All the Little Lights by Jamie McGuire

How I Read It: Print

Dates Read: 11/24/19-11/29/19

How I Found It: Amazon

When I read the prologue, I got nervous. I just wasn’t attracted to this book in the first 10 pages, which made me hesitant to keep picking it up. But as soon as I started the first chapter, I wanted to never put this book down!

In this novel, we follow Catherine and Elliot. Catherine has always been an intense child. When she was 15, her father died from a heart attack, leaving Catherine with her mother, Mavis. Mavis turned the house into a bed and breakfast, forcing Catherine to play a large role in ruining the B&B. There are a lot of secrets behind those doors, and soon those secrets force everyone else out of Catherine’s life. Now, she is a social pariah at the high school, but she is just trying to reach her 18th birthday when she can finally be free.

Elliot’s parents constantly fight, and they let him stay with his aunt and uncle every summer to get him away from the toxic behavior. He has always had issues with his anger, so his aunt Leigh gave him a camera when he was 10 to find ways to express himself another way, and that camera led him to Catherine. When he worked up the courage to talk to her at 15, they soon started a summer romance. But the day her father died, Elliot got sent home by his mom, who was afraid he would be stuck in that small town his whole life if he stayed. He never forgot Catherine, wrote letters, tried to get to her, and continued to love her the 2 years that he was separated from her. But he finally put his foot down his senior year and went to live with his aunt and uncle. Quickly, he worked on building trust back up between himself and Catherine, and their love became stronger everyday.

Catherine has always had problems with a girl named Presley. Presley has said incredibly terrible things to her, and has even attacked the people around her. When Presley disappears, Elliot becomes the prime suspect. Now they have to defend themselves from the onslaught of a small town while maintaining their innocence. But with everything going on at the B&B and the investigation, tensions reach an all-time high.

I had a feeling that the B&B residents played a larger role in the story, but I didn’t expect the truths behind those residents. It was a little stereotypical (which you will get it when you read it), but otherwise, I think that it was an incredibly interesting way of writing this story.

I thought the love story between Elliot and Catherine was a little overbearing. Maybe I just don’t get it, but I feel like it was very overwhelming, especially at 17/18 years old. Even more so when they started these feelings at 15. But what do I know?

I really enjoyed this book and constantly wanted to keep reading it. It felt like it went way too fast, and I wanted more (out of selfish reasons and not because the book needed it). I ultimately would give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

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