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 doe...

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

  • Elodie

    Wow.

    Just wow.

    This story grabbed me from the beginning and still hasn't let go, even though I finished reading it last night. Katy has a way with words. Her writing is gorgeous but even more than that, she infuses so much emotion in the way she writes.

    The bond between Callie and Chloe was so strong and the grief Callie feels jumps right out of the page. Every character is fleshed out. Every character feels real. Every character feels like someone you just had a conversation with.

  • Sami Myers

    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 tow

    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!

  • Katy Upperman

    Hi -- I wrote this. :-)

  • 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,

    , with all of you, and

    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.

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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(4.5

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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.

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    This was perfectly fine, but nothing special. Meh.

  • Alyssa

    I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting going into this, but I know it wasn’t what I read.

    Throughout the novel I never connected to Callie or any of the other characters. It doesn’t take a lot for me to get emotionally invested, but for some reason that never occurred with this book. No one seemed captivating enough to gather my attention long enough for me to care about what would happen to them.

    I wasn’t expecting the ghost aspect of the story to be as prominent as it

    I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting going into this, but I know it wasn’t what I read.

    Throughout the novel I never connected to Callie or any of the other characters. It doesn’t take a lot for me to get emotionally invested, but for some reason that never occurred with this book. No one seemed captivating enough to gather my attention long enough for me to care about what would happen to them.

    I wasn’t expecting the ghost aspect of the story to be as prominent as it was. Of course because of the synopsis, it was going to be present, but it was a lot and didn’t really do much for me as a reader. Maybe that is one of the reasons I never seemed to care for any of the characters, especially Callie.

    The one thing I did find intriguing was the mystery surrounding Stewart house and the old, hidden away items that Callie found while working on the house. That story captured my attention instantly and I was looking forward to the moments when we would be able to learn more about the past inhabitants of Stewart House and Bell Cove.

    Overall this book was just ok for me. It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t terrible either. I was never invested with any of the characters or their stories and come my end of the year wrap up, I probably won’t remember much.

  • Nia •ShadesOfPaper•

    I was pretty intrigued by the premise of this novel, because in the past I’ve read similar stories to this one and really enjoyed, so I went with pretty high expectations into it, and overall I felt okay about it. It was quite a generic book, and though it had some elements that I really enjoyed, I also had my issues.

    The plot wasn’t as unique as I thought it was. It was quite a typical YA book that dealt about the loss of a loved one. It had also some mystery going on that was keepin

    I was pretty intrigued by the premise of this novel, because in the past I’ve read similar stories to this one and really enjoyed, so I went with pretty high expectations into it, and overall I felt okay about it. It was quite a generic book, and though it had some elements that I really enjoyed, I also had my issues.

    The plot wasn’t as unique as I thought it was. It was quite a typical YA book that dealt about the loss of a loved one. It had also some mystery going on that was keeping me interested, which I appreciate, but I would say the majority of the novel was focused on the romance and building a relationship between our main character and her love interest.

    The book is told from Calliope’s POV, with some jumps between past and present, and though I found that a bit helpful for the reader to gathered more information about our protagonist and her relationship with her sister and her ex, I found it quite confusing at times those flashbacks, because there wasn’t anything that let me know I was reading something that happened in the past (some italics…), and at times I didn’t know if what I was reading was happening in the past or the present.

    When it comes to the characters, I think they were okay. I absolutely adored Tucker and think he was such a cute and supportive love interest, and I really enjoyed the dynamics between him and Calliope, but I guess when it comes to our protagonist I was expecting much more. Since it’s a book that dealt with mental health, I was expecting to see it more present in the novel, and I was sadly disappointed. The book was more focused on the romance, and I feel Calliope’s development wasn’t really there during most of the book, and only I could see that in the last two or three chapters.

    However, the romance was pretty well done. I liked how it wasn’t an insta love-y type of romance, but the author took her time to build a connection between those characters, which I so appreciated. I also enjoyed that evolution, though it’s true there were certain moments where it was a bit cheesy for my liking.

    Something that I noticed and wasn’t the biggest fan of was how the side characters were barely there. Calliope’s parents were barely in the story and only appear so she could have an inner monologue or to add something to her arc, and that pretty much happened with the rest of the characters, which was so sad. I wanted to see more relationships apart from the romance, and I feel that was the only one that stood out.

    Overall, I think this book was okay and wasn’t bad, but I’ve read others that I absolutely loved more than this one. It had its pros and its cons, so even though I enjoyed some parts of How the Light Gets In, there were other issues that made me lower my rating a bit.

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  • Tucker

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

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