Book Talk: Losing The Light By Andrea Dunlop

Book Talk: Losing The Light By Andrea DunlopLosing the Light by Andrea Dunlop
Published by Washington Square Press on February 23, 2016
Genres: Adult Contemporary
Format: eARC
Source: For Review

I received this book for review consideration from the publisher. This in no way swayed my opinion of the book. Pinky swear!




Want an “at a glance” look at what I thought? Check out my Review On A Post-It or my “Final Thought”



Brooke, after an affair with her professor, takes an opportunity to go abroad for a year to France. She quickly becomes best friends with Sophie, a beautiful girl from her school who seems so perfect and free, and they experience the ups and downs of their adventure together — their schoolwork, the immersion into the culture, their friendship that is growing in intensity and a French man who draws them into his luxurious world.


a4These days it’s pretty rare that I will stay up WAY past my bedtime to read a book. Back a few years ago? No problem. But these days I really value (read also REALLY NEED) my sleep and so it’s a testament to any book that makes me stay up HOURS past my bedtime on a weeknight because I’m consciously choosing to be an exhausted zombie the next day because a book has me LIKE THAT.

Losing the Light was thoroughly intoxicating and addictive — from the amazing French setting to the intense friendship between Brooke and Sophie to the very interesting love affair.

What hooked me:

  1. The way it started: So it starts when Brooke is 30 and she runs into a man from her past that she met while studying abroad in France in college. Immediately I wanted to know what happened between them that elicited such a strong reaction from her. Plus there’s a sentence as the chapter ends that drops a bomb about something else that makes you go OKAY WHAT HAPPENED TO GET HERE. Then the story eases into the backstory of how Brooke goes on this study abroad trip (drama in itself) and chronicles the trip and what went down.
  2.  The setting:  I loved immediately that it was set during a study abroad semester in college but OH MAN….FRANCE. I couldn’t get enough. I loved how Brooke and Sophie really tried to immerse themselves in the culture and I love how throughout their adventure they had that wild and free spirit….the one you especially have at that age where you have all these big dreams and everything seems like it’s super possible. Especially when you are studying in France and your world seems that much bigger.
  3.  The complicated relationships: First there is the friendship between Brooke and Sophie. It felt as intoxicating to me as the reader as I’m sure it felt for Brooke. I actually was very intrigued and rather liked Sophie for the most part even though things were intense and complicated between them. It broke my heart that at times Brooke felt so inferior in almost every way to Sophie but oh man I remember having friends I felt like that about. At times I wished we could know more of her story because there seemed to be a lot lying beneath the surface that even Brooke didn’t fully know. But then we add in Alex — a cousin of one of their new friends they meet. He complicates a lot of things and I could see the allure of him from their perspective.


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factors+ unputdownable, the setting, the portrayal of messy friendships, writing
–  honestly I can’t think of anything expect sometime I couldn’t figure out the French words thrown in there…normally I can with context clues but there were some sentences I’m like what does this mean??

Should you read it? I think it’s worth the read for sure!

Should you buy it or borrow it? Hard to say! I’m not sure that it would be a book you’d read more than once (I mean, maybe?) but it was SO good so I don’t want to say DON’T buy it. If you buy lots of books, buy it. If you typically are more reserved about your book buying maybe borrow it.

a5contemporary fiction readers, fans of complicated friendships and love affairs, people looking for a French setting

a8What an intoxicating read full of love, lust and betrayal. It was so much more than just a “girl studies abroad” story — it was sexy, thrilling and the characters, who are certainly not always easy to love, are so well written and compelling.

review-on-post-itLosing the Light Andrea Dunlop


a8j* Have you read this one? What did you think? Similar or different from me? I would LOVE to hear regardless!
*If you haven’t read it, does it feel like something you’d be into?
What did you feel about the ending? (mark spoilers pleaaase)



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Jamie is a 32 year old married lady (with a new baby!!) who is in denial that she's actually that old to be a married lady and a mom. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, belting out Hamilton (loud and offkey) and having adventures with her husband, daughter and rescue dog.


  1. I’ve never heard of this one before, but it sounds really good! Especially if you stayed up late to keep reading. I used to do that so often, now I value my sleep more too. I’m definitely adding this book to my to-read list. I love it when books have different settings (different than the US or UK, I mean). France is a neighbor country for me, so I’m really intrigued by this book.

    Great review!

    • It’s so funny how before I would never hesitate to stay up late reading…even if I wasn’t LOVING a book. Now I’m just so hardpressed to lose sleep so it definitely was a testament to how this book hooked me!! Hope you enjoy this if you get to it!

  2. This sounds like a book I need to pick up. You definitely make it sound like a worthwhile read! Great review~

  3. I’ve never heard of Losing the Light before! But any mention of France instantly gets me interested in a book, and the idea of this story being about two friends IN France? Makes me want to check it out for myself. I’m hoping that when I do get to check it out, it’ll be just as compelling for me as it was for you 😉

  4. I kept seeing this pop up while you were reading on GR and I was really eager to see your thoughts. It doesn’t sound EXACTLY like a book I’d read based on the synopsis, but your review totally intrigues me! Awesome.

    • Well maybe I’m a moron because I just reread the synopsis and it really reminds me of Vicky Christina Barcelona – one of my favorite movies despite Woody Allen’s involvement – and now I MUST READ IT