How the Light Gets In by Katy Upperman

How the Light Gets In

Since her sister’s tragic death, seventeen-year-old Callie Ryan has basically given up. Her grades have plummeted, she’s quit her swim team, and she barely recognizes the people her parents have become.When she returns to her aunt’s run-down coastal Victorian one year after Chloe’s death, Callie resigns herself to a summer of guilt and home renovations. She doesn’t expect to be charmed by the tiny coastal town or by Tucker Morgan, a loc...

Details How the Light Gets In

TitleHow the Light Gets In
Release DateAug 6th, 2019
PublisherSwoon Reads
GenreContemporary, Young Adult

Reviews How the Light Gets In

  • Katy Upperman
    I'm running a preorder campaign for HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN! Preorder a hardcover or eBook, or request HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN at your local library, and I'll send you fun ~exclusive~ swag. International okay! U.S. entrants will also be entered to win a grand prize. 🤗 Details are here: THE LIGHT GETS IN is on Netgalley! Request an eARC here: for teasers and g...
  • Rachel
    This was a really great read with a touching plot, great character development, real and important themes, and a ridiculously cute romance. Another fantastic read from Katy Upperman!Full review to come.
  • Sami (bookishsami)
    RATING - 5 STARSCW - death, suicide, and self-harm(suicide/self-harm very minimal)Wow...where do I begin?I had the pleasure of reading this book early (Thank you Swoon Reads!!), as I have with all of Katy Upperman's works, and am feeling so blessed that I get to hype this book up in hopes of you all buying it when it comes out (August 6th!!).This is a haunting tale of Callie, whose sister has recently passed, as she returns to the seaside town of...
  • Vicky Skinner
    Whoo buddy! This book gave me ALL THE FEELS. This book is going to be such a hit! There's something for everybody! Mystery romance, ghosts, suspence! A perfect beach read and it totally made me choke up at the end. This book was definitely what I needed to finish out 2018. Can't wait to see it on the shelf!
  • B.R. Myers
    In Katy Upperman’s HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN, Callie Ryan is a swimming star who shares the pool and the spotlight with her little sister. But after Chloe’s unexpected death Callie falls apart, secretly blaming herself for what happened that night.With her parents struggling with their own grief, Callie reluctantly returns to her aunt’s place on the Pacific coast for the summer to help fix up her bed and breakfast—a Victorian seaside mansion ...
  • Teresa
    Katy Upperman has become one of my favorite authors; someone I actively research to learn when their next book is coming out and with her latest novel she didn't disappoint me. I was instantly sucked in and I didn't want to put the book down until I reached the very last page. I am going to refrain from fangirling over this book, more than I already have, especially since it comes out so late next year but I will say that you must buy this book (...
  • Lindsay
    I adore ghost stories. There's something magical and atmospheric about reading a ya novel that enraptures me through hauntings and restless spirits. I almost skipped reading this story because of the first page. Callie is smoking pot in her bathroom. I can't relate nor do I care to read books that star characters who guzzle alcohol and inhale drugs like candy. So why exactly did I give this book a second chance? I'm not sure. Maybe I thought Call...
  • Amelia Rosegrant
    How the Light gets in by Katy Upperman was such a great read! I loved so many things about this book. It centers around Callie, a teenager sentenced to spending a summer helping her aunt Lucy set up a B&B in the same town where Callie’s younger sister Chloe drowned the year before. While she’s there, Callie gets wrapped up in some drama with the history of the house they’re converting, the boy hired to help out with the B&B, and a potential...
  • DJ
    Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.Katy Upperman has the exceptional ability to make you fall head over heels in love with her characters. She also crafts beautiful contemporaries that are both heartwarming and profound. How the Light Gets in is no different. It's a story about Callie who's struggling to find her place in the world after the tragic death of her sister. It's about falling in love, spirits, and the bond...
  • Samantha Hastings
    Like a flower the story slowly unfurls petal by petal, until the reader sees the full poppy in all of its beauty, breathtaking sadness, and bright hope. Callie is a heroine full of regret because of her little sister Chloe’s untimely death last year. She’s lost herself in her grief and can’t move forward. Her dad sends her to live with her aunt for the summer and help the aunt finish remodeling an old Victorian house. A house they has as ma...
  • Steph Messa
    Callie adored her younger sister Chloe until one secret led to a series of unfortunate events. And, you know, accidental death. Callie becomes a shell person after Chloe’s death, so her parents send her to her aunt’s creepy coastal B&B for the summer—the place she last saw her sister alive. Now, Callie’s confronted with two pasts: the secret that led to her sister’s death, and a 20-year old secret that led to two others. With the help o...
  • Claire
    LOVE IT!!!!!
  • Pallavi
    RATING: 5/5 STARS Callie is devastated by her younger sister's death and has lost her sense of purpose. She's sentenced to a summer in the beach town of Bell Cove, where she helps her aunt transform an antique house into a bed-and-breakfast. She meets Tucker, whose gentle persistence and sunny personality break through her hard exterior. Throughout the summer, Callie unravels a mystery that involves her sister, the past inhabitants of the house, ...
  • Jackie
    How the Light Gets In is, on the surface, a sweet teen summer romantic mystery...but under the surface Upperman explores serious issues such as grief, family, and clashing values.Callie is on the cusp of womanhood and, since the death of her younger sister the previous summer, has questioned everything she believed was true about her life. She used to think that she'd go to college. That she might be falling in love with her cute new neighbor. Th...
  • Becky
    Callie Ryan has spent the last year of her life dealing with the pain around her sister Chloe's death. Callie blames herself for the accident that cost her sister her life and has been trying to block out all her feeling with weed and by separating herself from her former life. However, when Callie's parents send her to spend the summer with her Aunt in an old Victorian manor her perspective starts to change. Callie begins to heal with the help o...
  • Michelle (Firstbooklove)
    (I received a free eARC from NetGalley and Xpresso Book tours for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own)Book review: How the light gets in by Katy Upperman (3 stars)How the light gets in by Katy UppermanGenre: YA, romance, contemporaryRating: 3/5 stars(Synopsis from Goodreads) Since her sister’s tragic death, seventeen-year-old Callie Ryan has basically given up. Her grades have plummeted, she’s quit her swim tea...
  • gwendalyn _books_
    How the light gets in by Katy UppermanGenre: YA, romance, contemporary⭐⭐⭐⭐Thank you to Netgalley and Macmillan Children's Publishing Group/Swoon Reads! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.How the Light Gets In is a ya romance, with just enough plot twist to make a perfect cSummertime read. Struggling with the tragic death of her younger sister, Callie Ryan has pushed aside ev...
  • Laura Douglas
    I'm becoming a huge fan of Katy Upperman! This is the second of her books I've read, and I'm love them. Callie lost her younger sister a year ago at Bell Cove, Oregon. The younger Ryan girl drown in a swimming accident after fighting with her sister over a boy. Now, Callie is left in a world without her other half. She's withdrawn, avoiding life, dropped out of swimming, turned to weed, and is causing problems at home. Her parents love her, but t...
  • Susie
    Hmmmmm...interesting read. The good news is that I liked the paranormal element more than I usually do, as it was easy to “believe” such a gentle ghost-like presence. I don’t want to say too much and spoil things, but that was cool. I also liked the sister relationship playing as another sister and I have a very similar gig. 💜 I also liked the Oregon setting and the B&B...both things that I’ve loved and considered for my...
  • Kim
    I loved the way this book was written - the language was efficient but colorful, and the plot seemed simple on the surface but it was solid and pleasantly multi-layered. I connected with and could feel Cali’s pain as well as her joy. This book had all the elements of a mature teenage love story so if you’re not into that, then this book may not be for you. But then maybe it still is. I love how the FMC’s description of the MMC wasn’t over...
  • Marie
    Real rating: 4,5 stars.Katy Upperman is becoming one of my favorite ya contemporary authors. This book left me with all the emotions and ahhh. definitely recommending it.
  • Jasmine
    Hummm, I think I'm still haunted by this story even after finishing it a couple of days ago. Truthfully, never did I ever expect Katy Upperman would create a seemingly young adult contemporary story with quite a lot of paranormal elements, but I wasn't disappointed! I mean, I finally got the chance to read Katy's books, considering how amazing her previous works looked, so I couldn't complain anything. :)Full review to come but before that, I sti...
  • Becky
    Callie has suffered with guilt for over a year. You see, her sister died, and Callie believes she is to blame. She returns to her aunt's house, where it happened. Meeting a boy turns out to be the second most crazy thing. Suddenly, Chloe is all around her. Mostly supernatural, with some romance, this book kept me guessing and wanting to read more.
  • Cassie
    3.5 - Describing my thoughts on this one hasn't been easy. Part of me feels like this book was trying to be too many things at once (contemporary, romance, mystery, and paranormal all in one), and because of that didn't really excel at any of them. I found myself craving more emotion from Callie's character. She was in the midst of dealing with heavy grief, and I wanted more show and less tell. Overall I just found myself wanting more: more emoti...
  • Alex
    Upperman did a great job mixing the contemporary romance with the paranormal! It truly had something for everyone! The only down side to it is the instant love. I want a little more build before they are magically in love.
  • Emily
    teetering between 3.5* and 4* but I'm settling with this for now :)
  • Suzanne
    Sisters, mystery, romance, ghosts, swimming - I loved everything about this book.