A Lite Too Bright by Samuel Miller

A Lite Too Bright

For fans of literary classics such as The Catcher in the Rye and The Perks of Being a Wallflower comes a stirring new thought-provoking novel from debut author Sam Miller about a loss shrouded in mystery with twists and turns down every railway. Arthur Louis Pullman the Third is on the verge of a breakdown. He’s been stripped of his college scholarship, is losing his grip on reality, and has been sent away to live with his aunt and uncle.It’...

Details A Lite Too Bright

TitleA Lite Too Bright
Release DateMay 8th, 2018
PublisherKatherine Tegen Books
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, Realistic Fiction

Reviews A Lite Too Bright

  • Justine May
    Astonishing! This novel is a very refreshing read. Quite ambitious that had live up to my expectations and beyond.It is about Arthur, going through a journey of dealing with loss, healing, family, friendship, with the added spice of mystery and bittersweet instances in life. And a literal journey too travelling through it all in search of answers. That surely will leave the readers with a lot of things to think about too.I love how balanced every...
  • Lisa
    I breezed through this amazing story. It's big - loss, connections, time, memory, mystery, love and regret. I loved the progression and how information is parsed out over time. Plus, I love when books analyze other books - it's so meta and genius (if it's done well, which it is here).Bonus: it's a traveling/journey story, which I have a big heart for.
  • Christy
    Even after a few weeks of finishing this book, I still haven’t unpacked all of my thoughts about this book. But here’s a few of them:1. I picked up A Lite Too Bright because I love Sam Miller’s words. His poetical lyrics are what brought me to Paradise Fears and kept me there. I was hopeful that this would translate into his debut novel and he 100% delivered. This book is poetic and gorgeous.2. Part of the poetic nature of this book also ma...
  • Lindsey
    4.5/5. This book is a wildly ambitious, beautifully literary, and refreshingly original story for YA lit. Arthur’s journey to better understand family, faith, and mortality is bittersweet in that way that makes you feel like you both lost and gained something truly special by the end. Arthur’s narration feels so old-soul, and paired with the frequent disconnect between his thoughts and his ability to express himself eloquently makes him a sup...
  • Cyn (semi-hiatus)
    Arthur follows the clues his late grandfather left behind to discover what happened in his final days.----4 stars. I loved a lot about this book. I loved Arthur and his family (although I was frustrated with his father). I loved the mental illness rep. I loved Arthur's journey on the train. I loved the journal entries. However, I did find myself bored at times.This book deals with Alzheimer's, as one of the main themes. Can I just say, that my gr...
  • Cassandra {semi-hiatus}
    *An ARC was provided by Edelweiss and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*“Would you rather live with miserable truth, or blissful ignorance?”Actual rating: 4.5There are so many things to say about this book. I don't even know where to start. I guess I will start with the statement that is almost impossible to say much about this book without spoilers. Why is that? Because this book is a chameleon: every time I labeled it as somet...
  • Kristen
    4.5/5I struggled rating this book. I LOVED the writing and the concept. I enjoyed the family dynamics and teenage angst. I was obsessed with the journey narrative. My only issue was just the coincidence of it all. It seemed any time the protagonist needed something, it was there! I get that most, if not all of these moments, were intentional, but at times it was bordering on unbelievable. But even with all that, this book was a quick read that ha...
  • Lindsay Bilgram
    “i am nothing but a mosaic of the people i’ve met & the things they’ve carried.”3.5 stars. Poignant, emotional, beautiful written, Sam Miller’s debut novel, A Lite Too Bright is a strange little book that unravels in unexpected ways and is perfect for fans of John Green. It follows Arthur Louis Pullman the Third as he travels on a cross-country train ride trying to piece together clues left behind by his deceased grandfather—a Salinge...
  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    I have mixed feelings about this book. It was good but there were big sections that were slow and dragging, which made the story feel five miles longer than it should have been. The ending is what really shook me but the rest left me wondering what was going on.-------------Full review can be found here: https://agingerlyreview.wordpress.com...This story was one I had not heard a lot about before I borrowed from my library. The blurb sounded prom...
  • Mina Cole
    Sam Miller's writing is as beautiful as ever!
  • Max Ritter
    4.5 starsThis book begins as a pretty typical mystery-adventure book about a troubled young man with a healthy amount of love-interest women. But it progresses into an insane story of a marxist, anarcho-communist cult conspiracy and an exploration of modern radicalism. Didn't expect that one.It's really good. Last time I plowed through a book this quickly was, I think 4 months ago? It was about 36 hours. The beginning was a little slow and there ...
  • Mark
    A Lite Too Bright by Samuel Miller 3.75/5 Contemporary YAA Lite Too Bright is a coming of age story with some unique elements. The main character is the grandson of a famous writer who wrote a seminal novel in the seventies, think J.D. Salinger. This is the story of Arthur’s journey to discover what his granddad had done during his last week of life. His grandfather was suffering from severe Alzheimer’s and took off without a word from his ho...
  • Jamie
    I'm giving this five stars, not because it's perfect but because it has the most ambition of any book I've read in quite a while. This is like the love child of MOSQUITOLAND and a Pynchon novel. And while it's no CRYING OF LOT 49 it's got so much going for it that I can't help but give it the highest of marks. It is a bit long and oblique at times but I'll give Samuel Miller this: I read more YA books than anyone I know, and I can always see the ...
  • Diana Long
    I loved this book and find it incredible that someone so young could have written it. I was immediately drawn into the story and had a difficult time putting it down. I also found myself re-reading passages because the words were so beautiful and thought-provoking. I wish I had read it via Kindle so I could have highlighted those passages. My daughter would not have been happy if I highlighted her copy! Author Sam Miller is also a super nice guy....
  • Debra Wisinger
    3 1/2 stars for me! This is an easy read with several unexpected twists and turns. It involves a grandson trying to unravel mysteries surrounding his grandfathers life and death. The story takes you back to the protests and unrest of the ‘70s with an ending I didn’t see coming ! The grandson uncovers the puzzle and haunts of his grandfather’s life while simultaneously dealing with his own demons. I enjoyed it!
  • Victoria
    Assååååå? Denna blew my mind. I början var den svår att komma in i och jag kunde inte riktigt placera den. Sättet den var skriven på confused me. Men ju långre jag läste desto fler pusselbitar föll på plats och det som uppdagades i sista delen av boken knockade mig totaaaaalt. Detta är en av de bästa böckerna jag läst då den berör så mycket saker jag uppskattar.
  • Vita V.
    4.5/5--A beautiful novel that deals with heavy topics. I liked reading about Arthur's journey and uncovering mysteries about his grandfather with him. I liked reading his grandfather's poems that were sprinkled between chapters.
  • Sarah
    *I'd give this 3.5 stars if I could*I was really excited to try this book because a lot of people have been talking about it, and it seemed like just the type of story I needed. It has an adventure in the form of a cross-country train trip, a famous grandpa, for fans of The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Catcher in the Rye (I actually hated the catcher in the rye), but it seemed like a really good book. But of course I was disappointed. I wa...
  • Sage Carson
    4.5/5Beautiful writing, the storyline was a bit convenient, but it was something I was able to look past. I would definitely recommend this!
  • Emily Reed
    ☆5/5☆Holy shit. What on earth did I just read???this was a brilliant masterpiece, although slow at first it was done in such a wonderful and convincing way I thought I was in the story the entire time. I am so glad I randomly picked this up it was definitely worth it.
  • Mykell Bowden
    book reviews aren’t really my forte, but this book definitely deserves your read. it’s thought provoking, beautifully written, has unexpected twists, and a great plot. it’s a stunning debut novel.
  • Jamie
    I will let it be known that I am not unbiased.BUT it's really hard to believe that this is a debut novel. This story is huge and takes on a crazy journey, letting you think you know where you're going and what you're looking for, but you will always be wrong. This book is about so many different topics that I don't even want to try to dive into, but it is very well-executed that it doesn't feel convoluted or confusing.This is the kind of book tha...
  • Megan Hillard
    Aaaaaaaand . . . with that, I've completed my 2018 reading challenge! Yes!!So I've actually been aware of this book for several months, since I accidentally stumbled upon the author's Twitter around the time of the book's release. His constant disuse of capital letters and other disregard for English grammar got kind of annoying there, but the premise of his book sounded interesting, so I figured his personal writing style would be a non-issue in...
  • Jaiden
    I picked this book up because of the cover. I was immediately drawn to it, and checked it out without even reading the synopsis. I started the book, still not knowing what it was about, and was immediately enthralled. This novel follows Arthur Louis Pullman the Third over a very short period of time as he chases the path his famous author grandfather went the week before he passed, hoping to learn more about him. While this may seem straightforwa...
  • Rachel
    This book was incredible. I read it on blind faith alone, wanting to support the author but knowing literally nothing about it, not even the genre. I finished it in two days. It's truly gripping. There are so many elements that mesh together to make such a fascinating story, like Arthur's cynicism and mental instability, the rise and fall of the clues they find, where they're led, and the manner in which they are led. It's a mystery, but it's not...
  • Kelly
    I had looked forward to Sam Miller's debut novel A Lite Too Bright because I have admired his writing for years through his lyrics for Paradise Fears and his blog writings. I did not know how blown away I would be by this book.What I knew about this book through the jacket copy and what Sam said at his signing combined with what I knew of Sam's methods and experiences of writing the book, I thought it would be a simple story of a young man going ...
  • Melody
    july 4, the 2018.this is only his debutand yet he has accomplished everything with this novelthat every author, hopeful and achieved, can only dream of.i deeply envy his talent.the characters were deep,each with their own dreams and goals and pain,you couldn't help but root even for the assholes. and the revelations throughout this novel are absolutely mindblowing! the fact that he was able to keep every thread hidden until the moment they were t...
  • Lauren Sapp
    "I always love the moment where the desert gives way to the mountains, because it reminds me that the highest peaks are borne of the lowest valleys."This book is incredible. I plowed through to the end and absolutely devoured this story. There are too many great things I'd like to say about this book, but I'll be brief.-Arthur was definitely not my favorite character at first, but he grew on me because he's so lost. He has so many questions and v...
  • Joanna Zbozień
    I absolutely loved this book. I wasn't sure about it while reading the first few chapters but once Arthur went on his journey and we started learning more about him and his Grandfather, I totally fell in love. I loved the additions of Arthur struggling with his mental health and his hallucinations added to his story instead of being a distraction. I also loved that tiny bit of LGBT in the story and how his grandfather had a past that was kept hid...