Friday, February 22, 2013

[Review: The Truth About Letting Go by Leigh Talbert Moore]

"The Truth About Letting Go"
Author: Leigh Talbert Moore
Pages: ?
Genre: YA Contemporary, Romance
Date Published: February 21st, 2013
Publisher: Self Published
Format Read: eARC provided by the author for an honest review


Ashley wants to smash everything in her once-perfect life.
Charlotte wants to walk in Ashley's seemingly charmed shoes.
Colt wants to turn Smalltown USA on its ear--with Ashley at his side.
Jordan wants to follow his heart... but Ashley is the one sacrifice he never expected to make.

Ashley Lockett has always followed the rules. She's always done the right thing, played it safe, gone to church. 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, rules, faith,

and then she meets Jordan.

Jordan has big dreams, he's had a crush on Ashley for years, and 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.

My Thoughts:

This book made me feel so many things during my time with it.  It was like an emotional roller coaster.  Sometimes I just wanted to get off of it, because it made me sad and other times it took me for a ride that I enjoyed so much.  There were times I wanted to cry (ok I might have), times I chuckled at things, times I cringed and times I wanted to tell characters to go take a freaking hike.  

The magic of this novel and others by Moore is that she is able to write real, tangible characters that you care about.  Now how you care about them is up to you, but you undoubtedly will feel something about them.  And that's where the magic lies.  That she makes you care about her characters.  She makes you want to know what is going to happen to them.  Makes you want to yell at them.  Makes you want to hug them.  It's rather awesome!

The book consists of a High School senior Ashley and how she deals with the death of her father.  It flips her world upside down and leaves her grasping at straws.  Straws that she can turn into anything.  It's about her finding out who she is after loosing someone special.  And she decides to start from square one, turning her back on everything she's been raised on, including church.  Trying to figure out how she wants to live and getting lost in trying not to feel anything.  Let's be honest, she gets herself into some pretty sketchy situations.  In the beginning I wasn't that impressed with Ash, but as I got to know her, I decided that I do actually like her as a character.  She dynamic and conflicted.  She's kind of like the girl version of the conflicted bad boy.  It's cool to watch.  Though the part where she dresses a guy in clothes she likes made me cringe.

The boys of this novel are brilliant and totally different.  I have to admit that I did not like Colt one bit.  But it makes him no less brilliant.  He's a badass, a total jerk and a horrible manipulator.  He doesn't know where to draw the line, which becomes clear fairly early on.  And he's in to some pretty weird ish.  But then he does have his moments of surprise sweetness, but guys like that always do.

Now Jordan on the other hand was brutally honest.  Which is a delightful contrast to Colt.  He wasn't afraid to talk, to build people up or to wake them up making them face reality.  But he did it all in the sweetest way possible.  He was the ultimate nice guy, who still had some issues.  It was nice that both guys had issues, instead of one being perfect and the other being corrupted.  They were both just people and that's awesome.  But back to Jordan and his awesome nerdyness as well!  Got to love a tall, dark, nerd!  So much to like about this guy.

Ashley's relationships with the other girls in her life were also interesting to watch.  It showed a part of Ashley that we didn't get to see when she was with the boys and it was nice break from some of those crazy moments, though they had their own as well.

Hands down, you've got to read this one if you like Contemporary novels!

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LTM said...

awesome review--thanks so much, Christianna! :o) <3

Stephanie said...

I really, really need to read one of Moore's books soon...I've heard so many great things about them and own two. Just can't decide which one to start with!