- File Size: 4520 KB
- Print Length: 37 pages
- Publisher: NineStar Press (November 27, 2017)
- Publication Date: November 27, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0779L5SW7
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,410,692 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Light One Candle Kindle Edition
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Now, I don’t really have much experience with Hanukkah, in general, having been raised in a very overwhelmingly Christian community, in a very Catholic country, so it was really the first Hanukkah story I ever read! And I’m glad it’s out there. While I can’t really speak about the jewish rep, I do believe it’s ownvoices, so if that’s what you’re looking for this holiday season, look no further!
Light One Candle is a very sweet story. Our main character, Josh, has recently broken up with his boyfriend of a year, and is trying to move on while he works on his next graphic novel. The story starts to unfold when, after arriving at his mom’s house for Hanukkah, Josh is told by his brother that his childhood bully Marc is coming over for dinner…
While I did like Marc a lot, and it definitely happens that people grow up and become better people than they were before, I also think this particular choice, and the conversations they have about it might be potentially triggering to victims of bullying. I did like though that Josh does challenge Marc on it and asserts his own comfort as the most important thing in that conversation. That being said, as a queer person, I can’t say I’m 100% comfortable with the “I-bullied-you-because-I-was-scared-of-being-queer” narrative. Not only that, but Marc’s character is said to have gotten cute as got older, but a lot of that seems to have to do with him getting thinner, which, as a fat person, was not great to read, tbqh. I still did like the book a lot, though, and the only reason this isn’t a 5 star read is exactly my discomfort with those specific issues.
One of the highlights of the story was the Reben family. They were delightful, truly. I could read a whole book series on that family. I enjoyed their dynamics, their relationships and every single character as a unit as well. I absolutely loved them, and the genuine care they showed one another. Seeing them interact felt exactly like what holiday season is supposed to be about.
All in all, Light One Candle is a sweet story that feels like the start of something bigger. Marc and Josh are starting to get to know one another, and you see the potential there, and I enjoyed their interactions and how they deal with their very charged past. I hope the author does explore this particular story further in the future. It has the potential to be something amazing. Also, as I’ve stated before, I’d really like to see the Reben family again! This was my first Keelan Ellis story, and I definitely intend to go back and read more by her in the future!
Josh is guilted into spending a couple of days with his family when his brother decides to come home for the weekend. When he gets there, he finds out that his brother has invited Josh's middle school bully to dinner. In the brother's defense, he didn't know Josh even had a school bully.
Marc and Josh hash out their differences and form a tentative acquaintance (it is really too soon to call it a friendship) with the hopefulness for more. They are both refreshingly honest. And adorable.
This little story feels like it could be the first few chapters in a longer story. As for the ending... I guess the ending is what you make of it. If there is ever more to their story, I will be all over it.