• Alex Lopez

How the Light Gets In

How the Light Gets In by Katy Upperman is a book you can pair with a soft sunrise, a warm drink, and a cozy reading corner. It's a story that starts off with the dark twilight hours where shapes are indistinguishable hues of blues and purples. Through the process of reading the book, tendrils of light begin to illuminate the surrounding world that comprised of our protagonist, Callie's, loss. In the final pages of the book, a warm sunrise fills the pages so that the inky emotions of sadness, and grief, give way to a lighter, more hopeful world.

If anything, Upperman's latest work shows us how the process of going through all of life's profound emotions - through warmth and heartache - is just how the light gets in.

How the Light Gets In was a lovely contemporary read that is perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes. This is a story that pays tribute to the bonds of sisterhood between Callie and Chloe while also presenting a moving testimony to the strength of love, forgiveness, and hope.

My Favorite Quotes

"The old me is so far gone, I hardly remember her."

"Sometimes, I want to light my memories on fire, so they burn until nothing's left but ash and despair."

"For the first time all day, I don't feel like I'm floating away."


How the Light Gets In

by Katy Upperman

Publisher: Swoon Reads

Release Date: August 6th 2019

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary


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?


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Katy’s debut novel, Kissing Max Holden, was published August 1, 2017, and her sophomore effort, The Impossibility of Us, released July 31, 2018. Her third novel, How the Light Gets In, will be out August 6, 2019. All three books are with Swoon Reads/Macmillan. She’s represented by Victoria Marini of the Irene Goodman Agency.


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Prize: Win (1) copy of

How the Light Gets In by Katy Upperman

and some swag


Starts: August 12th 2019

Finishes: August 26th 2019


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