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How the Light Gets In

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  434 ratings  ·  139 reviews
Since her sister’s tragic death, seventeen-year-old Callie Ryan has basically given up. Her grades have plummeted, she’s quit her swim team, and she barely recognizes the people her parents have become.

When she returns to her aunt’s run-down coastal Victorian one year after Chloe’s death, Callie resigns herself to a summer of guilt and home renovations. She doesn’t expect
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Published August 6th 2019 by Swoon Reads
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This was perfectly fine, but nothing special. Meh.
Katy Upperman
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Hi -- I wrote this. :-)
Larry H
Nov 03, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

Katy Upperman's new book, How the Light Gets In , is a story of grief, recovery, letting others in, and learning to forgive—especially yourself.

It’s been nearly a year since Callie’s younger sister Chloe died, and she and her family are still the worse for wear. The two were inseparable for so long. Callie has quit swimming and avoids social contact, spending her days getting stoned and blaming herself for what happened, while her mother spends most days in a depressed, alcohol-soak
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

This sounds heartbreaking... So why do I want to read it so bad

Many thanks to Swoon Reads for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

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***Actual Rating: 4/5 Hauntingly-Forgiving Stars***

As a massive fan of YA Contemporary Romance, I'm fully aware of Katy Upperman and all her previous, highly anticipated works. Kissing Max Holden and The Impossibility of Us sound unbelievably intriguing to me, and I'm constantly guilty about not having read either of them earlier. Thankfully (and much to my surprise,) I got a perfect opportunity to actually read, enjoy, and share my thoughts about her upcoming novel, How the Light Ge
Melanie  Brinkman
This summer is all about learning to be a perennial.

Ever since her little sister's untimely death, Callie has basically given up. The two were peas in a pod, and now she can't get through the days without getting stoned.

So when her father sends her to help her aunt fix up a run down home for the summer, Callie is less then thrilled. She wants to be left alone, to grieve in her own way. But what if a possibly paranormal return trip to Bell Cove and a charming boy could shatter the darkness that h
Sami  Myers

CW - death, suicide, and self-harm
(suicide/self-harm very minimal)

Wow...where do I begin?

I had the pleasure of reading this book early (Thank you Swoon Reads!!), as I have with all of Katy Upperman's works, and am feeling so blessed that I get to hype this book up in hopes of you all buying it when it comes out (August 6th!!).

This is a haunting tale of Callie, whose sister has recently passed, as she returns to the seaside town of Bell Cove to help her Aunt Lucy renovate an old i
Susan's Reviews
Jun 29, 2020 rated it liked it
All those adjectives and adverbs! Normally, I don't mind them. Here, you were tripping all over them - everywhere. The over-use of these descriptors got in the way of the flow, the suspense, the drama - you name it, it was sandwiched between and adverb and/or an adjective each and every time!

I truly do understand the temptation to use a shiny five syllable word - in my misguided youth, I did this myself, trying to impress my teachers. I used to memorize a new word from the dictionary every day
Aug 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting going into this, but I know it wasn’t what I read.

Throughout the novel I never connected to Callie or any of the other characters. It doesn’t take a lot for me to get emotionally invested, but for some reason that never occurred with this book. No one seemed captivating enough to gather my attention long enough for me to care about what would happen to them.

I wasn’t expecting the ghost aspect of the story to be as prominent as it was. Of course because
Athena of Velaris
"Guilt is a vulture. Guilt picks me apart. Guilt never, ever flies away."

How the Light Gets In follows Callie, who is spending her summer in a sleepy beach town after the tragic death of her sister in the same location a year earlier. I wasn't expecting the haunting element, but there certainly was one. Callie was a good main character, and she certainly grew over the course of the story as she faced her suppressed grief. The love interest (Tucker) was fine, if a little dull. He felt very formul
Jessica | Booked J
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
(4.5 stars) | Blog | Twitter | Instagram | My stop on the blog tour and review can be found here at Booked J.

As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for participating in the blog tour/my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.

To explain this novel, spoiler free, is difficult. At its core, it is certainly a tale of grief. It's gorgeous and haunting in more ways than one. This isn't a light, easy-breezy contemporary, so proceed wit
Lost in Book Land
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hello, Hey, how are you?

It’s Friday! I am so excited for the weekend, I intend to read a lot (I am hoping to get time to finish Permanent Record and Majesty), play more Animal Crossing, and watch The Haunting of Bly House. I have been so excited for Bly House, so I can not wait to binge watch it this weekend, read a bunch and maybe even treat myself to some ice cream! This week, I have been on a reading roll, and I finished another book! I was scrolling through Hoopla one night and came upon How
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just wow.
This story grabbed me from the beginning and still hasn't let go, even though I finished reading it last night. Katy has a way with words. Her writing is gorgeous but even more than that, she infuses so much emotion in the way she writes.
The bond between Callie and Chloe was so strong and the grief Callie feels jumps right out of the page. Every character is fleshed out. Every character feels real. Every character feels like someone you just had a conversation with.
Like Tucker. Tuc
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2019-releases
Real rating: 4,5 stars.
Katy Upperman is becoming one of my favorite ya contemporary authors. This book left me with all the emotions and ahhh. definitely recommending it. <3
Full review coming soon!

Thank you to MacMillan International for the ARC of this book. This did not, in any way, influenced my thoughts and rating.

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Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
I was pretty intrigued by the premise of this novel, because in the past I’ve read similar stories to this one and really enjoyed, so I went with pretty high expectations into it, and overall I felt okay about it. It was quite a generic book, and though it had some elements that I really enjoyed, I also had my issues.

The plot wasn’t as unique as I thought it was. It was quite a typical YA book that dealt about the loss of a loved one. It had also some mystery going on that was keeping me interes
Samantha (WLABB)
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, arcs, romance, paranormal
Rating: 4.5 Stars

It had been a year since she visited her aunt in Bell Cove, since she had that fight with her sister, since her sister died. After a painful period of mourning Chloe's death, Callie found herself back where her nightmare began, and it seemed as though her nightmares were bleeding into her waking hours when reminders of her sister began popping up. Was her sister reaching out to her from the beyond? Was she trying to tell her something? Could Callie finally come to terms with her
Stay Fetters
Sep 13, 2020 rated it liked it
"Guilt is a vulture.
Guilt picks me a part.
Guilt never, ever flies away."

Have you ever been in a reading slump before? Where you pick books that you think will bring you out from that funk but those don’t seem to work? I was there for the past few weeks. So I’ve picked something unconventional for getting over that slump and this definitely did the trick.

From the start, I knew that this was going to be the book that saves me because it reminded me of one of my favorite Katie McGarry books. Plu
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Graded By: Stephanie
Cover Story: Look At This Photograph
BFF Charm: Meh
Swoonworthy Scale: 4
Talky Talk: Dig Deeper
Bonus Factor: Small Towns
Factors: Ghosts, Mysteries
Relationship Status: Support Group Acquaintances

Read the full book report here.
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-contemporary
Actual Rating: 3.5/5

This is my first book from Katy Upperman, but I can safely say that I will be coming back for more.

How the Light Gets In mixes contemporary charm with paranormal mysticism built on the bittersweet foundations of love, loss, and grief. Emotion-charged straight off page one, this story is set to tug, pull and pluck at your heartstrings and leave you contemplating just how precious moments with your loved ones truly are.

I enjoyed this book a whole lot even though it took a while
Aug 04, 2019 rated it liked it
The book about a seventeen-year-old Callie who lives in Seattle together with her parents. After the tragic death of her younger sister, Chloe, Callie couldn’t find her place in the world and live the life she had until this moment. She gave up on all her dreams and goals. She gave up all her friends, school, swimming, and her old life away. Her parents couldn’t accept the fact that their little daughter died. Her mother started to drink and completely distance herself from them. Callie instead ...more
Vicky Skinner
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Whoo buddy! This book gave me ALL THE FEELS. This book is going to be such a hit! There's something for everybody! Mystery romance, ghosts, suspence! A perfect beach read and it totally made me choke up at the end. This book was definitely what I needed to finish out 2018. Can't wait to see it on the shelf! ...more
This was a really great read with a touching plot, great character development, real and important themes, and a ridiculously cute romance. Another fantastic read from Katy Upperman!

Full review on my blog: https://picturethisliteraturecom.word...
Simant Verma
Actual rating: 4.5 Stars

This story is about Callie who is not coping well with the death of her sister which happened recently. To make her condition better, Callie’s father sends her to her aunt Lucy to spend her summer vacation with her in a small beach town where she was supposed to help her aunt with the renovation of her inn.

I love reading stories about sisters and this book was no exception. Though we don’t get to know Chloe in the ongoing story, K
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book pulled me in with its plot arc. I knew I was in for an emotional read. Callie had lost her sister exactly one year ago in the ocean current of Bell Cove, and the guilt hadn't left her. There were events and words and arguments preceeding her sister's death which shook her sanity even today. She came back to Bell Cove to help her aunt Lucy with the renovations of the Stewart House which had its own mystery. Tucker brought in romance like a breath of fresh air.

My first book by Katy Upperm
Grief is a funny thing. It brings sadness, anger, guilt, shame and and jumbled feeling of being lost. When you lose a person that helps tether you to this world, you drift for awhile. I don't particularly like my brother all the time, but he's my big brother and the only other person who survived our childhood with me. I can't imagine a world he doesn't exist. Callie lost that person a year ago, her younger sister Chloe, and there are questions left unanswered. Back in the town that trauma occur ...more
Melanie Belson (booklovewithmelanie)
4.5 stars

Thank you to Swoon Reads and Katy Upperman for allowing me to review.

Callie's story is heartbreaking, her sister and best friend Chloe has passed away. She is headed down the wrong path, her father holds everything in and her mother just drinks her troubles away. I loved seeing the interactions with Callie and her Aunt Lucy, as well as Callie and Chloe's. Her characters development is perfect.

Once Tucker was introduced I became slightly more interested in his backstory than Callie's. I
May 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs, dissapointed
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Lindsay Montague
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Callie reluctantly returns to her aunt's home on the coast a year after her younger sister's death. Expecting to spend her summer wallowing amidst home renovations and pot smoke, Callie is mesmerized by a local boy and the creepy noises that seem to find her in the night.   

I really, really loved this. It helps that this took place on the Oregon Coast, *swoon*. This was a great summer romance that didn't overshadow the incredibly strong and dark main plot. Katy Upperman is really great when it c
Jennifer H.
Thank you to Netgalley and Macmillan Children's Publishing Group/Swoon Reads! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Struggling with the tragic death of her younger sister, Callie Ryan has pushed aside everything and everyone that ever meant something to her and returning to her aunt's home - one year later -in a small coastal town isn't exactly high up on her summer to-do list.

Needing a distraction from herself though, Callie relucta
B.R. Myers
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In Katy Upperman’s HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN, Callie Ryan is a swimming star who shares the pool and the spotlight with her little sister. But after Chloe’s unexpected death Callie falls apart, secretly blaming herself for what happened that night.

With her parents struggling with their own grief, Callie reluctantly returns to her aunt’s place on the Pacific coast for the summer to help fix up her bed and breakfast—a Victorian seaside mansion full of family secrets. But a chance for hope comes in the
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