Personally, I wouldn’t call this dark academia (if you’re like me and aren’t really a fan of that genre). It’s certainly not light-hearted, as Ann Liang explores the topics of not belonging, envy, and struggling with morality versus survival.
There were a lot of moments when I laughed out loud, but there were even more moments where I appreciated Liang’s beautiful descriptions. I could put myself in the restaurant with Alice and her parents and the scene with Alice and Henry in the park (drawn above). Just like the cover, the story was beautiful and I loved it.
If You Could See the Sun has a sweet romance, but it also takes us along with Alice as she grows into herself and finds out who she is—and how far she’s willing to go.
And thanks, Ann Liang, for introducing me to another unobtainable heartthrob. 💘 😍 🥲
Thanks to BookishFirst and Inkyard Press for this copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.