The Light We Lost - Jill Santopolo

The Light We Lost

By Jill Santopolo

  • Release Date: 2017-05-09
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 1,657 Ratings

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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

“Extraordinary.”—Emily Giffin

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


  • Personally relatable, could be categorized as non-fiction

    By srsim0108
    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.
  • Wow

    By Gracie_Lou_82
    Spoilers.. SO DO NOT READ ON!!!! knew in the first few chapters I was into it when reading the sample. However, knowing the writing was a person speaking to someone not answering it gave a since of what was to come. I feel so much from this book. The description of their love is that of what i have felt with someone else, and we have been in and out of each other’s lives for so long... it’s hard to pull away when all you wanna do is remain lost in it. I like that in the end she wrote the letter stating the truth. I just wish that after the letter there was some sort of knowing what happened with her and Darren. The book was good, so I gave it 4 starts. Not five because of the death factor.
  • Where is the ending?

    By Jena-MT
    Did the author die? It just stops.....
  • Overdone, overly dramatic, and tacky

    By toppopbella000
    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.
  • A tearjerker or...

    By ness414
    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 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!!!
  • Morbidly depressing

    By rosegoldlight
    I had such high hopes for this book... it took morbid tun after depressing turn.
  • Well written but a bit of a turn off

    By Rachjessee
    It’s not that I didn’t like the book, I just really couldn’t stand the main character. A wealthy white woman who lives a life of privilege obsessed over the one thing she can’t have. I mean, I get the idea but to be honest I felt more for Gabe and Darren than for Lucy. Also, the ending wasn’t very satisfying.
  • Starts slow... give it a chance

    By JennyJiffy
    This book took awhile for me to “get into”... being on Reese’s book club list powered through and am glad I did.
  • The Light We Lost

    By judyd1949 64
    Oh my God, girl. You just killed me. I could NOT put this down. I cried, laughed, cried again and again. I had a love like this, only he didn’t die, he found out he was gay, just a little too late for my heart. Keep on doing what you’re doing. We will all enjoy your labor. Thank you. Jd.
  • Underwhelming

    By lmillzzz
    This book was terribly underwhelming. It seemed to drag on and on and nothing happened.