Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert is out today!!! For fans of YA contemporary fiction this is absolutely a must-read. This is easily one of the best books I’ve read this year and one that I will happily be foisting upon everyone I know.

When it comes to contemporary fiction, I love both the super swoony romantic contemporaries and the gorgeously written, emotionally evocative ones. Picture Us in the Light certainly falls into the latter category. This book is so smart, heart-stinging, and beautiful.

The characters are wonderful, the setting is immersive and authentic, and that PLOT! This book has multiple hooks that draw you into the story and keep you glued to the pages, and the way that Gilbert ties those separate plot lines together is really quite brilliant. This is probably one of (if not the) most meticulously plotted YA contemporary novels I’ve read.

Picture Us in the Light isn’t a book that you simply read, it’s a book you experience. The depth of emotion here is astounding and beautiful. This book will linger in reader’s hearts long after they’ve closed the book.

About the Book



Danny Cheng has always known his parents have secrets. But when he discovers a taped-up box in his father’s closet filled with old letters and a file on a powerful Silicon Valley family, he realizes there’s much more to his family’s past than he ever imagined.

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.

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10 thoughts on “Out Today – PICTURE US IN THE LIGHT!

  1. Eva says:

    I hadn’t heard of this one yet! I know we have very similar tastes in contemporary YA so I’m going to add it to my to-read for sure!

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      It’s a really great book! I hope you enjoy it! ❤️ Also feel free to send me contemporary recommendations anytime. 😁

      • Eva says:

        Have you read The Ocean In My Ears? It seems to be a smaller book – melancholy and different and probably the most accurate (and albeit aggravating at times) teenage voice I’ve read in a long time. I’m still not sure if I even liked it (one of those) but I’ve been thinking about it so much! I’d be very interested to hear your thoughts.

      • KrystiYAandWine says:

        I haven’t read that one, but it sounds really interesting! I’ll have to check it out!

  2. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

    Oooh. This is a new book to me. I’ll certainly have to check it out. Is there a lot of explorating using physical art? As someone who doesn’t think in images or see images in her head, I sometimes struggle with art-heavy novels. For example, Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older. Just curious!

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      This is an AMAZING, AMAZING book!!! I seriously can’t recommend this one highly enough. It definitely isn’t artwork heavy. It describes a few of his drawings, but it’s way more about family, and it has some amazing themes. It also dives into quantum entanglement, which is just mind blowing to read about. I could go on and on about this one. Me and another blogger are working on a secret project for this one that I should be posting about in the next couple weeks. 😁😁😁

      • Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

        Wait. Wiat. Quantum entanglement?! I did NOT expect you to mention this topic. Now I’m completely intrigued! Picture Us In the Light seems to cover a TON of complicated topics. I’ve added this to my TBR.
        I am looking forward to your secret project! any hints? 😉

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