From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jamie McGuire comes a riveting tale of first love that starts young but runs deep.
The first time Elliott Youngblood spots Catherine Calhoun, he’s just a boy with a camera, and he’s never seen a sadder and more beautiful sight. Both Elliott and Catherine feel like outcasts, yet they find an easy friendship with each other. But when Catherine needs him most, Elliott is forced to leave town.
Elliott finally returns, but he and Catherine are now different people. He’s a star high school athlete, and she spends all her free time working at her mother’s mysterious bed-and-breakfast. Catherine hasn’t forgiven Elliott for abandoning her, but he’s determined to win back her friendship…and her heart.
Just when Catherine is ready to fully trust Elliott, he becomes the prime suspect in a local tragedy. Despite the town’s growing suspicions, Catherine clings to her love for Elliott. But a devastating secret that Catherine has buried could destroy whatever chance of happiness they have left.
All the Little Lights is a stand-alone young adult novel. It follows the story of Catherine and Elliott. From the moment Elliott spots Catherine. He can’t stay away. As outcasts, they form a friendship and an unforgettable bond. But, when tragedy strikes and Catherine needs him, Elliott is forced to leave town and leave her behind…..When Elliott is finally able to return to Catherine, things are different. They are different. Elliott is determined to win her back, despite Catherine’s unwillingness to forgive him. Just when things appear to be moving in the right direction for Catherine and Elliott, the town is once again hit with tragedy. Only, this time, Elliott is the suspect….
Overall, I thought this book was an ok read. I thought the story-line was unique and intriguing. The characters were interesting and I liked that Catherine and Elliott were the outcasts. I wanted to know more about them, their story and the overall plot. I enjoyed the mystery that surrounded the story and couldn’t wait to see how it would all play out.
However, I did have some issues with this story. One of the biggest ones was the pacing. At times, the pacing just lagged and I found it hard to keep focused. At times, I found myself confused and unsure of what was going on. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. I like to try to figure things out when I’m reading and sadly this story left me feeling a bit lost at times.
All the Little Lights will be one of those reads that is a hit for some and a miss for others. While the plot was intriguing and had some good twists, the pacing threw me off. Even though I didn’t love this book, I’m still glad that I gave it a chance and checked it out.
*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via the publisher and NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*