Asher, Jay What Light, 251 pgs. Razorbill, 2016 (Penguin). $18.99 Content: Language: PG (2 swears); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG.
Sierra’s family owns a Christmas tree farm, so every year around Thanksgiving they temporarily move to California and run a Christmas tree lot. Sierra falls for a boy named Caleb who keeps coming to buy Christmas trees. Even though Sierra knows that a relationship wouldn’t work because she is going back home to Oregon after Christmas, she can’t help but fall for Caleb. When Sierra finds out Caleb has a past and they start to like each other, they have to decide if it’s worth getting to know each other.
I enjoyed the setting of this book and I didn’t mind the characters, but the plot line was predictable and boring. The mature content is a make-out session and the violence is very mild, so it’s a clean romance that would be easy to put in the middle school library. If you are looking for the depth that Jay Asher’s other book Thirteen Reasons Why has, you will not find it in this novel. This is a simple teen romance.
MS, HS – OPTIONAL. Reviewer, C. Peterson.