What Light | Jay Asher | Published October 20th, 2016
Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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What Light is a sweet and sugary Christmassy read dealing with friendship, family and first-time love. There's nothing too heavy or serious but rather it's lighthearted and cute.
Sierra and her family own a Christmas tree farm and for one month every year, during the Christmas period, they move to California to run their Christmas tree lot. One of the best things about What Light is the theme of Christmas trees running throughout. It was interesting to get an insight into how the tree farms work as well as how Sierra essentially has two different lives: her life at home and her home away from home in California.
Sierra was generally a likable character. I didn't really have any strong feelings about her either way, but I didn't dislike her. I wasn't a huge fan of her friends who didn't come across as particularly nice and I think the story probably would have been ever better without them. I did like Caleb and the romance between him and Sierra was cute. I really liked the theme of not believing what you hear about someone and giving them the benefit of the doubt. The small town mentality of a rumour getting out of control and everyone gossiping about what a terrible person someone is was nicely dealt with. Caleb was lovely and although their romance felt a little insta-lovey in some places, I was still smiling away at the enchantment of it all.
The story is brimming with festivity and that was absolutely my favourite thing. The descriptions of all the trees, the peppermint mochas, the Christmas jumpers, cookies and lights were all so perfect. As someone who absolutely loves Christmas, I was just in heaven. What Light is a perfect holiday read. It's light and fluffy in the best possible way and is sure to put a smile on your face.