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28601381Haunted with guilt after his girlfriend’s death, Daniel Hudson has no interest in committing to anyone. At the end of the summer, he’ll be leaving Florida for a new start in college. If only he could avoid the mysterious new girl in town, who seems every bit as naive and eccentric as she looks. Trouble is, she’s hard to ignore, with her beautiful piercing eyes, pitiful-looking dog, and unsettling tendency of finding trouble. Clover Scott lived her whole life off the grid and arrives on the Gulf coast in search of her grandparents. She never expected to nearly drown, or get caught in a hurricane, or fall in love with the boy who rescues her. Now, she has a chance to rewrite her life’s story, to finally fit in somewhere, but Daniel wants answers about her past. When the police start asking questions about the disappearance of her parents, she must make a choice: go to jail or confess her secrets-even if they might destroy her chance at a happily-ever-after.

I wanted to know what evil she’d seen, but I wanted even more to escape the narrow store aisle. Warning bells pealed in my brain. 'She’s crazy. Don’t get involved.”
Initially I thought this was just another flimsy teenage romance. I was so happy to be proven wrong, It has depth and deals with important life issues. Issues such as first love, grief, loyalty and friendship. Each character plays an important and supportive role and their interaction forms an interesting and vital part of the developing story.

Clover is such an adorable girl and it's was difficult not to like her. She has secrets are eating away at her. I wanted her to have some happiness for a change. I literally felt involved with her fate. Clover was naïve and so blatantly honest about everything. She was a character that allowed me take a step back and re-evaluate my life. Being able to experience everything for the first time that she was neglected off was with her was not only hilarious and a little sad and heart-breaking at times.

I could understand Daniel's actions really well and enjoyed reading about him. He was the kind and respectful teenage boy that has been through a lot. He has had has a wonderful life: a loving family, a bright future, He is handsome, sporty type that has everything going for him. However I didn't really connect with Daniel as much as I wanted to. He was such a contrast to Clover, he was so average and didn't have anything unique about him. 

Personally, I love stories told from joint perspectives. Gaining an insight from both Daniel and Clover in parts was even more entertaining.

The Secret of Letting Go dealt with grief very well.  Daniel, dealing with the passing of his former girlfriend, and Clover, with her secrets, they had a lot to cover. I loved how it focuses on the fact that people don't just forget and move on. Grief is something that you carry with you for your entire life. You just learn how to live with it. With grief may come anger and that's okay. No one can tell you what you should feel and when you should stop feeling. Everyone deals with loss in their own way and we should respect that.

Emotive and honest, Daniel and Clover’s story of young love amongst hectic environments is sure to really make you feel.  I also have to give praise where it is due, The Secret of Letting Go is a eccentric debut YA from a new author!
  1. Hi Gabby, I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to read and review The Secret to Letting Go. As a debut author, it means a lot. I loved reading your review:) Thanks again, Katherine Fleet


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