“How the light gets in” by M.J. Hyland had all kinds of strikes against it. I hate the word auspicious. I know what it means, I’ve looked it up in the dictionary several times. In my experience though, auspicious means that it is something new & different, but the reason it is new & different is because it is craptacular & everyone else had enough sense not to do it. Plus, when I point out the craptacular-ness of it, people will think I’m a simpleton & will tell me that it is “auspicious”. So when the back cover of this book bragged it’s international auspicious debute I had my doubts. Then I noticed that there were not one, but two reviews printed right under the word auspicious likening the main character to Holden Caulfield. It’s the story of a 16 year old Australian who becomes a foreign exchange student to get away from her unhappy home life. She is a lot like Holden Caulfield, but it’s up to you decide whether that is a good thing or not. For me it was just a 2.5 poptart book.