How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to All Night Reads
Ashley Lockett has always followed the rules. She’s always done the right thing, played it safe, and then 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. She rejects safety, the rules, faith, and then she meets Jordan. Jordan has big dreams, he’s had a crush on Ashley for years, 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.
The Truth About Letting Go follows Ashley’s life as she attempts to move on following the death of her father. I think what stood out for me about this book was how it highlighted the reaction to loss, the way in which it changes for every person that goes through it. It also highlighted the extremes that some people can go to when they’re grieving.
I enjoyed Leigh’s writing, it flowed well and was incredibly easy to read. It’s a quick read, easily devoured. I think Leigh handled the topic of grief very well and sensitively too. There is a little bit of a religious aspect to the story, but this isn’t overpowering.
Ashley makes a lot of mistakes when attempting to deal with the loss of her father. She wants to break the rules. To feel something again. Of course, it being the sort of genre it is, there’s a choice between two guys. The ‘good’ guy and the ‘bad’ guy. They couldn’t have been more different from one another.
I thought they were good characters, but I didn’t really find myself wishing she could be with one or the other. I didn’t really connect with them as much as I would’ve liked to.
I think The Truth About Letting Go is well worth reading. It’s a simple read, but carries a strong emotional message.
Hopeless- Colleen Hoover