A Lite Too Bright
For fans of literary classics such as The Catcher in the Rye and The Perks of Being a Wallflower comes a stirring new thought-provoking novel from debut author Sam Miller about a loss shrouded in mystery with twists and turns down every railway.
Arthur Louis Pullman the Thirdis on the verge of a breakdown. He’s been stripped of his college scholarship, is losing his grip...more
It is about Arthur, going through a journey of dealing with loss, healing, family, friendship, with the added spice of mystery and bittersweet instances in life. And a literal journey too travelling through it all in search of answers. That surely will leave the readers with a lot of things to think about too.
I love how balanced everything; how it is laid-out for the readers. How the ...more
1. I picked up A Lite Too Bright because I love Sam Miller’s words. His poetical lyrics are what brought me to Paradise Fears and kept me there. I was hopeful that this would translate into his debut novel and he 100% delivered. This book is poetic and gorgeous.
2. Part of the poetic nature of this book also makes it very literary. This is a book that you pick up ...more
Bonus: it's a traveling/journey story, which I have a big heart for.
Arthur’s narration feels so old-soul, and paired with the frequent disconnect between his thoughts and his ability to express himself eloquently makes him a super sympathetic and relatable character to me (and I ...more
4 stars. I loved a lot about this book. I loved Arthur and his family (although I was frustrated with his father). I loved the mental illness rep. I loved Arthur's journey on the train. I loved the journal entries. However, I did find myself bored at times.
This book deals with Alzheimer's, as one of the main themes. Can I just say, that my grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's about a ...more
“Would you rather live with miserable truth, or blissful ignorance?”
Actual rating: 4.5
There are so many things to say about this book. I don't even know where to start.
I guess I will start with the statement that is almost impossible to say much about this book without spoilers. Why is that? Because this book is a chameleon: every time I labeled it as something, (like a dead relative mystery, or a contemporary ...more
3.5 stars. Poignant, emotional, beautiful written, Sam Miller’s debut novel, A Lite Too Bright is a strange little book that unravels in unexpected ways and is perfect for fans of John Green. It follows Arthur Louis Pullman the Third as he travels on a cross-country train ride trying to piece together clues left behind by his deceased grandfather—a Salinger/Kerouac literary icon—during the last week of his life. ...more
I struggled rating this book. I LOVED the writing and the concept. I enjoyed the family dynamics and teenage angst. I was obsessed with the journey narrative. My only issue was just the coincidence of it all. It seemed any time the protagonist needed something, it was there! I get that most, if not all of these moments, were intentional, but at times it was bordering on unbelievable. But even with all that, this book was a quick read that had me excited to read each section. It's split up ...more
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This story was one I had not heard a lot about before I borrowed from my library. The blurb sounded promising, a coming of age story with some twists and ...more
This book begins as a pretty typical mystery-adventure book about a troubled young man with a healthy amount of love-interest women. But it progresses into an insane story of a marxist, anarcho-communist cult conspiracy and an exploration of modern radicalism. Didn't expect that one.
It's really good. Last time I plowed through a book this quickly was, I think 4 months ago? It was about 36 hours. The beginning was a little slow and there were some red flags, especially surrounding the ...more
So, I was browsing at a bookstore and I came across this book. I decided to pick it up and read the blurb, the plot sounded interesting and different to me and something that I really wanted to read about. Weeks later, I found this book in my library and decided to check it out.
I wanted to first say Samuel Miller is a genius and I really enjoyed this book. One of my favorites for sure, I might have to get myself a personal copy. It was his debut novel and wow! It just blew me away at how ...more
This book had a promising premise. I picked it up on a whim (which I never do at Barnes and Noble) because it seemed very intriguing. There were a few major elements, however, that kept me from giving it a higher rating.
The first is the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. As someone who has lost a family member to Alzheimer's, I know what a horrible disease and death it is, and I was expecting the disease to be handled with a little more care. Famous stories, such as The ...more
A Lite Too Bright is a coming of age story with some unique elements. The main character is the grandson of a famous writer who wrote a seminal novel in the seventies, think J.D. Salinger. This is the story of Arthur’s journey to discover what his granddad had done during his last week of life. His grandfather was suffering from severe Alzheimer’s and took off without a word from his house in California and a week later he died in Ohio. ...more
I am so happy that I decided to read this book. It is one of my new favorite books. It was such an emotional roller coaster ride yet left me feeling satisfied when it was all over.
It took me SIX months to get through this. This is the most painful it has ever been for me to get through a book and it was 460 pages long!
This book was all over the place and hallucinations in books make me crazy. This main character was awful and I didn’t feel an ounce of sympathy for him. I should really dnf more books, because I can’t get back the time I wasted on some books, especially this one.
I was really excited to try this book because a lot of people have been talking about it, and it seemed like just the type of story I needed. It has an adventure in the form of a cross-country train trip, a famous grandpa, for fans of The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Catcher in the Rye (I actually hated the catcher in the rye), but it seemed like a really good book.
But of course I was disappointed. I was confused a lot during this story because Arthur ...more