All the Little Lights

All the Little Lights

by Jamie McGuire

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ISBN-13: 9781503902787
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 05/29/2018
Pages: 412
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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Jamie McGuire is the #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Walking Disaster, the Maddox Brothers series, the Providence trilogy, and the international bestseller Beautiful Disaster, which paved the way for the new-adult genre. She was the first independent author in history to strike a print deal with retail giant Walmart, and her work has been translated into fifty languages. She lives in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, with her husband, Jeff, and their three children. To learn more about Jamie, visit www.jamiemcguire.com, or follow her on Twitter @JamieMcGuire.

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All the Little Lights 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
LMHADLEY 9 months ago
This book was amazing!!!! I hope we get more of Catherine and Elliot! And wow!!! That plot twist! I did not see it coming! Soooo good!! I can't wait to read it again.
courtofbingereading More than 1 year ago
Wow. Just wow. Jamie McGuire just shattered my mind. Let me start this off by saying that I am the Queen of calling plot twists. If I'm reading a thriller, I always guess the killer/stalker/bad guy correctly. I called what was going to happen in Gone Girl. I guessed the plot twist for Interstellar. As you can see, I have a knack for figuring out plot twists....but I didn't guess this one correctly. Jamie McGuire is making me question my abilities The groundwork was set but it was done so subtly that I didn't realize what direction this book was going in until I read it. For that reason alone, I recommend this book. Please read it. Let your jaw drop in shock. Question how you missed the signs. Applaud Jamie McGuire for tricking you in the best possible way. Honestly, I recommend this experience. Okay, let me back up a bit and explain what this book is about. Elliott and Catherine meet the summer after their freshman year in high school. Elliott is in town visiting his aunt and uncle because his parents fight constantly--and they're fights escalate to violence very quickly. Catherine's parents also fight constantly but they're not violent with each other. These two bond almost immediately and become fast friends. However, the day before Elliott is supposed to go back home Catherine's father has a heart attack. When Catherine goes back outside to seek comfort from her best friend he is nowhere to be found. Turns out, Elliott's mom showed up a day early when she found out who he had befriended. His mom, Kay, hates every single person in her hometown as they bullied her for being Native American growing up. Naturally, Kay is not okay with Elliott forming any attachment to the town she hates so much. She forces Elliott to leave without saying goodbye or even checking on Catherine. Fast forward 2 years, Elliott is back. He finds Catherine to explain why he disappeared 2 years ago, and he informs her that he will be living with his aunt and uncle for his senior year of high school. Needless to say, Catherine is still incredibly hurt and doesn't wish to rekindle their friendship. That doesn't deter Elliott in the least, he's determined to fix things with Catherine. However, what Elliott doesn't know is that Catherine has been holding onto a huge secret for the past two years. Once her father died, her mom fixed their house into a bed and breakfast--although, Catherine is the one who keeps the place running. But, the guests at the bed and breakfast are peculiar...controlling...scary... Will Elliott be able to save Catherine from her predicament? Will Catherine finally confide in someone? Who knows. Let's talk about Catherine for a second. This girl is the living embodiment of loyalty and strength. I admire and respect the hell out of her. I honestly cannot imagine living her life. As for Elliott, what's not to love? He's simply a great human being. He's incredibly considerate, loyal, and kind. Honestly, I recommend this book. Yes, it is a bit slow in some parts BUT the ending is worth it, I swear. This book does a tremendous job in showcasing the power of first love, the power of friendship, and the unconditional love one feels for their parent.
jmchshannon More than 1 year ago
All the Little Lights made me feel better in a way I did not know I needed. Its story of first loves and loyalty, alongside the high school horrors of cliques, peer pressure, and bullying, reminded me of better times, when I too was young and in love for the first time and torn between family and that love. It is a simple story but one that allowed me to escape adulthood for a few hours. Not that Catherine's and Elliott's lives are simple. Growing up in homes with parents who are emotionally and/or physically abusive tend to remove all simplicity from any child's life, and Catherine and Elliott gravitate to each other precisely because they can relate to the other in this regard. However, Ms. McGuire is careful to remind readers that no one person reacts to such situations in the same way, thereby setting the stage for Catherine and Elliott's future relationship issues. One of the best parts about All the Little Lights is the fact that it is part romance and part mystery. The regulars at her mother's bed and breakfast are most unusual, coming and going at all hours of the day and night with no regularity to their schedules. Yet, nothing quite explains why Catherine is not willing to have anyone enter her former house or why she remains so invested in her mother's feelings when it is obvious that Catherine has been on her own emotionally, mentally, and physically for a long time. Familial loyalty is admirable and understandable, and yet you side with Elliott as he questions why Catherine is willing to sacrifice her future and any happiness to stay with her mother in a failing business. Adding another layer to this mystery is the disappearance of one of their fellow high school students and the reactions of the town. The racism and elitism that comes to the forefront upon the disappearance is appalling and yet timely given the increasing racism in our everyday lives. It does not make the situations Elliott faces any easier to read, but it does lend an arc of reality to the entire story. As for the romance portion of the story, it is so very sweet and pure. Given both characters' emotional frailty and neediness, as well as their stubbornness, I see nothing completely outlandish about their behavior or relationship. It is only slightly idealized in my opinion but done in a way that feels authentic to both characters. This is not a typical Jamie McGuire New Adult novel, even if it is being marketed that way. This is truly a young adult novel complete with characters who are not quite eighteen years old, are still in high school, and are still young and inexperienced in certain adult ways. With that in mind, I genuinely adore Elliott and Catherine as a couple. They are honest and open, mature in some ways and immature in others, and all with that blush of first love that is so powerful. If anything, All the Little Lights confirmed for me that I enjoy Ms. McGuire's non-New Adult stories more than I do those which made her famous. Moreover, I appreciate any author who takes a chance and publishes stories across multiple genres. Ms. McGuire proved that she can do just that with her latest romance-mystery hybrid.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of All the Little Lights by Jamie McGuire for an honest review. I was taken in from this book in the very beginning. It chronicles the friendship turned courtship of Elliot and Catherine. The path they travel is filled with obstacles but they fight against the outside forces. This is a story of first love, loyalty and mystery. I highly recommend this read.
borntoreadbooks More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The book is Elliot and Catherine's story throughout the years. Elliot spends his summers in his aunt and uncle's house. They live in a very small town in Oklahoma. And there he meets Catherine. They become friends but he is forced to leave when she needs him the most. Two years after, he comes back. For her. Both their families are less than perfect. In fact, their parents are not good ones. That's probably why they share a deep connection. They understand each other. Most of the time the reader doesn't know what it's going on inside Catherine's house. It's a bed and breakfast. And it is visited by very creepy people. Although I suspected something was wrong, I would have never imagined the truth. The last part of the book is really surprising.
UpAllNightBB More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books that is a slow burn. All the Little Lights by the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Jamie McGuire is not necessarily a low burn in the romance kinda way, but in that slow build, the gradual incline until BAM! it all goes up in smoke and you are left with no words for how great that was. I don't want to say too much and I don't care how good you are at figuring books out but this one has topped it for me. DID NOT SEE THAT COMING! So well written. This book is around 444 pages and you will zip right through them. The strong characters, the plot, the interactions, the situations, emotions, drama and the secrets are so well done, you will just love this book. There is just so much depth to this book, that it truly has something for every type of reader: romance, mystery, values, bullying, general life dealings, death, racism. It just has everything. Elliott is drawn to Catherine from a young age. The boy with a camera, the outcast of town he spends his summers inside. Catherine, whom everyone thinks has it all, watches as her world comes crashing down. But the boy she usually turns to is gone too. When Elliott finally returns, he learns that he as well as Catherine are no longer the "kids" they once were. Elliott is determined to find out Catherine's secrets, but when a classmate goes missing, Elliott becomes the number 1 suspect. Can they survive and hold onto each other? OMG go read this story. The slow burn will lead to ending that is just explosive. A must read. 5 brilliant Stars. Review by Lisa, Late Night Reviewer for Up All Night w/ Books Blog
Karla Calzada More than 1 year ago
I literally just finished the book a minute ago and i must say that most of the book I had no clue whether I liked it or not. At times the pace was way to slow but at the same time the characters where amazing. Elliot is strong willed, romantic and smart and even though I tend to like better the "bad boy meets the good girl" troupe, I was very surprised to discover that Elliot had IT. You know? The It, which makes you wish a character was real. Catherine is another story all together, it took me a lot to warm up to her. She was weak and strong, warm and cold. I just could never pinpoint what the F** was wrong with her. But at the end it all makes sense and you bond with her in a snap. There are lots of strong dark topics talked about or skimmed through in this book but the author did an impeccable job working it all together into this story. What I liked the most was the dark, ominous atmosphere no matter where the characters went, there was always another character (IMO the most important character in the book) that had a figurative boot on their throats, ¡The Juniper! that B & B sets the tone for the whole book you really can´t go through a page without thinking several times about the secret those walls hide, it was a very powerful and clever way to keep readers on their toes; and the secret OMG!!! I can´t even describe what I felt when i found out, to say it was a shock it´s an understatement.
Karla Calzada More than 1 year ago
I literally just finished the book a minute ago and i must say that most of the book I had no clue whether I liked it or not. At times the pace was way to slow but at the same time the characters where amazing. Elliot is strong willed, romantic and smart and even though I tend to like better the "bad boy meets the good girl" troupe, I was very surprised to discover that Elliot had IT. You know? The It, which makes you wish a character was real. Catherine is another story all together, it took me a lot to warm up to her. She was weak and strong, warm and cold. I just could never pinpoint what the F** was wrong with her. But at the end it all makes sense and you bond with her in a snap. There are lots of strong dark topics talked about or skimmed through in this book but the author did an impeccable job working it all together into this story. What I liked the most was the dark, ominous atmosphere no matter where the characters went, there was always another character (IMO the most important character in the book) that had a figurative boot on their throats, ¡The Juniper! that B & B sets the tone for the whole book you really can´t go through a page without thinking several times about the secret those walls hide, it was a very powerful and clever way to keep readers on their toes; and the secret OMG!!! I can´t even describe what I felt when i found out, to say it was a shock it´s an understatement.
Karla Calzada More than 1 year ago
I literally just finished the book a minute ago and i must say that most of the book I had no clue whether I liked it or not. At times the pace was way to slow but at the same time the characters where amazing. Elliot is strong willed, romantic and smart and even though I tend to like better the "bad boy meets the good girl" troupe, I was very surprised to discover that Elliot had IT. You know? The It, which makes you wish a character was real. Catherine is another story all together, it took me a lot to warm up to her. She was weak and strong, warm and cold. I just could never pinpoint what the F** was wrong with her. But at the end it all makes sense and you bond with her in a snap. There are lots of strong dark topics talked about or skimmed through in this book but the author did an impeccable job working it all together into this story. What I liked the most was the dark, ominous atmosphere no matter where the characters went, there was always another character (IMO the most important character in the book) that had a figurative boot on their throats, ¡The Juniper! that B & B sets the tone for the whole book you really can´t go through a page without thinking several times about the secret those walls hide, it was a very powerful and clever way to keep readers on their toes; and the secret OMG!!! I can´t even describe what I felt when i found out, to say it was a shock it´s an understatement.
Karla Calzada More than 1 year ago
I literally just finished the book a minute ago and i must say that most of the book I had no clue whether I liked it or not. At times the pace was way to slow but at the same time the characters where amazing. Elliot is strong willed, romantic and smart and even though I tend to like better the "bad boy meets the good girl" troupe, I was very surprised to discover that Elliot had IT. You know? The It, which makes you wish a character was real. Catherine is another story all together, it took me a lot to warm up to her. She was weak and strong, warm and cold. I just could never pinpoint what the F** was wrong with her. But at the end it all makes sense and you bond with her in a snap. There are lots of strong dark topics talked about or skimmed through in this book but the author did an impeccable job working it all together into this story. What I liked the most was the dark, ominous atmosphere no matter where the characters went, there was always another character (IMO the most important character in the book) that had a figurative boot on their throats, ¡The Juniper! that B & B sets the tone for the whole book you really can´t go through a page without thinking several times about the secret those walls hide, it was a very powerful and clever way to keep readers on their toes; and the secret OMG!!! I can´t even describe what I felt when i found out, to say it was a shock it´s an understatement.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
Holy crap!! This book started out as a tender love story between two teenagers. That was pretty much all that I was expecting. Well, that was only part of it. A large part of the book (maybe just a little too large) as a matter of fact. However, there is an underlying danger that is hinted at. A hint that is exposed in bits and parts of the book. It's so slight. I had an idea of what was going on, so I thought. I was so far out in left field and I absolutely loved that I was wrong. So wrong!!! My jaw dropped when I discovered how far off I was on this danger! It was like "Yowza, no frigging way was I expecting that!" And, there is absolutely no way any reader who reads this review or starts reading the book is going to guess the ending. That's just how well the book is written. I promise you will not see it coming! I found this book interesting, complex and unputdownable! I am so glad that I discovered this book and got the chance to read it. Thanks to Montlake Romance and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
The_Staircase_Reader More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars! Jamie McGuire is an author at the top of my must buy list. She's the author who unknowingly pulled me out of a six-year book funk with her novel Beautiful Disaster. When I seen All The Little Lights I knew I needed to take a chance as I did a few years ago and request a copy and cross my fingers and hope like hell my request was approved. I was extremely excited when ATLL showed up on my Netgalley shelf! If you're looking for a hot steamy novel with loads of sex and passion.....You definitely won't find that in this novel. But if you're looking for a novel with mystery, suspense, and a dark vibe, this would be the novel for you.  Okay, Now is the difficult challenge of telling you about this novel without giving away spoilers. Let me first start off by saying, I'm not a huge fan of the YA genre when it comes to romance. I feel like the teenagers portrayed in these novels act older than their age... However, when it comes to ATLL I was all in and completely intrigued by these characters and the struggles and challenges they are faced with. I actually didn't mind the YA nature of this novel. ATLL is told in two point of views and spans the time of three years. Catherine Calhoun and Elliot Youngblood are both unique characters with two things in common. They both live in unstable households and they are both outcasts. One summer is all it takes for Elliot and Catherine to bond and share their lifelong details. The day before Elliot is supposed to go back home tragedy strikes Catherine's world. He's pulled away before he can see if she's okay. I really enjoyed the young Elliot and Catherine moments. From the start I sensed the protective nature Elliot held when it came to Catherine. I cheered when this young man put her biggest bullies in their places. Two years later Elliot is back and he's about to face the biggest challenge of all, seeking Catherine's forgiveness. But he quickly realizes the Catherine he once knew is no longer the Catherine that stands in front of him. He'll do everything in his power to uncover her secrets and protect her from any threat. Some secrets though are to big to uncover without help. And.... that is where I'm stopping the 'about the novel' portion of this review. Honestly it took me a few hours to write that small section and then rewrite it several times so it didn't contain little glimpses of spoilers..... Writing this review has been a nightmare for me! There were two things I found compelling when it comes to ATLL. First is the Secret. This novel centers around a huge secret that nobody knows but everyone wants to find out. At 20% I had two theories in mind (theories that will not be added in this review due to spoilers). By 40% I had a feeling I knew how this novel would end and at 62% I knew exactly how ATLL would end. How did I know? well I have a way of picking out bits and pieces that are easily looked over. This is a curse for me when it comes to reading mysteries because I'm hardly ever surprised.... I almost always know the outcome! However, if you are unlike me and don't analytically try to prove your theories while reading, chances are this novel will honestly shock the hell out of you! I loved the dark vibe that hovers over this world. The Juniper is a mansion in which Catherine has lived all her life, a mansion that has now been turned into a bed and breakfast in which Catherine and her mother still reside. The Juniper is a huge factor in this novel, this place is where all
DJTP More than 1 year ago
All the Little Lights by Jamie McGuire. I've read past books by this author and have enjoyed them and this book didn't disappoint me. I loved the character development between the characters and storyline. A book that every time I put it down it pulled me back in to read more. A young adult/new adult book. It had romance and suspense. A roller coaster of a ride and a ending you don't expect. Jamie McGuire knows how to write and give you a great book with a Wow ending. I look forward to reading more from this author.
Nadine_B More than 1 year ago
The one word I would use to describe All the Little Lights is irresponsible. It’s going to be hard to communicate my overwhelmingly negative thoughts and feelings towards this novel without spoiling anything, so bear with me as I navigate the spoiler minefield. Jamie McGuire introduced me to the romance/new adult genre with Beautiful Disaster and I’ve been a fan ever since. So, when I seen her latest release on NetGalley I requested it immediately. Unfortunately, not only is it an overly long and boring romance, it is also mislabeled in terms of genre. On NetGalley, it’s labeled as general giction (gdult) and on Goodreads it’s labeled as romance, rontemporary, then young adult. All the Little Lights is most definitely a contemporary young adult novel, not an adult novel. This isn’t necessarily a criticism, however young adult romances do not interest me. A combined page long description from both perspectives about holding hands does not appeal to me. All The Little Lights follows Elliot and Catherine as they fall in love, but are torn apart only be reunited years later. Now, Elliot and Catherine are seniors looking toward the future, but Catherine’s mother and her mysterious bed and breakfast are holding Catherine back. All the Little Lights is about 200 pages too long. It’s incredibly slow paced with nothing happening other than typical, juvenile high school drama. McGuire employs the mean girl trope with the unpopular main character cliché. These coupled with the star quarterback falling in love with the unpopular main character who then becomes popular herself made All the Little Lights one big eye roll. The mystery of the bed and breakfast is incredibly frustrating. McGuire hints at the mystery throughout the entire novel, but doesn’t do anything with it until the last 10% of the novel. There is obviously something nefarious happening at the bed and breakfast, but none of the other characters push Catherine to divulge the information leaving the reader frustrated and in the dark until the final moments of the novel. In hindsight, the climax of the novel should have been obvious, but I couldn’t believe McGuire used [insert spoiler here] as a plot device. That’s about all I can say about this novel without spoiling anything, so see below for more of my spoilery thoughts. I will not spoil anything directly; however the general terms I’ll be speaking in may make the climax of the novel obvious.
BeckyRendon More than 1 year ago
I spent the entire book sure that I knew what would happen. I knew. 110%. And when the reveal hit, I shouted like a lunatic. I was right. But even knowing, you can't help but get caught up in the secrets. The creepy underbelly of the Juniper is something you can't wash off. All the Little Lights is definitely a new direction. Jamie McGuire is a talented and gifted author who has no trouble pulling the reader into a story. It took a little longer for me to "sit comfortably" into this story. I imagine it's like sitting on your new neighbors couch. You have expectations and this couch doesn't look like yours. It unfamiliar and you don't want to fall in or be uncomfortable but you try not to be a stiff. All the Little Lights was like sitting on that couch it took me the awkward greeting, a talk about the weather, and an offer of ice tea to relax into this story. Don't misunderstand, you won't relax entirely until the end of this story. But just like the couch you can get comfortable...maybe too comfortable. Just ask Catherine what getting comfortable can do... All my random, vague comments aside, I enjoyed All the Little Lights. I liked the suspense. The need to know everything that encompasses the reader. The edge that the secrets creates. It was all positively nerve inducing.
kstokes More than 1 year ago
In telling Catherine and Elliot’s story the author touches on many topics, including racism, bullying, friendship, small town dynamics and a secret that Catherine in keeping. The secret is a rather big angle in the story and I thought at one point I had the "it" figured out, just not the why. Boy was I wrong (yet right also), that was a twist that I never would have guessed. The secret and the mystery surrounding certain things is what finally made me stick with the book and finish it after a very slow start. Overall it made the book redeeming for me. If you are looking for a good read with a twist and you can handle a slow start then I recommend you read this book. #NetGalley #AllTheLittleLights
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
This is a story that starts with two teenagers who are seen as awkward and like each other. They don’t really know how to act on that and tread very carefully with each other. While they may not know how to act on their like of each other they do know that they can trust each other and share their secrets. Then Elliott gets torn away at the time Catherine needs him the most. They both don’t stop thinking about each other but being teenagers they are lost to their parent's rules. Elliott finally returns to Catherine their senior year of high school but must work to earn her trust again. I was entirely invested in this book. Elliott’s persistence in earning Catherine’s friendship was wonderful. He warmed my heart by never giving up on her yet realizing that there were times that he had to give her some space or he would lose her forever. I like that Catherine made Elliott work to earn her back. She wasn’t mean, she wasn’t unforgiving, she was careful with her heart. Jamie McGuire tackled bullying, racism, peer pressure, and mental health all while keeping the story realistic. She didn’t cover up the real world of being a teenager and showed that there is help available when needed. This is the first book I have read by Jamie but I am excited to read more from her.
the-traveling-inkwell More than 1 year ago
I'm notoriously picky when it comes to contemporary YA novels and even pickier when contemporary blurs the line with romance. Maybe it's that I overdosed on too many cliched stories of young love when I was in high school, or maybe my attention span has shortened to the point where the only declarations of love I want to see are in pauses for breath on a battlefield. Whatever the reason, I tend to be skeptical of tales that revolve around the girl next door and small town flames, no matter how brightly they burn. It follows that a story like All the Little Lights should have had me dubious from the start. Yet, there was something so evocative about the description alone of Jamie McGuire's most recent novel that I couldn't help but want to take a chance on it ... and oh, I'm so glad I did. It's clear from the start that All the Little Lights is Catherine Calhoun and Elliott Youngblood's love story, but it's more than just the unfolding of their relationship; it's a coming of age tale. They're both such strong characters with complex personalities that jump right out of the pages and make it impossible to not grow attached. I loved getting to know Catherine's inner resilience and Elliott's unwavering loyalty, through their own eyes and in how they see one another. I was impressed that McGuire had me rooting for their relationship from the start, and my faith in them only deepened as the story progressed. McGuire has such a way with words. Everything about her writing tugged at my heartstrings the whole way through. All the Little Lights perfectly captures the claustrophobic nature of a small town and the sticky-sweet nostalgia of the summers of youth. The prevalent theme of found family brings together many of the characters in the novel, and it's a powerful reminder that some ties are deeper than blood. I was also pleasantly surprised to see the focus on Elliott's native heritage as well as the bigotry he faces. There's definitely an element of mystery and intrigue to this novel, which is always another plus for me. Catherine's home life, the truth of which she strives so hard to keep secret from the outside world, grows m to keep under wraps, especially as Elliott begins to play a larger role in her life. Little contradictions seemed to crop up throughout the novel, which somewhat confused and irked me at the time, but the ending brought everything into focus, and I've got to applaud McGuire for pulling it off. My only lasting complaint is Tess's character, who seemed destined for becoming more of a plot point than she did, and I'm still scratching my head at her purpose. Nevertheless, I truly enjoyed All the Little Lights despite any initial reservations I might have had over what appeared to be "just another teenage love story." Catherine and Elliott's tale is anything but cookie cutter—it's evocative and gorgeously written, with themes that run so much deeper than the innocence of first love. I'm always here for books reminding me I need to stop being so hasty to write off genres, and I'm so glad I gave All the Little Lights a shot. I definitely recommend this one! Warm thanks to Montlake Romance for providing me with an advance reader's copy in exchange for an honest review.
Disturbia0509 More than 1 year ago
Okay, I think this is a break up with Jamie McGuire and I. I loved her first couple of books but I just can't anymore. She also has this obsession with guys and their anger problems. This book was just all over the place. I wasn't quite sure what it was trying to be. A contemporary romance? Romance? Mystery? I'm still not even sure.  Now that I know the ending, it had SO much potential. It could have shined a bigger light on mental illness (I wont say because of spoilers). Unfortunately, I had such a hard time getting through this book. It was really long and it didn't need to be. This book is definitely a YA, which could be part of the problem. I'm not used to that from McGuire.  I had to get about 60% of the way through this book before I was interested. It was such an agonizing process. I'm a fast reader and this book has caused me to have a major slump. Ugh.  Anyways, the first part of this book is about these teens, who are neighbors but the boy is only there in the summer. They meet, fall in love and he has to leave. He then comes back and all this chaos has happened while he was gone. Now, I get that there is a twist and I didn't really see it until the end but that was part of my problem. I really wish that I would have been let in on what was really going on before I hit 90% of the book. I think it would have been a bigger impact than having her say over and over, "I can't. It's a secret." I just got tired of being dragged along.  The love between Catherine and Elliott was just ehh, and I didn't really connect to them. I found myself having to skip over so much of the love stuff. It was just too corny and I couldn't take it after I hit 30% of the book. There was so much redundancy too. I don't know how many times she had to bring up that Catherine was quiet and weird. Elliott is the high school football quarterback and his devotion for Catherine is more than breathing and food? I find that a LITTLE hard to believe.  The story was just so slow and it felt like McGuire was trying to acheive way too much with this one.  I was really disappointed in this book and I'm sad about that. I'm sure I'll be in the unpopular opinion but that's okay. Not every book is for everyone.  I want to thank the publisher, Montlake Romance and Netgalley, for providing me with a copy of this eARC for review! #allthelittlelights #netgalley
Rustic_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
I received this book fro free from Netgalley and Publisher in exchange for a honest review. I love Jamie McGuire's work and this was no different. We meet 2 young people that go to school together and care very much for each but when Elliot leaves the school, Catherine has to heal. Elliot returns several years later for senior year, he wants nothing more than have the relationship that he and Catherine had before. but with popularly being at its differences between and the secret that Catherine is keeping causing drama for Elliot. I really enjoyed this book and when I seen that Jamie had a new book, I had to request it. I was able to meet her last year at Penned Con in St. Louis, Mo. and she was so nice.
MaryJoMI More than 1 year ago
Beautiful journey to love that shows the depth and determination of first love. Elliott’s home life is less than stellar so he usually is shipped off to his aunt and uncles house for the summer. His Aunt Leigh loves him, though she is tough to know, but she inspires him with his first camera. As he explores town to take pictures, he sees Catherine and his heart is stolen. Now, it takes years for this boy to actually talk to her but when he does, a true friendship is born. Catherine’s world is tainted by her families’ past in town which follows her like a black cloud which hinders her from making friends. When she meets Elliott, she isn’t sure what to think but she needs an escape from her parents fighting which opens her eyes to a true friend. Then Catherine’s world crashes down on her while Elliott gets ripped away against his will. When Elliott makes it back to Catherine a few years later, he is determined to get Catherine back. But will Catherine let him in, a lot has changed over the years. I love Catherine’s strength, she is a teenager, navigating a small-town world that she didn’t make but gets judged by every day. She doesn’t always see her own strength but she is a true warrior. Elliott, oh Elliott, his love for Catherine is limitless and is willingness to throw himself at her mercy is heartwarming. He faces his own challenges due to his ethnicity and his mother’s prejudices about Oak Creek. This is an emotional roller-coaster that shocked me while it captured my heart for this couple to find the happiness they both truly deserve.
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks More than 1 year ago
From Beautiful Disaster to All The Little Lights, Jamie McGuire proves she is an author who can write for a wide variety of readers. This thoughtful novel captures the beauty and heartache of first love against the extraordinary trials of life. Both Elliott Youngblood and Catherine Calhoun have unique situations, but the bond they forged at a young age pulls them through the worst of their senior year of high school. The last time that Catherine saw Elliott her life fell apart in just one moment. When Elliott finally makes his was back to his best friend she's facing the hardest trial of all, yet she won't allow his help or friendship. His loyalty to Catherine, despite her efforts to push him away, is so invigorating and refreshing. I love that the hero of this story is a knight without coming across as sappy or one dimensional. Elliott has issues of his own starting with his dysfunctional parents, but despite his flaws he only wants to protect Catherine. Catherine has someone she wants to protect as well, but secrets she must keep weigh heavily on her. Throughout the story I wondered what could be so horrible that Catherine would sacrifice a chance at love and a normal high school experience. The truth was astounding and made reading All the Little Lights worth the loss of sleep! I was really excited to read Elliott and Catherine's story, because the blurb had an air of foreboding. I had absolutely no idea where this story would end up, but I must say that I was pleasantly shocked. I was literally scratching my head in confusion during certain scenes not realizing that the words are carefully crafted to keep you guessing and in the dark. Jamie McGuire is expert in creating well-rounded stories that feature exceptional characters and a setting that readers can easily jump into. All the Little Lights is compelling and emotional from start to finish! It has so much more depth than a typical fluffy teen romance, so you really feel as though you're reading something worthwhile. I highly recommend to readers of Catherine Bybee and Courtney Cole. *ARC provided in consideration for review*
AmyBosica More than 1 year ago
All the Little Lights is a stand-alone young adult novel. It follows the story of Catherine and Elliott. From the moment Elliott spots Catherine. He can’t stay away. As outcasts, they form a friendship and an unforgettable bond. But, when tragedy strikes and Catherine needs him, Elliott is forced to leave town and leave her behind…..When Elliott is finally able to return to Catherine, things are different. They are different. Elliott is determined to win her back, despite Catherine’s unwillingness to forgive him. Just when things appear to be moving in the right direction for Catherine and Elliott, the town is once again hit with tragedy. Only, this time, Elliott is the suspect…. Overall, I thought this book was an ok read. I thought the story-line was unique and intriguing. The characters were interesting and I liked that Catherine and Elliott were the outcasts. I wanted to know more about them, their story and the overall plot. I enjoyed the mystery that surrounded the story and couldn’t wait to see how it would all play out. However, I did have some issues with this story. One of the biggest ones was the pacing. At times, the pacing just lagged and I found it hard to keep focused. At times, I found myself confused and unsure of what was going on. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. I like to try to figure things out when I’m reading and sadly this story left me feeling a bit lost at times. All the Little Lights will be one of those reads that is a hit for some and a miss for others. While the plot was intriguing and had some good twists, the pacing threw me off. Even though I didn’t love this book, I’m still glad that I gave it a chance and checked it out.
MBurton More than 1 year ago
This was different and I liked it! I have not read the popular series by this author but even I know this was nothing like her other series. I wasn't sure what to expect but I was completely engrossed. The author did a good job of keeping me guessing about what the heck was going on behind closed doors. It starts out with a sweet boy crushes on girl story and as the story developed, the more I wondered if there was more going on in the back ground. It was subtle and brilliantly done. This has a great love story with a bit of dark side to it and I'll leave it at that so as not to ruin anything. This is actually one of those stories that I wish I had read with a buddy so I could discuss a few things. Great story. Great writing. ARC provided by NetGalley.
Gayathiri More than 1 year ago
I have read Beautiful Disaster series by Jamie McGuire... But this book is nothing like her previous books and turned out to be so unique and amazing!! Its not exactly romance.. More of YA, Mystery & Romance... Elliot, visits his uncle and aunt at Oak Creek for Summer to escape his fighting parents... One summer, after freshman year, he becomes friends with Catherine.. They grow fond of each other and become best of friends.. And when tragedy strikes catherine that summer, Elliot is forced to leave her without even a good bye.. Elliot is so determined to get back to her.. However it takes 2 years for him to get back to Oak Creek.. Though it takes him some time to earn her forgiveness, there is something mysterious in Catherine's life that might tear them apart!! The book started little slow, but i loved Elliot and Catherine... Their friendship at the young age and the love they had for each other was so beautiful.. It was so profound!! And i didnt expect the mystery to be that shocking!! And that ending was just so beautiful.. Elliot and Catherine deserved it!!!