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The Secret to Letting Go by Katherine Fleet
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really liked it
bookshelves: canadian-ya

Beautiful story about love, grief, painful memories, and learning how to live...really live again after experiencing tragedy. It's also about how real love can happen at any age, even when one is a teenager, even when you least expect it to happen.

Written in the alternating dual POVs of Daniel and Clover, it's interesting to see the commonalities between two teens who have been raised in very different circumstances. They met randomly, and that may have been the end of it, but Daniel showed compassion toward Clover. Each of the next few times they meet, It's like Daniel wishes he could avoid her, but circumstances keep bringing them together, and Daniel can't help but try and save her, possibly as penance for circumstances he couldn't control in his past.

The more they meet, the more he wants to help her, but at the same time, the more special he realizes Clover is. While she won't explain why, she clearly is unfamiliar with all the things that we take for granted, from things as simple as the normal response to how a mutual acquaintance is to the experience of seeing a movie for the first time at the cinema. Readers, like Daniel, will fall in love with the way that Clover is.

So much more to say about these characters and novel, but to keep this review spoiler, I'll refrain from giving it all away. Readers who like stories about love, secrets, and sensitive portrayals of grief will love this one.
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Reading Progress

October 20, 2015 – Shelved
October 20, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
December 13, 2015 – Started Reading
December 15, 2015 – Finished Reading
February 27, 2016 – Shelved as: canadian-ya

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