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A Lite Too Bright

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  300 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews

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

ebook, 480 pages
Published May 8th 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Justine May
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Astonishing! This novel is a very refreshing read. Quite ambitious that had live up to my expectations and beyond.


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
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, arc
I breezed through this amazing story. It's big - loss, connections, time, memory, mystery, love and regret. I loved the progression and how information is parsed out over time. Plus, I love when books analyze other books - it's so meta and genius (if it's done well, which it is here).

Bonus: it's a traveling/journey story, which I have a big heart for.
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Even after a few weeks of finishing this book, I still haven’t unpacked all of my thoughts about this book. But here’s a few of them:

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
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5/5. This book is a wildly ambitious, beautifully literary, and refreshingly original story for YA lit. Arthur’s journey to better understand family, faith, and mortality is bittersweet in that way that makes you feel like you both lost and gained something truly special by the end.

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
Cyn (semi-hiatus)
Arthur follows the clues his late grandfather left behind to discover what happened in his final days.

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
Cassandra {semi-hiatus}
*An ARC was provided by Edelweiss and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

“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
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing

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
Jun 15, 2018 marked it as to-read
A book about TRAINS? egjgjthttghut my love for trains is unhealthy I want this
Lindsay Bilgram
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
“i am nothing but a mosaic of the people i’ve met & the things they’ve carried.”

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.
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
I have mixed feelings about this book. It was good but there were big sections that were slow and dragging, which made the story feel five miles longer than it should have been. The ending is what really shook me but the rest left me wondering what was going on.


Full review can be found here:

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
Mina Cole
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sam Miller's writing is as beautiful as ever!
Max Ritter
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

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
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Lite Too Bright by Samuel Miller 3.75/5 Contemporary YA

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
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm giving this five stars, not because it's perfect but because it has the most ambition of any book I've read in quite a while. This is like the love child of MOSQUITOLAND and a Pynchon novel. And while it's no CRYING OF LOT 49 it's got so much going for it that I can't help but give it the highest of marks. It is a bit long and oblique at times but I'll give Samuel Miller this: I read more YA books than anyone I know, and I can always see the story from a mile away, and even a hundred pages f ...more
Diana Long
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and find it incredible that someone so young could have written it. I was immediately drawn into the story and had a difficult time putting it down. I also found myself re-reading passages because the words were so beautiful and thought-provoking. I wish I had read it via Kindle so I could have highlighted those passages. My daughter would not have been happy if I highlighted her copy! Author Sam Miller is also a super nice guy. I had the pleasure of meeting him at a signing ev ...more
Sage Carson
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful writing, the storyline was a bit convenient, but it was something I was able to look past. I would definitely recommend this!
Emily Reed
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing

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.
Mykell Bowden
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
book reviews aren’t really my forte, but this book definitely deserves your read. it’s thought provoking, beautifully written, has unexpected twists, and a great plot. it’s a stunning debut novel.
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, favorites
I will let it be known that I am not unbiased.
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
Megan of Serra
Aaaaaaaand . . . with that, I've completed my 2018 reading challenge! Yes!!

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
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I picked this book up because of the cover. I was immediately drawn to it, and checked it out without even reading the synopsis. I started the book, still not knowing what it was about, and was immediately enthralled. This novel follows Arthur Louis Pullman the Third over a very short period of time as he chases the path his famous author grandfather went the week before he passed, hoping to learn more about him. While this may seem straightforward, this book unfolded in a myriad of ways that I ...more
Jul 12, 2018 rated it liked it
*I'd give this 3.5 stars if I could*

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
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was incredible. I read it on blind faith alone, wanting to support the author but knowing literally nothing about it, not even the genre. I finished it in two days.
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
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had looked forward to Sam Miller's debut novel A Lite Too Bright because I have admired his writing for years through his lyrics for Paradise Fears and his blog writings. I did not know how blown away I would be by this book.

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
Lauren Sapp
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"I always love the moment where the desert gives way to the mountains, because it reminds me that the highest peaks are borne of the lowest valleys."

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
Joanna Zbozień
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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3.5 stars. The writing is very good but parts of the story dragged for me. Arthur Louis Pullman III is struggling with some mental health issues when he sets out on a cross county train trip following clues he believes his grandfather, a beloved, critically acclaimed author suffering from Alzheimers, left for him. Along the way he encounters a counterculture group called The Great Purpose who are followers of his grandfather's writings. It gets a little violent over the potential existence of un ...more
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I'm writing this review upon finishing A Lite Too Bright for the second time. In a promising debut novel, Samuel Miller leans on history, literary icons, and beautifully composed poetry to make this coming of age story stand out from others in its field. The story is original and exciting and is sure to please almost anyone. The story itself feels genuine and authentic, tackling issues of mental health, family dynamics, immense love, and immense loss. The characters are easy to connect to, and t ...more
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Although I can appreciate the literary genius of the writers of the Beat generation, I have to admit that I haven't really liked their books. However, one of the things that initially intrigued me about A Lite too Bright is that it is a sort of homage to those books. Then add in the appeal of travelling cross-country by train, and I quickly found myself engrossed in the story. The mystery element of the story was fun as well, but what really pulled me in, along with all of the appeal elements I ...more
Lucy Murphy
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, favorites
Holy cow! This book was amazing.
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
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