Oh my frabjous blogglings, do I have a surprise for YOU!
Genius hit me one night (yes, it does happen on the rare occasion) and I asked my bookworm friend, Christine from The Bookish Daydreamer, if she’d like to swap review with me. So here she is! And where am I? Over at her blog! (Go check it out, I’m reviewing the creepy and fantastic INSOMNIA by JR Johansson.)
Christine is about to graduate college and finally has time to read ALL THE BOOKS! A lover of everything YA, she’s currently on a huge YA contemporary kick. She can’t get enough of stories about first loves, summer vacation, and finding yourself. She just started reading THE MOON AND MORE and could devour anything by Sarah Dessen in a single day. She got a metal detector for her birthday and is determined to find a buried treasure.
Okay! On with the review!
Ashley Lockett has always followed the rules. She’s always done the right thing and played it safe until her ideal life is shattered when her dad dies suddenly.
Fueled by anger and grief, she vows to do everything opposite of how she lived before. Then she meets Jordan. He has big dreams, he’s had a crush on Ashley for years, and he’s a great kisser. But he’s also safe.
Enter Colt. He is not safe, and he’s more than willing to help Ashley fulfill her vow.
Within an hour after finishing THE TRUTH ABOUT LETTING GO, the song “Move Along” by the All-American Rejects played on the radio. It could not have been more perfect to describe what this book is about. “Even when your hope is gone, move along, move along just to make it through.” Perfection!
The story opens up right after Ashley’s father has died from cancer. Her father was a health and fitness guru and someone you’d never expect to get sick. The cancer came and took his life in 6 short months. Ashley is beyond heartbroken, as you can imagine. The story follows her over the next month or so, going from a broken girl who has lost all hope to figuring out who she is and how to move on and let go. She meets a girl her age that looked at her dad like an idol, determined to make a change in her life to get fit and healthier. Charlotte is someone Ashley would never have talked to before but she provides a relief from all the pain of losing her father. Charlotte inspires Ashley to make a change in her own life. Insert Jordan, a freakishly tall geek whom Ashley never even noticed before her dad died. He’s the perfect gentleman and truly cares about Ashley, if only Ashley would give him that chance. The hot new resident “bad boy,” Colt, is exactly what Ashley is looking for. A rebel, someone who isn’t afraid to take some risks, a guy totally into how hot Ashley is. The more she hangs out with Colt, the more her depressed feelings she has about the loss of her father seem to slip away.
THE TRUTH ABOUT LETTING GO is about about loss, grief, and how to handle it. Ashley doesn’t handle it well and feels like being rebellious is the only way she can make herself seem happy. But is she really the bad girl type material? Jordan doesn’t seem to think so. Every time he tries to convince Ashley that she is better than how she’s acting, it pushes her farther and farther away. You can tell from the very first page that this novel is going to be about personal growth and finding a way to continue life, even with a critical member of your family missing. Moore portrays Ashley excellently. I’ve never lost a parent before but I can only imagine how devastating it must be. She’s raw, emotional, and not afraid to break down once in awhile. She’s real and the actions she takes in the novel are completely realistic and relatable. I enjoyed watching her discover herself and how to live her life without her dad. I thought the characters were thoroughly developed and despite some of them not being the best influence, Moore instilled an admirable aspect in each of them. Even the bad boy had a good side that was revealed towards the end!
A surprising theme of the story is belief. The belief in yourself, belief in others, a belief that everything will eventually be okay. Christianity also played a big role in the novel. Jordan is exploring the idea of being a pastor when he grows up while Ashley has ceased to believe in anything after praying for her dad to live didn’t play out as she wanted. Ashley goes from thinking her and Jordan can never work because of this difference to understanding that things maybe will work out well in the end. THE TRUTH ABOUT LETTING GO focuses on having faith, in both the religious sense and not.
Ultimately, with well developed characters who all experience their own trials and tribulations, THE TRUTH ABOUT LETTING GO is the perfect contemporary read for those looking for a novel with a great message, character growth, and learning how to cope with a difficult situation–not to mention a swoon worthy romance. This novel sums up everything I look for in a YA contemporary story! I enjoyed every minute reading this and can’t wait to read more books from Moore!
Thanks for visiting my blog, Christine! The review is. epic (I want to read this book now). And, blogglings! Don’t forget to drop by The Bookish Daydreamer and comment on my review on INSOMNIA!