How the Light Gets In

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Grove/Atlantic, Inc., Dec 1, 2007 - Fiction - 320 pages
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Lou Connor, a gifted but unhappy sixteen-year-old, is desperate to escape her life of poverty in Sydney, Australia. When she is offered a place as an exchange student at a college in Illinois, it seems as if her dreams are going to be fulfilled. Her host family, the Hardings, has a large and beautiful house in Illinois and couldn't be more welcoming. Everything is perfect. Until Lou starts having to live in the suffocating and repressed atmosphere of the Hardings' suburban mansion and things start to go terribly wrong. How the Light Gets In is an acutely observed tale of adolescence. But more than that, it is an intelligent and darkly humorous study of human aspiration, self-sabotage, and the dislocation and alienation felt by an outsider. In Lou Connor, M. J. Hyland has created a complex and unforgettable protagonist who mesmerizes the reader with her vivacity and vulnerability, from hopeful beginning to unexpected, haunting end.
  

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I didn't appreciate the dot-dot-dot of an ending. - Goodreads
Hylands' writing is insightful and touching. - Goodreads
Also, there is another layer to her writing. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Jamie - Goodreads

Lou Connor is no Holden Caulfield. Let's just get that out of the way. Lou Connor is a conniving teenager that uses her sexuality and intellect to get what she wants. The book uses Lou's exchange ... Read full review

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This is one of those books that is not for everyone and generally if you don't like it, you probably just didn't read it right. The main character is a bit of a genius and has a horrible time fitting ... Read full review

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How the Light Gets In by MJ Hyland. In many of the best books with a precocious teen protagonist, the hero/ine tries to figure out who they are and get away ...
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Boldtype | July 2004 - Issue Nine
How the Light Gets In by Aussie newcomer mj Hyland tells the story of Lou, an adolescent from Down Under stifled by a family of congenital underachievers. ...
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Her first novel, How The Light Gets In (2004), was shortlisted for the 2004 ... 2004 Age Book of the Year Award (shortlist) How The Light Gets In ...
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