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The Truth About Letting Go by Leigh Talbert Moore
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it was amazing
bookshelves: ya-romance, contemporary, some-heat, grief-loss

Synopsis (unspoiled): Ashley, a high school senior has just lost her father, the bulk of her senior year, and her faith. Not only is she starving emotionally--as her mother works overtime and her brother disappears back to college--she starves physically, ravaged by grief and the pain of losing her closest confidant. She decides that God doesn't listen, and now she doesn't want to listen in church, either. This mean giving up on the 'good-girl' rules of her quiet rural town. Bad Ash, as newcomer Colt discovers, seems ready to do just about anything to hold her grief at bay. As the rush of rebelling ebbs, Ashley learns that grief is better shared and finds a safe space with a pure love.

Review: This story is an accurate representation of the emotional trauma a deep loss brings. Confusion reigns for Ashley, and her risky behavior is an organic manifestation of frustration, anger and guilt experienced by many teens. There is some heat, as Ashley attempts to use sex to mute her pain, but it's rawness is not revealing.

There's not a lot of whitewashing, here. Ashley's pain feels real and her introspection is honest. Ashley questioning her faith following her father's death risked being preachy, but Moore handled these dark waters with finesse. There are many lessons to learn from Ashley, but they don't amount to: "how not to live." In truth, Ashley's 'letting go' is more about releasing her negative emotional baggage and living her life, as her father had wished she would.

I would recommend this story to anyone, and look forward to more excellent work by Leigh Talbert Moore.
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Started Reading
May 20, 2013 – Finished Reading
May 21, 2013 – Shelved
May 21, 2013 – Shelved as: ya-romance
May 21, 2013 – Shelved as: contemporary
May 21, 2013 – Shelved as: some-heat
May 21, 2013 – Shelved as: grief-loss

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