Books · Young Adult

First Impression Friday: Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert


Well, still no hurricane yet. It’s expected to make landfall in Charlotte sometime later today. I’m more than ready for it to be over already because I feel like everybody’s been panicking for way too long now. If any of you are in the path of the hurricane, I hope you’re all staying safe!

Since it’s Friday, you know what that means. It’s time for another First Impression Friday post! For those who are unfamiliar, FIF is a weekly meme created by J.W. Martin. The goal is to talk about a book you recently started reading. Share you impressions, predict what you think will happen, say whether you think you’ll enjoy it, etc.


Danny has been an artist for as long as he can remember and it seems his path is set, with a scholarship to RISD and his family’s blessing to pursue the career he’s always dreamed of. Still, contemplating a future without his best friend, Harry Wong, by his side makes Danny feel a panic he can barely put into words. Harry and Danny’s lives are deeply intertwined and as they approach the one-year anniversary of a tragedy that shook their friend group to its core, Danny can’t stop asking himself if Harry is truly in love with his girlfriend, Regina Chan.

When Danny digs deeper into his parents’ past, he uncovers a secret that disturbs the foundations of his family history and the carefully constructed facade his parents have maintained begins to crumble. With everything he loves in danger of being stripped away, Danny must face the ghosts of the past in order to build a future that belongs to him.

If you’re a regular follower mine you’re probably thinking “Who are you and what have you done with Kiersten?” I hardly ever read contemporary fiction, of the adult or YA genre. The only reason I picked this book up was because it’s for the book club I joined. This is my first attempt at ever joining a book club. I’ve thought about it before but my anxiety has always held me back. It’s a YA book club. When I joined I was hoping it would be more fantasy based. I’m really not sure what it’s going to turn into going forward because the club is new and this is only the first pick.

I hate to say it, but nothing about this book is grabbing me. I’m trying to give it a chance, but so far I’m finding it very slow. The main character, Danny, is relatable with his insecurities and his family drama. I like Danny, but I don’t love him. All of the characters, thus far, are just okay. I don’t feel very connected to them or to the story, in general.

Honestly, I can’t decide if I even want to finish this book. There are some interesting topics discussed, which I appreciate, but I still can’t get past the fact that I’m bored with it. If I don’t read it, however, then I pretty much fail at my first book club attempt.

Alas, I don’t know what to do.

6 thoughts on “First Impression Friday: Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert

  1. I lasted one month in the last book club I joined years ago, because of the same problem. I didn’t finish the crap book assignment and realized I wasn’t cut out for that kind of social circle.

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    1. Haha. I’m glad I’m not the only one struggling with this! The bookstore that’s hosting the book club also has an adult fantasy/sci-fi book club. I might see what their pick is for next month and give that one a try instead.

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  2. Ugh, it sucks that you are not enjoying this book… Especially when it’s the first your book club is reading. But I think you should keep at it for a little bit longer, who knows, it might surprise you? What are the rules concerning members of the group not wanting to finish a book? Not that it should keep you from DNFing, just curious.

    Like you, I’ve been meaning to join one but it never feels right, either the timing or the lack of actual time. I’m one of those mood readers who likes to read things at her own pace, so it would be difficult. But at the same time I feel I don’t have that many bookish friends and it would probably be fun! A bit of pressure might finally make me prioritize reading instead of spending so much time on Twitter and whatnot xD

    Anyway, I hope this funk goes away soon. Nobody deserves to be stuck reading a book they don’t like! And congrats on joining a social group *hugs* As a fellow anxiety sufferer, I know how hard it can be to put yourself out there but you did it and that’s what matters!


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