Recent Reviews for Please, Pretty Lights
Right from the beginning this story captured my attention, my heart, and my sanity-held it in it’s grip til the bitter end and left me thinking about it’s characters long after I finished reading. It’s hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that this was Ina Zajac’s debut novel; the woman definitely came out swinging and I CANNOT WAIT to see what she brings us next.
I love the gritty, realistic novels that don’t beat around the bush and try to paint a pretty picture of ugly truths–I like real. I like when a book makes you sick, I like when the harsh realities of the world crash in on our protagonist and make them face their problems without completely relying on a man to explain just why the sky is blue. Zajac nails all my desires with her story, here, and I loved every minute of it.
We won’t get into the details of the book, but we will say that the dialogue was believable. The characters, even in their strange quirks and crazy situations, were relateable. The main characters were flawed and real, but also really stand out, each of them individuals with real life struggles. Even the villain is given a lot of depth and intrigue. Zajac takes so much time crafting her story that readers will be unable to do anything other than invest themselves fully into the story.
This book is so, so good. It’s incredibly hard to put down. Via, the main character is so captivating and every scene was painted perfectly. All of the characters are real, flawed, and are dealing with struggles. The Seattle backdrop was a perfect venue for this gripping story, you’ll find yourself sucked in from the first page. I recommend this 4.5 star book to anyone who loves a story that feel real and deals with reinventing yourself.
As I delved into Via’s life story, I found myself experiencing the full gamut of emotions, for someone so young, she has lived a truly hard life filled with tragedy and bad decisions, yet the author has portrayed Via’s life in a beautifully tragic way that is simply stunning.
I’ve never read anything like it. And I doubt I’ll ever find any other book that compares. From their first moments I felt like I knew the characters and was a part of them. Which made what they go through so much more. So much more that I’m not even sure if there’s just one word to describe it.
I really liked this story for what it was, a story about a girl with a scary past trying to get out of her comfort zone. There were some parts that were seriously frightening but others that made me emotional. I’ve always wanted to do things out of my comfort zone and I am envious that Via was able to do it on her own. The love story between Matt and Via is extremely well done. All the characters were so real and different. I never once thought “I know what’s about to happen” because everything was unpredictable. Excited for the next book from this author!
Please Pretty Lights is plotted to perfection, I’m in awe of the author’s technique, storytelling, including dialogue that is seemingly realistic, and everything I would expect to come from the lifestyle being written about. This was one of those reads where all interruptions are ignored and only bio breaks were tolerated. What makes this a 5 star book is the way this story is executed and how it made me feel, uncomfortable and unhappy, and yet hopeful.
Please, Pretty Lights is simply astounding! It is a gritty, funny and powerfully poignant ride through every emotion imaginable. Ina totally hypnotized me with her music-laden prose and hard-hitting story line. I fell in love, I laughed, I screamed and I wept – and I’d do it all again for this amazing book…
Please, Pretty Lights owned me from the first page to the last. It had my emotions all over the place–from frustration to pure elation. Most of my jumbled emotions were due to the heroine, Via, and her understandable yet disturbing behavior. My heart truly ached for all that had happened to her at the young age of eleven. A decade later on her twenty-first birthday everything changes for her.
This novel is exceptionally written and engages the reader on every page. You can’t decide at some points to cringe at decisions or just join in on the party. I vote that is the best kind of novel out there. This is a very dark read though. It has it’s light parts, but for the majority it is a dark and gritty novel.