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What Light summary ê 108 ã ➯ [Read] ➫ What Light By Jay Asher ➻ – Berkingmad.co.uk CHAPTER ONE I hate this time of year Rachel says Im sorry Sierra Im sure I say that a lot but its trueMorning mist blurs the entrance of our school at the far end of the lawn We stay on the cement pat CHAPTER ONE I hate this time of year Rachel sa[Read] What Light By Jay Asher Berkingmad.co.uk CHAPTER ONE I hate this time of year Rachel says Im sorry Sierra Im sure I say that a lot but its trueMorning mist blurs the entrance of our school at the far end of the lawn We stay on the cement pat CHAPTER ONE I hate this time of year Rachel says Im sorry Sierra Im sure I say that a lot but its trueMorning mist blurs the entrance of our school at the far end of the lawn We stay on the cement pathway to avoid damp spots in the grass but Rachels not complaining about the weatherPlease dont do this I say Youll make me cry again I just want to get through this week withoutBut its not a week she says Its two days Two days until Thanksgiving break and then you leave for a whole month again More than a month I hug Rachels arm as we continue walking Even though Im the one leaving for another holiday season far from home Rachel pretends like its her world that gets turned upside down each year Her pouty face and slumped shoulders are entirely for my benefit to let me know Ill be missed and every year Im grateful for her melodrama Even though I love where Im going its still hard to say goodbye Knowing my best friends are counting the days until I return does make it easierI point to the tear in the corner of my eye Do you see what you did Theyre startingThis morning when Mom drove us away from our Christmas tree farm the sky was mostly clear The workers were in the fields their distant chainsaws buzzing like mosuitoes cutting down this years crop of trees The fog came in as we drove lower It stretched across the small farms over the interstate and into town carrying within it the traditional scent of the season This time of year our entire little Oregon town smells like fresh cut Christmas trees At other times it might smell like sweet corn or sugar beetsRachel holds open one of the glass double doors and then follows me to my locker There she jiggles her glittery red watch in front of me Weve got fifteen minutes she says Im cranky and Im cold Lets grab some coffee before the first bellThe schools theater director Miss Livingston not so subtly encourages her students to drink as much caffeine as needed to get their shows together on time Backstage a pot of coffee is always on As the lead set designer Rachel gets unrestricted access to the auditoriumOver the weekend the theater department finished their performances of Little Shop of Horrors The set wont be broken down until after Thanksgiving break so its still up when Rachel and I turn on the lights at the back of the theater Sitting on the stage between the flower shop counter and the big green man eating plant is Elizabeth She sits up straight and waves when she sees usRachel walks ahead of me down the aisle This year we wanted to give you something to take with you to CaliforniaI follow her past the empty rows of red cushioned seats They obviously dont care if Im a blubbering mess during my last few days of school I climb the steps to the stage Elizabeth pushes herself up runs over and hugs meI was right she tells Rachel over my shoulder I told you shed cryI hate you both I tell themElizabeth hands me two presents wrapped in shiny silver Christmas paper but I already kind of know what theyre giving me Last week we were all in a gift shop downtown and I saw them looking at picture frames the same size as these boxes I sit down to open them and lean against the counter under the old fashioned metal cash registerRachel sits cross legged in front of me our knees almost touchingYoure breaking the rules I say I slide a finger beneath a fold in the wrapping of the first gift Were not supposed to do this until after I get backWe wanted you to have something that will make you think of us every day Elizabeth saysWere kind of embarrassed we didnt do this when you first started leaving Rachel addsWhat back when we were babies During my very first Christmas Mom stayed home with me on the farm while Dad operated our family Christmas tree lot down in California The next year Mom thought we should stay home oneseason but Dad didnt want to be without us again He would rather skip the lot for a year he said and rely solely on shipping the trees to vendors across the country Mom felt bad though for the families who made a holiday tradition out of coming to us to buy their trees And while it was a business Dad being the second generation to run it it was also a cherished tradition for both of them They met in fact because Mom and her parents were annual customers So every year now thats where I spend my days from Thanksgiving to ChristmasRachel reclines setting her hands on the stage to prop herself up Are your parents still deciding about this being the last Christmas in California I scratch at a piece of tape that holds down another fold Did the store wrap this Rachel whispers to Elizabeth loud enough for me to hear Shes changing the subjectIm sorry I say I just hate thinking about this being our last year As much as I love you I would miss going down there Besides all I know is what Ive overheardthey still havent mentioned it to mebut they seem pretty stressed about finances Until they make up their minds I dont want to get my heart set either wayIf we hang on to the lot for threeseasons our family will have run that spot for thirty years When my grandparents first.
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Bought the lot the little town was in a growth spurt Cities much closer to our farm in Oregon already had established lots if not an abundance of them Now everything from supermarkets to hardware stores sells trees or people sell them for fund raisers Tree lots like ours arent as common any If we let it go wed be doing all of our business selling to those supermarkets and fund raisers or supplying other lots with our treesElizabeth puts a hand on my knee Part of me wants you to go back next year because I know you love it but if you do stay wed all get to spend Christmas together for the first timeI cant help smiling at the thought I love these girls but Heather is also one of my best friends and I only see her one month out of the year when Im in California Weve been going down there forever I say I cant imagine what it would be like to suddenlynotI can tell you what it would be like Rachel says Itll be senior year Skiing Hot tubbing In the snow But I love our snowless California town right on the coast just three hours south of San Francisco I also love selling trees seeing the same families come to us year after year It wouldnt feel right to spend so long growing the trees only to ship them all off for other people to sellSounds fun right Rachel asks She leans close to me and wiggles her eyebrows Now imagine it with boysI snort laugh and then cover my mouthOr not Elizabeth says pulling back Rachels shoulder It could be nice to have it just us a time without any boysThats pretty much me every Christmas I say Remember last year I got dumped the night before we drove to CaliforniaThat was horrible Elizabeth says though she does laugh a little Then he brings that homeschool girl with the big boobs to winter formal andRachel presses a finger to Elizabeths lips I think she remembersI look down at my first present still mostly wrapped Not that I blame him Who wants to be in a long distance relationship over the holidays I wouldntAlthough Rachel says you did say there are some good looking guys who work on the tree lotRight I shake my head Like Dad will let that happenOkay notalking about this Elizabeth says Open your giftsI pull up a piece of tape but my mind is now on California Heather and I have been friends literally since we can remember My grandparents on Moms side used to live next door to her family When my grandparents passed away her family took me in for a couple of hours each day to give my parents a break In exchange their house got a beautiful Christmas tree a few wreaths and two or three workers to hang lights on their roofElizabeth sighs Your presents Please I tear open one side of the wrappingTheyre right of course I would love to spend at least one winter here before we all graduate and move off to wherever Ive had dreams of being with them for the ice sculpting contest and all the other things they tell me about that go on around hereBut my holidays in California are the only time I get to see my other best friend I stopped referring to Heather simply as my winter friend years ago Shes one of my best friends period I used to also see her a few weeks every summer when visiting my grandparents but those visits stopped when they passed away I worry I may not be able to enjoy this season with her knowing it might be my lastRachel stands up and walks away across the stage I need to get some coffeeElizabeth yells after her Shes opening our presents Shes openingyour present Rachel says Mine has the red ribbonThe first frame I open with the green ribbon contains a selfie of Elizabeth Her tongue sticks out sideways while her eyes look in the opposite direction Its like almost every other photo she takes of herself which is why I love itI press the frame against my chest Thank youElizabeth blushes Youre welcomeIm opening yours now I shout across the stageWalking slowly toward us Rachel carries three paper cups of steaming coffee We each take one I set mine to the side as Rachel sits back down in front of me and then I begin to open her present Even though its only one month I am going to miss her so muchIn Rachels photo her beautiful face is sideways partially blocked by her hand as if she didnt want the picture takenIts supposed to look like Im being stalked by the paparazzi she says Like Im a big time actress coming out of a fancy restaurant In real life though there would probably be a huge bodyguard behind me butBut youre not an actress Elizabeth says You want to do set designThats part of the plan Rachel says Do you know how many actresses there are in the world Millions And all of them are trying so hard to get noticed which is a total turnoff One day while Im designing sets for some famous producer hell take one look at me and just know its a waste to keep me behind the camera I should be in front of it And hell take full credit for discovering me but I actuallymade him discover meWhat concerns me I say is that I know you believe its going to happen just like thatRachel takes a sip from her coffee Because it isThe first bell rings I gather the silver wrapping paper and crumple it into a ball Rachel carries that and our empty coffee cups to a trash can backstage Elizabeth puts my frames into a paper grocery bag and then rolls down the top before handing it back to meI assume we cant stop by before you leave Elizabeth asksProbably not I say I follow them down the steps an.
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What LightD we take our time walking up the aisle to the back of the theaterIll be in bed early tonight so I can work a couple of hours before school tomorrow And then we leave first thing Wednesday morningWhat time Rachel asks Maybe weThree am I say laughing From our farm in Oregon to our lot in California its about a seventeen hour drive depending on bathroom breaks and holiday traffic Of course if you want to get up that earlyThats okay Elizabeth says Well send you good thoughts in our dreamsDo you have all your assignments Rachel asksI believe so Two winters ago there were maybe a dozen of us migrating tree lot kids at school This year were down to three Thankfully with so many farms in the area teachers are used to accommodating different harvest times Monsieur Cappeau is worried about my ability to pratiue mon franais while Im gone so hes making me call in once a week for a chatRachel winks at me Is that the only reason he wants you to call Dont be gross I sayRemember Elizabeth says Sierra doesnt like older menIm laughing now Youre talking about Paul right We only went out once but then he got caught with an open can of beer in his friends carIn his defense he wasnt driving Rachel points out Before I can respond she holds up her hand But I get it You saw that as a sign of impending alcoholism Or bad decision making OrsomethingElizabeth shakes her head You are way too fussy SierraRachel and Elizabeth always give me a hard time about my standards with guys Ive just watched too many girls end up with guys who bring them down Maybe not at first but eventually Why waste years or months or even days on someone like that Before we reach the double doors that lead back into the halls Elizabeth takes a step ahead and spins toward us Im going to be late for English but lets meet up for lunch okay I smile because we always meet up for lunchWe push our way into the halls and Elizabeth disappears into the bustle of studentsTwolunches Rachel says She pretends to wipe tears from the corners of her eyes as we walk Thats all we get It almost makes me want toStop I say Dont say itOh dont worry about me Rachel waves her hand dismissively Ive got plenty to keep me busy while you party it up in California Lets see next Monday well start tearing down the set That should take a week or so Then Ill help the dance committee finish designing the winter formal Its not theater but I like to use my talents where theyre neededDo they have a theme for this year yet I askSnow Globe of Love she says It sounds cheesy I know but Ive got some great ideas I want to decorate the whole gym to look like youre dancing in the middle of a snow globe So Ill be plenty busy until you get backSee Youll hardly miss me I sayThats right Rachel says She nudges me as we continue to walk But youd better miss meAnd I will For my entire life missing my friends has been a Christmas traditionCe texte fait r f rence l dition Reli What Lightharks back to a simpler time of young adult storytelling with its linear first person narrative and classic themes of forgiveness hope and the power of true lovetheres something beautiful about a novel done the old way particularly when theres enough heart to make you weep New York Times Book ReviewAshers gift for prose that packs an emotional wallop was apparent in his novel the monster best seller Thirteen Reasons Why Asher infuses his storytelling with a compelling sweetness and innocence What Lightcasts the same warm glow as a room strung with twinkly Christmas tree lights Entertainment WeeklyFrom the author of Thirteen Reasons Why What Lightis one you wont want to miss BuzzfeedWhat Lightis a love story that make you want to turn on those Christmas carols early Bustle Asher has done it againHe gets into the heart of what is important in relationships whether friendship or romance and his characters are realistic and well developed Teens will see themselves in these characters and relate to them Voice of Youth Advocates Certain to please readers seeking an escapist feel good holiday read Ashers follow up to his best selling debut is destined for lots of attention Booklist This is a sweet light romance perfect for holiday reading School Library Journal Charming and sweet Sierra and Calebs budding relationship should suit readers looking for a wintertime romance thats as cozy and familiar as candy canes and gingerbread during the holidays Publishers Weekly Asher is a dab hand at capturing everyday situations and conversations Sierra and her friends tease and uip in ways that are witty but not overly so and Sierras frank talks with her parents have the tone of a mature beloved only child who is used to being heard even as her parents set the rules Bulletin of the Center for Children s books What Light is a sweet aching tale of first love and forgiveness It s about second chances and learning to see others for who they really are Sierra is only passing through town as she and her family do every year trying not to get too close to anyone while Caleb needs to forgive himself for a single horrible act As he says everyone is allowed a bad day But it s not until meeting Sierra that he truly believes it I laughed I cheered I cried and oh did I fall in love with Sierra Caleb and this exuisitely lovely story Jennifer Niven New York Times bestselling author ofAll the Bright Places Ce texte fait r f rence l dition Rel.