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.
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.
Do you believe in fate? That people come into your life for a reason, whether to teach you a lesson or to fill a place in your heart that feels empty?
I just finished The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo and I have to say, it is by far one of the most beautiful stories I’ve ever read. Her writing is phenomenal and I don’t know how I’ll move on.
This is the story of Lucy and Gabe, both seniors at Columbia University. The tragedy that brings them together has them both not only bound to each other, but also determined to make some sort of a difference in the world.
They seem to be perfect together, yet Lucy’s calling is in New York while Gabe’s takes him to the Middle East.
The journeys they travel are so far apart, yet they always seem to find their way back to each other.
Over the course of thirteen years, Gabe and Lucy find their path and through Lucy’s words, you experience every moment as if you were living through it yourself.
Ms. Santopolo wrote a novel about fate, love, faith, friendship and a heartbreak. I fell in love with her storytelling and I will never forget her words.
I truly look forward to more of her work—as I love finding new to me authors. My only issue was the lack of an epilogue. I truly wanted to know what happened with Lucy’s life from the author’s perspective.
About Jill Santopolo
Jill Santopolo is the author of the The Light We Lost, the Alec Flint Mysteries, the Sparkle Spa series, and the Follow Your Heart books. She holds a BA in English Literature from Columbia University, an MFA in Writing for Children from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and a certificate in Intellectual Property Law from NYU. Jill is also the Editorial Director of Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group. When she’s not writing or editing, Jill is a thesis advisor at The New School in their MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults and is on the faculty of the Columbia Publishing Course. Jill has traveled all over the U.S.—and to Canada and Europe—to speak about writing and storytelling. She lives in New York City.