Book Review For What Light

Author – Jay Asher

Book Review For What Light

Serria’s family run a Christmas tree farm in Oregon – it’s a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas plot for the season. So she lives two lives basically, and leaving one behind means missing one dearly.

Until this one particular Christmas, when she meets Caleb, and one life eclipse the other.

Caleb is not your perfect guy, by reputation. Years ago he made a massive mistake, one that sees him still paying for it now. Luckily though Serria see’s past his mistakes and tries her best to find him forgiveness, which results in everyone around her to disapprove.


I gave this 3 stars.

My Thoughts

This is a book that will leave you smiling, excited and giddy. Serria is such a lovable character, she has me gripping onto my pages wanting to know what she’ll do next. The family dynamic is cute and refreshing.

Why I Enjoyed This Read

It’s the type of book you could finish in one sitting, i really love Jay Ashers work, its so easy to read and her stories are always exciting and gripping.

Who Would Enjoy This Read

If you want a light, cute, exciting young adult romance this is a good choice. The family aspect keeps it real and fun.

Overall Thoughts

There was just the right amount of romance, not too much so it didn’t take over the story line as there was a lot of family involved too, which is good because a few young adult romances ive read don’t see to have much family around.





  • Joo

    It’s funny, the way you put it, that some young adult romances you’re read don’t seem to have much family around. I guess when one is in love, family fades into the background?

    This sounds like a book that I would enjoy too, light-hearted and clean. Thanks for the great review!

  • Parmi

    I’m quite an avid reader, but I have been out of fiction books for quite a while. Most of the books I read nowadays are non-fiction. This might be a good book to get started with fiction again. 

    I always like romantic novels when I was younger. I don’t know what it is, but being romantic just makes you want to continue reading. You’re always quite excited to see what’s next. Ah, and I love that you think this is a book for one sitting. I’m off to the beach this weekend, so it might be a good one to take in the beach and enjoy while enjoying the view as well! Thanks for sharing!

  • Chris

    Hey there!

    Thanks for the review, this seems like a book my wife would really enjoy, she really enjoys romance novels, though she doesn’t read stuff that is explicit. 

    Are there any explicit parts in it? I know a lot of romance books today have those things in them.

    Do you have any favorite parts of the book?? Or are there other books that are similar to it but a better read in your opinion?

    All the Best,


  • Josh

    Another impressive book review!

    From reading the review of What Light it seems like it’d be my type of book mainly about the part that will leave you smiling. I prefer to read books that are light hearted, and leave you in a good mood.

    It’s impressive that Asher was able to incorporate the family dynamic while building the relationship Caleb and Sierra!

  • Darren

    This storyline sounds like it is easy on the eyes to read and one that is not too complicated to follow. 

    The plot has a real Christmas feel about it like one you would  find on the Christmas film channel at Christmas time. I can just imagine it being made into a made for TV movie! 

    Living your life into different parts of the country cannot come easy especially to young person ? 

    The plot highlights the difficulty in trying to atone for one’s mistakes and also shows that there are people willing to help people change for the better. That’s my interpretation of your review. 

  • Jurgen

    Hmm, this one is not really my style, as I’m more of a Donovan Creed kinda guy. But I’m sure my niece would like this, as she love light-hearted stories starring young women.

    I was still searching for an extra birthday present, so this book is probably a good choice for her.

    Thanks for letting us know!

  • Lynne

    This sounds like a good book to take up if I’m in the mood for a light, maybe ‘Hallmark movie’ type of read (and I mean that in a good way). Something to just take your mind away from your own reality a bit without heavy drama, crime, etc. Why are the darn troubled guys so darn appealing! 😉 Hope it all works out or her! Thanks for the overview.

  • Djie

    I am not familiar for that kind of book.You gave a 3 star rating and enjoy reading if I could buy 1 for myself maybe I could have also gave a 3 star rating.For now just keep it up for the review for Serria is such a lovable character. I love reading books too 

  • Maria

    I think I will enjoy this book. As always you made a very good brief review, having some expert’s opinion is helpful and important. I love the way you write, always in a very understandable way. Your review fuels my enthusiasm to read it. Do you have written some book?Thank you for sharing.

  • Isaac

    To be honest this sounds perfect for Christmas, as a Christmas gift. My sister loves romance, perhaps a book like this during Christmas might give her the Christmas spirit, who knows?

    Thanks for the honest and thorough review, really convinced me to purchase it as a gift, now I got spend the rest of my day doing something else. Thank you!

  • Chris

    I’m looking into young adult fiction for a present for my niece this Christmas, and this looks like it could well be up her street. It sounds kinda familiar – has it been turned into a movie yet?

    I’m also a little concerned by the rating you gave it – you seemed to like it in your conclusion, but why did you only give it 3 stars in your rating?

    • Jayde Butcher

      I have read many books, so I did enjoy this one but compared to the books ive rated 4 or 5 stars it just wasn’t quite on this level, its a light and enjoyable read just not a wow. 

  • Pierre

    Hi there.

    Wow I like the way you start your post with a bold picture you have my attention.I do not like reading but after reading the review on the books I might be tempted to read some of them myself so somewhere some how you are doing something right .

    You are on a good path and looks like you enjoy what you are doing great.

    Keep up the good work

  • Shy

    I absolutely love books like this.  I have read so many light romance and holiday themed novels.  They really get you into the Christmas season when you feel the magic in the book, it feels like anygthing is possible.  There is always a lesson to be learned.  That you have to see how important family is to us all even if we don’t always get along we are always there for each other.  Books like this for the holidays are great, very inspiring, and full of the magic of the holiday spirit.

  • Samson Oklobia

    I have heard of Jay Asher and his wonderful works but i have not read any of his work yet. The way you talk about this particular book, i might just give it a try. Serria seems like a really lovable character and knowing your reviews, i believe it will be just as you say it will be, interesting. I intend to take a trip for the holiday, i will include this book to my list of books to read while i’m away. Thanks always

  • mzakapon

    From reading the review of What lightweight it appears like it’d be my variety of book primarily concerning the half that may leave you smiling. I always like romantic novels when I was younger. however, being romantic simply inspires you for further reading. You’re always quite excited to check what’s next. Yes I also love that you just believe about a book for one sitting. Thanks for sharing!

  • Richard

    Hi Jayde,

    Romance novels are one of the most complex balances that authors are challenged with. Too much romance and it becomes implausible but too little will also not appeal to the target audience. I like that the author has tailored the content to suit a younger audience as the style of writing is not universal.

    This is a great idea for this time of year as potential gifts. Thanks for your honest review and idea.


  • David Kellas

    I pity Caleb’s mistake it will come to haunt him later in life. Good to see that Serria sees past his mistakes and I would find the conflict of everyone around her disproving to be intense reading, sounds like a nice book. Thanks for the share! Oh, it’s a romance novel? Nice, does Serria and Caleb fall in love? 

  • ZEGU

    Your book review for What Light makes an enjoyable read. It has captivated my interest. I would love to read the story for myself so that I get every detail of how the relationship between Serria and Caleb progressed in the face of so much pressure from ‘everyone around’ who disapproved.The book’s plot relates very well to our real life situations where at times not everyone approves of our relationships. Also, how our past experiences (Caleb’s) can catch up with our present. In most cases this can spoil everything. However, Caleb is a very lucky guy to have met Serria who saw past his mistakes. 

  • Edwin IBU

    Romantic books like what light is really cool book for young adults. Seems the romance is not too much at the same time there’s a family angle which is great. The reviewer says it can be read in a sitting which is good to while a way time in an airport or bus station. 

  • Sujandar Mahesan

    It is really good to know that book contains a family structure kind of story to it. It is always a pleasure and gives me a calm mind to read books like this. I can’t wait to read the book and see how they have tied Romance with family.

    The review was great and easy to understand. Thank you for sharing this post.

  • Cheri

    I’ll admit that sometimes I indulge in young adult fiction because it’s so easy to read. And YA romance in particular is a nice way to bring out some “bubbly young love” emotions that are kind of fun to be reminded of sometimes. At least for a sappy romantic like me! haha This book sounds light and easy-going with a likable main character once can care about easily. I also like that the author remembers that young adults usually DO have family around and that getting overly explicit is not required to tell a nice story. Thank you for your insights, Jayde!

  • Lesley

    This sounds just like the type of book I would enjoy now, especially if you say it is an easy read. I suppose you could say that I am a sucker for a good romance, but it must have a decent story line and not be too shallow. 

    Do you have any other books in this category that I could consider?

  • Dale

    It really sounds like one of those chick books lol.  Not to say those books are bad.  they just are not for me.  thats the great part of a review.  A person can make a yes or no decision on whether they want to read it or not.  i would love to see some reviews from the darker types of stories like what Stepen King or Dean Koontz writes.Thank you for another great review.  it really helps me make my choices.Dale

  • Israel

    Thanks for the awesome post! I particularly love to read such books that make me smile or get me excited. This makes me remember a motivational book that I’ve read over and over again in the last 3-4 years, though this isn’t about what can make someone smile or laugh at all. It’s about what can get someone excited. Thanks for the great work!

    Israel Olatunji

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