Danny Cheng has always known his parents have secrets. But when he discovers a taped-up box in his father's closet filled with old letters and a file on a powerful Silicon Valley family, he realizes there's much more to his family's past than he ever imagined.Danny has been an artist for as long as he can remember and it seems his path is set, with a scholarship to RISD and his family's blessing to pursue the career he's always dreamed of. Still, contemplating a future without his best friend, Harry Wong, by his side makes Danny feel a panic he can barely put into words. Harry and Danny's lives are deeply intertwined and as they approach the one-year anniversary of a tragedy that shook their friend group to its core, Danny can't stop asking himself if Harry is truly in love with his girlfriend, Regina Chan.When Danny digs deeper into his parents' past, he uncovers a secret that disturbs the foundations of his family history and the carefully constructed facade his parents have maintained begins to crumble. With everything he loves in danger of being stripped away, Danny must face the ghosts of the past in order to build a future that belongs to him....
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Picture Us in the Light Reviews
Maybe the most perfect book ever. Just saying.
Received advanced reader copy from publisher via Baker & Taylor book supplier
Danny is a talented artist who has just been accepted to Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). His senior year should be lots of fun. Yet, as the one-year anniversary of a tragedy that shook his group of friends to the core approaches, Danny begins to uncover some secrets about his family that throws that part of his life in upheaval as well. Sometimes you must face the past before you can even take a peek at the f ...more
This book was sent to me by the publishers as a part of the teenreads.com teen board for an honest review.
From the author of CONVICTION, Kelly Loy Gilbert’s newest novel PICTURE US IN THE LIGHT is about a queer Asian American boy named Danny Cheng, whose life is set for him when he receives a scholarship for his dream college. As he starts to finish his last year of high school, his parents start acting differently, and Danny’s dreams of college seem to be going down the drain. The closer Danny ...more
PICTURE US IN THE LIGHT, like THUNDERHEAD, is a book I will shoving down everyone’s throats for the rest of the year my life. I was initially drawn in by the beautiful cover and then I was captivated from the first page and finished in my usual fashion: crying uncontrollably into my teddy bear and pillow.
So, #sorrynotsorry for name-dropping this book up the wazoo…because I will not rest until everyone has read this beautiful book and we can all gush together.
The 411: Danny Cheng is a high school ...more
This review is a little bit difficult to write because I still have very mixed emotions about this novel. I think the writing was beautiful, there were some very difficult topics that I think were handled extremely well, but I had a really hard time engaging with the characters. It had a very dark quality to it that actually made me sad while reading it. I think this shows the depth of the writing, but I really don't like to be sad while I read!
Does it make sense why I have such mixed feelings ...more
I'm adding this to my Want to Read just to ask what's going on with the sort of Asian names? Harry Wong? Danny Cheng? Regina Chan? It sounds like someone at Disney didn't want names to be too Asian because WOAH THE WHITE PEOPLE WON'T LIKE THAT
If I were to describe Picture Us in the Light in one word it might be “complex.” Or maybe “squishy.” “Beautiful.”
I have a bad (?) habit of not fully reading synopsis before picking up a book. Really, I don’t need to when it comes to Kelly and her books. Conviction is easily one of the books you’ll ever read so there was exactly zero chance I wouldn’t love this.
I sit here, a week after finishing, unable to read anything else. Danny’s story isn’t just the story of a child of immigrants, of ...more
This book tackles so many big issues - each handled with care and complexity. It just wasn’t for me (the plot is very heavy for most of the novel). I think many will appreciate its honesty and depth.