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 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?

How the Light Gets In Details

TitleHow the Light Gets In
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 6th, 2019
PublisherSwoon Reads
ISBN-139781250305671
Rating
GenreContemporary, Young Adult

How the Light Gets In Review

  • Katy Upperman
    January 1, 1970
    I'm running a preorder campaign for HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN! Preorder a hardcover or eBook, or request HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN at your local library, and I'll send you fun ~exclusive~ swag. International okay! U.S. entrants will also be entered to win a grand prize. 🤗 Details are here: https://katyupperman.com/htlgi-preord...HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN is on Netgalley! Request an eARC here: https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/boo...Watch for teasers and giveaways on Twitter and Instagram in the coming weeks I'm running a preorder campaign for HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN! Preorder a hardcover or eBook, or request HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN at your local library, and I'll send you fun ~exclusive~ swag. International okay! U.S. entrants will also be entered to win a grand prize. 🤗 Details are here: https://katyupperman.com/htlgi-preord...HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN is on Netgalley! Request an eARC here: https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/boo...Watch for teasers and giveaways on Twitter and Instagram in the coming weeks. I'm @katyupperman on both social media sites. 😘
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  • Tucker
    January 1, 1970
    This sounds heartbreaking... So why do I want to read it so badMany thanks to Swoon Reads for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review| Goodreads | Blog | Twitch | Pinterest |
  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Vicky Skinner
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Sami (bookishsami)
    January 1, 1970
    This sounds amazing!!!
  • B.R. Myers
    January 1, 1970
    In Katy Upperman’s HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN, Callie Ryan is a swimming star who shares the pool and the spotlight with her little sister. But after Chloe’s unexpected death Callie falls apart, secretly blaming herself for what happened that night.With her parents struggling with their own grief, Callie reluctantly returns to her aunt’s place on the Pacific coast for the summer to help fix up her bed and breakfast—a Victorian seaside mansion full of family secrets. But a chance for hope comes in the In Katy Upperman’s HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN, Callie Ryan is a swimming star who shares the pool and the spotlight with her little sister. But after Chloe’s unexpected death Callie falls apart, secretly blaming herself for what happened that night.With her parents struggling with their own grief, Callie reluctantly returns to her aunt’s place on the Pacific coast for the summer to help fix up her bed and breakfast—a Victorian seaside mansion full of family secrets. But a chance for hope comes in the form of Tate, a local boy with bronzed shoulders and a kind smile. Thinking this might be a sign that she’s forgiven, Callie slowly lets Tate into her life, remembering what it’s like to be happy again. However, the old house isn’t all it seems, and Callie soon begins to see and hear things that seem unnatural, making her wonder if her sister isn’t gone after all.Upperman takes the contemporary coming of age genre and seamlessly blends in a paranormal mystery with the irresistible pull of first love. Romance figures prominently and is delivered with a pitch perfect voice. Equal parts hope and fear, HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN is a poignant novel about dealing with loss in all forms and will leave readers illuminated and satisfied.
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  • Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Macmillan and Swoon Reads for the ARC
  • Teresa
    January 1, 1970
    Katy Upperman has become one of my favorite authors; someone I actively research to learn when their next book is coming out and with her latest novel she didn't disappoint me. I was instantly sucked in and I didn't want to put the book down until I reached the very last page. I am going to refrain from fangirling over this book, more than I already have, especially since it comes out so late next year but I will say that you must buy this book (8/6/19 so mark your calendars!!!) and make sure wh Katy Upperman has become one of my favorite authors; someone I actively research to learn when their next book is coming out and with her latest novel she didn't disappoint me. I was instantly sucked in and I didn't want to put the book down until I reached the very last page. I am going to refrain from fangirling over this book, more than I already have, especially since it comes out so late next year but I will say that you must buy this book (8/6/19 so mark your calendars!!!) and make sure when you start this book you have cleared your schedule so you can fall in love with Tucker, Chloe and Callie!Thanks to Swoon & MPS for the ARC!
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  • Lindsay
    January 1, 1970
    I adore ghost stories. There's something magical and atmospheric about reading a ya novel that enraptures me through hauntings and restless spirits. I almost skipped reading this story because of the first page. Callie is smoking pot in her bathroom. I can't relate nor do I care to read books that star characters who guzzle alcohol and inhale drugs like candy. So why exactly did I give this book a second chance? I'm not sure. Maybe I thought Callie would redeem herself and stop smoking pot. Ha. I adore ghost stories. There's something magical and atmospheric about reading a ya novel that enraptures me through hauntings and restless spirits. I almost skipped reading this story because of the first page. Callie is smoking pot in her bathroom. I can't relate nor do I care to read books that star characters who guzzle alcohol and inhale drugs like candy. So why exactly did I give this book a second chance? I'm not sure. Maybe I thought Callie would redeem herself and stop smoking pot. Ha. If only.So the issue with her smoking pot plays into the plot. Her dad ships her off to her aunt's manor in Oregon for the summer in hopes Callie will reconnect with herself before her senior year. The whole family is shattered over the death of Callie's sister the year prior. Some could say this is why Callie smokes pot. To cope. But that isn't the case. Her ex-boyfriend/neighbor was a pot smoker and despite Callie saying she doesn't want a foggy head due to being part of the swim team, she quickly changes her mind and becomes a pot addict. This happens months prior to her sister's death when she first hangs with Isaac.The plot revolves around Callie helping her Aunt Lucy renovate the manor she bought into a Bed and Breakfast Inn, falling into instant love with the hot landscaper named Tucker, and being haunted by her dead sister. The haunting would have been believable except for one key factor. The only time Callie could see her sister was after she got high on pot. Her addiction to killing her brain cells ruined the story. Callie was unreliable since she was under the influence every time she interacted with Chloe. Did she really talk with her sister's ghost or was it a fabrication of her drugged up mind? It's up to the reader to decide.Callie never stops smoking pot. She yells at and fights with her aunt and gets into arguments with Tucker because he won't tell her his secrets. Likewise, Tucker gets mad at Callie because she won't tell him her secrets. So multiple times these characters were frustrated with her each for lack of secret telling when they each didn't want to share anything. It became annoying. Seeing Chloe's ghost was a mere 1% of the story. Like any other ghost story, this one follows the same layout for the big reveal. Chloe and Callie were fighting over Isaac (the hot boy next door and Callie's boyfriend though Chloe didn't know he was Callie's boyfriend at the time since they kept it secret), Callie saying horrible things to Chloe, Chloe storming off and accidentally dying, and Callie living with guilt.I wish this differed from the majority of ghost stories out there. And making Callie a drug user wrecked everything. The story became a hallucination mixed with fights and instant attraction where an average girl nabs the attention of the hottest guy on Earth. The end.Thank you NetGalley for the ARC.
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  • Amelia Rosegrant
    January 1, 1970
    How the Light gets in by Katy Upperman was such a great read! I loved so many things about this book. It centers around Callie, a teenager sentenced to spending a summer helping her aunt Lucy set up a B&B in the same town where Callie’s younger sister Chloe drowned the year before. While she’s there, Callie gets wrapped up in some drama with the history of the house they’re converting, the boy hired to help out with the B&B, and a potential ghost as well. I want to live in Bell Cove. The How the Light gets in by Katy Upperman was such a great read! I loved so many things about this book. It centers around Callie, a teenager sentenced to spending a summer helping her aunt Lucy set up a B&B in the same town where Callie’s younger sister Chloe drowned the year before. While she’s there, Callie gets wrapped up in some drama with the history of the house they’re converting, the boy hired to help out with the B&B, and a potential ghost as well. I want to live in Bell Cove. The town gave me major Stars Hollow feelings and I’ll relate to anything with Stars Hollow vibes. Callie was a relatable and not always likeable main character. She can be a total snot at times, and is not dealing well with the loss of her sister. She feels a lot of guilt about the circumstances in which Chloe died, and spends a lot of the book sorting through that. You’ll love this book if you like ghost stories that are slightly creepy but not scary, and a cute romance that’s sometimes super cheesy but a fun read and not-perfect characters. The book releases on August 6, 2019. I was lucky enough to get an eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • DJ
    January 1, 1970
    Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.Katy Upperman has the exceptional ability to make you fall head over heels in love with her characters. She also crafts beautiful contemporaries that are both heartwarming and profound. How the Light Gets in is no different. It's a story about Callie who's struggling to find her place in the world after the tragic death of her sister. It's about falling in love, spirits, and the bond of sisters. I was mesmerized by the way the story Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.Katy Upperman has the exceptional ability to make you fall head over heels in love with her characters. She also crafts beautiful contemporaries that are both heartwarming and profound. How the Light Gets in is no different. It's a story about Callie who's struggling to find her place in the world after the tragic death of her sister. It's about falling in love, spirits, and the bond of sisters. I was mesmerized by the way the story and how it dealt with grief. How the Light Gets in handles loss, love and grief in an alluring way that will leave you wanting more.
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  • Steph Messa
    January 1, 1970
    Callie adored her younger sister Chloe until one secret led to a series of unfortunate events. And, you know, accidental death. Callie becomes a shell person after Chloe’s death, so her parents send her to her aunt’s creepy coastal B&B for the summer—the place she last saw her sister alive. Now, Callie’s confronted with two pasts: the secret that led to her sister’s death, and a 20-year old secret that led to two others. With the help of a super cute gardener/swimmer/kitten rescuer, old lett Callie adored her younger sister Chloe until one secret led to a series of unfortunate events. And, you know, accidental death. Callie becomes a shell person after Chloe’s death, so her parents send her to her aunt’s creepy coastal B&B for the summer—the place she last saw her sister alive. Now, Callie’s confronted with two pasts: the secret that led to her sister’s death, and a 20-year old secret that led to two others. With the help of a super cute gardener/swimmer/kitten rescuer, old letters, and a ghost or two, Callie must solve a few mysteries so she (and others!😱) can be free.The setting, history, and mystery are totally my thing and I loved every minute. This will be a super fun/creepy beach read, a beach tote must. 5⭐️ summer read for me!
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  • Claire
    January 1, 1970
    LOVE IT!!!!!
  • LaRonda (Flying Paperbacks)
    January 1, 1970
    *I received a physical ARC of this book from the Publishers in exchange of an honest review*DNF @37% -- Wow i just..... Yeah. 02/19-- I AM SO EXCITED
  • Pallavi
    January 1, 1970
    RATING: 5/5 STARS Callie is devastated by her younger sister's death and has lost her sense of purpose. She's sentenced to a summer in the beach town of Bell Cove, where she helps her aunt transform an antique house into a bed-and-breakfast. She meets Tucker, whose gentle persistence and sunny personality break through her hard exterior. Throughout the summer, Callie unravels a mystery that involves her sister, the past inhabitants of the house, and the town itself.I adored Katy Upperman's THE I RATING: 5/5 STARS Callie is devastated by her younger sister's death and has lost her sense of purpose. She's sentenced to a summer in the beach town of Bell Cove, where she helps her aunt transform an antique house into a bed-and-breakfast. She meets Tucker, whose gentle persistence and sunny personality break through her hard exterior. Throughout the summer, Callie unravels a mystery that involves her sister, the past inhabitants of the house, and the town itself.I adored Katy Upperman's THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF US, so I had high expectations coming into this book. I loved HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN. It's a unique blend of romance, mystery, and paranormal elements. The writing style is beautiful - the word choice is lovely, yet unembellished and natural. It comes across as soft, yet impactful, especially the chapter endings. The writing really fits the contemporary, small-town feel of the book's plot and setting.I liked Callie's journey through the novel - her metamorphosis from a place of desolation and numbness into acceptance and peace with herself and her past. What happened to her sister was tragic; I empathized with the effect of this event on Callie and her family's emotions and well-being. What is really captivating about this story is how the circumstances surrounding Chloe's death are unraveled slowly in flashbacks integrated with Callie's present and the paranormal phenomena she experiences. These secrets being revealed really kept me engaged and flipping through the pages of this book.Katy Upperman excels at writing romance. Callie's relationship with Tucker was sweet and developed at the right pace. Tucker was charming - literally sunshine personified on a page - but he wasn't a superficial character; he had secrets and sadness of his own. I felt that Callie and Tucker had a meaningful friendship, which was so great to see blossom.I think you'll definitely enjoy HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN if you like YA stories with a hint of mystique. I was sucked in to the story and easily connected with the characters. I'm already eagerly awaiting Katy's next book!A sincere thanks to Swoon Reads for providing an advanced reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Social: @_shelf.awareness on Instagram
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  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    How the Light Gets In is, on the surface, a sweet teen summer romantic mystery...but under the surface Upperman explores serious issues such as grief, family, and clashing values.Callie is on the cusp of womanhood and, since the death of her younger sister the previous summer, has questioned everything she believed was true about her life. She used to think that she'd go to college. That she might be falling in love with her cute new neighbor. That she'd find value and worth in her swimming acco How the Light Gets In is, on the surface, a sweet teen summer romantic mystery...but under the surface Upperman explores serious issues such as grief, family, and clashing values.Callie is on the cusp of womanhood and, since the death of her younger sister the previous summer, has questioned everything she believed was true about her life. She used to think that she'd go to college. That she might be falling in love with her cute new neighbor. That she'd find value and worth in her swimming accomplishments. That her family was unshakeable. Now she's unsure about all of those things. The central questions for every characters are "How can I go on when I've played a role in such a traumatic event?" and "What does it mean to grieve what was, what could have been, and move forward into a new and uncomfortable 'normal'?"Upperman doesn't talk down to her audience or make light of what Callie's experiencing. The writing illuminates Callie's life of the mind as well as the struggles of each character as they deal with their own version of the tragedy. Callie's sister appears as a ghost, which functions not only as a structural device allowing Upperman to show Callie moving through her grief process, but also connects with many people's experiences of dreaming about or seeing those who've passed. The ghost character does not feel forced at all, which I attribute to Upperman's eloquent, at times lyrical, writing style.My students are going to read & reread how the Light Gets In. I've preordered copies for my classroom library and look forward to book talking it in the fall.
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  • Laura Douglas
    January 1, 1970
    I'm becoming a huge fan of Katy Upperman! This is the second of her books I've read, and I'm love them. Callie lost her younger sister a year ago at Bell Cove, Oregon. The younger Ryan girl drown in a swimming accident after fighting with her sister over a boy. Now, Callie is left in a world without her other half. She's withdrawn, avoiding life, dropped out of swimming, turned to weed, and is causing problems at home. Her parents love her, but they can't handle anymore. Dr. Ryan, her father, is I'm becoming a huge fan of Katy Upperman! This is the second of her books I've read, and I'm love them. Callie lost her younger sister a year ago at Bell Cove, Oregon. The younger Ryan girl drown in a swimming accident after fighting with her sister over a boy. Now, Callie is left in a world without her other half. She's withdrawn, avoiding life, dropped out of swimming, turned to weed, and is causing problems at home. Her parents love her, but they can't handle anymore. Dr. Ryan, her father, is trying to hold together what's left of the family, but when he catches Callie hotboxing in the bathroom, he's had all he can tolerate. Giving Callie a choice between a wilderness camp for troubled teens or a summer helping Aunt Lucy restore her Victorian Bed and Breakfast, Callie chooses returning to Bell Cove, without her sister. Callie has to learn to live without her sister in this romantic and touching book about grieving the unimaginable and returning to a new type of normal.
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  • Susie
    January 1, 1970
    Hmmmmm...interesting read. The good news is that I liked the paranormal element more than I usually do, as it was easy to “believe” such a gentle ghost-like presence. I don’t want to say too much and spoil things, but that was cool. I also liked the sister relationship playing as another character...my sister and I have a very similar gig. 💜 I also liked the Oregon setting and the B&B...both things that I’ve loved and considered for my (future) life. The bad news: really? Instant love? Serio Hmmmmm...interesting read. The good news is that I liked the paranormal element more than I usually do, as it was easy to “believe” such a gentle ghost-like presence. I don’t want to say too much and spoil things, but that was cool. I also liked the sister relationship playing as another character...my sister and I have a very similar gig. 💜 I also liked the Oregon setting and the B&B...both things that I’ve loved and considered for my (future) life. The bad news: really? Instant love? Seriously? And of course she’s “beautiful girl” and he’s “sunlight” when he smiles. It’s all a bit much. Or WAY TOO MUCH! It’s exhausting to read this kind of thing, truly. I mean, in my life this stuff doesn’t just happen. I don’t know anyone for whom these things happen, so my willing suspension of disbelief is strained as hell. So, I’d have given it a 4 if there had been anything wrong with him and a 5 if he didn’t just accept all her moody shit because she was a “beautiful girl.”
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  • Alex
    January 1, 1970
    Upperman did a great job mixing the contemporary romance with the paranormal! It truly had something for everyone! The only down side to it is the instant love. I want a little more build before they are magically in love.
  • Cassie
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 - Describing my thoughts on this one hasn't been easy. Part of me feels like this book was trying to be too many things at once (contemporary, romance, mystery, and paranormal all in one), and because of that didn't really excel at any of them. I found myself craving more emotion from Callie's character. She was in the midst of dealing with heavy grief, and I wanted more show and less tell. Overall I just found myself wanting more: more emotion, more relationship/trust development, more answ 3.5 - Describing my thoughts on this one hasn't been easy. Part of me feels like this book was trying to be too many things at once (contemporary, romance, mystery, and paranormal all in one), and because of that didn't really excel at any of them. I found myself craving more emotion from Callie's character. She was in the midst of dealing with heavy grief, and I wanted more show and less tell. Overall I just found myself wanting more: more emotion, more relationship/trust development, more answers for Tucker. With all of that being said, I did find it very compelling and read it in just a couple of sittings. When I wasn't reading this book I wanted to be. I just finished reading How to Breathe Underwater, which has a similar premise without the paranormal/mystery element, and had all the emotion I love in a book like this, so I felt that influenced my reading experience.
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    teetering between 3.5* and 4* but I'm settling with this for now :)
  • Suzanne
    January 1, 1970
    Sisters, mystery, romance, ghosts, swimming - I loved everything about this book.
  • Jennifer H.
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley and Macmillan Children's Publishing Group/Swoon Reads! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.Struggling with the tragic death of her younger sister, Callie Ryan has pushed aside everything and everyone that ever meant something to her and returning to her aunt's home - one year later -in a small coastal town isn't exactly high up on her summer to-do list. Needing a distraction from herself though, Callie relucta Thank you to Netgalley and Macmillan Children's Publishing Group/Swoon Reads! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.Struggling with the tragic death of her younger sister, Callie Ryan has pushed aside everything and everyone that ever meant something to her and returning to her aunt's home - one year later -in a small coastal town isn't exactly high up on her summer to-do list. Needing a distraction from herself though, Callie reluctantly begins helping her aunt restore her old Victorian into a working bed and breakfast, but local boy Tucker Morgan proves to be an even bigger distraction, sneaking between the cracks of the wall Callie has built around herself.But while Tucker can keep the ghosts away during the day, they can't help but find Callie at night. Strange noises, sensations of being watched, and mysterious occurrences have Callie on edge, believing it is her sister trying to communicate with her, but what exactly is she trying to say?With time ticking against her before she returns home, Callie works to find the answers and stumbles across something else, bringing with it more pain and heartbreak to the small coastal town.Katy Upperman is one of my auto buy authors so requesting this arc was a no brainer. You are always guaranteed a feeltrip with Katy's storytelling and this was no exception to her awesomeness! Callie is such a great voice. She's broken and guilt-ridden over her sister's death in the beginning and you can feel the wall that she throws up at every turn, leading to fast assumptions and misunderstandings early on. But with each passing chapter, her aunt as well as Tucker slowly pulls her out of herself and you see that wall start to crumble and this lively, smart, determined, funny girl emerge.Tucker was probably my favorite though! He was literally a ball of sunshine - annoyingly so to Callie at times which made their banter all the more fun, but of course even he isn't without ghosts from the past. But together Tucker and Callie are swoon-city. One of my new favorites!And of course, the spook elements had me shivering and were just enough to keep me turning pages!How the Light Gets In is a haunting, yet sweet and satisfying contemporary that is sure to please readers whether you're familiar with Katy's work or not. Couldn't recommend enough!
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  • Aubrey
    January 1, 1970
    To read my whole review visit my blog: https://theshelflifechronicles.home.b...This was such an odd little book. I want to say it was a contemporary, but the paranormal/supernatural was such a huge part of the storyline. Parts of Callie's story were so believable while others were believable up to a certain point and then it just got weird.How The Light Gets In follows the aftermath of the death of Callie's sister Chloe. She's everything I imagine I'd be if my sister ever died; moody, high, out To read my whole review visit my blog: https://theshelflifechronicles.home.b...This was such an odd little book. I want to say it was a contemporary, but the paranormal/supernatural was such a huge part of the storyline. Parts of Callie's story were so believable while others were believable up to a certain point and then it just got weird.How The Light Gets In follows the aftermath of the death of Callie's sister Chloe. She's everything I imagine I'd be if my sister ever died; moody, high, out of it and just plain depressed. To add to it her father is pushing down his feeling about the situation and her mother is drinking it away. After quitting swim team, her grades taking a nosedive, and just one too many incidents her father gives her an ultimatum of reformative summer camp or helping her aunt fix up her B&B in Oregon. Obviously Oregon is the only real choice, even if it holds memories of her sister. It turns out Oregon might be the best thing for Callie though. Her aunt Lucy genuinely wants to help her move on, restoring the B&B is a good distraction, and there's a cute yard boy who she is't trying too hard to avoid. Weird things are happening at the house though that Callie can't explain, a presence she can't ignore. is she going crazy though or is a ghost really trying to communicate with her?
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    I adored this book very much. It was so much more than I was expecting it would be. Such a beautiful story about guilt, grief, healing & the love we'll always carry for the ones we've lost. I loved seeing how the characters were slowly able to start opening up and being able to heal. Whether it was forgiveness of others or forgiveness of themselves. Unburdening them from the weight of fault that they could have done something to prevent the tragedy that occurred. I just really really loved t I adored this book very much. It was so much more than I was expecting it would be. Such a beautiful story about guilt, grief, healing & the love we'll always carry for the ones we've lost. I loved seeing how the characters were slowly able to start opening up and being able to heal. Whether it was forgiveness of others or forgiveness of themselves. Unburdening them from the weight of fault that they could have done something to prevent the tragedy that occurred. I just really really loved this book and the ending was great. It was very open ended and left off it in way that could be picked up with another story to unravel and be told.
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