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A Lite Too Bright

4.4  ·  Rating details ·  115 Ratings  ·  30 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.
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
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
*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
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.
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.
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
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
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 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was on the fence through much of this book about a young man who retraces a mysterious journey taken by his late Alzheimer's-stricken father. The pieces of the puzzle he is following come together a little too conveniently at times, and his odyssey is helped along by certain coincidences. I grew increasingly annoyed at the various contrivances until I began to suspect a method to the author's madness and predicted a masterful twist in which all these seeming narrative shortcuts would be explai ...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
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has instantly become one of my favorites. It was easy to read. Even as some parts were written in broken thoughts, I was still pulled through the story. Everything I could want in a book, mystery, purpose, reality, and emotion. This book made me feel so strongly for the characters involved but not overwhelmed like some books do. The way everything wrapped up was never what I expected but exactly what I needed. Just like in his songs Samuel Miller has a great flow of words that come acr ...more
Megan Skehan
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely captivating debut novel. The seamlessly woven story, the vivid imagery, and the hyper-realistic characters kept me hooked from the start. A reminder of the vast beauty, intricate history, and unsound rebellious nature of our great country. A true testament to the Great Purpose and power of our Youth. 10/10 Will recommend to everyone I know.
Krista Sanford
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, favorites
I have a tattoo on my wrist that I got well before this book, to represent my love for Sam Miller’s writing. This book made me fall in love with his writing all over again. It’s unique and complex and wonderful and sparks the passion I have to keep writing my own novel. I can’t wait to see what else Sam comes up with!
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
i finished this phenomenal book yesterday and i cannot stop thinking about it. the characters, the plot, all the intricate details. amazing. *SPOILER* i love how sam compared the feeling of nothingness to bright light. i've always thought of it as darkness, but i quite like this view of it. a lite too bright is so thought provoking and emotional and i LOVE it.
Stacia Luedtke
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
HOLY SMOKES, THIS WAS A GOOD BOOK. I may be slightly biased because I've been a fan of the author for years but I am seriously blown away by this book. I can't believe it's a debut novel. I need to just take 6 hours staring at the wall to unpack everything now.
Carla A
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
A the point where I thought this title was about to suck it, it managed to rally and become a very decent read.
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I need 6 years to unpack everything I just read.
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Apr 22, 2018 rated it liked it
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there are pieces of me that i’m learning to question & parts of my past that i’m learning to rewrite.

Basically: Arthur’s grandfather wrote one of the most famous novels of all time but when he dies, following a mysterious roadtrip, Arthur takes a trip of his own to learn more about the man behind the novel in Samuel Miller’s debut, A Lite Too Bright.

Arthur Louis Pullman the 1st is famous for writing A World Away, a book taught in schools across
This is a hipster in book form. Man bun and all.
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