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The Truth About Letting Go by [Moore, Leigh Talbert]
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"If you're a fan of Sarah Dessen novels you should pick this one up!"--Harley Bear Book Blog
  
"You are drawn into the story straight away and begging for more, and left in tears when it is all over." --Totally Bookalicious book reviews
  
"Powerful, beautiful, and real, addressing several issues within a great story in a very smooth, uncluttered way. Rarely have I read a book like this one, that felt so real it could be true." -Steph's Book Reviews
   
"A brilliant new contemporary young adult novel that stands out in the crowd. I cried along with Ashley, had a little bit of a book crush on Jordan, and gasped at Colt's brashness." -Magan Vernon, author of My Paper Heart
    
"Honest and raw, and filled with just as much faith as pain--and I loved every minute of it. I was reluctant to see it end and sad to say goodbye to such an amazing cast of characters."--5-star Goodreads review

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Product Details

  • File Size: 1453 KB
  • Print Length: 277 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: February 19, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BHRY07Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,978 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Wow. This book was powerful, beautiful, and real, addressing several issues within a great story in a very smooth, uncluttered way. Rarely have I read a book like this one, that felt so real it could be true. I felt a kinship with the teens, especially Ashley as she used self-destructive behavior and distractions to cover up her pain. Her spiritual struggle was also very true to life and understandable in those circumstances. I admire Ms. Moore's inclusion of church, religion, and faith in this book. Too often such discussion or mention is excluded from books because it is considered to not be politically correct or is seen as offensive or too sensitive a subject. I think the near constant exclusion of the subject in realistic fiction is unrealistic. Faith, or lack thereof, often plays a large part in one's life, especially during the years and time of self-discovery. Though this book is not at all preachy, I'm glad that the subject of God/faith was broached. The pace, tone, and voice of this book were great. The ending is perfect for the story. Not too much, not too little, but just right for what the story is.

General thoughts: The Truth About Letting Go is just....so real, and so beautiful, even in the pain, despair, harsh realities, and confusions. I just loved it. 5 stars. I definitely recommend it.
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This book made me feel so many things during my time with it. It was like an emotional roller coaster. Sometimes I just wanted to get off of it, because it made me sad and other times it took me for a ride that I enjoyed so much. There were times I wanted to cry (ok I might have), times I chuckled at things, times I cringed and times I wanted to tell characters to go take a freaking hike.

The magic of this novel and others by Moore is that she is able to write real, tangible characters that you care about. Now how you care about them is up to you, but you undoubtedly will feel something about them. And that's where the magic lies. That she makes you care about her characters. She makes you want to know what is going to happen to them. Makes you want to yell at them. Makes you want to hug them. It's rather awesome!

The book consists of a High School senior Ashley and how she deals with the death of her father. It flips her world upside down and leaves her grasping at straws. Straws that she can turn into anything. It's about her finding out who she is after loosing someone special. And she decides to start from square one, turning her back on everything she's been raised on, including church. Trying to figure out how she wants to live and getting lost in trying not to feel anything. Let's be honest, she gets herself into some pretty sketchy situations. In the beginning I wasn't that impressed with Ash, but as I got to know her, I decided that I do actually like her as a character. She dynamic and conflicted. She's kind of like the girl version of the conflicted bad boy. It's cool to watch. Though the part where she dresses a guy in clothes she likes made me cringe.

The boys of this novel are brilliant and totally different.
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I shed tears for Ashley because I relate to her. I've had those battles that she had. I felt it in my chest reading chapter to chapter. Highly recommended for teens struggling with loss or just going through that find yourself inner battle. Well done yet again.
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There are two things that stand out for me most in The Truth About Letting Go.

1) Loss and the reaction to that loss and how it changes and bends and becomes a different experience to every person who goes through it

and

2) The lengths people go to when trying not to feel.

I liked TTABLG a lot. Leigh has a way with words; they flow well and you don't want that flow to stop until the entire story has completed. It is a quick read, but an enjoyable one at the same time. I read this *before* The Truth About Faking (whoops) so now I need to read that (in the not too distant future).

Regarding the MC, Ashley makes a lot of mistakes and chases after things terribly not "good" for her while dealing with the loss of her father (or, *not* dealing with it at all). Ultimately she has to choose between two guys: The "good" one, or the one who just wants to have a really "good" time.

Without ruining the ending, I will say that I was happy with Ashley's decision. Growth is a big deal after loss (part of that growth being learning who you are after such an experience) and I think Leigh handled that very well with Ashley.

Also, one of my favorite things about TTALG is the dialogue... Leigh is good and quick-witted with her characters. I loved it and laughed out loud quite a few times.

Can't wait to read more books by Leigh!

**Note: this is definitely high-end YA
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Another sweet read of coming of age. I like how Ash was portrait. It was easy to connect and get her even if some pf her actions were questionable, they still made sense in relation to who she was. I liked Jordan and Colt and how this story really wasn't about which boy, but about Ash finding her way back. Even if the story didn't surprise me, it felt true and characters grew unexpectedly.
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