Picture Us In The Light by Kelly Loy GilbertPicture Us In The Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert

Picture Us In The Light

byKelly Loy Gilbert

Hardcover | April 10, 2018

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"Picture me madly in love with this moving, tender, unapologetically honest book."
-Becky Albertalli, #1 best-selling author of Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

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Danny Cheng has always known his parents have secrets. But when he discovers a taped-up box in his father's closet filled with old letters and a file on a powerful Bay Area family, he realizes there's much more to his family's past than he ever imagined.

Danny has been an artist for as long as he can remember and it seems his path is set, with a scholarship to RISD and his family's blessing to pursue the career he's always dreamed of. Still, contemplating a future without his best friend, Harry Wong, by his side makes Danny feel a panic he can barely put into words. Harry's and Danny's lives are deeply intertwined and as they approach the one-year anniversary of a tragedy that shook their friend group to its core, Danny can't stop asking himself if Harry is truly in love with his girlfriend, Regina Chan.

When Danny digs deeper into his parents' past, he uncovers a secret that disturbs the foundations of his family history and the carefully constructed façade his parents have maintained begins to crumble. With everything he loves in danger of being stripped away, Danny must face the ghosts of the past in order to build a future that belongs to him.
Kelly Loy Gilbert believes deeply in the power of stories to illuminate a shared humanity and give voice to complex, broken people. She is the author of Conviction, a William C. Morris Award finalist, and lives in the SF Bay Area. She would be thrilled to hear from you on Twitter @KellyLoyGilbert or at www.KellyLoyGilbert.com.
Title:Picture Us In The LightFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:368 pages, 8.75 × 6 × 1.25 inShipping dimensions:8.75 × 6 × 1.25 inPublished:April 10, 2018Publisher:Disney-HyperionLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1484726022

ISBN - 13:9781484726020

Appropriate for ages: 14


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Tried to be too many things. Failed at a lot of them Reading the blurb I really thought this book was gonna be amazing, but ultimately it was a lukewarm book. Maybe it was just me going in completely blind and attracted by the pretty cover. The good: - Harry’s character who was by far the most interesting one, but had the least time in the book. - The first part of the mystery, which only teased things instead of making it obvious. - The scenes leading to and in the car when THAT happened. - on that note I also liked the main character being kinda selfish. Although it was annoying as heck in some parts, it was part of his character arc which was ok I guess. - Good message and you could tell the author had something to say but... The bad: - The story tried to be too many things at once and they didn’t always seem to fit well together expect for in one of the better scenes towards the end. It simultaneously tries to be a book about a teen with insecurities in himself regarding his artistic abilities and guilt for a past mistake, a book about a teen uncovering a big secret that his parents hid from him his entire life, a book about a boy who’s in love with his best friend meanwhile teenage drama happens, and all of that with sprinkles of mental health, immigration politics and some other important issues (can’t say exactly what it is because it’s a spoiler). -The writing is good but the pacing is really bad. There are parts in which this book is a page turner and there are parts in which it is a chore to get through. The multiple plot lines all end up being very underwhelming at the end and things that were set up earlier (especially the stuff in the prologue) don’t get brought up enough. The jumping around in time also makes it very hard to follow in that regard. - My personal opinion here but I didn’t like the conclusion to how the mystery unfolded. The parents were dumb, and didn’t know what healthy communition was. When the secret was revealed, it really annoyed me because all of the problems could have been resolved if only they had not been terrible parents to their “ONLY” son. - Danny was a very annoying main character. His main flaw is having no clue when to do anything. Sometimes he is too wreckless and does things without thinking at all. And sometimes waits forever to say something important and says it at the worst possible moments (every interaction with his friends when the plot is moving). - The ending and epilogue were very bad. It was super unsatisfactory and it felt like the romance subplot just ended so weirdly. It got resolved offscreen and in a little flash forward tease from a different perspective, in which it wasn’t even the focus. Well in conclusion: I wouldn’t particularly recommend this book for anyone looking for: fast pace de books, romance, or teen drama done well. I would recommend it for people who like slow burns and don’t expect big mysteries (because this one is very underwhelming), and for people who like the sprinkles of immigration politics because that was the main thing in this book and it was done well. Sorry if this review was too negative, maybe you’ll like the book. This is just my opinion. Also the cover looks AMAZING on the shelf Marcio
Date published: 2019-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow I wasn't sure what to expect from this book but I ended up not being able to put it down. It's both heartbreaking and heartwarming, and handles a number of difficult subjects with honesty and compassion.
Date published: 2018-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 4 Amazing Stars ⭐️ This book is honest and thought-provoking! I enjoyed it more than I had anticipated, a great surprise.
Date published: 2018-05-22

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