The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo
- Published: 2017
- Pages: 336 e-ARC
When considering to whom you should recommend this book, one important aspect to know about this story is that it is told from the point of view of the main female character (Lucy) telling the story to the main male character (Gabe) (“You and I…” “You were…” etc.). Some readers do not want a story told in this manner, and so you should probably make sure they know about it. HOWEVER, if your reader has an open mind, after a small adjustment of mind-frame when reading, it is easy to get used to the storytelling style.
This book is definitely character-driven. At its heart, this is a book about relationships, but it is also a love story. It shows the reader many aspects of love: the beginning where everything is new and exciting; the loss when it all falls apart; the grieving period where you can’t cope with any new affection; the mundanity of everyday love; the frustration of differing opinions and desires within a relationship. Some novels only cover one or two aspects: the break-up and/or the new love. It’s nice to see it all covered. Their story starts at the beginning and Lucy highlights events in their lives, sharing slivers of time and what was going on during that time.
For someone who likes the aspects of telling a story of a relationship in snippets over the course of many years, you might suggest One Day by David Nicholls.
Rating: 3 stars (“liked it”)
*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required.*