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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Personally relatable, could be categorized as non-fiction
I recommend it for someone who is trying to move-on from a break-up of a long-term relationship (only when you feel stabIe). I really enjoyed the journal-concept of the book, makes it light-reading without reducing the emotions in it. The content (e.g. reasons for Lucy and Gabe’s separation, Lucy giving Darren a chance, Lucy and Darren together) is very real. I totally understood her point of view and the way she thinks. I was really heart-broken on what happened at the end, but Lucy’s internal thoughts are really satisfying.
Beautiful writing style but....
I loved the writing style of this book, and the author writes beautifully, but honestly this book left me feeling... nothing and disappointed all at the same time.
It could’ve been a beautiful story about moving on, but instead it just encouraged staying in the past.
When it comes down to it the plot is what ruined the book for me. I only continued to read it in hopes that it would get better, which only left me disappointed.
Someone I know recommended this book to me and I was a bit weary about reading it because it had such mixed reviews on here. After reading it, I’ve decided that every negative review is wrong. This book is beautiful. It’s absolutely heartbreaking but it is beautiful. It wasn’t the most eventful read but that’s why it was realistic. I know some other people said that Lucy was annoying and couldn’t move on, but that’s the point. To show how she was affected by the epic love. And the addition of 9/11 was not irrelevant. It was basically the backbone of the story and whoever wrote that obviously was not paying attention. This book broke my heart. I know that there isn’t much of an ending, but I liked it nevertheless. I will always want to know exactly what happened with Darren but the point of the book was about Lucy’s story with Gabe, not just Lucy so it needed to end there. Once I finished, I went back to the prologue and reread it in order to make it make more sense. I recommend doing this. It broke my heart all over again. I can only hope that one day I can feel a fraction of what Lucy felt for Gabe. Do yourself a favor, ignore the negative reviews and read this book.