Monday, 8 July 2013

Review ~ The Truth About Letting Go (The Truth #2) - Leigh Talbert Moore

The Truth About Letting Go
eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: 21st February 2013
  Publisher: All Night Reads

Ashley Lockett has always followed the rules. She's always done the right thing and played it safe until 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. Then she meets Jordan. He 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.

*Although book two in The Truth series, these books can be read out of order and still make sense.

My Opinion

This was a quick and easy read that plays with you emotions. It was the cover that first drew me to request The Truth About Letting Go and normally I won't go near a book that states a parent dies in the description as it's just not my thing. As the title seemed more about the aftermath I decided to take a gamble on this book and request it from NetGalley and I'm glad I did.

The Truth About Letting Go is beautifully written with some great moments of description. It also handles the issues of death, cancer and grief in a sensitive yet believable manner and allowed me to connect with the characters easily. I liked how Ashley, although grieving didn't come across as whiney or self-deprecating and I think the author got the balance just right between the light and dark moments. It was never overwhelmingly sad but it wasn't a humourous book either.

I really liked when Ashley blew off steam, the only thing I didn't like in these sections was Colt. I just didn't get him or really like him. I couldn't understand why Ashley kept returning to him as well after the way he treats her. On the other hand though I loved Jordan, he was sweet, caring and cute and I loved how he was always there for Ashley. I'm not sure about the whole religious aspect that was brought to the for front with him but I could understand the link between Ashley's doubts due to her loss.

I know this book is centered around grief and loss but I really wanted more romance. When Ashley and Jordan were together I loved the writing and wanted more of that but that's probably down to personal preference of not preferring realistic fiction that deals with real issues. The romance was fairly average and typical of high-school but I guess the religious aspect did give it a slight twist.

Overall this was a simple, quick and easy read that has both light and dark moments. It was interesting but I can't rate it higher as for me it is more of an average read rather than one that blew me away.


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