Today is my review of The Truth About Letting Go by Leigh T. More!
The Truth About Letting Go by Leigh Talbert Moore
Publication date: February 21st 2013
Genre: YA Contemporary
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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.
3 out of 5
I think that the synopsis is misleading. It makes you think that Ashley, Jordan and Colt all know each other. They do, but not until the middle of the book. Ashley has just lost her father to cancer, and before-hand she was the top of the social ladder, never really caring about anything or noticing people that had always lived in her neighbourhood or the guy who had the locker next to hers.
Let’s talk about Jordan and my thoughts on him.
Geeky, very nice. Wants to be a missionary when he’d old enough. Absolutely fine! But obviously not for Ashley. They get together in the book, and they’re in his bedroom, and he’s says he wants to wait until he’s married until he has sex. Also fine! But Ashley goes all stroppy and says that she doesn’t want to get married when she’s eighteen and how could he throw his life away like that…
I don’t understand! Why is she making such a big deal about it? It’s his life.
Moving onto Colt.
Not much was explained about him really. I mean, Ashley and he got together in the book, but it was a really strange relationship. One minute Ashley would be kissing Colt, and then she’d think about Jordan and feel guilty and demand to be taken home. Then she’d kiss Jordan and remember that he didn’t want sex until he was married, so she copped a feel to try and get him interested, and then she would get annoyed and say stupid things like getting married at eighteen.
I didn’t enjoy the romance at all, but I did tear up at one point when Ashley was looking through the book that her dad left her. It was very sweet and emotional.
Yes, religion was mentioned in this book. Ashley went to church, Jordan wanted to become a missionary, but it was only skimmed over and didn’t go into detail, or mention her beliefs or anything like that.
Overall, it was an enjoyable read about a girl moving on with her life, or struggling to let go…as the title suggests.
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About Author and LINKS:
Her second book, Rouge, is a mature YA/new adult romantic suspense novel set in New Orleans. It’s available on Amazon.
Thanks for reading!
Excerpt from The Truth About Letting Go, introduced by Leigh.
(It’s steamy! It’s made me want this book even more! xx)
When I started writing The Truth About Letting Go, I was thinking about how different people cope with major shocks like losing a spouse or a parent.
Some people withdraw, some people soldier on like nothing happened, and then some people get really mad and start acting out.
Main character Ashley Lockett is the daughter left behind when her dad dies. They were very close, and her dad was a local celebrity. So she gets to deal with her grief in front of a large audience.
She doesn’t deal very well.
She’s edgy, and she keeps having urges to break things. One reader-reviewer said she was like the female version of the bad-boy. I guess that’s a good description.
Then she meets Colt. He has his own “daddy issues,” and he’s been kicked out of his last school for breaking one too many rules. When he and Ashley collide following a prank, they decide to be partners in crime.
Here’s the excerpt:
I feel Colt laugh, and he looks down into my face. That’s when he seems to realize what I’ve been acutely aware of for the last several minutes—our bodies are pressed together.
“It’s awesome, yeah?” he says. “Adrenaline rush.”
“Yeah,” I breathe. “I guess.”
I’m not sure if he’s going to kiss me until he does. His mouth covers mine, and energy mixes with the alcohol flooding my body. Our tongues slide together, and I grip his shirt so I don’t collapse.
Every single bit of this is wrong, and there’s no way I’m stopping it. It’s back, that good feeling. The sadness has been pushed out again, and in its place is this rush, this rush of adrenaline like Colt said.
He pulls back and smiles at me. “We’re going to start dating. Now. You’re my partner in crime.”
Their encounters get more and more risky, and I confess, it was fun to push the limits with them.
I hope you enjoy reading! Thanks for having me here today~