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The Summer of Letting Go by [Polisner, Gae]
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Length: 321 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Gr 7 Up—With gentleness and thoroughness, Polisner probes the wounds of a family rocked by the drowning death of one of their own, four-year-old Simon. The story begins four years after Simon's death, the summer Frankie turns 15. The beach beckons, but Frankie is cemented in fear and guilt. She believes she is responsible for Simon's death. While Frankie's loyal BFF, Lisette, is wrapped up in her new boyfriend, Frankie has a lot of time to call her own, so she takes on a babysitting job for the emotionally wounded young mother of a four-year-old boy who shares the protagonist's name. Events in little Frankie's short life and his personality bear an eerie resemblance to Simon's, so much so that big Frankie begins to wonder if Simon has been reincarnated. Polisner has a keen understanding of the suffering, maturing teen psyche; Frankie's fragility and self-doubt are heartbreaking in their realism. Her guilt is compounded by the unhealthy coping mechanisms of her parents and by her own distress at having a crush on Lisette's boyfriend. There are no easy answers, but over the course of the summer, Frankie learns the value of believing in something bigger than herself. First-rate realistic fiction with plenty of heart.—Jennifer Prince, Buncombe County Public Libraries, NC

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Francesca “Frankie” Schnell is drowning in an ocean of problems. She is crushing on her best friend’s boyfriend, her father appears to be having an affair, and her mother has been distant for years, ever since Frankie’s brother, Simon, died. Frankie can think of a thousand reasons why she is at fault, but she is caught short by her new summer job—babysitting a young boy who was born on the same day that her brother died and who might be her brother’s reincarnation. There are mysteries aplenty for Frankie to solve but none so pressing as the ones inside her own head. Polisner does a great job portraying the inner world of a 16-year-old whose trials have aged her prematurely. With a light, deft hand, Polisner gives Frankie’s world touches of humor, gravitas, and teen-centered reality, as well as multifaceted, sympathetic characters who seem plucked from any typical suburban street. Not precisely a light summer read, but one that deserves a spot beside the hammock nonetheless. Grades 9-12. --Erin Downey Howerton

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  • File Size: 2052 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers; Reprint edition (March 25, 2014)
  • Publication Date: March 25, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I3S2J8M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #606,289 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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