Review by: Maddy
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Picture Us in the Light is the story of Danny Cheng, but like all stories it is not just his own. It is the story of his parents, his maybe more than best friend Harry and his girlfriend Regina, and his sister who died before he was born. From the outside it’s a perfectly good story until the remnants of another player reappears and Danny must try to stop everything he holds dear from crashing down.
I am a hardcore fantasy reader. Normally I wouldn’t even pick up a realistic fiction book. When a story is set in a world you are familiar with it’s just too easy to see all the aspects that don’t quite feel right. But I decided to give this book a shot, and I am so thankful that I did. Picture Us In The Light is now one of my favorite books I’ve ever read. It captures every part of life, even the little moments of your everyday, and took everything that life is and turned it into a story that was real and raw, but more vivid than anything you can see.
The book is told from Danny’s perspective, but doesnt follow a single timeline. As the present unfolds the past is woven into it, and the characters get to come to life in what they were just as much as what they are. It reminds you how connected everything is, how much experience shapes us, and how regret weighs on you. The duality of the story adds so much emotion into everything in a way that’s so unique and powerful.
Although, really there is a third perspective that really makes this book stand out. In third person, the story of his sister unravels. This added snippet into what caused the rest of the story to unfurl, felt personal, like a letter written in sorrow. With every grey page the tone shifted to one of sorrow and you feel that pull on your heartstrings like its a violin, and the words are the bow.
I truly wish I could put into words the wonder of reading this book, but sadly nothing I can say would come close to capturing the brilliancy of Picture Us In The Light. If it was a work of art, it could rival the Starry Night for the way it shifts the world and the way it would be beloved. This book gives you more than a good read, it makes you want to get up and do something. If you love to draw or write this book has the power to make your creativity spark. It got me out of a two months art block.
This book is everything you could want (besides magic…). It’s a love story, it’s a coming of age story, its mystery, and an adventure. It soft and sad but vibrant and happy. When I finished this book I was crying and laughing at the same time. Picture Us In The Light is more than I can explain and everything that YA should be and can strive for. I love it with my whole heart and I hope that it will garter the praise it deserves.