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The Art of Holding On and Letting Go

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A Junior Library Guild Fall 2016 Selection

“When every piece falls into place, it’s like a dance, a delicate but powerful balancing act. The art of holding on and letting go at the same time.”
Competitive climber Cara Jenkins feels most at home high off the ground, clinging to a rock wall by her fingertips. She’s enjoyed a roaming life with her mountaineering parents, making the natural world her jungle gym, the writings of Annie Dillard and Henry David Thoreau her textbooks. But when tragedy strikes on an Ecuadoran mountaintop, Cara’s nomadic lifestyle comes to an abrupt halt.
Starting over at her grandparents’ home in suburban Detroit, Cara embarks on a year of discovery, uncovering unknown strengths, friendships, and first love. Cara’s journey illustrates the transformative power of nature, love and loss, and discovering that home can be far from where you started.

308 pages, Paperback

First published September 12, 2016

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Kristin Bartley Lenz

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Kristin Bartley Lenz is a social worker and the Michigan bestselling author of the young adult novel, The Art of Holding On and Letting Go. This “eloquent debut” (Booklist), “hot pick” (School Library Journal), and “compelling, unusual coming-of-age novel” (Kirkus) was a Helen Sheehan YA Book Prize winner, a Junior Library Guild Selection, and an honor book for the Great Lakes Great Books statewide literature program. Learn more at www.kristinbartleylenz.com.

Note: I've been reviewing books on Goodreads for many years before I became a published author. My policy has always been to only share books that I've enjoyed or appreciated on some level, meaning 3 stars and up. If I don't like a book, I probably won't finish it, and I won't include it here. Even if a book doesn't click with me, I know that an author worked hard and devoted a large amount of time and energy to writing, and hopefully the right reader at the right time will discover it.

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Author 1 book93 followers
July 12, 2016
Yes, I'm kicking off my book launch by giving my own novel a 5-star-rating! I was so excited to see the beautiful cover. I'm in the final stages of editing with my publisher this month, and the release date is September 12th, 2016. Stay tuned for giveaways!

Update, July 12, 2016: Editing is done, advance reading copies have been sent out, and reviews are rolling in. Thanks to Kirkus: "A compelling, unusual coming-of-age story." And Publisher's Weekly: "Lenz offers a thoughtful meditation on life after loss." Congrats to the winners in the first Goodreads giveaway! More chances coming up soon. I appreciate your support!
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Author 1 book60 followers
May 10, 2016
Lenz's book pulled me right in with her descriptions of mountain climbing in The Art of Holding On and Letting Go. She offers so much sensual and lyrical detail about the climbing process that I felt I was on the cliffs and mountains with main character Cara. The book follows Cara's emotional journey from Ecuador, where tragedy strikes her family, to the flat, concrete streets of a Detroit suburb, where she is sent to try to restart her life with her grandparents. She must try to make new friends, try to grapple with the loss she faced in Ecuador, and try to understand where she fits in to her new locale as well as the world as a whole. Being a metro-Detroiter, it was cool to see Cara going to the climbing facilities near her new home since I've been to those, as well. Lenz creates well-drawn characters, especially the agoraphobic grandmother and the witty grandfather, who made me bust out laughing on many occasions. This is a book about Cara's intense passion for climbing up walls of rock as well as the drive to climb higher than who she was before in order to become a stronger girl in the end. A beautiful debut about holding on to what's most important and letting go of those things that stop us from moving forward.
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Author 1 book18 followers
October 18, 2016
Gorgeous debut novel. All the details about rock climbing and the peace to be found in nature are a breath of fresh air in the YA world. I love the strong female and male characters with different backgrounds and physical challenges presented as real, rich, individual voices. "Clean" enough to give to young middle schoolers (a bit of swearing, a bit of kissing) but really aimed at high schoolers who are learning how to hold on and to let go.
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196 reviews4 followers
August 1, 2016
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This is one of those rare books where the story lives up to its cover and title. I couldn't wait to read this one. The idea of holding on and letting go being something that anyone can relate to and strive for. It's an especially good concept for those of us who may have a tendency to hold on a little bit too tightly. But also important for those who have experienced loss and are in danger of letting go completely. And of course it quite literally applies to rock climbing as well ;-)
This story is perfect for those who want to walk, or climb, in another person's shoes. It's very atmospheric, from beginning to end, so you can easily get lost in the story. It breaks a lot of cliches regarding stereotypes, and it questions how we define people.
There are some great concepts to explore. I enjoyed the addition of literary quotes (including Thorough and my personal fav Mary Oliver) and how the author keeps coming back to them so that both the protagonist and the reader are led to interpret them in different ways. I especially like the concept of rock climbing not to conquer the mountain but to become the mountain.
I love the line about Cara untangling her thoughts like strands of cold spaghetti. And the idea of having a "scallop shell of quiet." And how Cara's uncle gave her rocks as birthday presents.
There's some great subtle girl power in this book as well. Of overcoming obstacles both physical and mental. Challenging the things that hold you back.
This book will enchant you with its mysteries and romance as well as break your heart wide open as you feel Cara's loss and rediscover what it means to be alive right along with her. You'll cheer for her to get back to climbing and find home.
As a note, I wasn't sure at first how I felt about her parents just taking off and leaving her like that. But then I see that Cara needed to grow and become an adult and find herself on her own, as we all must do. Plus I actually appreciated the reminder that parents are still people too, with their own lives, drives, ambitions, and ways of dealing with loss and moving on. Maybe the best thing they could do for Cara in this moment was to let her go.
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Author 1 book16 followers
August 26, 2016
First - what an amazing cover! So beautiful and ties directly to the story.

This is one of those books that is so full of emotion and depth it sticks with you long after you finish reading it. Cara is a complex character and the growth that she goes through in the different parts of the book is very real. And the secondary characters are just as full and rich with emotion. Seeing how they interacted together made me root for the different relationships between family and friends. Lenz's writing style pulled me in and made me care about Cara, her new friends, her grandparents and even her parents, although as a parent myself I had a hard time relating to them and their lifestyle.

As a YA novel, I can see how it will appeal to that age group or even upper middle grade. And as an adult with children of my own, I enjoyed reading the thoughts and feelings that the YA age groups deals with on an every day basis.
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510 reviews24 followers
August 20, 2016
I really loved this book and would have finished in one day but had to pack for a week's vacation. At first I didn't think the rock climbing aspect of the story would appeal to me much. I'm not an outdoorsy person unless sightseeing counts. But almost as soon as I started the book, I became enthralled with the characters, the plot, and--yes--the rock climbing. Kristin Lenz does a marvelous job of keeping the reader engaged in the story. I never once felt like skimming a page, which says a lot! Definitely one of the best YA books I've read.
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705 reviews87 followers
July 27, 2016
*This review will also appear on A Leisure Moment as a part of the blog tour on Aug. 22, 2016*

**I received an ARC of this book via Elephant Rock Books in exchange for an honest review**

First, let’s talk about how much I love this cover. It’s beautiful in its simplicity, yet it describes Cara perfectly. Next, I’ve never been to Detroit, or California—really any of the places mentioned in this book, but Cara made me feel like I was there. Me, someone who hates heights, lived vicariously through Cara as she climbed her way across the world. She didn’t just climb mountains, and her hands weren’t the only part of her left with a few scars. Her story was about her metaphorical mountains as much as it was about the physical ones.

As I read The Art of Holding On and Letting Go, I pegged it as a young adult novel for any age. It had complex ideas of existentialism but could easily be enjoyed by someone just discovering the glorious young adult section. The characters acted their age, but that isn’t to say that each didn’t grow. I liked watching that growth transpire, whether through new friendships or stepping outside one’s comfort zone.

The friendships that Cara made in Detroit made so much of the story. Kaitlyn and Cara were a dynamic duo of sorts, and Nick had a welcomed presence. Lenz also added Kaitlyn’s struggles with her looks and identity in a graceful way but still tackled what it means to be different and that being different is okay. Because of their amazing friendship and how Nick loved Kaitlyn for the girl under the goth, I rooted for her and Nick to get together the entire time and wanted their friendship to go to tbe next level.

First love is such a precarious thing. What defines it, and how do you know when it happens? Tom Torres was Cara’s question. She had been one of the guys for so long that she didn’t know what to do when one of those guys saw her as Cara Jenkins, girl climber—or just a girl that loved Agatha Christie novels. They didn’t have a hot and heavy romance but a slow burn.

Cara’s most integral relationship was that with her grandparents. The family had to mend through an unwilling volunteer, and it took some time for them to find their footing. Cara acted like any sixteen-year-old would, and her grandparents could only do what they knew to do. It was entertaining and heartfelt and carried a lot of the book.

The beginning of the book was a tad drawn out but necessary. Some things happened at the beginning that I did not expect, but I liked the twist that Lenz added. I can see why this book is already winning awards. The Art of Holding On and Letting Go will take you to new heights.
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Author 6 books1,205 followers
March 21, 2016
I served on the Sheehan Book Prize committee that selected this book as the winner. It's a wonderful exploration of grief, of friendship, and of relationships more broadly. A solid voice, some really fantastic settings (with incredible details that really make clear Lenz knows how to world build), and a book that will linger with readers.
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Author 2 books10 followers
October 20, 2016
This is a fantastic debut novel by Lenz. I loved the symmetry between rock climbing and personal loss and love. Beautiful prose and imagery. Congrats Kristin!
--Emily S. Deibel, author of Cecilly in Cinderland
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58 reviews
June 14, 2017
I stumbled upon this book in a local book shop- the beautiful cover and the fact that it was autographed copy (woohoo!) caught my attention. I'm so glad I picked his up. I'll definitely be recommending this to my middle schoolers (and adult friends too). I love how it hit on themes of risk-taking, independence, femininity, and loss.
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241 reviews149 followers
September 20, 2016
In The Art of Holding On and Letting Go, homeschooler and competitive climber Cara’s life falls off balance when the unthinkable happens. Cara is left to pick up the pieces in unfamiliar territory when she moves in with her grandparents. Detroit is much different than her California mountain cabin home, plus she has to adjust to the stresses of high school. New friends help her navigate these uncharted waters in this journey of self-discovery.

This debut is a quick, absorbing read about friendship, grief, family, love and following your passion. I’ve never been mountain climbing but I was caught up in Cara’s love for the sport, and the vivid descriptions made it feel like I was right there with her.

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212 reviews9 followers
October 30, 2016
I started this book expecting it to be a pretty light read, and on some level, it was--I finished the book within 24 of cracking it open. What I didn't expect that it was a remarkably thoughtful and multi-dimensional book about loss. When tragedy strikes Cara's family, she finds herself parked with her grandparents for an indefinite amount of time. She's jerked out of her woodsy, climby, homeschooled California world and thrown into suburban Detroit and all that goes with it.

I loved that while there is a sweet romance it certainly isn't the focus of the narrative. That's reserved for Cara's personal journey and for her developing relationships with both her grandparents and two new friends. The author explores the different ways Cara was experiencing loss but also the way loss has affected her grandparents and new friends. It also isn't moralistic about her parents' decision to leave her behind at her grandparents' while they attempt several dangerous summits (they're professional mountain climbers). Cara definitely misses them, but having been raised by them, she also understands what they need to do. I have a friend whose husband died in during the Continental Divide race, and this book really made me think both about the impact of his death on their family but also about the fact that he died doing something that he loved. The book keeps coming back to the Mary Oliver line, "What will you do with your one wild and precious life?" Part of Cara's journey is coming to terms with what that means for her, independent of her parents' choices. The quotes from famous writers, like Oliver, Thoreau, Dillard, and Muir, on nature and life were an added bonus.

And best of all, it just made me want to climb. So much so that I'm planning on a trip to the climbing gym next weekend.
Author 1 book4 followers
October 14, 2017
I am most at home in a book with action, adventure, far off fantastical places, and bloody life or death fights. So when an author manages to make someone like me fall in absolute love with a contemporary novel set in my own backyard with a sports vibe to it (and I am not a sports person by any stretch), that is an accomplishment.

Cara grew up traveling the country with her adventurous parents and family friend, with the outdoors as her school, and climbing big rocks. That is until tragedy strikes, throwing her from the only life she's ever known, and into the heart of Metro Detroit, of which I am a lifelong native.

This is a wonderful, solidly writen story about a girl learning to rediscover herself after loss. It resonated deeply with me because I experienced my own life shattering loss at Cara's age. The main focal points of this book centers around family, friends, and learning to cope. Elements that I feel are so underdone in the YA genre. I also want to add that I loved how the author handled the romance angle in this book. It is there, but secondary to Cara's narrative. Again, something that I feel is very underdone in YA with female leads.
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430 reviews19 followers
August 12, 2016
I won! I won! A copy of this book was sent to me by the good folks at Elephant Rock Books - thank you one and all! I am happy to have the opportunity to review THE ART OF HOLDING ON AND LETTING GO at its relative "birth" into the world. I will give an honest review.

You can get the general gist of the book from the above description, but what I'd like to tell you about is the nice development of the characters and the way the characters learn to empathize and realize they are not alone in their troubles/problems.

The writing is lovely and it was a pleasure to read a book without sex and drugs. (Although, Nick has a potty mouth and there was one time when Kaitlyn and Cara drank alcohol.)

The author, Kristin Bartley Lenz, is obviously knowledgeable about rock climbing and has perhaps drawn on her memories of her own teenage years and the angst we all go through. WELL DONE! I can recommend this as an excellent read for high school-ers on up!
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410 reviews
May 2, 2018
I liked this book more than I was expecting! It was a lot deeper and more heart-felt than I have read in many YA books. The rock climbing descriptions were interesting as I know nothing at all about climbing. I liked the main character Cara, and I even found myself tearing up at the most unexpected places. One of my favorite characters, actually, was her grandfather. I loved his little hidden sense of humor and they way he seemed to just "get" Cara.
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482 reviews1 follower
August 18, 2016
I gobbled this one right up and found it sweet and engaging and full of heart without any hint of cloyingness.

A million years ago, Kristin and I sat next to each other in a cubicle jungle and talked about books and reading and all these years later, here she is with her very own. Congratulations, Kristin and thanks for sharing your work -- I'm thrilled I got to read something of yours.
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Author 6 books18 followers
August 11, 2016
I could not put this book down! Cara's story not only gives us a glimpse into the amazing world of rock climbing, it highlights and supports the need to do what you love even when life knocks you down. All of that is excellently blended with a typical life of a 15-yr-old who tries to find who she is outside of everything she's ever known.
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110 reviews18 followers
October 18, 2016
4.5 stars

i loved reading this! i definitely had a wonderful time reading cara's journey!

also, the way the author described both rock & wall climbing makes me wanna try it out one day too! it's so effortless (nice job!)

i highly recommend this book to everyone!
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Author 14 books63 followers
October 30, 2016
I love this book. I wasn't sure if I'd enjoy a YA novel, but it is a book that can speak to any age as themes of loss, nature connection, healing, and discerning where to hold on and and where to let go are explored. Highly recommended.
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64 reviews
July 3, 2017
Definitely not my usual genre (sci-fi) but the book hooked me in from the first chapter. Totally believable characters and plot - a very well-written YA novel that I would recommend for this age group and also adults. Michiganders will also love the local references. Fantastic debut novel @kristin!
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135 reviews3 followers
February 12, 2018
The reason this book took so long to read was my teenage daughter and I were reading it together. Finding the time our schedules jived to read together were far and few between. It was nice to read about the sport of climbing. It will not disappoint!
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20 reviews11 followers
July 3, 2016
A beautifully written novel about loss, the meaning of "home", and the healing force of nature, rock climbing, and friendship.

Full review soon. I gotta let this one sink in.
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13k reviews269 followers
July 1, 2017
After tragedy strikes while climber Cara Jenkins is competing in Ecuador, she finds herself living in Detroit with the grandparents she hardly knows. Cara is completely rudderless, uninterested in climbing again, and desperate to return to her California home. But her parents are still climbing mountains, even while her father in particular struggles to heal from his emotional wounds. Even while Cara chafes under her grandmother's rules and stern demeanor, she finds friendship in Kaitlyn and Nick, two Goths with complicated family dynamics of their own, and a budding romance with handsome basketball player Tom. Even while Cara resists the allure of climbing, someone keeps sending her notes nudging her to get back out there and do her thing. When she eventually gives in and realizes that there is a rock climbing gym nearby, it isn't the same as the mountains she once loved so much, but it is just the challenge she needs to get her interested in living again. The book's title is perfect for what happens in its contents as Cara does have to figure out what to hang onto and what to let go of in life, just as when she's climbing. I enjoyed the descriptions of this unique sport and the complicated relationships and fears that so many of the characters faced, some better than others. The sport of rock climbing will gain a new appreciation from those who read the book, but it will also prompt readers to consider how challenging it is to find oneself when the individuals and things that matter are gone. How is it possible to find the way home and what makes one place in particular home? Is it the place, the memories or the individuals who live there? I have often pondered this as I face the eventual ending of my own teaching career. Who am I when I am no longer a teacher? Where exactly is it that I belong?
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2 reviews2 followers
February 11, 2017
This is by far the best book I have read in the past year. I don't care if you're 14 or 40. Everyone should read this book.

The characters are so fleshed out and we get to see them all changing from page to page, not just Cara. The author delivered everything I could have possibly wanted (honestly I even was praying someone would use the nickname Carabiner and almost cheered when it was finally used). I would give this novel more than five stars if I could.
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Author 8 books84 followers
April 23, 2020
I feel bad that I forgot to review this several years ago when I read it, but I still think about it and highly recommend it. I loved all of the great details about Cara's life as a climber and her thoughts on grief and her transformative time with her grandparents in Detroit. This book is fantastic!
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29 reviews
March 13, 2023
Not my favorite, but I think if I had read this book as a 15/16 year old I would have felt quite seen. Feels good to have read it.
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46 reviews1 follower
May 3, 2020
I liked that the main character’s frustrations matched my own, going up and down and shifting throughout the book. I liked that this book didn’t aggressively examine and criticise some of the contemporary topics, like environmental issues or the ever-growing world of technology. On a différent note, this book has made me want to go rock climbing again!
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630 reviews6 followers
February 2, 2021
Cara Jenkins was competing in Ecuador to represent the United States along with her teammates at the World Youth Championship for climbing. Born as a happy accident to her mountaineering parents, Cara’s childhood revolved around climbing, from big wall climbing to the good old fashion mountaineering. Cara and her family lived and breathed that outdoor extreme sports life. To the point that, as Cara was competing, her parents and Uncle Max, not her real uncle but her father’s best friend since forever, decided to climb Mount Chimborazo instead of watching Cara compete. Cara was fine with this, after all competing in front of her parents made her nervous and this is not the first time they have ditched her to climb a mountain. Yet a storm hit the day they were supposed to hit the summit, and where her parents were partially experts, Cara still worried for their safety. As she could, because where her parents came back, Max did not. Feeling like he owed it to Max, her father started mountaineering hardcore, staying in Ecuador training for Max’s dream. Staying with her husband, Cara’s mom does what she thinks is best: ship Cara to live in Detroit with her parents. From her California cabin to the cold busy suburbs of Detroit, Cara attends public school for the first time and navigates her life without the constant pressure from climbing. With notes being left in her locker about why she has not visited Detroit’s inside climbing gym, the fires in California that are getting closer to her home, Cara makes an unexpected friend, becomes part of the group, and relearn how to climb in a way she has never done. We're dealing with the abandonment from her parents, realizing why her mother ran away from this life for the mountains and her dad, Cara comes to terms with Max's death, and what it means to be killed by something that you love.

From either the climbing perceptive to the teenage girl finding herself, Kristin Lenz wrote a fantastic novel. Starting with the teenage girl life, Lenz deals a lot with finding yourself, getting over grief, and making friends. Without climbing Cara does not know who she is, and as she now lives in an environment totally different from where she grew up, with different parental figures, it is time for her to learn that. Making friends with goth girl Kaitlyn, we really got to see their friendship grow organically, and see how two girls that never a bestie falling into that trap and stay there. Because the friendship between our characters was so new, Lenz avoided the ‘friendship-drama’ of fights, by keeping our characters open and respectful to each other. Cara figuring out who she was without climbing, and then with it again, allowed us to see the mental struggle of Cara trying to figure out who she was, and how there are other options for her besides climbing. Also, Lenz gave us a bonus by giving Cara a love interest, making out girl get butterflies in her stomach whenever a certain boy walks into the room.
The second large perspective of this story was told from Cara’s climbing perspective. As an avid climber myself, I picked up this story because I knew Cara was a competitive climber. In this area, Lenz did not disappoint. Cara's details of her being on the wall described it beautiful, so much so that you could feel the pain Cara felt when she fell, or when she sends the route. Cara relearning to climb, moving from her very static approach to a more dynamic/power-moves style, was interesting to read about, as it shows Cara in a different climbing light. Her fear of the wall, because of what happened to Max, was also beautifully done, as Lenz inched Cara back into the climbing world, and then eventually letting her dive headfirst because there was no way she was going to look at an amazing 5.12 and not try it.
Overall, whether you are into climbing or not, Lenz wrote this beautiful coming of age story, about a girl trying to figure out her new Detroit self, while holding on to the girl she was in Ecuador. Divided into five parts, Lenz accurate title the story The Art of Holding On and Letting Go, as Cara learns and grows and becomes a new version of herself.
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3,131 reviews24 followers
September 1, 2016
Received in exchange for a honest review.

This is a incredible book. For a first book, Kristin Lenz hits it out of the park. each character is dynamic and amazing. the story is real and one so many of us face whether we are teens or adults. We see a young girl who is torn and lost but also angry for she is placed in a place and situation that is foreign to her and at a time when she really needs to have her parents love and security and has love but isn’t seen outright and no security.

Cara is a complex character as are all the characters. Her grandpa is my favorite. He is insightful and loving. He gives Cara what she needs before she realizes she needs it. He understands her and loves her. In his own way he is Cara’s safety blanket. Cara is sent to her grandparents when tragedy strikes in Ecuador. When the situation in Ecuador first occurs you are on pins and needles hoping that Cara’s world doesn’t come crashing down. It does just not in the way expected. What her dad does is to me wrong. He is lost and feeling guilt but he also lets down his daughter and her mom I shake my head at. She is stuck for her husband needs her but so does her daughter. I think that the reason Cara is sent to her parents is so Cara can forge a relationship with them but also for her mother to show forgiveness and get back what she lost-her family.

Cara is now lost and alone. She wants to be home and she wants her parents so she shuts down. She lets go of who she is and her life. For her she is proving a point and rebelling. In reality she is in pain and this is her way of lashing out and letting go of it. Only she doesn’t let go she bottles all and thinks that this will show them all and she will get home. But where is home? Really is home always what you think it is?

This story is Cara’s journey. A journey in discovering who she is, what family is and who she will become. A journey is seeing what love is, what forgiveness is and understanding and coping with loss. Her journey into becoming a adult and learning about loss, life, what memories to hold on to and when to let go. Let go of the anger, pain and frustration. She becomes a butterfly and soars. This happens with the help of her family and friends.

Cara learns that everyone has some pain and anger to deal with and that everyone grieves in their own way. That sometimes not everything is black and white. her grandmother for instance is more than expected. She has reasons and is grieving in her own way. Her best friend has been dealt a hard way in life but she handles it with grace although she is left feeling insecure and angry at times. She sees that there are those around her who understand loss and they teach her acceptance and how to live again. She learns that home is where you feel safe and free. Where you are loved and grow. She learns that changing is part of life and becoming who you are meant to be. The depth in which Kristin Lenz writes her characters insights and pain is so surreal and beautiful that you see what they are going through and experience it with them. Each confusion, heartache, anger and sorrow is felt with intensity. You go on the journey with Cara and are by her side as she discovers who she is and lets go of her anger to see that we all deal with things differently and there are always so many reasons for things. I love the romance with her and Tony and the boy who helps her learn to fly and gives her the desire to climb again. Who helps her be free and take chances in her climbing but also her life.

This is a amazing, real and beautiful coming of age story. A story that is a journey for not only the characters but the reader as well. We all learn something from the book and you will take something away from the book. The book will change you one way or another and the characters will affect you.
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