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Editorial Reviews

"Extraordinary.... An emotional roller coaster." (Delia Ephron)

Publisher's Summary

He was the first person to inspire her, to move her, to truly understand her. Was he meant to be the last?

Lucy is faced with a life-altering choice. But before she can make her decision, she must start her story - their story - at the very beginning.

Lucy and Gabe meet as seniors at Columbia University on a day that changes both of their lives forever. Together they decide they want their lives to mean something, to matter. When they meet again a year later, it seems fated - perhaps they'll find life's meaning in each other. But then Gabe becomes a photojournalist assigned to the Middle East, and Lucy pursues a career in New York. What follows is a 13-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and ultimately love. Was it fate that brought them together? Is it choice that has kept them away? Their journey takes Lucy and Gabe continents apart but never out of each other's hearts.

Me Before You meets One Day in this devastatingly romantic debut novel about the enduring power of first love, with a shocking, unforgettable ending. A Love Story for a new generation.

©2017 Jill Santopolo (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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Meh.

I'm not usually a romance reader, and this did not grow my appreciation for the genre. Both main characters were adolescent jerks who naturally land highly successful careers without even trying. They want to "change the world" through these careers, though neither of them show any signs of actually giving a rat's ass about anyone other than themselves or each other. The settled-for husband, who could have been a moral counterpoint, is instead a robotic ivy leaguer who thought he married a stepford wife. This might be a good example of how social media unintentionally keeps us connected to those who we most likely would have lost touch with once a relationship ends. Instead, we are made to feel close through updates, photos, etc. unless we actively make the choice to unfollow or unfriend. I also really hated the comparison of different types of relationships to types of fires. People are not fires. Jumping from fire to fire has consequences because unlike fires, people have feelings. This has to be said to a romance novel??

I nearly cried at the end, but probably because I make myself finish most books and I still had 7 minutes left.

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Disappointed

I feel like this book got a lot of hype. I was very disappointed. I found the main character to be sort of annoying, causing me to roll my eyes at several points during my listening. I can appreciate a good love story but this one didn't do it for me.

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Ok read

i didn't love the book, found the main female character annoying and the end unsatisfying.

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Crazy amazing but sad as all hell

This has been one of the best books I've listened to for a while and I go through about 2 a week. I made the mistake of listening to it at work, which I would strongly advise not to do because it is a tear jerker. This is one I wish they would make a movie for even though I know they wouldn't be able to capture the emotion as well. I love the way it's written and how she is talking to Gabe throughout the book. Just amazing.

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Couldn’t finish

This book was so painful to listen to that I couldn’t finish it, even though it was for my book club. The relationship between Lucy and Gabe felt completely undeveloped (all they seemed to have going for them was good sex), so it just didn’t ring true that they would pine after each other for years. I also found the characters terribly unlikeable- Gabe a complete narcissist and Lucy a shallow, feminist wanna-be. After rolling my eyes five or six times at their corny exchanges about finding their passions and saving the world, I just had to bail.

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Fate, timing, and choices

This is a beautiful and painful look at the timeless struggles between fate, timing, and choices. The main character, Lucy, narrates the joys and sorrows of her relationship with Gabe. Many a listener will undoubtedly empathize with the twist and turns that life brings as one agonizes over decisions that impact career, family, friendships, and love. This is a story that will challenge the listener to be more self aware and to communicate a little more honestly with those they love.

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Sad

Good, just sad. I didn't like knowing the end result. Not sure what was supposed to make this a good ending.

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LIGHT LOST

What made the experience of listening to The Light We Lost the most enjoyable?

This was on sale, and I decided well let see it was a good story of time passing two people meet again and spark fly. It's short lived and for me it was a confession of regret.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Predictable, because of what Gabe does professionally

Would you listen to another book narrated by Jill Santopolo?

no, she didn't put any passion on the story.

If you could rename The Light We Lost, what would you call it?

Living with regret

Any additional comments?

This was a story that at first was o.k then it was more of a mundane monologue of what not to feel for a selfish man who only thinks of himself. Only at the end he realizes his shortcoming. <br/>He realizes that the one thing he had that was worth holding on to yet time after time he just let it go. Gabe was a dumbass, because he wasn't man enough to admit that his life needed Lucy.

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AMAZING

The author was an amazing narrator. I loved and felt for every character. This was a story that pulled you in and made you think about your own life and also deeply care for the characters. I hated the ending, but also never wanted tge story to end.

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Annoying narrator, but overall good story

I was slightly annoyed with the narrator's (author's) voice on this. I was frustrated through the beginning because the story was a little slow. I was happy with how it ended though.