The Light We Lost - Jill Santopolo

The Light We Lost

By Jill Santopolo

  • Release Date: 2017-05-09
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 599 Ratings


The New York Times bestseller and Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick
“This love story between Lucy & Gabe spans decades and continents as two star-crossed lovers try to return to each other…Will they ever meet again? This book kept me up at night, turning the pages to find out, and the ending did not disappoint.”—Reese Witherspoon

One Day meets Me Before You meets your weekender bag.”—The Skimm

“Extraordinary.”—Emily Giffin

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 thirteen-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and, ultimately, of 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.

This devastatingly romantic debut novel about the enduring power of first love, with a shocking, unforgettable ending, is Love Story for a new generation.
“It's the epic love story of 2017.”—Redbook


  • Amazing!!!!

    By kaylawk
    This book is so good! Such a real story of dealing with life and love.
  • Heart wrenching romance

    By m.e and eric
    I can’t begin to describe how overwhelmed with emotion I felt with each page in this intense story of passion and life. The author did an incredible job making the characters so real that I feel like I know Lucy, Gabe, and Daren personally. I feel so much for this book and hope that whoever is considering whether or not to read it, does.
  • Beautiful

    By Bbailey71678
    I loved every moment of reading this book and I laughed and smiled and cried like it was my own story. Beautifully written!
  • Brad's Mom

    By Brad mom
    Overcome. I loved the quotes. This book will be a movie at some point in time, I have no doubt. Gabriel reminds me of my son, gone too soon. All the stars in heaven shine brighter...because he is there. Love story unequaled.
  • Enduring love story

    By Aaddesgg
    Well written, all-consuming love story. Didn’t want to put it down. Days after finishing it, I still find myself thinking about the characters and challenges they faced.
  • Keep the tissues handy...

    By Banittas
    Hard to put down, amazing book. Read it ASAP
  • Amazing

    By Sidwell's Show
    One of the best books I have read in years.
  • Hated it

    By Klc5012
    I don’t know why the main character has such an obsession with this guy. He was a jerk. I don’t understand it at all. Finishing this book was incredibly difficult. I kept waiting for it to get good but it never did.
  • A bit disappointing

    By Aschu445
    I was very much looking forward to reading this book after seeing it recommended by The Skimm. What I thought and read ahead of time was that it was such a relatable story, but really that's a stretch. The situations, ESPECIALLY the ending, are all highly dramatized and I believe not relatable at all to, I would guess, 95% of the readers. The plot builds positively and the reader is drawn to keep reading until it spirals out of control in seconds where you are left thinking "what just happened." The writing is great and I really couldn't put it down, but the ending really disappointed me and put a negative feeling on the whole experience.
  • Translation

    By Aida.Iman
    Does anybody suggest this book to be translated ?