The Light We Lost - Jill Santopolo

The Light We Lost

By Jill Santopolo

  • Release Date: 2017-05-09
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
  • Size: 1.84 MB
Score: 4.5
From 972 Ratings

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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


  • Loved it

    By Kah86k
    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.
  • Disappointing

    By reneemil
    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 start

    By Ashley Zavislak
    Amazing writing and story. Not your typical romance story that made it all the more lovely and heartbreaking.
  • Couldn’t get over selfish Lucy

    By goosemom3
    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 Lost

    By pink dreams
    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 hours

    By Katie Robb
    Beautiful story. Bawling my eyes out. Started it and finished in one day/6 hours.
  • Amazing!!!!

    By kaylawk
    This book is so good! Such a real story of dealing with life and love.
  • Heart wrenching romance

    By m.e and eric
    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.
  • Beautiful

    By Bbailey71678
    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 Mom

    By Brad mom
    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.