ARC Review – Paul, Big, and Small by David Glen Robb


Hello lovelies and happy Wednesday! I have my review for Paul, Big, and Small by David Glen Robb for you today.




Published: October 1, 2019

Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing

Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary

Format: Hardcover 336 pages





Paul Adams has always been short, but he’s an excellent rock climber. And his small size means he can hide from the bullies that prowl the halls of his high school.

Top on his list of “People to Avoid” are Conor, from his Language Arts class, Hunter, who hangs around the climbing gym, and Lily Small, who happens to be the tallest girl in school. But he might be able to be friends with a new kid from Hawaii who insists that everyone call him “Big.” He’s got a way of bringing everyone into his circle and finding the beauty in even the worst of situations.

When the three of them—Paul, Big, and Small—are assigned to the same group project, they form an unlikely friendship. And Paul realizes that maybe Lily isn’t so bad after all. He might even actually like her. And maybe even more than like her.
Paul and Lily team up for a rock-climbing competition, but when Lily is diagnosed with leukemia, Paul ends up with Conor on his team. And when Paul learns that Conor is dealing with bullies of his own—as well as some deep emotional pain—he realizes that the bullying in his school has got to stop.

Paul, Big, and Small is about the turbulent, emotional lives of young adults who are struggling with life’s challenges openly and sometimes in secret.




Heartfelt, Gripping and Beautifully Touching


A breathtaking and engaging read from start to finish, Paul, Big, and Small by David Glen Robb is a beautifully touching story about acceptance, compassion, friendship, and hope. It’s heartfelt, relatable, and gripping and I enjoyed it so much more than I thought I would. I smiled, I laughed, I cried, and felt so many wonderful emotions.

High school is not easy… even more when you’re a little different and unique. But, having friends who understand just what you’re feeling and going through definitely makes a difference. Paul Adams is an amazing rock-climber, but has been bullied for being short. Lily Small is the tallest girl in high school. And Big, the new kid from Hawaii, has a big heart and always finds the beauty in every situation. After being assigned to the same group project, Paul, Lily and Big realize that they have plenty in common, become really good friends, and ultimately learn important life lessons from each other.

I adore this book and enjoyed so many things about it. While the story is sad at times, there’s so much realness, honesty, and love in the narrative that I could not stop reading. David Glen Robb’s writing is sincere, riveting, and just so beautiful. I think he does a fantastic job capturing how it feels to experience and struggle with life’s many challenges as a teenager or young adult. From feeling alone and different, being bullied, dealing with insecurities and mental health issues, going through something devastating or life-changing, and everything else in between, I think readers can find a connection with parts of this story and/or the characters. And that’s what I truly love about this book. I was able to relate and see my younger self in the story in some way and also in some of the characters which made this novel more interesting and enjoyable. I also really like the rock climbing parts and thought that was really exciting. I like the conflict, the drama, and most importantly, the many thought-provoking and important themes about friendships and just life in general.

The characters are believable, realistic and charming. Paul, Big, and Lily are wonderful characters. Getting to know them was fun and a piece of my heart will always belong to them. I really like Paul and Lily and enjoyed many of their sweet and endearing moments together. Big is definitely my favorite and I will protect him with my heart and soul. I love that he always tries to see the goodness and beauty in everything. Big brought so much warmth and joy to the story and I love him for that. The friendship that develops between these three amazing characters is so precious.

David Glen Robb has created a wonderfully realistic and intriguing story that is incredibly meaningful, compelling and moving. Paul, Big, and Small made me feel so many emotions and I loved it all. Some parts are heart-wrenching and sad, but there are also so many happy moments that made me smile. The characters are relatable, loveable, and seem so real that you can’t help but care and root for them. I really enjoyed reading this novel and loved that I walked away with so much more than I expected. This is definitely a must read for anyone and I honestly can’t recommend it enough.

I received a physical ARC copy of this book from the publisher, Shadow Mountain Publishing, in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.



Author bio and photo taken from Goodreads


David Glen Robb lives in the Rocky Mountain West with his wife, two sons, and two dogs and is an avid rock climber who also coaches youth rock climbing teams. He taught high school English, art, and creative writing for eleven years before deciding to pursue writing full time.





Thanks for stopping by sweeties. Hope you get the chance to know Paul, Big and Small.

Until next time, have a great day and happy reading!!


ARC Review – How the Light Gets In by Katy Upperman


Hello loves!! Today, I’ll be sharing my review for HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Katy Upperman. OH THE FEELS in this precious book! Upperman writes such beautifully touching, emotionally intense, and amazingly captivating YA contemporary romances. Her previous novels, KISSING MAX HOLDEN and THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF US, are some of my absolute favorite reads and this one just got added to the list.




Published: August 6, 2019

Publisher: Swoon Reads

Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Format: Hardcover, 336 Pages





Since her sister’s tragic death, seventeen-year-old Callie Ryan has basically given up. Her grades have plummeted, she’s quit her swim team, and she barely recognizes the people her parents have become.

When she returns to her aunt’s run-down coastal Victorian one year after Chloe’s death, Callie resigns herself to a summer of guilt and home renovations. She doesn’t expect to be charmed by the tiny coastal town or by Tucker Morgan, a local boy brimming with sunshine.

But even as her days begin to brighten, Callie’s nights are crowded with chilling dreams, unanswered questions, and eerie phenomenon that have her convinced she’s being haunted. Will Callie be able to figure out what her sister is trying to communicate before it’s too late?



A Haunting, Poignant, and Gorgeously Written Romance with a Paranormal Twist


Haunting and gorgeously written, How the Light Gets In delivers an engrossing and heartfelt YA contemporary story with a unique paranormal twist and an adorable romance that left me reeling with so many wonderful FEELS. Katy Upperman has such a beautiful way with words and weaving all sorts of emotions in her books that make readers fall in love with her stories and characters. I always do… and this book definitely has a place in my heart.

I was incredibly smitten with Katy Upperman’s previous novels, so I had high expectations for this book. I’ll be honest… the first few chapters were a tad bit slow for me and it took me a while to get into the story. BUT, Upperman’s writing is just so lovely, compelling and addictive that I eventually and completely got hooked and never wanted the story to end. I enjoyed the paranormal aspects, the beautiful beachy small town setting, the adorable romance, and the twists and surprises throughout the book. The plot is engaging, suspenseful, intriguing, and satisfyingly emotional with just the right mix of conflict, drama, mystery, sadness, joy, hope, and love.

The characters are not always likable, but I love that they seem so real to me and I can easily sympathize with them. I think they’re fantastically fleshed-out, well-developed, complex, and interesting. I liked Callie and really felt her pain over the death of her younger sister, Chloe. I didn’t always like her decisions, but I enjoyed her personal journey and seeing her finally letting herself heal, live, and love again was really satisfying. Tucker is such a sweetheart and my new favorite book boyfriend. He’s dealing with his own grief and my heart ached for him in so many ways. I adored Aunt Lucy and her quirky and fun personality, and really admired her passion for what she’s doing. And Chloe… well she’s quite charming and wonderful.

The romance is deliciously slow burn and swoony. I enjoyed seeing the lovely friendship between Callie and Tucker slowly, sweetly, and perfectly turn into a believable romantic relationship. They have awkwardly cute moments that will make you smile, emotionally intense scenes that may break your heart, and endearing and flirty moments that will make you swoon and feel the warm fuzzies. They’re absolutely adorable and so great together.

Upperman never ceases to amaze me and I think she’s extremely talented in creating stories that will touch your heart and give you all the FEELS. Stories that will surprise you and leave you wanting more. Stories that are sometimes sad, but also utterly sweet, fun, romantic, and affecting. Stories that feel genuine and authentic that they’ll stay with you long after you finish reading them.

With a breathtakingly engrossing writing style, an achingly touching storyline, a fun paranormal twist, and realistically flawed and relatable characters, Katy Upperman has created another beautifully poignant, thoroughly absorbing, and delightfully thrilling story that gave me all the FEELS, had me on edge, and got me teary eyed a few times. How the Light Gets In is truly a wonderful story about dealing with loss and guilt, forgiveness and healing, and learning to live and love again. I love this book and cannot recommend it enough.

If you love the small town charm, solving mysteries, paranormal elements, and an irresistibly cute romance, then add this book on your TBR.

I received an advance reader copy of this book from the author and publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.divider4



katyuppermanKaty Upperman is a wife, mama, author, reader, baker, and wanderer. She writes novels for teens and teens at heart. She’s a Washington State University alum (go Cougs!), a country music fanatic, and a makeup stockpiler. She loves the ocean, pedicures, sunshine, Instagram, Dirty Dancing and The Princess Bride, Jelly Bellies, true crime documentaries, and Friday Night Lights.

Katy’s debut novel, Kissing Max Holden, was published August 1, 2017, and her sophomore effort, The Impossibility of Us, released July 31, 2018. Her third novel, How the Light Gets In, will be out August 6, 2019. All three books are with Swoon Reads/Macmillan. She’s represented by Victoria Marini of the Irene Goodman Agency. She can be reached via email at


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