In WHAT LIGHT, Sierra’s family makes their annual and perhaps final trip to their California Christmas tree lot from their tree farm in Oregon. She has to say goodbye to her close friends but looks forward to spending a month with her California bestie and to the fun and bustle of the tree lot. She has never dated while working on the tree lot in California, mostly because her dad warns off the lot’s boy employees, who are the only boys she meets.
This year, however, she meets a customer, the handsome and mysterious Caleb. Despite the widespread rumor about a dark incident in his past that has made him an outcast in town, she takes the plunge and gets to know him.
What Light follows the ups and downs of their fast-paced romance. They each try to figure out how much to reveal to each other and how serious they should get, given that Sierra must return to Oregon the day after Christmas.
They each try to figure out how much to reveal to each other and how serious they should get, given that Sierra must return to Oregon the day after Christmas.
Sierra and Caleb connect at first glance, and their romance flourishes quickly. Their exchanges are cute and dreamy, and the story is upbeat. The book is filled with positive messages and relationships, most dealing with trust, friendship, and honesty. What little drama and conflict there is — a jealous boy, Caleb’s past, Sierra’s impending departure — feels forced and a little silly. The characters and their actions are described too much, so much so that the book almost reads like a movie script at times.
The holiday feels, however, are completely evident and gives out positive vibes. The plot was extremely simple and bland, which ruined everything.
Sweet but tasteless, this holiday romance will entertain teenagers looking for a light read.
MY RATING: 2/5
P.S. He surely improved with “13 Reasons Why”!