How the Light Gets In

How the Light Gets In

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 have become.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...

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Title:How the Light Gets In
Author:Katy Upperman
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How the Light Gets In Reviews

  • Sami (bookishsami)

    RATING - 5 STARS

    CW - death, suicide, and self-harm

    (suicide/self-harm very minimal)

    Wow...where do I begin?

    I had the pleasure of reading this book early (Thank you Swoon Reads!!), as I have with all of Katy Upperman's works, and am feeling so blessed that I get to hype this book up in hopes of you all buying it when it comes out (August 6th!!).

    This is a haunting tale of Callie, whose sister has recently passed, as she returns to the seaside town of Bell Cove to help her Aunt Lucy renovate an old i

    RATING - 5 STARS

    CW - death, suicide, and self-harm

    (suicide/self-harm very minimal)

    Wow...where do I begin?

    I had the pleasure of reading this book early (Thank you Swoon Reads!!), as I have with all of Katy Upperman's works, and am feeling so blessed that I get to hype this book up in hopes of you all buying it when it comes out (August 6th!!).

    This is a haunting tale of Callie, whose sister has recently passed, as she returns to the seaside town of Bell Cove to help her Aunt Lucy renovate an old inn (with lots of secrets!!)

    This book has everything I could have wanted - beautiful writing, interesting characters (layered, developed, sweet characters), a lovely setting, and ghosts (no, really, ghosts!).

    What really made me love this book, and *usually* why I give books 5 stars, is how real these characters felt to me. The main character and all the side characters had very authentic character arcs and feelings! They made decisions that seemed real - there wasn't any unnecessary drama to keep the plot moving. Everything made SENSE.

    Another aspect of this novel I loved was the setting. I've been so in love with these lazy beach town settings with small-town politics and secrets. The setting with the mix of lots of different plotlines (and timelines) made for a quick and interesting read. The contrast between the secret of what happened to Callie's sister, a missing girl from long ago (okay it was 1999 but still), and the mysterious happenings in the house made this such a page-turner.

    There's obviously a romance and it's absolutely lovely, I think my favorite couple from Katy's books. There are lots of sweet moments, but mixed with the perfect amount of angst and emotional turmoil which makes it interesting!

    I hope you'll check this book out when it hits the shelves - I don't want this to slide into the background! Preorder, request at your library, post on Twitter - anything will help! Just know I loved it and I think you guys will too!

  • Samantha (WLABB)

    Rating: 4.5 Stars

    It had been a year since she visited her aunt in Bell Cove, since she had that fight with her sister, since her sister died. After a painful period of mourning Chloe's death, Callie found herself back where her nightmare began, and it seemed as though her nightmares were bleeding into her waking hours when reminders of her sister began popping up. Was her sister reaching out to her from the beyond? Was she trying to tell her something? Could Callie finally come to terms with her

    Rating: 4.5 Stars

    It had been a year since she visited her aunt in Bell Cove, since she had that fight with her sister, since her sister died. After a painful period of mourning Chloe's death, Callie found herself back where her nightmare began, and it seemed as though her nightmares were bleeding into her waking hours when reminders of her sister began popping up. Was her sister reaching out to her from the beyond? Was she trying to tell her something? Could Callie finally come to terms with her sister's death?

    I am a Katy Upperman fan. Her two previous books were exactly the type of novels I would pick up. That was why I had no problem going slightly outside my normal reading zone for this one, and I sure am glad I did, because this is now my favorite Upperman book.

    How the Light Gets In was about the grief, pain, and guilt felt, when people lose a loved one. It was about the way those left behind deal with the gaping hole in their lives due to that person's absence. It's about them finding the strength to move forward without that person by their side. I, for one, thought Upperman did a magnificent job exploring the emotional impact associated with losing someone, and she really delivered the feels. Callie's heartache and pain of missing her sister coursed through me, but so did the joy Callie felt, when she fondly remembered her.

    I will admit, I wanted to read this book because (1) Katy Upperman wrote it, and (2) it dealt with grief and loss, but there was so much more that kept me glued to the pages. Aside from Callie's healing journey, there was a bit of a small town mystery, a fantastic romance, and a touch of the supernatural. Upperman took all these elements, and wove them together spectacularly.

    Obviously, the romance stood out for me, but it was largely due to how much I adored Tucker. He came across as happy-go-lucky, affable, and always UP. It sort of shocked me, that my inner cynic didn't rebuff him, but Upperman gave him many layers, and it was something beyond that shiny veneer that called to me. He was utilized very thoughtfully in this story, which really took it to the next level for me, and he definitely earned a place on my beloved hero list.

    Once again, Upperman has presented me with a story, that took me through a large array of emotions, while, in the end, leaving me filled with happiness and joy.

    *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Vicky Skinner

    Whoo buddy! This book gave me ALL THE FEELS. This book is going to be such a hit! There's something for everybody! Mystery romance, ghosts, suspence! A perfect beach read and it totally made me choke up at the end. This book was definitely what I needed to finish out 2018. Can't wait to see it on the shelf!

  • Katy Upperman

    Hi -- I wrote this. :-)

  • Rachel

    This was a really great read with a touching plot, great character development, real and important themes, and a ridiculously cute romance. Another fantastic read from Katy Upperman!

    Full review to come.

  • Marie

    Real rating: 4,5 stars.

    Katy Upperman is becoming one of my favorite ya contemporary authors. This book left me with all the emotions and ahhh. definitely recommending it. <3

    Full review coming soon!

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  • Jasmine

    As a massive fan of YA Contemporary Romance, I'm fully aware of Katy Upperman and all her previous, highly anticipated works.

    and

    sound unbelievably intriguing to me, and I'm constantly guilty about not having read either of them earlier. Thankfully (and much to my surprise,) I got a perfect opportunity to actually read, enjoy, and share my thoughts about her upcoming novel,

    , w

    As a massive fan of YA Contemporary Romance, I'm fully aware of Katy Upperman and all her previous, highly anticipated works.

    and

    sound unbelievably intriguing to me, and I'm constantly guilty about not having read either of them earlier. Thankfully (and much to my surprise,) I got a perfect opportunity to actually read, enjoy, and share my thoughts about her upcoming novel,

    , with all of you, and for that, I'm truthfully grateful.

    That being said,

    is the first book of Katy's I've read, and I'm really glad it does not let me down. Not knowing what to expect, I experience this book--yep, head-on experience--with an open mind and wide eyes. My first impression on this book is, interestingly, not the author's writing style, nor the uniqueness of the characters' personality; instead,

    There, I said it, the otherworld (Ha! Pun intended!) feature that I most definitely didn't see coming. I don't know why, but when I picture Katy's books or the stories she may create, they won't include something so...spiritual or slightly superstitious. Not trying to stray from the topic, despite the fact that Chloe's everlasting ghost catches me off-guard in the entire story, I actually appreciate her role in making Callie's life better and more whole.

    When Callie lost her sister to a pretty girlish, slightly juvenile cause, she was devastated. Never would Callie expect her dearest sister to be gone so simply, as if their sisterhood was nothing but fleeting moments.

    And the cherry on top? There's a slowly built romance for Callie and the new boy, Tucker Morgan, a happy-go-lucky who seems to bear as much burden as she does deep down.

    All in all,

    is all about dealing with losing a beloved someone while struggling/managing to piece yourself together somehow. Callie and Chloe's story makes me believe in--not necessarily ghosts--spirits more and that perhaps,

    All I want to say is that this book certainly is a meaningful read, and I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I do. :)

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    Hummm, I think I'm still haunted by this story even after finishing it a couple of days ago. Truthfully, never did I ever expect Katy Upperman would create a seemingly young adult contemporary story with quite a lot of paranormal elements, but I wasn't disappointed! I mean, I finally got the chance to read Katy's books, considering how amazing her previous works looked, so I couldn't complain anything. :)

    Full review to come but before that, I still recommend you give this book a try even though there's some supernatural phenomenon.

  • Jessica | Booked J

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    To explain this novel, spoiler free, is difficult. At its core, it is certainly a tale of grief. It's gorgeous and haunting in more ways than one. This isn't a light, easy-breezy contemporary, so proceed with

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    To explain this novel, spoiler free, is difficult. At its core, it is certainly a tale of grief. It's gorgeous and haunting in more ways than one. This isn't a light, easy-breezy contemporary, so proceed with caution. If you aren't keen on novels with flawed characters, jarring truths and exploration of pain, this novel is likely not for you.

    Fair warning: it won't be for everyone. Fortunately, it was right up my alley and all but consumed me. I will definitely be diving further into Katy Upperman's backlist in the future. Just... wow. Wow.

    What a beautifully written, thought-provoking read.

    is, first and foremost, a truthful novel about grief and how one lives with it, with a twist. (The twist is in the synopsis, but, I'm still not going to touch base on it in my review so you can experience it at first read.)

    And, in the case of our main character, Callie, how some of us virtually shut down in the face of loss. In a lot of ways, this novel hit me in the same ways that Lurlene McDaniel's books hit me as a teenager, only this felt more raw and timely. I appreciate the frankness in it that came with.

    In fact,

    was poignant, packed to the brim with emotionally charged moments and true-to-life characters. Tissues are essential to the reading process for this one. When it comes to

    , it gets down to the rougher parts of growing up and dealing with grief. Upperman allows little hints of real life into her prose and it works wonderfully with the narrative, creating a balance of something ordinary and alive.

    We touch base on so much in so little time. Death of a loved one. Guilt. Drug abuse and dependency. Love. And so much more. We even have a little nod to another genre, which I won't spoil too much beyond the fact that it is in the synopsis but, well, you'll see when reading.

    The struggles of Callie, and her desire to block out the pain in various ways and push everyone away, her abrupt change in personality, as she suffers from something similar to survivor's guilt, is most certainly at the forefront of the novel. It is realistic and something I found easily to connect with, considering I haven't always had the best ways of coping with tragedy myself--I was able to see parts of me in her and that's always a brilliant note to be made.

    We do have light spots in between. These light spots truly usher us into Upperman's title. How the Light Gets In is exactly as described in its name, and that is a wonderful thing. I thought the entire plotline was written in a deeply compelling way. I found myself smiling at the inclusion of a softie named Tucker, who serves as Callie's love interest, and I really enjoyed the renovations that happened in this novel re: Callie's Aunt's house.

    It's heartbreaking, but hopeful. It's intense, but charming. It's challenging, but it's worthwhile.

    Upperman paints a crystal-clear picture of Callie and what makes her tick. Or, rather, what's made her entire life come to a screeching halt. It takes a lot for some of us to feel sympathetic towards difficult characters, but I found her acting-out-shutting-down-leave-me-alone treble to be incredibly realistic. There are so many ways to tackle grief in fiction and this is definitely an accurate representation of how someone like Callie processes it.

    is strong because of Callie's struggles and weaknesses, and ultimately her journey.

    It is more than just a coming of age story and exploration of loss. And it's definitely a must-read.

  • Tucker

    This sounds heartbreaking... So why do I want to read it so bad

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