BOOK REVIEW: All the Little Lights by Jamie McGuire

Author: Jamie McGuire
Genre: .YA Contemporary
Publication Date: May 29th 2018
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Edition: Kindle (Buy it here)
Special thanks to NetGalley for providing a copy 
in exchange for an honest review.

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.

"Catherine, every time I;m close to you, I'm aware of every breath you take. When we're not, everything reminds me of you. I know because nothing else matters."

Okay, Jamie McGuire was one of the first contemporary romance authors I fell in love with when I read her novel Beautiful Disaster. So when an opportunity to read an advance copy of her latest novel is upon me, I pounced. Surprisingly enough, this book turned out to be two things. It went from utterly boring to extremely disturbing. Now, even though Jamie McGuire is one of my favorites, I will not sugarcoat this review just because I love her writing.

While I was reading it, there was a really big chance of me plummeting down to yet another dreadful reading slump. And really, who loves reading slumps? No one.
I was in the verge of putting this book down. I couldn't get through that fifty percent mark fast enough. But through those awful days, I thought to myself, will this book be worth it? And boy, was I glad to have finished it. 

Writing this review, I still have very mixed feelings about it. The main character, Catherine Calhoun, was so dry. She lacked personality which made it difficult for me to love her. She quoted herself as plain and ordinary and I agree. There was nothing exciting about reading her story from the beginning because I found her dull. 

On the other hand, Elliott Youngblood, I can categorize as an ‘okay’ character. He was a really romantic guy  but I didn’t really feel any connection to him or to their relationship. He had a steady burn and I admired his loyalty and faith throughout the story. But overall, I think Catherine and Elliott as a couple was just meh.

Since I found the characters underdeveloped, I clung onto the possibility that the plot was good. The build up was definitely slow. For me, I didn't get interesting enough for at least a thirdof the way to finishing it. So really, what made me power through it? Besides the fact that I hate leaving books in the ‘DNF’ category, I had a feeling that this book was hiding some kind of surprise. And in those few days that I struggled with the story, it backfired really bad.

I knew Jamie Mcguire wouldn’t let me down. The plot twist was a big WTF. I had to admit, this book gave me the creeps and I had to put on a rom-com to help me stop thinking about it. That was how disturbing I found it. In a good way. And it was so worth reading. The book just came alive and everything just clicked. Suddenly, everything made sense and then it was over and I was craving more. 

So my final verdict is, this book is definitely worth reading if you can get past a slow build up. 

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1 comment

  1. This definitely sounds like an interesting read. I love honest reviews. Thank you!