The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo – Book Review

Title: The Light We Lost

Author: Jill Santopolo

Genre: Romantic Drama, Contemporary, Emotional Fiction, 9/11

Lucy is faced with a life-altering choice. But before she can make her decision, she must start her story—their story—at the very beginning.

Lucy and Gabe meet as seniors at Columbia University on a day that changes both of their lives forever. Together, they decide they want their lives to mean something, to matter. When they meet again a year later, it seems fated—perhaps they’ll find life’s meaning in each other. But then Gabe becomes a photojournalist assigned to the Middle East and Lucy pursues a career in New York. What follows is a thirteen-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and, ultimately, of love. Was it fate that brought them together? Is it choice that has kept them away? Their journey takes Lucy and Gabe continents apart, but never out of each other’s hearts.

This devastatingly romantic debut novel about the enduring power of first love, with a shocking, unforgettable ending, is Love Story for a new generation.

My Review

Emotionally manipulative drivel.



Cliches at every turn and a laughably predictable ending which is supposed to be heart breaking and beautiful etc. etc. but my eyes bled rather than wept! (Figuratively speaking of course)

Laden with doomed romantic nonsense with a doormat for a main character whose life was only validated by an emotionally unavailable man… MAJOR EYE ROLL

Awful. Contender for one of the worst books I’ve ever read. Recommended to only the most masochistic of Nicholas Sparks fans.

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