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The Light We Lost Hardcover – May 9, 2017
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"It’s the epic love story of 2017 and the ending is one you’ll be feeling for months to come." —Redbook
"This moving story is a perfect understanding of the sacrifices we make for love and for our dreams."—Real Simple
"Your new tearjerker has arrived: Fans of Me Before You and One Day will love/weep over this elegant novel."—New York Post
“This read is One Day meets Me Before You meets your weekender bag.”—The Skimm
"Have your tissues ready...This book will sink its hooks into your heart on page one, and leave you scarred long after you're done."—Bustle
"Enchanted and compelled me."—Delia Ephron, author of Siracusa
"A wonderful and heartbreaking book. . . . The kind of heartbreak that’s in The Way We Were, that you really love to cry over." —NBC New York's "Weekend Today"
"Heart-wrenching yet beautiful." —US Weekly
"A beautiful and devastating story that will captivate readers."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Comparisons will be made to David Nicholls’ One Day, but there is something more romantic here—yet also more grounded—that will draw readers in."—Booklist
"Gorgeously written and absolutely unforgettable, Santopolo’s novel has a beating heart all its own."—Caroline Leavitt, author of Pictures of You
"Santopolo vividly illuminates how our personal lives and loves are changed by the common—and uncommon—events of our troubled world."—Nancy Thayer, author of The Island House
"The perfect beach read: an engrossing, romantic, and surprisingly sexy story about the power of first love."—Domino
"Santopolo nailed the thrill and devastation that love can cause. . . This book made me feel everything!"—Renée Carlino, author of Before We Were Strangers
"Evocative, raw and at times breathlessly heartbreaking. . . Santopolo leaves us wondering about serendipity and the existence of that one, true love."—Karma Brown, author of Come Away with Me
"A beautiful, moving meditation on the choices we make in pursuit of love and a meaningful life, and the consequences that shape our futures."—Bethany Chase, author of The One That Got Away
"Filled with light and hope, this is the romance we're all looking for."—Brenda Bowen, author of Enchanted August
"I predict a global tissue shortage."—Sarah Morgan, author of Miracle on 5th Avenue
"A remarkable love story that enthralled me, surprised me, and ultimately, moved me."—Thomas Christopher Greene, author of If I Forget You
"Gracefully and tragically charts the course not only of a genuine and deep love, but also that of our country and of our collective identities. It is memorable and haunting, because it is authentic and so close to home."—Nick Schifrin, PBS NewsHour Special Correspondent, NPR Correspondent
About the Author
Jill Santopolo received a BA in English literature from Columbia University and an MFA in writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She's the author of three successful children’s and young-adult series and works as the editorial director of Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers group, where she's edited books by Mayim Bialik, Chelsea Clinton, Amy Ephron, and Lisa Graff, among others. An adjunct professor in The New School’s MFA program, Jill travels the world to speak about writing and storytelling. She lives in New York City.
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The lines are corny. They are bad. My boyfriend made me stop reading them out loud because of how ridiculous they were. The plot is nonsensical; Lucy never even gives Darren a fair chance. For the majority of the book, Gabe doesn't even try to keep in touch or see Lucy, he only makes an effort once she is completely unavailable with a husband and children. The first half of the book is Lucy stalkishly thinking about Gabe even though he dumped her. She even picks where to buy a HOUSE based on where they dated for a hot minute, not even considering that he doesn't live in the county anymore. Seriously, I have had salad dressing in my fridge longer than these two dated and she is obsessed with him. When Gabe finally pays attention to her, Lucy is willing to do anything to justify an affair, not even giving Darren a chance to defend himself. Her only complaints about her husband are about his views about roles in the household, which feel very forced. And the first time she gets pregnant, she is willing to give up her career. Her thoughts were all over the place and only focused on herself and later on her children, never about her partner. The end was sooo predictable and felt like the author was looking to create similar feelings to "Me Before You" in hopes of a movie deal.
This "romance" novel would be a better fit for the self improvement category.
I'll likely be in the minority, based on all the 4-5 star reviews I've seen but this story just hit me wrong. I didn't warm to the characters and the choices they made didn't seem part of a magical love story transcending time, but of selfish self absorbed people oblivious to consequence.
The two main characters meet on 911. Of COURSE they are bonded. It's known as a trauma bond. Survivors of tragedies such as plane crashes , etc. often describe this feeling. You experience a terrible event that generates high emotion and you attribute that emotion to the person you experience it with.
I know this sounds cynical, but really. An emotional / physical affair that goes on for years is no trite matter. It's destructive, dishonest and not at all special.
I gave this book 2 stars because the writing is ok but the plot line was infuriating and the characters dislikeable. All this angsty pining for a dude that doesn't appear to like you much unless his world is falling apart is just too much.
The entire " our love is soooo special" premise sounds like it was conjured up by some preteen with no concept of the real world.
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