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
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
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
If you liked Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You, you’ll love The Light We Lost. Centered around NYC college students Lucy and Gabe—who bond after meeting on 9/11 and then drift apart—Jill Santopolo’s debut is about the enduring power of first love. Told in a confessional diary style from Lucy’s point of view, the novel explores chance, choice, fate, and regret with sophisticated surety. Santopolo’s characters are layered and flawed, with well-placed breadcrumbs guiding you through their stories.
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A tearjerker or...
This book was touching in some ways then it was like a repetitive roller coaster. Lucy to me was a whiner just as much as Gabe was. I couldn’t really feel that there was any love-at-first sight after 9/11 which I don’t know if that was to be the strongest crossover to start off their romance...eh not so great. It was good; the outline of this story was sad, could’ve been more. Yes 100%!!! Am I still after a month of two p/o at the end. YES!!!
I was hooked right away. This book stoke my heart. I really didn't want the book to end.
Overdone, overly dramatic, and tacky
I thought I would enjoy this book, as I am a Columbia grad myself and love a good romance, but this let me down big time. Right off the bat, the inclusion of 9/11 in the first chapter was disrespectful and was not necessary for the plot. The main character is extremely annoying and overly dramatic. My least favorite thing about this book was the author’s writing style. The narrator mentions every move during dialogue, which is distracting and annoying. I have no idea how the author got this published. Don’t waste your time.