How the Light Gets In
by Katy Upperman
YA Contemporary, Romance
Katy Upperman’s How the Light Gets In is a haunting YA novel about a teen coping with the loss of her sibling.
Since her sister’s tragic death, seventeen-year-old Callie Ryan has basically given up. Her grades have plummeted, she’s quit her swim team, and she barely recognizes the people her parents once were.
When she returns to her aunt’s run-down coastal Victorian one year after Chloe’s death, Callie resigns herself to a summer of guilt and home renovations. She doesn’t expect to be charmed by the tiny coastal town or by Tucker Morgan, a local boy brimming with sunshine.
But even as her days begin to brighten, Callie’s nights are crowded with chilling dreams, unanswered questions, and eerie phenomenon that have her convinced she’s being haunted. Will Callie be able to figure out what her sister is trying to communicate before it’s too late?
Prepare the tissue box because this is a read to tear at the heart with a few chills along the way.
Callie's life has fallen apart ever since the death of her sister. She's on a road to self-destruction until her father steps in and offers her two choices: a camp in Montana or her aunt in Oregon. Although the second touches close on memories of her sister, Callie heads off to Oregon to help her aunt refurbish a house. But when Callie gets there, strange moments happen, which leave her with chills down her spine, and even an unexpected local boy might not be able to help the dark shadows heading her way.
This book was so much more than I expected it to be. While there's the wondrous moments of sweet romance, which make the heart melt, there's a chilling pain and darkness to grab and keep those pages turning. The first chapter sets the tone with a situation which demands attention. Callie is in pain, and although I wanted to dislike her for her obviously horrible way of handling things during those first pages, she's hard not to feel for. Her pain comes across real and convincing. She's easy to connect to and impossible not to root for.
Every moment and character comes to life, making this a tale to sink into. It plays at the emotions, allowing fear, sorrow, love and pain to hit with full force and drag in. This is one fans of romance with chills and ghosts won't want to miss.
And here she is...
Katy Upperman is a wife, mama, author, reader, baker, and wanderer. She writes novels for teens and teens at heart. She’s a Washington State University alum (go Cougs!), a country music fanatic, and a makeup stockpiler. She loves the ocean, pedicures, sunshine, Instagram, Dirty Dancing and The Princess Bride, Jelly Bellies, true crime documentaries, and Friday Night Lights.
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