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The Light We Lost

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The Light We Lost...The New York Times bestseller and Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick

"This love story between Lucy & Gabe spans decades and continents as two star-crossed lovers try to return to each other...Will they ever meet again? This book kept me up at night, turning the pages to find out, and the ending did not disappoint."--Reese Witherspoon

"One Day meets Me Before You meets your weekender bag."--The Skimm

"Extraordinary."--Emily Giffin

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.

This devastatingly romantic debut novel about the enduring power of first love, with a shocking, unforgettable ending, is Love Story for a new generation.

"It's the epic love story of 2017."-- Redbook

Specifications

Publisher
Penguin Publishing Group
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
368
Author
Jill Santopolo
ISBN-13
9780735212763
Publication Date
February, 2018
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.00 x 5.20 x 0.90 Inches
ISBN-10
0735212767

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Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars
I loved this book. I t...
I loved this book. I think it might be the best book I've read in 2018. It was one of those books I didn't want to end, so I read more slowly as the story continued. I loved it not for the overall plot and not because any of the characters was especially admirable (in fact, many reviewers don't like the book because they hate one or more of the characters), but because it described relationships in such realistic and perceptive ways. Sure, some of the plot elements were a little predictable - perhaps even could be described as 'romantic' - but I really wasn't at all focused on the plot. I kept reading to find out how the characters would deal with the complexities of relationships. It isn't what I would call romance, despite the dominance of the two intimate relationships, because the relationships are presented in very realistic ways. How do you choose a person to form a potentially life-long relationship? What compromise is worth making for an on-going relationship? How do you deal with a feeling of increasing distance in a marriage? How 'exclusive' should a marriage relationship be? ... is there room for some sort of third party connection without invoking crippling jealousy? Can you simply forget someone who shared some really important moments in your life? Is motherhood worthwhile? All these questions are asked, but mostly explored without answers, which is surely way preferable to the trite and simple alternative.
Most helpful negative review
Average Rating:(2.0)out of 5 stars
Do you ever really mov...
Do you ever really move on from your first true love? This is a love story following Lucy and her long love Gabe. They have gone their separate ways, and Lucy has moved on with her life. Or has she? Gabe seems to always be right there or in the back of her mind. This does deal with love, loss, and infidelity. It deals with 9/11 and War (not too much, but mentions things going on around this time and does start off with 9/11) It was pretty slow for me, but I still found myself interested in the story. You can tell something is going to happen as Lucy is telling us this story from the past. I was waiting for the gut-wrenching moment, but it never happened. Was it sad? Yes. But, I was just let down. I never connected with the love story. Overall, this was only ok.
Most helpful positive review
Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars
I loved this book. I t...
I loved this book. I think it might be the best book I've read in 2018. It was one of those books I didn't want to end, so I read more slowly as the story continued. I loved it not for the overall plot and not because any of the characters was especially admirable (in fact, many reviewers don't like the book because they hate one or more of the characters), but because it described relationships in such realistic and perceptive ways. Sure, some of the plot elements were a little predictable - perhaps even could be described as 'romantic' - but I really wasn't at all focused on the plot. I kept reading to find out how the characters would deal with the complexities of relationships. It isn't what I would call romance, despite the dominance of the two intimate relationships, because the relationships are presented in very realistic ways. How do you choose a person to form a potentially life-long relationship? What compromise is worth making for an on-going relationship? How do you deal with a feeling of increasing distance in a marriage? How 'exclusive' should a marriage relationship be? ... is there room for some sort of third party connection without invoking crippling jealousy? Can you simply forget someone who shared some really important moments in your life? Is motherhood worthwhile? All these questions are asked, but mostly explored without answers, which is surely way preferable to the trite and simple alternative.
Most helpful negative review
Average Rating:(2.0)out of 5 stars
Do you ever really mov...
Do you ever really move on from your first true love? This is a love story following Lucy and her long love Gabe. They have gone their separate ways, and Lucy has moved on with her life. Or has she? Gabe seems to always be right there or in the back of her mind. This does deal with love, loss, and infidelity. It deals with 9/11 and War (not too much, but mentions things going on around this time and does start off with 9/11) It was pretty slow for me, but I still found myself interested in the story. You can tell something is going to happen as Lucy is telling us this story from the past. I was waiting for the gut-wrenching moment, but it never happened. Was it sad? Yes. But, I was just let down. I never connected with the love story. Overall, this was only ok.
I loved this book. I think it might be the best book I've read in 2018. It was one of those books I didn't want to end, so I read more slowly as the story continued. I loved it not for the overall plot and not because any of the characters was especially admirable (in fact, many reviewers don't like the book because they hate one or more of the characters), but because it described relationships in such realistic and perceptive ways. Sure, some of the plot elements were a little predictable - perhaps even could be described as 'romantic' - but I really wasn't at all focused on the plot. I kept reading to find out how the characters would deal with the complexities of relationships. It isn't what I would call romance, despite the dominance of the two intimate relationships, because the relationships are presented in very realistic ways. How do you choose a person to form a potentially life-long relationship? What compromise is worth making for an on-going relationship? How do you deal with a feeling of increasing distance in a marriage? How 'exclusive' should a marriage relationship be? ... is there room for some sort of third party connection without invoking crippling jealousy? Can you simply forget someone who shared some really important moments in your life? Is motherhood worthwhile? All these questions are asked, but mostly explored without answers, which is surely way preferable to the trite and simple alternative.
Do you ever really move on from your first true love? This is a love story following Lucy and her long love Gabe. They have gone their separate ways, and Lucy has moved on with her life. Or has she? Gabe seems to always be right there or in the back of her mind. This does deal with love, loss, and infidelity. It deals with 9/11 and War (not too much, but mentions things going on around this time and does start off with 9/11) It was pretty slow for me, but I still found myself interested in the story. You can tell something is going to happen as Lucy is telling us this story from the past. I was waiting for the gut-wrenching moment, but it never happened. Was it sad? Yes. But, I was just let down. I never connected with the love story. Overall, this was only ok.

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Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

I loved this book. I t...

I loved this book. I think it might be the best book I've read in 2018. It was one of those books I didn't want to end, so I read more slowly as the story continued. I loved it not for the overall plot and not because any of the characters was especially admirable (in fact, many reviewers don't like the book because they hate one or more of the characters), but because it described relationships in such realistic and perceptive ways. Sure, some of the plot elements were a little predictable - perhaps even could be described as 'romantic' - but I really wasn't at all focused on the plot. I kept reading to find out how the characters would deal with the complexities of relationships. It isn't what I would call romance, despite the dominance of the two intimate relationships, because the relationships are presented in very realistic ways. How do you choose a person to form a potentially life-long relationship? What compromise is worth making for an on-going relationship? How do you deal with a feeling of increasing distance in a marriage? How 'exclusive' should a marriage relationship be? ... is there room for some sort of third party connection without invoking crippling jealousy? Can you simply forget someone who shared some really important moments in your life? Is motherhood worthwhile? All these questions are asked, but mostly explored without answers, which is surely way preferable to the trite and simple alternative.

Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

This was fascinating--...

This was fascinating--well written enough for me to keep reading page after page but I was sort of overwhelmed with the divisions in Lucy's head. There almost seemed to be continuing excuses for being so divided between two loves but at the end I really wondered what WOULD happen next? How could where she was at the end be explained in the near and distant future?

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

It was worth reading f...

It was worth reading for the ending. I thought it was a great story but I didn't like the way she told it, as if she were speaking to a person (former lover) in her head. I just found it annoying. The ending explains it all. It's about a woman who meets a guy in college on 9/11 in NYC. A few years later they meet again and begin a relationship til he decides he has to leave her for the world's trouble spots so he can take photos and show the world (formed by the 9/11 event). Her life collapses and then she meets another guy, marries, has kids and feels like her life is great. Over the years she and the former BF stay in touch, sometimes rarely and sometimes frequently. He always turns to her in times of deep distress. I liked all the characters, although I struggled a bit with liking/disliking the boyfriend.

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

This was a beautiful b...

This was a beautiful but sad romantic love story. It was about first loves and the choices we make in our lives and how they come back to haunt us long after those choices have been made. The story of Gabe and Lucy's love is told over increments of time from Lucy's perspective. They first meet on Sept. 11th 200 and we're able to find comfort from one another during this tragic event. This event had a big impact on both of them. Lucy and Gabe's connection was intense and each found it hard to let that connection go even though their lives took different paths. Jill Santopolo told a beautifully romantic but sad love story. I would definitely read another book from this author. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book of...

I enjoyed this book of love and loss but I think I would have enjoyed it more if I was younger. The main character's flair for drama really kind of bothered me throughout the book - actually I didn't like her much. Overall though it is an interesting and well written book and I read it until the end. The author's way of writing - like Lucy was writing in a journal - took me a little time to get used to but now that I've read the entire book, I think that it was the perfect way to tell the story. Lucy and Gabe met at college in NYC on 9/11 and could see the smoke and the dust in the city from their dorms. They developed an immediate lust (for lack of a better word) for each other and even though they quit seeing each other soon after, Lucy's memories of Gabe stayed strong. They met again in the city after they had both graduated and had a passionate love affair until Gabe left to go the Middle East as an embedded correspondent. Even as she continued to live her life without him, Gabe was never far from Lucy's mind. How she deals with his memory and goes on with her life is the basis of this book. Pure and simple, this is a love story about two people who can't forget each other no matter where life takes them. It was well written and an enjoyable read.


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