Review: The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

Author: Jill Santopolo
Release Date: May 9, 2017
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Source: Publisher
Pages: 336
Reviewer: Marie
Rating: 5 Stars
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Me Before You meets One Day in this devastatingly romantic debut novel about the enduring power of first love with a shocking, unforgettable ending. A Love Story for a new generation.

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.

Marie's Thoughts
My heart is in a thousand pieces. There are stories like this one that stay with you for a very long time. I am honestly not sure if this one will ever leave me.

This is a beautifully poignant telling of two souls that are forever connected through fate. But it’s the choices they make in this life that bring them to this heartbreaking and unforgettable end.

I thought really long and hard about how I would review this book. I toyed with giving away some of the story, mentioning things that I liked/disliked. Ultimately, I couldn’t decide the best way to convey my thoughts on this book. It’s unlike anything that I have ever read before. It shattered me. Absolutely paralyzed me to the point that for about 2 weeks after reading it, I was unable to read anything else.

This book changed me. It truly did. And for that, I will be eternally grateful.

I voluntarily read a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own.

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