Thursday, February 28, 2019

All the Little Lights by Jamie McGuire

The first time Elliott Youngblood spots Catherine Calhoun, he’s just a boy with a camera, and he’s never seen a sadder and more beautiful sight. Both Elliott and Catherine feel like outcasts, yet they find an easy friendship with each other. But when Catherine needs him most, Elliott is forced to leave town.

Elliott finally returns, but he and Catherine are now different people. He’s a star high school athlete, and she spends all her free time working at her mother’s mysterious bed-and-breakfast. Catherine hasn’t forgiven Elliott for abandoning her, but he’s determined to win back her friendship…and her heart.

Just when Catherine is ready to fully trust Elliott, he becomes the prime suspect in a local tragedy. Despite the town’s growing suspicions, Catherine clings to her love for Elliott. But a devastating secret that Catherine has buried could destroy whatever chance of happiness they have left.

(Synopsis from Goodreads). 

My Thoughts:
It's been a weird reading year so far for me. I've only rated one book 5 stars, and that was Verity by Colleen Hoover. If you know my reading habits, you know that's really unusual for me. I was starting to feel like I broke my enjoyment of reading, and the whole year was going to be nothing but 3-4 star reads. Then I read All the Little Lights by Jamie McGuire. I absolutely fell in love with it.

All the Little Lights was just what I needed to get out of my book funk. I loved everything about the book. I loved how Elliot never gave up on Catherine, no matter how difficult things got. In the face of those circumstances, most people would have moved on a long time ago. Not Elliot though. In fact, I loved these two characters together. The chemistry that they had was amazing. You could practically feel it coming off the page as you're reading.

Not only did I love the characters in All the Little Lights, but I loved the plot as well. The book kept me guessing, trying to figure out what was going to happen next. It's not labeled as a suspense book, but it does have just enough suspense along with everything else going on to keep the reader flipping pages, wondering what's going to happen with certain scenes. The second half especially pulls that off really well with the mystery surrounding it. Also, I loved the crazy ending. I can usually predict how books will end, but this one left me shocked. My jaw hit the floor. I would have never guessed that in a million years.

I loved All the Little Lights. So far, it's definitely one of my favorite books I've read this year. I know it's early in the year, but I think it definitely has potential to be in my top 10 of 2019 at the end of the year. It made me want to go back through my bookshelf, and reread some of my favorite Jamie McGuire books. 

I give All the Little Lights: 5/5.

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I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

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