All the Little Lights by Jamie McGuire
Publishing Date: May 29, 2018
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Contemporary New Adult
The Premise: "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."
My overall thoughts and review: This is my first time reading a book by Jamie McGuire and after finishing this, I'm definitely keen on picking up her other books. This story follows Elliott and Catherine who meet one summer and instantly become fast friends. However, a horrible tragedy happens one day to Catherine and her family, and at the same time, Elliott is forced to leave town without an explanation. He returns their senior year, trying to earn back Catherine's trust and to rekindle their relationship. However, things have drastically changed for Catherine. She is now helping her mother run the Juniper, a bed and breakfast, with strange guests. She also has distanced herself from her old friends, and sadly, she is still the target of some school bullies. I liked that it focused on more than just Elliott and Catherine's relationship. We see aspects of family dynamics, grief, bullying, racism, and small town practices. There were a few twists and turns, which I was excited to see because my friend, Ambur (@ Burning Impossibly Bright) pitched it to me as a mystery as well. I finished the book and texted Ambur because I did not see one of the twists coming! (As someone who reads a turn of mysteries and thrillers, this does not happen very often haha ;)) Overall, I really enjoyed it! I had a hard time putting the book down since it's quite accessible and addictive in the writing. I loved both characters very much, but goodness, Elliott is the absolute sweetest. He is the epitome of good high-school boyfriends. If you are looking for a new adult with a bit of mystery and suspense, this is one to definitely check out!
My rating of the book: ✮✮✮✮ (4/5 stars)
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Disclaimer: I received an advanced readers copy of this book from Thomas Allen & Son in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.