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A Lite Too Bright

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  1,763 ratings  ·  305 reviews
Arthur Louis Pullman the Third is on the verge of a breakdown. He’s been stripped of his college scholarship, is losing his grip on reality, and has been sent away to live with his aunt and uncle.

It’s there that Arthur discovers a journal written by his grandfather, the first Arthur Louis Pullman, an iconic Salinger-esque author who went missing the last week of his life a

Hardcover, 480 pages
Published May 8th 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
DNF @ 45%: This was really interesting, but it just so was not for me. I considered pushing through and finishing it because I am curious to know how it ends, but I ultimately decided to just put it down bc life is too short to read books that you're not enjoying. Onto the next one! ...more
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
The best word to describe this book is intense! Although I read it quickly and it was extremely engaging, this was not a light read.

There are many layers to the plot... the movement is slower in the beginning but once it picks up, the pace moves full speed ahead. The characters are vibrant and realistic. The historical pieces surrounding the Vietnam protests, the mid-west train routes and the tragedy at Kent State brought an overall sense of somberness. I was genuinely surprised about the later
Astonishing! This novel is a very refreshing read. Quite ambitious that had live up to my expectations and beyond.


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
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even after a few weeks of finishing this book, I still haven’t unpacked all of my thoughts about this book. But here’s a few of them:

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 fo
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, arc
I breezed through this amazing story. It's big - loss, connections, time, memory, mystery, love and regret. I loved the progression and how information is parsed out over time. Plus, I love when books analyze other books - it's so meta and genius (if it's done well, which it is here).

Bonus: it's a traveling/journey story, which I have a big heart for.
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
4.5/5. This book is a wildly ambitious, beautifully literary, and refreshingly original story for YA lit. Arthur’s journey to better understand family, faith, and mortality is bittersweet in that way that makes you feel like you both lost and gained something truly special by the end.

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 th
Cori Reed
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars!

I really really liked this book and it would have been a 4 stars if not for a few throw-away lines here and there that made me kind of cringe. The only one I can actually remember is when our main character meets a librarian, for no plot reason whatsoever, and in a way that felt out of character, he thinks about how big her boobs are? It felt out of place and unnecessary. That happened a few times.

Still, solid story!
Nov 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
v pretentious but kinda interesting but also kinda weird. idk. 3 stars.
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very disappointed. The plot of this book had lots of promise and I was very excited to read it, but man, did it let me down. To me, the author tried way too hard to put danger and mystery into a story that clearly didn’t need it. There were so many plot holes and things that, to me, were important seemed to be a fleeting thought. Really sad.
Lindsay Bilgram
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“i am nothing but a mosaic of the people i’ve met & the things they’ve carried.”

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. But
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was a good story mixed in with some good historical background, you get to experience everything through the eyes of the characters and the story hooks you with the clues the mc finds and the quest he embarks on , all while keeping an air of mystery regarding his mental health making you the reader what is real and what it is imagined.
Moa Norberg
Before I say anything else, I want us to take a moment to admire this absolutely gorgeous cover art. Ready? Go!

Okay, now that is out of the way I will get into the gritty stuff. Let us get straight to the point. This book was not good. It is not a surprise to find out that this is the author’s first novel, because it really shows. The plot is a whole mess and feels extremely stilted and forced. Couple that with flat characters and insufferable language and you have a recipe for disaster.

I once
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, reads-of-2018
*An ARC was provided by Edelweiss and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

“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
Arthur follows the clues his late grandfather left behind to discover what happened in his final days.

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 y

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 i
Jun 15, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
A book about TRAINS? egjgjthttghut my love for trains is unhealthy I want this
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting storyline, but the language was so horrible I quit caring what the story was about and didn't finish. The language was so bad, it was distracting. Don't bother to read if foul language bothers you as much as it bugs me. ...more
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this is an absolutely beautiful novel. i loved every moment of reading this! it's a completely unique and refreshing story that is so wonderfully written. highly recommend! ...more
Max Ritter
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

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 pr
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
I have mixed feelings about this book. It was good but there were big sections that were slow and dragging, which made the story feel five miles longer than it should have been. The ending is what really shook me but the rest left me wondering what was going on.


Full review can be found here:

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
Jane Cowell
Jul 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is classified as a young adult novel but as I have stated before I think that many adults are missing out on great storytelling because they are unaware of the many moving, thought-provoking fiction available in this genre. This is also Samuel Miller’s debut novel which he wrote while on tour in a fifteen-passenger van with the rock band Paradise Fears according to his GoodReads author page. He lives in Los Angeles and apparently also has time to coach Little League Baseball, and write and ...more
Ok first off: this cover is to DIE FOR! Ok anyways, I’m going to be honest. I didn’t have any expectations for this book, I thought it’d be pretty average and for the most part it was. Definitely not a favorite or anything but I’m happy that I read it. My copy is filled with tabs because one thing that I did love about this book was the quotes. My GOD the quotes!🥰🥰 I love finding new metaphors and prettily worded takes on life because in a way they ground me if that makes any sense at all. Books ...more
Hannnah Hansen
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m a sucker for characters going on physical journeys while at the same time through emotional journeys 🤷🏻‍♀️
Mina Cole
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sam Miller's writing is as beautiful as ever! ...more
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Trauma can be described with three words: orientation, disorientation, reorientation. It is that total disorientation, where whatever prior life there was is gone, and there is nothing to take it’s place. Look up the word trauma in the dictionary. It is quite clinical. Then look up the word trauma in a thesaurus. Let each of those synonyms have its way into your spirit; you will feel that spirit being too quickly eroded away. It is that old image of seeing yourself as an onion with layer after l ...more
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 gre
Jordan Beamer
Apr 30, 2019 rated it liked it
3 out of 5 stars.

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 Noteboo

I had my ups and downs with this book for sure. I was loving the first fourth, but it began to waver a bit for me during the middle. It just went a way I didn’t expect and I didn’t love what was happening plot wise. I started to like it more as I read on but the actual ending felt very anticlimactic. I do understand that the middle section was needed in order to get us to the end result, but as I had I didn’t really like the end result all that much.

This book is filled to the brim with incr
Joey Vichio

A Lite Too Bright started off rocky for me. It was slow and the main character, along with his terrible family, were not doing any favors for the dreary pacing. Around Chapter 10, things really started picking up and it felt like a real adventure. But then the pages slowly started to stick together again. Keep in mind, this is the story of the grandson of a presumed dead, literary classic author,who finds said grandfather’s old Diary, and runs away to go on something of a scavenger hunt, because
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Samuel Miller was born and raised in Vermillion, South Dakota, and now resides in Los Angeles, where, in addition to writing, he directs music videos and coaches Little League Baseball. He began writing his first novel while on tour in a fifteen-passenger van with the rock band Paradise Fears. A Lite Too Bright is his debut novel. Currently he attends graduate school at the University of Southern ...more

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