How the light gets in by M.J.Hyland

how the light gets in

“Louise Connor, a precocious and unhappy sixteen year-old is offered a place as an exchange student in the USA, something that she hopes will take her far away from her bleak life of poverty in Sydney, Australia. Having endured childhood with an emotionally crass, deadbeat family, she welcomes the opportunity to live the middle-class life she has long dreamed of. But not long after she moves in with her host-family, the Hardings—who live in a pre-fabricated mansion in a nameless Chicago suburb—Lou’s acute need for acceptance and love runs up against the Harding’s suffocating pursuit of a particular form of suburban perfection.”

How the light gets in is about a girl called Lou Connor who takes part in a student program where particularly bright teenagers from deprived backgrounds are sent to live with a rich family where they have the opportunity to go to a great school for a year. Lou is from Sydney and moves to her new family in America. It all starts out great for her, the new house is amazing, the school is great, but somehow she is never quite happy.

By one way or another, she seems to keep getting in trouble when all she wants to do is to do well. It was rather an emotional story which made me feel as though I knew Lou personally. I liked the writing style and it was easy to read.

4/5 rating.


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An aspiring cellist, I absolutely adore reading, and even if it means squeezing it into the cracks of my busy life I am still determined to read more! For me, a truly great novel isn't just flashy with a fast paced plot and glossy characters, it is good literature that traps you with every word and entices you to read on. I write quick-to-read book reviews on CreativeThoughtBubble, as well as occasionally publishing short stories of my own.

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