When Light Left Us by Leah Thomas

When Light Left Us

When the Vasquez siblings’ father left, it seemed nothing could remedy the absence in their lives . . . until a shimmering figure named Luz appeared in the canyon behind their house.Luz filled the void. He shot hoops with seventeen-year-old Hank’s hands. He showed fourteen-year-old Ana cinematic beauty behind her eyelids. He spoke kindly to eight-year-old Milo. But then Luz left, too, and he took something from each of them. As a new school y...


Details When Light Left Us

TitleWhen Light Left Us
ISBN9781681191812
Author
Release DateFeb 13th, 2018
PublisherBloomsbury USA Childrens
LanguageEnglish
GenreYoung Adult, Science Fiction, Contemporary, Lgbt
Rating

Reviews When Light Left Us

  • Kristen
    1970-01-01
    Review can also be found on my blog, here: Kiwi Can ReadI was so stoked to receive a Net Galley e-arc of this book. This was one of my 2018 most anticipated releases. I read Leah Thomas' Because You'll Never Meet Me last year and LOVED it so much. It instantly became one of my favorite books of all time. I'm sorry to report that I can't say the same for this one.The premise was so original and compelling, I thought for sure I would love it. I end...
  • Lindsey Lynn
    1970-01-01
    Review and rating to come
  • Vicky Who Reads
    1970-01-01
    5 starsOH MY GOSH THIS BOOK.I picked this up at my library in the uncatalogued section (where they have some ARCs) on a whim, and I regret nothing.When I started reading it this Friday night, I knew nothing about it. I hadn't read the summary and I probably wouldn't have actually started if I didn't schedule this post weeks ago thinking I would read this book before then.I wasn't sure what I was expecting--maybe something fake-poetic based on the...
  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    1970-01-01
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight 3.5*This is a very... different sort of book. I mean, you see in the synopsis that Luz is an alien who is having an impact on this particular family. A huge impact, basically. But I'll let you read about that. Point is, an alien invading a family isn't your run of the mill story. Also, this alien is kind of an asshole. The book started ...
  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    1970-01-01
    This book was an absolute struggle for me. STRUGGLE. Why? It was too wordy... as if Thomas was trying so hard to make this story magical and engaging. Was it? Not at all. It was hella confusing and I had no idea what was going on... It was simply trying to be a bigger story than what it was.--------Full review can be found here: https://agingerlyreview.wordpress.com...**I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank ...
  • Emily
    1970-01-01
    It's a little bit of bizarre premise if you're not into aliens but this book is SO GOOD and yeah there's an alien but even more so, it's about life and family and friends and trauma and loving yourself. Read this book with a friend because you are going to need someone to talk about it with!! I was so sad when I reached the end because I didn't want to leave these characters!
  • Gabrielle de Waal
    1970-01-01
    This book gets points for being completely unlike anything I have ever read.I wasn't completely sold on all! the! exclamation! points! in Milo's sections, though I can understand why the author wanted to emphasize the louder and less contained nature of his thoughts. The pacing was a little weird in places. There were about two characters too many. And a few plot threads were just a little too neat.But it was also creepy and haunting and genuinel...
  • Suzanne (The Bookish Libra)
    1970-01-01
    When Light Left Us by Leah Thomas is one of the more unique books I’ve read lately. At its heart is the Vasquez family, in particular, siblings Milo, Ana and Hank, who are reeling from the fact that their father has just walked out of their lives without so much as a goodbye. They are all trying to cope with the loss as best as they can, until one night something happens that changes everything…a shimmering alien figure named Luz appears in t...
  • Erin
    1970-01-01
    I loved it. This isn't a perfect book, it's a little mangled as far as a time line goes with pre-Luz, Luz, post-Luz but I was racing near the end to get to the ending that had me welling up. Leah Thomas has found just a great blend of sci-fi and realism. I forgive this book for not being the next book in the Because You'll Never Meet Me series, it's really that good.
  • Kelly Gunderman
    1970-01-01
    Check out this, other reviews, and more fun bookish things on my young adult book blog, Here's to Happy Endings!I honestly had no idea what I was expecting when I started reading When Light Left Us. I had read the synopsis, of course, and it kind of made me a bit more confused, and when I started the book, read through it, and finished it, I came out feeling puzzled about the whole thing.Don't get me wrong, I did like When Light Left Us. I though...
  • Shoshana
    1970-01-01
    Holy shit, this book. Hooooly shiiiiit. Punched in the feels, over and over. In the best possible way.
  • Sureena
    1970-01-01
    1.5* Such a pretty cover, such a disappointing book...Okay, there was a lot of issues in this book and I'll do my best to articulate them properly in words, but that'll be hard because every time I think about this book I get angry. First, basically, this book is about Hank, Ana, and Milo who's dad left and a few years later, some sort of "celestial" entity, Luz (Spanish for light) arrives and basically possesses them. For two months, he fills th...
  • Alexa
    1970-01-01
    So I checked this out from the library and sat on it for a month and a half. And then I read it all in one day! From the start you could feel how raw and hollowed out these characters felt and it was such a jolt to enter the story in the aftermath of what felt like a tragic loss, but without the details of what that loss was. Everything from the specific issues each of the three siblings was dealing with, paired with the way the chapters were tit...
  • Chiara
    1970-01-01
    A copy of this novel was provided by Bloomsbury Australia for review.Leah Thomas is hands down one of my favourite authors. I endlessly adore her first two books – Because You’ll Never Meet Me and Nowhere Near You – and now When Light Left Us has cemented her as one of the best authors in YA right now.Each of Leah’s books hits you hard in the feels. The entire time I was reading When Light Left Us I felt like my heart was breaking. Each o...
  • Trisha
    1970-01-01
    Images from this complicated, layered, grief-imbued story will stay with me.Extraordinarily affecting.
  • Tori
    1970-01-01
    4.5!
  • Valerie
    1970-01-01
    Confusing start, but other than that this was totally a me book? Loved the characters.
  • Krista Stevens
    1970-01-01
    See Kristen's two-star review.
  • avery-I-guess
    1970-01-01
    This book is...weird. It definitely takes a lot of suspension of disbelief to read, and I don't know if I'd recommend reading it before bed if you're anything like me, but it's a fascinating piece of writing and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I might write a more comprehensive review later, but for now, here are some of the awesome things that the story includes:-LGBT characters (I mean, it's Leah Thomas)-AN OPENLY PAN PERSON-a heavily autistic-coded k...
  • Teenreadsdotcom
    1970-01-01
    Milo, Ana and Hank all know the first day that their lives fell apart --- the day that their father drove off into the desert sun and never came back. Ana and Hank know the second day that their lives fell apart --- when Luz, the light, the intangible alien, came into their lives. And they know the day that they finally realized it --- the day that he left. Now Hank can’t make a single basket, Ana can’t close her eyes and Milo can’t take of...
  • Celia Whimsy)
    1970-01-01
    Thank you Netgalley for the ARC!This is a story of three siblings who get possessed, in a way by an alien parasite. Sounds simple, right?Nope.First off, this story is told by multiple POV's so if you're not into that, you can stop here. What I love about this is that you are seeing the story through different ages since the kids range from age seven to almost eighteen. And then you have the mother and the alien toward the end.The story gave me a ...
  • Resch Reads
    1970-01-01
    *Book Received in Exchange for Honest Opinion/Review*Okay...truth because it's my blog and I do what I want, I didn't like this book. I read it out of sheer determination and it took me the past week to finish. So the story concept, I think is brilliant and unique. An alien appears and inhabits the body of siblings. What a refreshing and unique concept to the Young Adult book market, sign me up. The execution was a confusing mess, that left me lo...
  • Kacey
    1970-01-01
    For me, this is an incredibly fascinating novel that explores loss in a unique way. But it's not going to be for everyone. There are mentions of self-harm and there are characters who express racist and homophobic ideas. There are words like "faggot" and "retard" used in dialogue. I thought this was handled in the best way one can for the subjects, but every reader is subjective so leave it up to your discretion whether you still want to read aft...
  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    1970-01-01
    Thomas, Leah. When Light Left Us, 390 pages. Bloomsbury, 2018. $17.99. Language: R (122 swears, 46 “f”), Mature Content: R (homosexuality, self-harm), Violence: PGTeenagers Hank and Ana, and their little brother Milo have never been the same since their father left with no explanation. Then, inexplicably, several years later, an entity enters the body of each sibling for two months. They refer to him as Luz which is Spanish for light. While i...
  • Mandi
    1970-01-01
    So this book starts off really, really weird. Weird enough that about 30 pages in, I was almost concerned it would be a DNF. I couldn't follow what was going on individually with our three main characters Hank, Ana and Milo without hints of confusion. It felt disjointed, it felt a bit chaotic, and I felt like I had just walked into a movie half way through. Then I buckled down and got through the first third of this book, and was glad I did.The g...
  • Brittani
    1970-01-01
    TW: self harm and suicidal thoughts.If you're a fan of Shaun David Hutchinson's writing, I definitely recommend you check out a book by Leah Thomas. Their books both have the whole "contemporary except this one specific science fiction aspect that's completely normal/accepted" thing going on and they're both really excellent at it. I went into this thinking it would be one thing and it completely surprised me by being almost the exact opposite. I...
  • Corey
    1970-01-01
    Book Talk: The Vasquez siblings' dad leaves them unexpectedly, leaving a hole in their lives that they feel can never be filled. That is until they meet a shining figure named Luz in the canyon behind their house. Luz begins to fill all the spaces in their lives...Hank's hands, Ana's eyes, and Milo's ears. But when Luz leaves them, the siblings have no idea how to move on in a world where everything has changed.My thoughts: Without trying to give...
  • Erin
    1970-01-01
    4.5 Stars - I’m not gonna lie - based solely on the synopsis, I had a completely different vision of what I thought this book was going to be about. The only thing I knew for sure was that I loved Thomas’s debut novel and its companion - so I was just super stoked to see she had some new material.Jump ahead a bit to when I actually started reading and my thoughts became a jumbled mess of, “wow, this book is super weird” and “wait, what...
  • Adele
    1970-01-01
    I loved Thomas' first two books so much it makes it all the more disappointing that I didn't really even like this one. It was slow and dull for so long. The chapters from Milo's perspective were annoying. He's just a fictional character so I don't think it makes me a horrible person that I don't enjoy spending time with a weird little kid who over-uses exclamation points and is obsessed with things I have no interest in. Actually, I don't think ...