Picture Us in the Light

Picture Us in the Light

eBook - 2018
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Daniel, a Chinese-American teen, must grapple with his plans for the future, his feelings for his best friend Harry, and his discovery of a family secret that could shatter everything.
Publisher: Los Angeles ;, New York :, Hyperion,, 2018.
ISBN: 9781484735282
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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“Picture us in the Light” by Kelly Loy Gilbert is about an artistic senior, Danny Cheng, who struggles to bring his vision of his family on the same level with their hidden past while dealing with his deeply rooted relationship with Harry Wong. The book deals with topics such as loss, the healing process, love, how to see people for everything they are, and a little bit of quantum theory. When I first started this book, I was drawn by the way it used quantum physics to break down what scientifically happens when connections are formed between two people. I thought Danny’s dad’s quantum theory was really intriguing and made me wonder if it could be extrapolated to the real world, or if it was made up. I kept reading because of the compelling and complex characters and how the author emphasized the difference between what they said and what they felt. However, a part of the way this book was written can get a little repetitive- when Danny comes to real-world conclusions, which is often, he often theorizes one thing, then rewords it a few more times until he comes to a conclusion that sits right with him. This pattern can get a little bit predictable. Otherwise, I really connected with Gilbert’s short, conversational, yet powerful writing. In total, this book was emotional in the way it reached out and personally connected with me. It made me cry quite a few times. I definitely think it is a must-read and I recommend it for anyone looking for a heart-wrenching story. From 1-5 stars, I rate it a 4.8 or a 5. Elena of the Yorba Linda Teen Book Bloggers

Jul 06, 2019

Book was extremely slow paced, barely picked up until the very end. Wasn't engaging at all.

Jul 05, 2019

Picture us in the light really hit me where it hurts. This book was filled with issues facing the main character and those around him. Some of the issues are quite serious too, but I really like how the author brought them up. Things were hidden for a long time, and I was quite shocked when they were revealed. I immediately fell in love with the main character Danny and his best friend Harry. Danny is an artist trying to get into RISD (Rhode Island School of Design). Harry is perfectly happy where he is, with a girlfriend and a (very) positive attitude. I thought the book was amazing, although it was very different then others I have read. The ending was also very different, but I think that the author did a great job with this book. @IVYBooks of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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