A Lite Too Bright
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...more
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 ...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 fo ...more
Bonus: it's a traveling/journey story, which I have a big heart for. ...more
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 ...more
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!
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 ...more
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 ...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
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 ...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 i ...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 pr ...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
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 ...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 Noteboo ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more