What Light by Jay Asher | Book Review

AHHHHHHHHHHH! Please, please, please can we try to find a Christmas book I enjoy? I really hate doing all these negative reviews! I had heard such good things about What Light, everybody said it was a really cute holiday romance, but sadly I was met with pure fluff. I don’t want to bang on about this book for too long, since writing this will most likely just make me angry, but there are a few things I need to get off my chest…

First of all, Siera is annoyingly pretentious. Like I said in my 12 Days of Dash and Lily review, I don’t mind a little pretension if it’s written well and is funny – but this just wasn’t. The combination of her using all these ‘big words’ (which really weren’t big words, making her sound even more pretentious) and her good girl let me cook for my family and help out at the tree lot was so fake. I found her completely unbelievable as a character. Not to mention how changeable her family were, ‘we don’t want you to date’, ‘you can date Caleb’, ‘you can’t date Caleb’, ‘oh, okay, you can date him’… AAAAHHHH!

Then, there were her friends. Heather who was going to break up with her boyfriend because he wasn’t acting enough like a stalker. Rachel who is so selfish that she expected Siera to leave her family business and ride a train for two days to see her in a play that she didn’t even have a speaking role in. I don’t really have much to say about Elizabeth because there wasn’t much to her – she had about as much personality as a rock.

Then, there was Andrew. There is no way Andrew would have been that sore that Siera turned him down because HE DOESN’T KNOW HER. After a whole year without her, he would almost certainly have given up or moved on.

Now, for the good stuff, her relationship with Caleb. The number of times she talks about how well she knows Caleb is hilarious because she just doesn’t. What’s his favourite book? What’s his favourite movie? What’s a story for his childhood about something other than the attack? What does he study at school? Where does he want to go to college? Where does he want to work when he finishes school? Well done getting past the knife rumour, but there’s so much more to knowing someone than that!

Also, we get it, he doesn’t have a comb or brush his hair, please stop beating that joke to death.

The finally part of this review/rant has got to be about the knife attack. He chased his little sister into her bedroom with a KNIFE. Okay, he didn’t stab her. Okay, he says he wouldn’t have hurt her. But, that is still psychopathic behaviour that should have resulted in years and years of therapy and medication. I know people whose parents went through divorces and none of them wielded a knife to attack their siblings.

Unsurprisingly, I gave this book 2/5 stars (the lowest rating I give to a book that I get to the end of). The whole thing felt very false to me. If you’re looking for something that will require no brain power for a Christmas read, something really, really light to read, maybe this will be for you. I want to be clear that I don’t judge people who liked this book, it just really wasn’t my cup of tea.

Please, please, please, leave me Christmassy suggestions down below – I’m really sick of sounding like scrooge!


6 thoughts on “What Light by Jay Asher | Book Review

  1. Haha! This was such a fun review to read. I hadn’t even heard of the book but the review was very entertaining. As much as I enjoyed your rant, I also respect that it was not cruel or overly critical because those kinds of reviews are just nasty. Lovely stuff.


  2. I can’t recall many Christmassy books that aren’t very religious. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is good, The Christmas Tree by Julie Salamon is a holiday favorite of mine, and for a classic, Dickens. If you like fantasy, The Dark is Rising is a good book set at Christmas time but not so allegorical as C.S. Lewis.


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