Review: All the Little Lights by Jamie McGuire


All the Little Lights by Jamie McGuire will be available May 29th!!

Read my thoughts on this lovely YA book!



From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jamie McGuire comes a riveting tale of first love that starts young but runs deep.

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.








All The Little Lights is such a cool book, I’m not over it. I read Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire when I was a little fetus and I loved it mainly because I loved Travis (tbh who didn’t?!) so I wanted to like this book just as much. When I started reading it I instantly liked Elliot, he was so sweet to Catherine all the time, always caring and supportive. It was amazing. I like Catherine a lot as well, although I did find her character a little bland for such a good story she had, but maybe that’s just me.

I liked the book since the beginning, my brain went all “OMG this is going to be such a cute romance story”, which it was, but there’s a lot more to it. Catherine is a character who has a lot on her shoulders, she takes care of her mom and the B&B that her mom made out of their house when Catherine’s dad died. Everyone is always telling her she can’t leave town and that she has to work, work, work. Except Elliot. He doesn’t want to stay in town and he doesn’t want Catherine to stay either. Because of that, Catherine is always trying to push him away which… gets a little boring but is understandable at the same time since you know the reason she acts that way.

All The Little Lights shook me to my core. I expected the book to be all about the love story and a little bit of the disappearance that Elliot is apparently a suspect of and let me tell you that if you’re waiting for that too be prepared to get a whole lot more.

I will say I was a little “triggered” after I read this book, I put triggered in quotations because I’m not sure if it’s the right word. When I finished the book at night, I really wanted to have someone there to help me feel safe. I really wanted to call someone to come over and be there with me while I was in shock. I don’t know if that was me and my issues or if it’s a thing with this book. But I thought I’d put I out there just in case.


Massive thanks to Montlake Romance/Amazon Publishing for sending me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!


5 / 5 flowers


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