Lovely, Dark, and Deep by Justina Chen

Lovely, Dark, and Deep

What would you do if the sun became your enemy?That's exactly what happens to Viola Li after she returns from a trip abroad and develops a sudden and extreme case of photosensitivity -- an inexplicable allergy to sunlight. Thanks to her crisis-manager parents, she doesn't just have to wear layers of clothes and a hat the size of a spaceship. She has to stay away from all hint of light. Say goodbye to windows and running outdoors. Even her phone b...

Details Lovely, Dark, and Deep

TitleLovely, Dark, and Deep
Release DateJul 31st, 2018
PublisherArthur A. Levine Books
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary

Reviews Lovely, Dark, and Deep

  • Laura Gardner
    Thanks to @scholasticinc for the free book to share with @kidlitexchange ! LOVELY, DARK, AND DEEP by @authorjustinachen comes out on 7/31/18 and is book 2 for my #30booksummer ! ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫/5 ~*~*~*~*~*Viola Li (biracial Asian/white) is a senior in high school who develops an extreme case of photosensitivity (allergy to light) after a trip abroad to Africa with her aunt. Her crisis manager parents put their professional skills to work to man...
  • Andria Sedig
    Viola has her life planned out - she wants to run 50 successful bake sales for 50 different causes to catapult her into her college of choice to become a international corespondent. But when she faints at one of these bake sales, her life is changed forever. Viola has an extreme case of photosensitivity, an unknown, uncurable allergy to the sun. Her parents begin immediately creating plans to help Viola manage, including swapping out her wardrobe...
  • Sarah
    I received this through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Geek queen, Viola, is working on her latest geek bake sale for good, when her skin begins flushing and she feels faint. One of the Firefly fans, who looks like Thor, steps in to help Viola and get her to the hospital. Viola quickly learns that she has developed an allergy to the sun and many other forms of light. This drastic change in her health threatens all of the plans she ha...
  • Sugar Middleton
    Thanks to @kidlitexchange for the chance to review this book! When I saw that Justina Chen, author of North of Beautiful, had written another book, I jumped at the chance to read it. Lovely, Dark, and Deep is about a girl named Viola, who suddenly develops an extreme case of photosensitivity - an allergy to the sun. At the same time, she meets Josh who is there every step of the way as she tries to learn to navigate this new normal. What I enjoye...
  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    Chen, Justina Lovely, Dark, and Deep, 352 pages. Arthur A. Levine (Scholastic), JULY 2918. $19. Language: PG (15 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: G; Violence: G.Viola, a senior, has recently returned from a trip to Africa with her adventurer aunt. While at one of her weekly bake sales for a cause outside a Firefly retrospective, she first meets a cute boy and them has a serious medical incident. First the doctors are stumped, but them it looks...
  • Heather
    Viola is a driven, over-achieving teen with dreams of being a foreign correspondent until she develops a rare, uncurable, extreme allergy to light - sunlight, overhead light, even light from digital screens. The total derailment of her dreams shatters something in her, and it takes family, friends, and one special guy to make her realize that dreams can change. This novel spoke to my heart on so many levels. There was sympathy and empathy for Vio...
  • Olivia
    True to her style, Justina Chen presents us with a young woman who is more than fiction. The sudden onset of photosensitivity leaves Viola in the dark, literally. Her future as a journalist is on rocky ground and a ghost(ing) from the past has her wondering if it’s worth the risk to open her heart to Josh, graphic novelist and real life Thor, carrying his own dark secret. Brainstorming isn’t just for plot lines; Viola and Josh come together t...
  • Rachel
    Chen's North of Beautiful remains one of my favorite YA realistic novels, so I was really excited for this new one. Great characters with unique backgrounds and situations, a nice emotional progression of the main character and a satisfying but not overly romanticized conclusion. The FTC requires that I disclose that I received a copy of this book from the publisher for free.
  • Mrs.Heather Lassley
    I love Justina Chen and this book was another great one. One thing I wish is we had a little back story before we were thrown into the disease. Felt like we only knew her with the disease and she kept wishing for her old life in which we knew nothing about. Still loved it!
  • Amy Jacobs
    I am in the group that wasn't a huge fan of the book. The writing was okay but the the story flow wasn't one I was a fan of. Parts of it were in the form of bullet points and it made me feel like I was reading an outline in school.
  • Angela
    Note to self: Display with Everything, Everything, Midnight Sun, and Girl in the Dark: a memoir
  • Abbie
    Read my review at Bookish Adventures.
  • Megan
    Fantastic YA realistic fiction from Justina Chen! Viola discovers she has an extreme case of photosensitivity and this medical diagnosis threatens all her future plans as a high school senior. From her dreams of being an investigative journalist to a wish to be a normal teen in love, Viola’s health crisis limits her ability to attend school, use her phone, date boys or even help fundraising for non-profits, which has always been her mission. Vi...
  • Whitney
    This book was adorable. I was really worried about the premise because of that movie that just came out where the main character has a similar allergy/disease. But what I appreciated most about this book was that Viola’s condition wasn’t romanticized or something she needed to learn to deal with purely for a relationship to work. Because she develops the photosensitivity at the start of the novel, the whole story is about her (and everyone in...