All the Little Lights
Blurb from Goodreads:
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jamie McGuire comes a riveting tale of first love that starts young but runs deep.
The first time Elliott Youngblood spots Catherine Calhoun, he’s just a boy with a camera, and he’s never seen a sadder and more beautiful sight. Both Elliott and Catherine feel like outcasts, yet they find an easy friendship with each other. But when Catherine needs him most, Elliott is forced to leave town.
Elliott finally returns, but he and Catherine are now different people. He’s a star high school athlete, and she spends all her free time working at her mother’s mysterious bed-and-breakfast. Catherine hasn’t forgiven Elliott for abandoning her, but he’s determined to win back her friendship…and her heart.
Just when Catherine is ready to fully trust Elliott, he becomes the prime suspect in a local tragedy. Despite the town’s growing suspicions, Catherine clings to her love for Elliott. But a devastating secret that Catherine has buried could destroy whatever chance of happiness they have left.
My thoughts on this book:
What is it about Jamie Mcguire’s books that I love so much? It’s that they captivate me! I simply can’t put them down until I finish and that’s exactly how it was reading All the Little Lights.
When Catherine and Elliot met, they seemed to click right away. As young teens, both were dealing with their own problems, yet they became very close and started–what seemed like–an unbreakable friendship. When Elliot is forced to leave town, Catherine is left to fend for herself and as time moves on, she has to find a way to heal. When Elliot returns for senior year a few years later, he’ll do whatever it takes to win Catherine back, but everything is different. They’ve both grown and changed so much. He’s now the high school football team’s star quarterback and seems to have no problems making friends and being popular, while Catherine struggles to make ends meet with feeling like an outcast at school, and maintaining her family owned bed and breakfast. As if their relationship wasn’t complicated enough, Catherine has a secret she struggles to hide and Elliot gets caught up in drama involving a missing student.
I thought this book had a very interesting and complex plot. The story alternates throughout with Elliot’s and Catherine’s point of view. It seems simple, but there are other elements and a lot going on in the background to where you’re left to guess until the end what’s really happening. I didn’t feel like it was too predictable and I was surprised with the outcome. There were a few themes that did remind me of some of my other favorite romance books like The Notebook for an example, but I won’t spoil anything with details. This book deals with many teen struggles including divorce, bullying, racism, neglect, family/peer pressure, mental health, and others.
I thought the characters were unforgettable and I was totally invested! Elliot was everything I wanted him to be including persistent, loyal, courageous, and totally supportive to Catherine. He would do anything for Catherine and puts up with a great deal from her. Both of them want what’s best for each other, but deal with drama and pressure from students and both sides of their families. With that said, I did find Catherine a little annoying sometimes, but I needed to remind myself that with all she’d been through, how she acted was understandable as she was quite confused and dealing with a lot. I liked her strength and appreciated that she stood up for herself and for what was right regarding certain events, especially with the other students in her school. By the end of the book, everything tied together nicely.
Overall, I loved this book. Even though it was different from other Jamie McGuire books I’ve read in the past, I was very pleased and it didn’t disappoint. This is easily a book that can be finished within one sitting, even with its length. I could barely put it down. I do highly recommend this one!
I’d like to thank NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for sharing a copy of this book with me in exchange for my honest review.
Title: All the Little Lights
- Paperback: 444 pages
- Author: Jamie McGuire
- Genre: Contemporary, YA
- Publisher: Montlake Romance (May 29, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1503902781
- ISBN-13: 978-1503902787
This is book #8 on my Netgalley/Edelweiss Challenge! You can see it Here.