So today I am going to be reviewing All the Little Lights by Jamie McGuire. I first fell in love with Jamie’s writing when my plane got delayed and I found her book Beautiful Disaster in the airport store. All the Little Lights follows her style of writing and ability to make you feel like your part of the story. You are able to place yourself in the characters foot steps, and might even have experienced some of the same events as the main characters do.
The description of the book has been taken from Goodreads:
“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”.
This story is told from Elliott’s point of view and Catherine’s point of view. You get to experience both sides of the story and get a better understanding of each character. Catherine is written as a strong female character, which I absolutely love, and plus she isn’t perfect and has her own flaws, so she is more relatable. Plus don’t get me started on how hot Elliott sounds, because oh my lord, he sounds like one fine man, which is in true Jamie fashion. You are taken on a journey through heartbreak, first love, forgiveness, and suspense. Catherine and Elliott are not perfect at all, which gives them more of a real person feel, because in all honestly the less perfect a character is, the better the story is. Catherine has her share of heartbreak and loss, while at the same time learning some new things about herself. Elliott has his own share of problems, and through it is able to be strong and supportive of Catherine.
I don’t want to give too much away, because in all honestly it would be very easy to do with this amazing story. This story will take you on a roller coaster ride that you are not going to want to get off of. I wanted to finish the book, but than again I didn’t because I didn’t want to let this beautiful story between these two characters go. This is a good book to read by a fire, with tissues on hand, under a blanket, with a nice cup of hot chocolate.
Get ready to go on the ride of your life, and just maybe you will fall in love along the way!
Book Image taken from Goodreads.