What Light by Jay Asher: Book Review


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.


Rating: 5/5

Warning: this review have spoilers.

I have been going through hard times lately and what I need right now is a book that does not have a lot of drama. (I got a lot of that already; don’t need them anymore.) Good thing I read Asher’s latest book.

I loved it. What Light is your typical chic-lit book where a girl meets a guy until certain situations happen and you can kinda predict what happens next. But the reason I loved it is because it’s such a fast and light read and I just fell in love with the characters especially Caleb. One of the nicest and sweetest fictional guy character I’ve met. (Bonus: he’s handsome, got that killer smile, PLUS he’s got dimples!) Of course, he’s got issues in the past but I let it slide because hey, I totally understood why he did such thing. (Spoiler alert) I mean, we all lose our temper; and sometimes, we do things we didn’t mean.

Another thing that I loved about this book is it’s all about Christmas. I love Christmas! It’s the season where my relatives and I get together; the season where there is good food everywhere; the season where the vibes and aura just makes you feel jolly all the time.

I may not have liked Sierra’s character as much as Caleb’s because she’s kind of a pessimist at some point; for example, she doesn’t think that long distance relationships work. She doesn’t even want to try because that’s where her mindset’s at. That LDR doesn’t work. Period. Okay, I see where you’re coming but – girl? – you’re not even at it yet and you already concluded that it won’t work. C’mon!

But other than that, I loved how open she was with her family; how she and her parents can talk directly about what she or her parents want, how they trusted her despite all the rumors they have heard about Caleb, and how they didn’t let one mistake ruin someone else’s present life or future. I loved that. I loved how they were open on the fact that everyone can change for the better, and we all know that not all parents are like that.

What Light is also a book about friendship and forgiveness. I loved how it all ended well and everyone’s happy and okay. I couldn’t ask for a better ending. (Though of course I wanted more of Caleb. Hehe.)


That’s it for this book’s review! If you have read this book already, drop a comment below and tell me which part/s is/are your favorite/s!  I’d love to talk more about it with you. If you also want to see all the books I have read, I finally made a list. (Click here.)

Anyway, I hope that wherever you are, you’re happy; and the light will always shine upon you.

Love, Amielle

7 thoughts on “What Light by Jay Asher: Book Review

  1. This is such a lovely review – this book seems like the kind of book I would love: a cute story about love, with parents present…And christmases? Favorite time of the year for sure <3 Thank you for the recommendation :)


  2. I started reading it sometime last year but I wasn’t able to finish it up to now because I’m just not in the mood for it yet. Now that I’ve read this (I don’t really read reviews before I read the book, only after I do to avoid spoilers lol), I guess I’m going to pick it up again this weekend :)


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