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Under the Light (Light #2)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  711 ratings  ·  150 reviews
Helen needed a body to be with her beloved and Jenny needed to escape from hers before her spirit was broken. It was wicked, borrowing it, but love drives even the gentlest soul to desperate acts.

When Jenny returns to her body, she finds that someone has been living her life while she was away. She doesn’t remember being Billy’s lover or defying her family. But now she is
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 14th 2013 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Wendy Darling
This is the story of two girls: Helen, a spirit who inhabited a body and regretted the consequences of her actions, and Jenny, the girl who doesn't remember what happened during the time that she was gone.

Going into this story, I was pretty anxious. A Certain Slant of Light was one of my favorite reads in recent memory, a slow, sad ghost story with a literary style and questionable ethics. Helen's choices left Jenny in an unimaginably difficult situation, however, and I wasn't sure whether the a
Apr 13, 2013 Tatiana rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013, ya
How much recapping do you like in your sequels/companion novels? It appears that even I, a reader with a very short memory for details, have my limits. If a sequel verges on being 50% recap of its preceding story, then what's the point of its existence, really?

I remember A Certain Slant of Light to be a lovely, elegant, sensual and gently unsettling ghost story. (It's been years since I read it though, in fact, it was one of my first YA reads after, naturally, Twilight, so I can't be held fully
Mar 07, 2013 Shannon marked it as wish-list
Woaaaah. I was so not expecting a sequel to A Certain Slant of Light.
Nov 17, 2012 Lucy marked it as to-read
OMG there's a second one! Holy bajeezus I am floored. SO EXCITED because she LEFT IT AT A CLIFFHANGER. WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO JENNY? WHAT ABOUT HELEN? AND BILLY? AHHH (sorry for the majority of this being in caps but just omg)

Under the Light (Light #2) is the sequel to A Certain Slant of Light, and one I’ve been waiting for since 2005 for. A Certain Slant of Light is one of my all time favorite books, as well as one of my most beloved Young Adult reads. This is a book you find yourself re-reading time and again, and will want to pass it along to anyone you know. The story is so beautiful, the writing poetic. This is a book that makes you cry because of the message about love and life and death. Under the Light shoul ...more

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I remember adoring A Certain Slant of Light and loving the way it ended. However, I did have some lingering questions: What exactly were Jenny and Billy up to while they were away from their bodies? Was Jenny really pregnant? And most importantly, what happened to Jenny and Billy afterwards? When I heard the author was writing a novel about them I was ecstatic! At the same time, I wondered if these questions would be answered at all and if the s
Aug 11, 2011 Julia marked it as to-read
What the crap?! Why does every book have to have a sequel?!?
Nov 14, 2010 Mily marked it as to-read
Seriously? A sequel? So unexpected...
jo mo
you know god? he can be a real piece of work sometimes with a lot of mood swings.

or to borrow richard dawkins words: "is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully."

.. if he exists that is and not some figment of my imaginat
Jan 17, 2011 Amanda marked it as to-read
YES! I'm soo thrilled that there's going to be another book! :D
La Mala
Laura Whitcomb es una poeta que se hace pasar por novelista para jóvenes adultos .

Es capaz de escribir frases como ...

The breeze danced my hair around, tickling my face. The sky was a watercolor of grays and whites and lavenders.

"Somewhere, I thought, there’s a place where this sky touches down to the ground in every direction instead of going behind houses and trees and power lines. And somewhere the grass grows long with no lawn mowers cutting it and it gets dry and brown without sprinklers,
I finally got around to reading the sequel, but I wish I had "A Certain Slant of Light" fresh in my head before taking on this book. There was some overlap and I had trouble recalling what was going on before.

For the sequel, we got to know what happened to Billy and Jenny after they get their bodies back. But also, we got to know where they've been while outside of their bodies. The duel narration between Jenny and Helen was annoying. I would have preferred it be just Jenny's story like the fir
Apr 06, 2012 Karla marked it as to-read
Wow...I had no idea that there was a sequel to the first book. Jenny and Billy, how awesome is this going to be?!
Oct 05, 2012 nicole marked it as to-read
Oh god. oh god oh god. look at that beautiful cover. i am so going to read this, cant wait.
May 31, 2013 kari rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013, ya
4.5 stars
I so anticipated this book. After reading A Certain Slant of Light and like so many others, wondering what will happen to Julie and Billy. Well, the answers are here.
I was surprised at first that the voices were Helen and Julie. I anticipated the second voice would be Billy's, but should have known better as Whitcomb is smarter than that. She doesn't do the expected, not in her writing or in her storytelling.
Julie and Billy both have large gaps in their memories from their spirits leavi
Alisha Marie
So, I love A Certain Slant of Light. It's one of my favorite YA fantasy reads ever. In fact, that's the one YA paranormal/fantasy book that I measure all of the other YA paranormal romance books to. I found it beautifully written and completely captivating. While I did like Under the Light, I sort of feel as though it falls a bit short of the wonderfulness that is A Certain Slant of Light.

A Certain Slant of Light is Helen's story. And I really loved Helen. However, Under the Light is more Jenny'
Sep 28, 2012 Jae marked it as to-read
OH MY LORD I AM SO EXCITED! I never thought I'd see a sequel for "A Certain Slant of Light", one of my all-time favorite books, and now my dream has come true. I can die happy. :S SO excited!
Tabitha (Pabkins)
Under the Light is actually a companion novel to Laura Whitcomb’s book A Certain Slant of Light. It is totally not necessary for you to have read it in order to read this one. While yes this one literally does pick up within minutes after the other book ends – this one is instead focused on two young teens named Jenny and Billy.

Finding each other

Jenny has a really rough home life. Her parents are so religious and her father so strict about everything that one day after throwing away so many of J
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Jan 07, 2015 Crash Queen (Whimsy and Stardust) rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who liked A Certain Slant of Light
Be a sparrow, I told myself. Be silent and fly away. No one will bother you if you disappear.

While the first book was my favorite out of the two, Under the Light was a good follow up to A Certain Slant of Light. I really enjoyed reading about Jenny's adventures before she was back in her body and her struggle to understand what happened while she was away.

The Twist:
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I remember liking, but not loving, A Certain Slant of Light. As I didn't reread the previous installment prior to jumping into this one, I was confused from the start about what was happening. (I mean, eight years between books? Eight years?)

I'll need to think on this more. Right now, my thoughts are that I really liked the beginning and ending (and I mean literally the last two pages), but parts in the middle alternately bored/angered/confused/disturbed me. But the writing style was pretty?

Probably 3.5. I really liked the Jenny and Billy parts, but I was rather confused by some of the Helen parts--particularly the ending with Helen ((view spoiler) ...more
Sara Grossaint
When I first read A Certain Slant of Light I didn't know how quickly entangled and invested I would become in the afterlives of Helen and James in such a short amount of time and pages and the same goes for this book.

Upon learning that there would be a sequel to one of my favorite books, I was definitely skeptical, but when I found that we were going to be delving into the aftermath of Billy's and Jenny's lives, I was much more excited; Whitcomb didn't disappoint. I adored each word, just as I d
It's been years since I read A Certain Slant of Light and I found myself being concerned about whether I would be confused with this book. I remember only a few things about it, but as I read Under the Light I began to remember A Certain Slant of Light and it all came back to me. Initially I didn't remember who Jenny was, but she's the one who's body Helen took in A Certain Slant of Light. So it's more her story, but Helen is still present and tells a bit from her side as well.

Jenny's family is
Originally reviewed here @ Angieville

It doesn't happen very often in life, that utterly unexpected sequel that drops in your lap years after the original book came out. Most of the time, you discover series you love and blow through them at lightning speed and then are left to pick up the shattered pieces of yourself when the whole glorious thing is over. Or you stumble across gold with the very first book and are forced to not-so-patiently wait one year (or more) for each new installment. But o
I read A Certain Slant of Light back when it came out in 2005. That would have made me about fifteen and probably in no adequate psychological or emotional to understand and appreciate this novel. I was very disturbed by what happens in that particular novel, and that made it really hard for me to look past it and enjoy the beauty of the writing and the heartbreaking story. Now, a good 8 years later, I like to think that I am because I really enjoyed Under the Light. Same breathtakingly gorgeous ...more
This book redeemed some of the issues I had with A Certain Slant of Light. Namely, the way Helen took control over Jenny's body without any thought to the consequences of being in someone else's body. Like the first book, Under the Light is a beautifully told story that will hold a special place in my thoughts.
The first book didn't need a sequel, but Whitcomb's writing is lovely so I read this anyway.

It was boring. There was none of the tension or passion from the first book. And the turnaround of Billy to a sweetheart just to further the plot and make Helen feel better was pretty nauseating. None of the unanswered questions from the first book (did Jenny get an STD from Billy because of Helen and James, for example) get answered in this one, so most of it is a lot of navel-gazing.

Whitcomb is still a

Read this after winning it and "A Certain Slant of Light." Finished both within a couple days. I couldn't put them down. After reading the twist at the end, I am eagerly waiting for the next one in the series.

I will also be going back and reading the other books that this author has written.

(fyi... this book was won in a goodreads giveaway)
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I feel so thankful that Laura decided to continue Jenny and Billy’s story after A Certain Slant of Light. Together they try to figure out why there’s a gap in their memories and how they ended up together in the Polaroid. She’s the prim and proper Church goer, pure good girl innocent type and he’s the drug doing bad boy whose dad is in prison. Two unlikely people that fate’s circumstances has brought together. I love it. Must read be
Who can say why certain books resonate with us the way they do? All I know is that Under the Light, much like A Certain Slant of Light made me cry over its beauty and not over some kind of ploy on its part.
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Laura Whitcomb grew up in Pasadena, California in a mildly haunted house. She received her English degree at California State University at Northridge in 1993. She has taught Language Arts in California and Hawaii. She has won three Kay Snow Awards and was once runner up in the Bulwer-Lytton writing contest for the best first sentence of the worst Science Fiction novel never written. In her spare ...more
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