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Today’s my stop for this highly anticipated blog tour hosted by the one and only Xpresso Tours, How the Light Gets In by Katy Upperman, and I’ve got some bookish info, my review, and a tour-wide giveaway for all of you!
So what are you waiting for? Let’s get started!
Title: How the Light Gets In
Author: Katy Upperman
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date: Aug. 6th, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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 to be charmed by the tiny coastal town or by Tucker Morgan, a local boy brimming with sunshine.
But even as her days begin to brighten, Callie’s nights are crowded with chilling dreams, unanswered questions, and eerie phenomenon that have her convinced she’s being haunted. Will Callie be able to figure out what her sister is trying to communicate before it’s too late?
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***Actual Rating: 4/5 Hauntingly-forgiving stars***
As a massive fan of YA Contemporary Romance, I’m fully aware of Katy Upperman and all her previous, highly anticipated works. Kissing Max Holden and The Impossibility of Us 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, How the Light Gets In, with all of you, and for that, I’m truthfully grateful.
That being said, How the Light Gets In 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, what lures me deeper in the story is the all-so-unexpected supernatural/paranormal/ghost-like element, a.k.a. the ghost of Callie’s (the female protagonist’s) late baby sister, Chloe.
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. The most touching part of this book is how strong the bond between Callie and Chloe is even when one of them ceases to exist. 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, How the Light Gets In 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, communicating with the lost one through some supernatural means can actually help seeking forgiveness. 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. 🙂
***Thanks to Xpresso Tours and the author for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.***
About the Author
Katy Upperman is a wife, mama, author, reader, baker, and wanderer. She writes novels for teens and teens at heart. She’s a Washington State University alum (go Cougs!), a country music fanatic, and a makeup stockpiler. She loves the ocean, pedicures, sunshine, Instagram, Dirty Dancing and The Princess Bride, Jelly Bellies, true crime documentaries, and Friday Night Lights.
For a chance to win a print copy of How the Light Gets In, simply enter the giveaway in the link below! Only 7 days left, and this is U.S. only.
Please let me start by saying that this blog tour wouldn’t be as amazing as it already is without all these fellow stops so please don’t hesitate to pay each one of them a visit!