A Lite Too Bright
For fans of literary classics such as The Catcher in the Rye and The Perks of Being a Wallflower comes a stirring new thought-provoking novel from debut author Sam Miller about a loss shrouded in mystery with twists and turns down every railway.
Arthur Louis Pullman the Third is on the verge of a breakdown. He’s been stripped of his college scholarship, is losing his grip...more
It is about Arthur, going through a journey of dealing with loss, healing, family, friendship, with the added spice of mystery and bittersweet instances in life. And a literal journey too travelling through it all in search of answers. That surely will leave the readers with a lot of things to think about too.
I love how balanced everything; how it is laid-out for the readers. How the ...more
Bonus: it's a traveling/journey story, which I have a big heart for.
1. I picked up A Lite Too Bright because I love Sam Miller’s words. His poetical lyrics are what brought me to Paradise Fears and kept me there. I was hopeful that this would translate into his debut novel and he 100% delivered. This book is poetic and gorgeous.
2. Part of the poetic nature of this book also makes it very literary. This is a book that you pick up fo ...more
Arthur’s narration feels so old-soul, and paired with the frequent disconnect between his thoughts and his ability to express himself eloquently makes him a super sympathetic and relatable character to me (and I th ...more
4 stars. I loved a lot about this book. I loved Arthur and his family (although I was frustrated with his father). I loved the mental illness rep. I loved Arthur's journey on the train. I loved the journal entries. However, I did find myself bored at times.
This book deals with Alzheimer's, as one of the main themes. Can I just say, that my grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's about a y ...more
“Would you rather live with miserable truth, or blissful ignorance?”
Actual rating: 4.5
There are so many things to say about this book. I don't even know where to start.
I guess I will start with the statement that is almost impossible to say much about this book without spoilers. Why is that? Because this book is a chameleon: every time I labeled it as something, (like a dead relative mystery, or a contemporary ...more
I struggled rating this book. I LOVED the writing and the concept. I enjoyed the family dynamics and teenage angst. I was obsessed with the journey narrative. My only issue was just the coincidence of it all. It seemed any time the protagonist needed something, it was there! I get that most, if not all of these moments, were intentional, but at times it was bordering on unbelievable. But even with all that, this book was a quick read that had me excited to read each section. It's split up i ...more
3.5 stars. Poignant, emotional, beautiful written, Sam Miller’s debut novel, A Lite Too Bright is a strange little book that unravels in unexpected ways and is perfect for fans of John Green. It follows Arthur Louis Pullman the Third as he travels on a cross-country train ride trying to piece together clues left behind by his deceased grandfather—a Salinger/Kerouac literary icon—during the last week of his life. ...more
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This story was one I had not heard a lot about before I borrowed from my library. The blurb sounded promising, a coming of age story with some twists and ...more
This book begins as a pretty typical mystery-adventure book about a troubled young man with a healthy amount of love-interest women. But it progresses into an insane story of a marxist, anarcho-communist cult conspiracy and an exploration of modern radicalism. Didn't expect that one.
It's really good. Last time I plowed through a book this quickly was, I think 4 months ago? It was about 36 hours. The beginning was a little slow and there were some red flags, especially surrounding the pr ...more
A Lite Too Bright is a coming of age story with some unique elements. The main character is the grandson of a famous writer who wrote a seminal novel in the seventies, think J.D. Salinger. This is the story of Arthur’s journey to discover what his granddad had done during his last week of life. His grandfather was suffering from severe Alzheimer’s and took off without a word from his house in California and a week later he died in Ohio. Ar ...more
Holy shit. What on earth did I just read???
this was a brilliant masterpiece, although slow at first it was done in such a wonderful and convincing way I thought I was in the story the entire time. I am so glad I randomly picked this up it was definitely worth it.
BUT it's really hard to believe that this is a debut novel. This story is huge and takes on a crazy journey, letting you think you know where you're going and what you're looking for, but you will always be wrong. This book is about so many different topics that I don't even want to try to dive into, but it is very well-executed that it doesn't feel convoluted or confusing.
This is the kind of book that will probably require you to read it multiple ti ...more
So I've actually been aware of this book for several months, since I accidentally stumbled upon the author's Twitter around the time of the book's release. His constant disuse of capital letters and other disregard for English grammar got kind of annoying there, but the premise of his book sounded interesting, so I figured his personal writing style would be a non-issue in a published work of fiction.
Ha. Did I have anothe ...more
I was really excited to try this book because a lot of people have been talking about it, and it seemed like just the type of story I needed. It has an adventure in the form of a cross-country train trip, a famous grandpa, for fans of The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Catcher in the Rye (I actually hated the catcher in the rye), but it seemed like a really good book.
But of course I was disappointed. I was confused a lot during this story because Arthur ...more
It's truly gripping. There are so many elements that mesh together to make such a fascinating story, like Arthur's cynicism and mental instability, the rise and fall of the clues they find, where they're led, and the manner in which they are led. It's a mystery, but it's not. It's not some big mysterious murder that sends t ...more
What I knew about this book through the jacket copy and what Sam said at his signing combined with what I knew of Sam's methods and experiences of writing the book, I thought it would be a simple story of a young man going on a journey and trying to find a connection to hi ...more
This book is incredible. I plowed through to the end and absolutely devoured this story. There are too many great things I'd like to say about this book, but I'll be brief.
-Arthur was definitely not my favorite character at first, but he grew on me because he's so lost. He has so many questions and very few answers. Overall, he's such a real, raw, b ...more
I'm not a huge fan of contemporary novels but this one really grabbed hold of me and did not let go. The mystery element was wonderful and exciting and I loved that it was never clear whether or not the clues would lead to something.
I thought that the mental illness rep seemed well done, although I don't have much experience to speak on it extensively.
The characters were really well done, and I loved the way that each relationship and interaction was unique to tho ...more