takes Lucy and Gabe continents apart, but never out of each other’s hearts.


When a book is posted to you, complete with a pack tissues - it is for a reason, I remeber thinking when it arrived these must be here for a reason. Let me tell you know, they were. Boy - they were needed. Thankyou to HarperCollins for sending me this.

Lucy & Gabe meet at university, on a day that not only shapes their lives but millions others. In that moment, the pair decided to make their lives matter, to make something, that there was a reason they were together at the moment.  The pair meet again a year later, and they really do believe it is fate bringing them back together. 

Fate can only do so much, and life changes our plans. With the pair wanting to each support each other, but each wanting their own careers, so the pair separate. The story then follows the next 13 or so years of their lives as they grow, change & follow their dreams. 

The Light We Lost is a heart breaking read, it is all about love, in all it's contexts - the different love we experience throughout life and just how some people are always fated to be together. Jill has a way of writing that is beautiful - its descriptive but its deeper than that. I can't describe it.

This read reminds me in part of Gayle Forman - Just One Day & Dave Nicholls - One Day. Both books that moved me to the core, that broke me but also gave me a reminder of how important real true life love is.  The characters were flawed, and not every decision i felt was right but in real life we don't question others choices. I think that is why i loved the characters so much.

At times both Lucy & Gabe were selfish but also selfless, they had a deep rooted love but sometimes like the saying goes you have to do you. To me, at it's heart this book was about love - yet it was about the choices we make, the 'what if'.  Lucy & Gabe frustrated at times, I wanted to bang their heads together - but when it was right, the light from the pair could change the world.

The Light We Lost was magical, powerful & had me snot crying through it. It was everything I wanted it to be & a hundred times more. 


Author Info

Jill Santopolo is the author of the The Light We Lost, the Alec Flint Mysteries, the Sparkle Spa series, and the Follow Your Heart books. She holds a BA in English Literature from Columbia University, an MFA in Writing for Children from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and a certificate in Intellectual Property Law from NYU. Jill is also the Editorial Director of Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group. When she’s not writing or editing, Jill is a thesis advisor at The New School in their MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults and is on the faculty of the Columbia Publishing Course. Jill has traveled all over the U.S.—and to Canada and Europe—to speak about writing and storytelling. She lives in New York City. 

 Twitter: @jillsantopolo 
Instagram: jillsantopolo 
Facebook: /jillsantopoloauthor

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