The Light We Lost

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo Book Summary

The New York Times Bestseller and Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
“This love story between Lucy & Gabe spans decades and continents as two star-crossed lovers try to return to each other…Will they ever meet again? This book kept me up at night, turning the pages to find out, and the ending did not disappoint.”—Reese Witherspoon

One Day meets Me Before You meets your weekender bag.”—The Skimm

“Extraordinary.”—Emily Giffin

He was the first person to inspire her, to move her, to truly understand her. Was he meant to be the last?

Lucy is faced with a life-altering choice. But before she can make her decision, she must start her story—their story—at the very beginning.

Lucy and Gabe meet as seniors at Columbia University on a day that changes both of their lives forever. Together, they decide they want their lives to mean something, to matter. When they meet again a year later, it seems fated—perhaps they'll find life's meaning in each other. But then Gabe becomes a photojournalist assigned to the Middle East and Lucy pursues a career in New York. What follows is a thirteen-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and, ultimately, of love. Was it fate that brought them together? Is it choice that has kept them away? Their journey takes Lucy and Gabe continents apart, but never out of each other's hearts.

This devastatingly romantic debut novel about the enduring power of first love, with a shocking, unforgettable ending, is Love Story for a new generation.
“It's the epic love story of 2017.”—Redbook

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- Slow2 star

Half way through this and it’s boring, I’m skipping pages and then I Just gave up.

- Emotional. Daring. Brave.5 star

The first word coming to my mind to describe this book was ‘wow’. I was hooked from the start and couldn’t put it down. The words held such meaning that I could truly feel the emotions on the page reach my heart. There was something so special about this book that I know it’ll be one of my favorites for a long time to come.

- The light we lost5 star

Great writing! Very moving book. I loved it!

- The Light We Lost5 star

Wow! What a powerful, moving story! Truly remarkable and very gripping! I think I experienced every possible emotion while reading this! This is one novel that will stay with me forever!

- Personally relatable, could be categorized as non-fiction4 star

I recommend it for someone who is trying to move-on from a break-up of a long-term relationship (only when you feel stabIe). I really enjoyed the journal-concept of the book, makes it light-reading without reducing the emotions in it. The content (e.g. reasons for Lucy and Gabe’s separation, Lucy giving Darren a chance, Lucy and Darren together) is very real. I totally understood her point of view and the way she thinks. I was really heart-broken on what happened at the end, but Lucy’s internal thoughts are really satisfying.

- Wow4 star

Spoilers.. SO DO NOT READ ON!!!! knew in the first few chapters I was into it when reading the sample. However, knowing the writing was a person speaking to someone not answering it gave a since of what was to come. I feel so much from this book. The description of their love is that of what i have felt with someone else, and we have been in and out of each other’s lives for so long... it’s hard to pull away when all you wanna do is remain lost in it. I like that in the end she wrote the letter stating the truth. I just wish that after the letter there was some sort of knowing what happened with her and Darren. The book was good, so I gave it 4 starts. Not five because of the death factor.

- Where is the ending?2 star

Did the author die? It just stops.....

- Overdone, overly dramatic, and tacky1 star

I thought I would enjoy this book, as I am a Columbia grad myself and love a good romance, but this let me down big time. Right off the bat, the inclusion of 9/11 in the first chapter was disrespectful and was not necessary for the plot. The main character is extremely annoying and overly dramatic. My least favorite thing about this book was the author’s writing style. The narrator mentions every move during dialogue, which is distracting and annoying. I have no idea how the author got this published. Don’t waste your time.

- A tearjerker or...4 star

This book was touching in some ways then it was like a repetitive roller coaster. Lucy to me was a whiner just as much as Gabe was. I couldn’t really feel that there was any love-at-first sight after 9/11 which I don’t know if that was to be the strongest crossover to start off their not so great. It was good; the outline of this story was sad, could’ve been more. Yes 100%!!! Am I still after a month of two p/o at the end. YES!!!

- Morbidly depressing1 star

I had such high hopes for this book... it took morbid tun after depressing turn.

- Well written but a bit of a turn off2 star

It’s not that I didn’t like the book, I just really couldn’t stand the main character. A wealthy white woman who lives a life of privilege obsessed over the one thing she can’t have. I mean, I get the idea but to be honest I felt more for Gabe and Darren than for Lucy. Also, the ending wasn’t very satisfying.

- Starts slow... give it a chance4 star

This book took awhile for me to “get into”... being on Reese’s book club list powered through and am glad I did.

- The Light We Lost5 star

Oh my God, girl. You just killed me. I could NOT put this down. I cried, laughed, cried again and again. I had a love like this, only he didn’t die, he found out he was gay, just a little too late for my heart. Keep on doing what you’re doing. We will all enjoy your labor. Thank you. Jd.

- Underwhelming1 star

This book was terribly underwhelming. It seemed to drag on and on and nothing happened.

- Couldn’t put it down5 star

Read this book in one day. Heart wrenching story on so many levels and so relatable in just as many ways - feeling torn between the life and love you have and the life and love you might have had. Highly recommend!

- It's really terrible...1 star

I tried, I really tried to get through it but it was just unbearable. The main character is just awful. I disliked her immediately. I despise how she constantly talked internally to Gabe throughout the story. The character development and backstory is so weak and flimsy. It reads like a tacky romance novel..... Ugh

- One of the worst books I’ve ever read1 star

Loved Big Little Lies so I thought I’d give another Reese book club book a shot. Hated this with a passion. The main characters are TERRIBLE people. The 9/11 tie-in feels like it was shoehorned in. If you take it out, nothing changes. It’s still a “love story” about two horrible, selfish people. They just don’t have the “we experienced 9/11 together” part as a reason for them to continue to be in each other’s lives. It feels so disrespectful to 9/11 victims and survivors and first responders. Stay away from this. It’s awful!

- Loved it4 star

The characters were flawed as people in life are but the book engrossed me ad I’m looking forward to her next, Definite tearjerker although I figured out quickly what would happen.

- Disappointing2 star

I was really disappointed in this book, based on the reviews and being one of Reece’s picks I had high hopes. It was hard for me to get into and I’m surprised I finished it. I love a good romance but this was was boring.

- Hooked from the start5 star

Amazing writing and story. Not your typical romance story that made it all the more lovely and heartbreaking.

- Couldn’t get over selfish Lucy1 star

I finished this book but it was difficult to do so. Gabe was a real jerk who never put Lucy first. She had this obnoxious fascination with him. She married an amazing man who put her first. How does she respond? By cheating and harboring all this resentment. She didn’t deserve someone like Darren. She was never over Gabe. I don’t find anything enduring or relatable about her. I think she is a selfish miserable jellyfish.

- The Light We Lost5 star

Loved it. I completely submerged in this story. Characters were poignant and very memorable. Story was different and yet very credible. A beautifully written novel. Highly recommend.

- Read in 6 hours5 star

Beautiful story. Bawling my eyes out. Started it and finished in one day/6 hours.

- Amazing!!!!5 star

This book is so good! Such a real story of dealing with life and love.

- Heart wrenching romance5 star

I can’t begin to describe how overwhelmed with emotion I felt with each page in this intense story of passion and life. The author did an incredible job making the characters so real that I feel like I know Lucy, Gabe, and Daren personally. I feel so much for this book and hope that whoever is considering whether or not to read it, does.

- Beautiful5 star

I loved every moment of reading this book and I laughed and smiled and cried like it was my own story. Beautifully written!

- Brad's Mom5 star

Overcome. I loved the quotes. This book will be a movie at some point in time, I have no doubt. Gabriel reminds me of my son, gone too soon. All the stars in heaven shine brighter...because he is there. Love story unequaled.

- Enduring love story5 star

Well written, all-consuming love story. Didn’t want to put it down. Days after finishing it, I still find myself thinking about the characters and challenges they faced.

- Keep the tissues handy...5 star

Hard to put down, amazing book. Read it ASAP

- Amazing5 star

One of the best books I have read in years.

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- The light we lost5 star

Loved this book, had trouble putting it down, what a special love ❤️

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@FranFranmr: Sometimes I feel I've got to Run away, I've got to Get away from the pain you drive into the heart of me The love we share…

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@Teabagg: So many projects in the pipeline. So many pitched. I’ve lost count. Many lost. Others pending. I look forward to giving opport…

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@demontimedyke: I’m not tryna be insensitive, I just don’t like false hope or people gaslighting themselves and others. We all know the…

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@FranFranmr: Sometimes I feel I've got to Run away, I've got to Get away from the pain you drive into the heart of me The love we share…

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@faronschneider: We really lost one of the brightest souls I’ve ever met, If you’ve ever met her you know just how infectious her light…

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@sophiegreenart Sophie, we lost a light in our life today... our 9 year old Poodle, Monroe. The timing of your post…

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@Teabagg: So many projects in the pipeline. So many pitched. I’ve lost count. Many lost. Others pending. I look forward to giving opport…

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@pilotboy2018 I am so, so sorry. We lost our niece in April 2012, and then her brother died in his sleep in Novembe…

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