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JILL SANTOPOLO

 

The Light We Lost (2017)

 

On 9/11, life changed for many people, including Columbia University students Lucy and Gabe, because this is the day they first met. Circumstances separated them until a year later when they meet again in a bar and this time it seems like nothing can keep them apart. But, while Lucy is happy with her job as a TV producer in New York, Gabe is restless and wants to do something that will change the world. So he takes his camera and goes to Iraq to capture the war, leaving behind his life with Lucy. Over the years, as Lucy goes on with her life, marrying Darren and having children, and Gabe travels all over the world with his camera, they will keep in contact and meet again, their love for each other never really fading.
This book broke my heart - it’s such a beautiful and heart-breaking love story. I loved the character of Lucy, even though I didn’t always agree with her choices. As much as I liked Darren (although I wanted to hit him when he said that a mother should give up her job to stay at home with her kids), I am team Gabe. He is a bit selfish and self-centred, but how can you not love a guy who quotes Shakespeare? Beautifully written, consuming and romantic, this unforgettable novel will take you on an emotional rollercoaster so, before you start reading it, stock up on tissues because you will need them. (NP) 10/10

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