The Light We Lost, by Jill Santopolo is one of my favorite fiction books I've read this year. The book captivated me from the first page to the last. And the ending is a surprising one!
In The Light We Lost, the protagonist, Lucy, falls head over heels for Gabe, while they are seniors at Columbia University. But when a life-changing event occurs they both decide they want to make sure their lives matter. Gabe becomes a photojournalist and moves across the country. Lucy's career is in New York. The story centers around their thirteen year journey and the choices they both make throughout their lives - choices that tear them apart and other choices that bring them together. The story is about the power of first love. It's also about the way even the smallest choices we make in life, alter our lives in their entirety.
Do you remember your first love? Do you ever wonder what could have been?
Do you believe you can have your dream job and dream partner/spouse/relationship? Or do you think you have to choose one or the other?
Do you believe at love at first encounter? Or do you believe love is more subtle, something that takes time to grow and flourish?
This book is not a typical boy meets girl love story. There are so many bumps and hurdles along the way -- just like real life (that's part of what I loved so much about this book).
I rated the book 5-stars. The story held my attention from start to finish and was well-written. The pacing was good and the characters were well developed. If you're looking for a good fiction book, I recommend The Light We Lost.
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