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The Art of Letting Go

(Uni Files #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  180 ratings  ·  89 reviews
For Lilah McCannon, life has taken a bit of a wrong turn. Engaged to a guy she is not in love with and stuck in a job with her tyrannical father as her boss, life has definitely not turned out the way she expected.

At twenty-five years old, Lilah knows that she has a simple choice: live the life she has created or change it.

Enrolling on a course at the local University, L
Kindle Edition, 393 pages
Published September 25th 2013 by Soul Mate Publishing
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Aug 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tour
I fell in love with Lilah from the very beginning, her voice is so good and well developed. I fully agree with Anna when she said in her interview that her characters are crazy and loveable.

She’s older than your average NA protagonaist, at 25. But she sounds younger than she really is. Impulsive at times, she is a fun, humorous person and you’ll love every second of the narration.

Now, for the plot; I loved the fact that Lilah decided to enroll in a university because she wanted to turn her life
Komal Chandwani
Aug 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-reads
It might be called The Art of Letting Go, but I cannot let go of this book. I've fallen in love with Ann Bloom's writing and her characters. This book is so much more than I expected it to be. It gives the readers a sense of realism.

Lilah's journey is one that most people can connect with at some level. Her character develops steadily and that's what makes you fall in love. Lilah is not an already developed character. As the character grows, you grow alongside with them. Her life wasn't easy and
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am going to try to get through this review without gushing too much. "Try" being the operative word. I promise nothing. =)

"I, Lilah McCannon, aged twenty-five, have just run away from home. I am trying not to think about it too much. Every time I do, I start to hyperventilate with that hitched breathing that precedes a full-scale panic attack."

When this book begins, Lilah is in the midst of living a life she wants no part of. She is engaged to a perfectly nice (and boring) man. Her
Trish at Between My Lines
Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it

The Art of Letting Go is exactly the type of NA book that I love. It’s not over dramatic; there is no over the top story line such as half your family being killed and the other half suffering some awful trauma. None of that crazy stuff that so many NA books are full of. Instead it’s fun story about going to college and starting again.

My Recap :

Lilah aged twenty-five realises she hates her life, her fiancée and her job. So at the drop of a hat, she packs it all in, packs up her bags and enrols i
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-review, arc
A lot can happen in the course of a year and Anna Bloom’s THE ART OF LETTING GO shows us exactly what happens when a twenty-five year old decides to enroll at university for the first time and gives up the life she’s settled for.

Narration is first person and Lilah is an engaging narrator. You’ll easily fall in love with her and want to be her friend. THE ART OF LETTING GO is written in a form of a diary, but doesn’t read like one. Bloom has a talent for combining humor and sarcasm throughout the
nick (the infinite limits of love)

Anna Bloom's The Art of Letting Go was a book that I was looking forward to read it because not only is it set in England, but it also has a protagonist who was in her mid-twenties heading back to college. I thought that that would make for an interesting story and I was excited because it sounded promising. While the main character Lilah might have been in her mid-twenties, she had the maturity level of a 12 year old. She was a difficult main character and I truly wish she had more of a backbon
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
The Art Of Letting Go is one of the funniest craziest books I have ever read! Lord I laughed and I screamed and I yelled at my kindle because I was so invested in this story and the characters. Man what a wild ride this story was. I mean the main character was older she was 25 years old and she had a life but it was life she did not want. She had a fiance but she did not love him she just agreed to marry him out of comfort. So as I am reading this story and I am seeing where this is going I star ...more
Sep 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tours, e-arc
The Art of Letting Go is such a fun book and I did truly enjoy it. It is written in diary format, with entries from the protagonist, Delilah "Lilah,", chronicling her life during her first year at University, telling the tale of how she found the love of her life, Ben, and all the drama surrounding it. Lilah is quite the character. She is funny, likes to hang out and do a bit of the typical college partying with her friends, but her fears and insecurities keep her from committing to Ben complete ...more
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Today I am sharing with you the first honest to God New Adult Romance that I can get behind and say that if you don't read this book/series you will miss out on an incredibly witty, romantic, steamy love story that puts most other romances in this category to shame. Candace is always sending me emails saying "I think you'll like this one" as she gets me and my tastes. She is never wrong. She sent me this one and I said no because October has been the month from hell. But then I read an excerpt s ...more
Oct 24, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

I’m generally not a fan of the New Adult genre. In my reading experience, it basically means it’s a Young Adult book with Adult sex scenes (sometimes Very Adult, graphic sex scenes that are quickly skimmed over). There’s almost always a manwhore who changes his ways for the one, who just so happens to be very innocent. They’re usually freshmen in college who are still teenagers and not really dealing with anything a new adult would be.

So I was pleasantly surprised that The Art of Letti
Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)
I always find myself excited when I get to read books that are set in countries other than the states and I was surprised and excited to know that The Art Of Letting Go was set in London. I love the English feel and the whole British humor that accompanied the whole story.

The Art of Letting Go’s story was not over dramatic as typical of any NA story. There are no crazy, traumatic and awful stuffs, angst is not that present. It was all about going to college and starting life again independently
Pauline Ang
Dec 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-ebook
Originally posted at Fathomless Reveries

Thank you to Anna Bloom for the review copy! This is no way affected my views on the novel.

Coming across this book was amazing. I loved the synopsis, and the cover was really super cute and adorable. I felt like I could totally relate with the blurb because I’m also about to enter the university and all that, but when I started to read it, I’m disappointed with how I cannot be really connected with the characters that much. I don’t really know why, but yea
Kirsty & Erin Muir
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I bought this on a recommendation from my friend Kelli. We have similar taste in books and we are forever recommending books to each other. This is just one in the long list of recommendations I’ve had and I’ve finally gotten around to reading it after buying it quite a while ago.

The story is all about Lilah McCannon. Lilah is the narrator throughout and her voice comes to us in a diarised format. Lilah is a bit lost in life. Stuck in a job she hates and a relationship she isn’t invested in she
Laura Nelson (Tangents and Tissues)
*****5 star-read*****

Lilah McCannon is at a crossroads in her life. Continue on her current path and sleepwalk through her life accommodating others or take the plunge and start living her life for herself! It’s a brave decision to leave a secure job at twenty-five and enrol in university, but it’s the first step in Lilah finding out what she really wants from life.

The Art of Letting Go is told through Lilah’s journal and is full of heartfelt emotion and her witty, at times sarcastic, humour. Th
books are love
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was wonderful. The story was told in a dear diary format where Lilah's thoughts are coming as she is putting them in her journal. I love her self discovery and how she realizes what it means to let go. Let go of self doubt, insecurities, anger, disappointment but one that is the hardest for us all is the one we love so that they can have a future. Here this reminds me of the phrase if you love someone set them free if they are yours they will come back if not they never were. This is what L ...more
May 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
*I was given this book in exchange for an honest review*
I enjoyed this book a lot and like the main character Lilah, have pop songs in my head are an ongoing soundtrack to my life. I did find the book was a tad too long with lots of to-ing and fro-ing that wasn't necessarily needed. I did have frustrations with Lilah but I suppose that was the point- It was nice she was flawed and I could understand her logic even though it drove me crazy. Ben seemed perfect. Definitely too perfect to be true. T
Wendy Livingstone
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from the author for an honest review.
This is the first time I have read any of this authors work, and my word, it will not be the last. This story is written in a fascinating format as a diary. Lilah lives her live as her parents want, with a fiancée to boot. She decides to live for herself, and stubbornly enrols in university where she is to share a dorm with five others. One of whom is Ben, who is the lead singer and guitar player for a band. They have met before, but Lilah d
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fbbf2016
I really enjoyed this, it reminded me a lot of Adrian Mole as it is all Journal entries. That was one of my first loves so it started off promising.

I found Lilah relate-able and Ben totally swoon-worthy and the only thing i didn't like as much was the length of the book, but that is just personal preference. It certainly didn't detract from the enjoyment of the story.
Nov 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wow, my heart is in my throat and I'm having trouble breathing. A very emotional read. ...more
Z. Elizabeth
Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I would firstly like to thank Anna for sending me an advanced copy – well in advance (with my name written over it – woop woop) – of her book The Art Of Letting Go. You cannot understand my excitement when she sent it to me and my little acknowledgement! I have been wanting to read this book for months now, and when it arrived in my mailbox, I quickly finished my last book and got into the story of Ben and Lilah pretty much from the get go. (As all my followers should know…this book was all I co ...more
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
Ebook provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

I have mixed feelings about The Art of Letting Go by Anna Bloom. I wanted to really like it but it did not pull me in as I expected. Let me tell you why.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Okay, so the first thing that I thought when I finished the book was “That’s it?” It was sort of a long-ish book by NA standards but I felt as if nothing much happened in the course of the story.

The Art of Letting Go tells the story of Delilah “Lilah” McCanno
Shelly Celli
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great read

I'll be honest, when I start a book that's more of a journal, I usually give it a try and end up throwing it back. This one caught my attention and didn't let go. Lilah and Ben have a rough relationship, but you can feel the pull between them. I cannot wait to read the next book to see what happens now that Lilah has finally woke up.
Oct 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5/5-so many feelings!

I haven't really read much NA, generally not being much interested in their plot lines but something about the British setting at uni really spoke to me. And it sounded really cute and funny so I was excited to be a part of this tour. Having now read this book, I have to separate my feelings into two categories: the one that really loved the book and the other that conflicts with me as a person and reader. We'll start with the latter to explain why *I* don't unreservedly l
Feb 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Does anyone really write a journal in such a way? The way that Lilah wrote her journal was like she recorded every single thing that happened to her throughout the day. Don't get me wrong. I love writing and reading vivid descriptions of day-to-day experiences. Yet it occurred to me as if Lilah wasn't just narrating what happened to her during the day but as if it was happening right at that moment. Is it confusing? Well, read the book so you'd understand. Though I really don't have an issue wit ...more
Christina (Christina's Book Corner)
Summary When Lilah McCannon realises at the age of twenty-five that history is going to repeat itself and she is going to become her mother—bored, drunk and wearing a twinset—there is only one thing to do: take drastic action.

Turning her back on her old life, Lilah’s plan is to enrol at university, get a degree and prove she is a grown-up.

As plans go, it is a good one. There are rules to follow: no alcohol, no cigarettes, no boys and no going home. But when Lilah meets the lead singer of a loca
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I kind of sort of truly adore the way Anna wrote this book in a diary type of way. Aside from the fact that I can actually hear Anna's British accent throughout the story (and it's completely adorable), we're updated by date or time, sometimes both, as to how much time has passed between scenes.


14th September

Dear Diary. Ugh! That's rubbish and sounds like something a thirteen year old would write.

Dear Journal? Nope, that's crap, too.

Oh, who gives a shit what it is called? It's no
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Lilah is 25 and isn't happy with her life. She has a job she doesn't enjoy, a fiancé she doesn't love and a difficult relationship with her family.
In the beginning of the book Lilah decides to change her life, enrolling in a History course in a University and she sets a few University rules for herself:
no alcohol, no cigarettes, no boys, and no going home. A few of these rules are immediately broken after maki
Jennifer  Ricketts (Donnie Darko Girl)
I received a copy of this book for an honest review for my stop on the blog tour at Donnie Darko Girl.

There's something about Lilah! She's hilarious, full of life, and also adorably clueless as hell. In The Art of Letting Go, Lilah finds herself heading towards thirty years old stuck in a job she hates, engaged to a man she doesn't want to marry, and living under her father's thumb. And then along comes Ben.

Lilah has made drastic changes by the time she meets Ben - she's walked away from her j
Shirley Frances
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars

Lilah is unhappy--with her career, her fiance, life in general. She's at a point on her life where she wants more. More of what? She doesn't really know but she does know that she can't continue the path her life has been set on lately so she packs some of her belongings and enrolls in college leaving her old life behind.

She is determined to make the most of her new life with a newly written set of rules and everything!

Lilah, Lilah, Lilah! She was a breath of fresh air and then some!
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Uni Files: The Art of Letting Go is a novel written in a diary format by the main character Lilah McCannon. Lilah has grown disillusioned by her job in the City and her engagement to a man who she truly doesn’t love and after a confrontation with her boss (who also happens to be her father), she leaves work and drives her car, not knowing where she is going. She stumbles upon an Open Day at a local University and decides on the spot to enrol as a “mature” student at the grand old age of 25. ...more
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“What are you thinking?” I ask.
“That I wish this was my home, too.”
I have nothing to say to this, so I kiss him instead.”
“I, Lilah McCannon, aged twenty-five, have just run away from home. I am trying not to think about it too much. Every time I do, I start to hyperventilate with that hitched breathing that precedes a full-scale panic attack.” 1 likes
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