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.
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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 ...more