The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

The Light We Lost

THE NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER "It's the epic love story of 2017."--Redbook"One Day meets Me Before You meets your weekender bag."--The Skimm"Extraordinary."--Emily GiffinHe was the first person to inspire her, to move her, to truly understand her. Was he meant to be the last?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 a...

Details The Light We Lost

TitleThe Light We Lost
Release DateFeb 6th, 2018
PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons
GenreRomance, Fiction, Contemporary, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit

Reviews The Light We Lost

  • Melissa
    If you’re anything like me—a lover of love, believer in fate or a sentimental dreamer—drop everything and read this book . . . now. I had an inkling this was going to be something special when I picked it up, but I had no idea just how hard this story would tug on my heart or how emotionally invested I would become.What lends this story a unique feel, in my opinion, is the way Jill Santopolo tells it. Through the eyes of Lucy, a woman livin...
  • Pouting Always
    The first day she spent with Gabe has stayed with Lucy ever after, even though they didn't really see one another again afterwards. She is inexplicably drawn to Gabe and so when years later they meet in a bar the two start dating. Gabe isn't happy though, he wants to do more with his life and is afraid of ending up like his own father, resentful and unsuccessful. As he pursues his photography he realizes he wants to go abroad and capture the stru...
  • Amalia Gavea
    ‘’The world felt like it was cracking in pieces, like we’d gone through a shattered mirror into the fractured place inside, where nothing made sense, where our shields were down, our walls broken. In that place, there wasn't any reason to say no.’’ This book was quite a departure from what I usually choose to read. It was all in the cover, to be honest. I saw the lovely couple’s silhouettes and I said ‘’yeah, okay. Bye!’’ Beca...
  • emma
    I don't know if this is going to be funny. Gasp! is your reaction, I presume. I know. Without fail, no matter what, I’m funny. That’s the Emma Guarantee: Five stars or one, hilarity ensues™. But not this time, maybe. from later: I ended up writing the majority of this review at a later date from this initial bit (had to let the injustice simmer into humor, you know how it is) (yeah, I just hit ...
  • Larry H
    "Love does that. It makes you feel infinite and invincible, like the whole world is open to you, anything is achievable, and each day will be filled with wonder. Maybe it's the act of opening yourself up, letting someone else in—or maybe it's the act of caring so deeply about another person that it expands your heart. I've heard so many people say some version of I never knew how much I could love another human being until...I never knew how mu...
  • *TANYA*
    Why is 5 stars the limit??!! OMG!!! I LOVED, loved this freaking book!!! The entire time I was reading, I had a sense of foreboding. The style in which it is told felt like a confession and immediately I was apprehensive. Sigh. Lovely. My poor tear-ducts. Lol"Love does that. It makes you feel infinite and invincible, like the whole world is open to you, anything is achievable."
  • Warda
    My heart is broken. I am blown away and broken. I don't know how to review this, so I'm going to ramble for a bit. Firstly, I want to thank Putnam Books for sending me a review copy. I'm so appreciative!Secondly, if there's one thing that I took away from this story is to follow your heart. To fully trust and go with your gut. This book had me so irritated with the nature and fragility of human beings, which we obviously can't control at times, b...
  • Sara
    I'm really struggling with where to begin with this book. Sometimes I wonder if its worse if a book is offensive or if its just totally forgettable. At least when something is offensive its inspiring some sort of emotional reaction out of me. Its asking me to think about what it is I'm finding offensive. Forgettable is just a waste of my time.I'm gonna go with offensively forgettable and call it even.Lucy and Gabe meet on September 11th. While no...
  • Susanne Strong
    4 Stars.Lucy & Gabe met on September 11, 2001. After the events of that day, both felt a connection to each other that neither could explain. One that connected them forever and no other relationship compared. It didn't matter that on that day when they were both in College, they shared a few intimate moments which Lucy thought were the beginning of a relationship and then Gabe decided to go back to his ex-girlfriend that same day. It didn't matt...
  • ❄️Nani❄️
    5 stars guys.😍 It’s rare but it happened. What’s a person gotta do to get some hearts broken here? I’ve been in search of an emotionally damaging read that tugs at my heartstrings for far too long with no luck whatsoever.A reputable source tells me this might be it... be it.This is what I said prior to starting this book... the depressed me who was sat staring at blank space for hours, just wasting the day away could go back and punch th...
  • Cheri
    “We’ve known each other for almost half our lives.I’ve seen you smiling, confident, blissfully happy.I’ve seen you broken, wounded, lost.But I’ve never seen you like this.You’ve taught me to look for beauty. In darkness in destruction, you always found light.I don’t know what beauty I’ll find here, what light. But I’ll try. I’ll do it for you. Because I know you would do it for me.There was so much beauty in our life together....
  • Magdalena
    I don't even know how to review that book. It's one of the most emotionally engaging books I've read in a long time. My heart broke many a time reading it. It's gut-wrenching. But most of all it's just beautiful. It's a love story and it's a story about love and choices we make and all the what ifs we have to live with. Lucy and Gabe, two people who are meant to be together but when together their love is just too intense, too much, burns and br...
  • Emer
    Emotionally manipulative drivel. Akin to a poor man's Nicholas Sparks but with even less heart! Trite. Dull. 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)I sent a message to my friend Gabby after reading the first few chapters of the book. It went as follows:"I am reading the most emotionally manipulative BS...
  • Jeannie
    This was hard to put down, I loved it!
  • Cian O hAnnrachainn
    I can't do this anymore. I have given up at page 145.What do we have but yet another young New Yorker examining the lint in her navel and imagining that it is fascinating for us all. The problems of a woman who falls madly in lust and thinks it's love is so small, so petty, that I cannot generate enough enthusiasm to continue.As usual, the prose if lovely. The sentences are put together nicely, the voice comes through clearly.It's the fecking sto...
  • Brandice
    "What makes a life well spent?" I first heard about The Light We Lost through The Skimm and knew immediately that I wanted to read it, so I chose it for my book club's July read (Sidenote: Most of us really enjoyed it). Then, I saw reviews mentioning the book was a cross between One Day and Me Before You and thought "oh no" but also "oh yes" - 2 books that I really enjoyed but have tragic elements. As I read this book, I braced myself for the ine...
  • Nina
    I won this through a Goodreads giveaway.Ever have a friend who cannot stop yammering about the love that got away? Imagine over 300 pages of that and you have the essentials of this book. The narrator is incredibly immature, as is the object of her enduring obsession, who has very little use for her, except on the rare occasions when his feelings have been hurt. A significant portion of this book is devoted to the narrator commenting on the fact ...
  • Me_LissaH
    Copy received from netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewOn the one hand this was a romantic heart-wrenching beautiful story and I really enjoyed watching Lucy’s and Gabe’s journey, but on the other hand it left me in such a sad mood. That ending was so heartbreaking. This is the kind of story that will stay with you long after you’ve read it.
  • Jill Croce-McGill
    4.5 Stars The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo is a beautifully written and realistic novel that I couldn't put down. A definite page-turner with great character development and a storyline that will stay with me for awhile! I loved Santopolo's writing style and the way she captures the emotions of the characters - flawless! A beautiful story that will pull you in - highly recommend!
  • Jamie
    this book absolutely gutted me...and yet, i can't stop thinking about it or wanting to talk about it...
  • Jasprit
    Post- reading thoughts: this book left me totally broken, such a beautiful story. “And if you do find that love, embrace it. Hold on to it. When you give yourself over to love like that, your heart will get bruised. It will get battered. But you will also feel invincible and infinite.”The Light we Lost was a poignant story of a beautiful romance, a one of a kind romance, that consumes you, that’s crazy and has you double checking yourself, ...
  • Christine (Shh Moms Reading)
    I had high hopes for this one. While I was totally engrossed in the story itself, I had A LOT of problems with the choices that the main characters made. When I finished the book, I was just sad 😕This is a new author to me that I would read again Full Review now posted 5/9The blurb for The Light We Lost captured my attention right away. For one, I am a HUGE fan of Me Before You and I love any romance story about first love.I had very high expe...
  • Lisa Aiello
    I received an ARC of this through NetGalley for an honest review.And honestly, I am still trying to gather up the pieces of my heart. You know those books that break your heart and then mend it back together? Well, this one forgot about the mending part!! This is a story about chances and choices, karma and fate, the decisions we make when we come to a fork in the road. It is about trying to be okay with what we did choose, hoping we don't have t...
  • Laura
    4.5 StarsI can’t explain the pull this book had on me—not even to myself. It felt like this book found me. By the description, this book does NOT sound like a “Laura” book at all. But I knew the very first time I saw it I had to read it. The color of the cover, the couple’s silhouette slowly flying away latched on to something in me. And when I found out it takes place on September 11th, I knew. I knew this book had to be a part of my r...
  • Caryn
    So I started this book at 9 pm last night and just finished. 20 hours total, which might be a new record. You know how there's those books that you can't put down? I didn't want to put this down. It was so easy to read and was such an amazing story. The short chapters meant I could keep going even when my lids were drooping last night. I loved how these characters met on September 11, 2001, at the age I was on September 11, 2001. Their life event...
  • Susan
    How many times in your life have you been at a cross roads and had to make a decision about what path to take? How many times have you looked back and wondered "what if I'd chosen a different path - would it have been better after all"? This is a book about the choices we make and the courses our lives take - how much of that is in our control and how much is in the hands of fate. I would be amazed if you read this book and couldn't see so many o...
  • Carol (Bookaria)
    Wonderful story about the different types of romantic relationships we can experience in life, our choices and how we move on from difficult events. I thought the story was beautifully told and this is certainly one of my favorite books of the year. One thing I did not like and it's not the author's fault, it's probably the marketing department or publishing house's fault, is that they have promoted this book as (view spoiler)[Me Before You meets...
  • Syndi
    I have to be silent for a while after reading this book. I am sure in our lifetime we encounter the choices that hard to comprehend. Sometimes we chose different path believing that choice is what's best for us. Then life happens. We then ponder. Ponder if we did made the right choice. Then the dreaded: what if.... creeping up. that what if keeps us awake at night and sometimes make us making a wrong decision that we regret. But whatever happens ...
  • Butthisbook
    Forever crying!I knew it.My heart hurts.Best heart-aching book!😞______________________________“Gabriel,” I said between breaths, “you make me feel infinite.” You bent your head down and kissed me hard. “You make me feel invincible,” you whispered.Love does that. It makes you feel infinite and invincible, like the whole world is open to you, anything is achievable, and each day will be filled with wonder. Maybe it’s the act of ope...
  • Natalitsa0110
    Μια ιστορια αγαπης...κινηματογραφικη!!!Κι ενα βιβλιο που εμπνεει χιλιαδες συναισθηματα....