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  • Posted June 9, 2013

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    This book tore my heart apart!  I was literally crying like a ba

    This book tore my heart apart!  I was literally crying like a baby at one point that I had to put the book down and walk away…I just couldn’t take it anymore!  Me and father/daughter books man…I’m telling ya!  They get me every time…

    Ashley Lockett has lost her father to cancer and she’s having an extremely difficult time with it.  Her mother is never home anymore, her brother is off at college, which pretty much leaves Ashley alone to wallow in her pain.  Because of this pain, Ashley has decided to change things in her life…and it’s not always for the better.

    At first, Ashley befriends people that she never would have dreamed of associating with pre-the death of her father.  But Ashley finds some solace in her new found friendship with Charlotte; an overweight classmate who was a huge fan of Ashley’s father.  Ashley also finds herself inexplicably attracted to one that she formerly thought of as a geek, Jordan.  She finds that she can speak easily with Jordan and talk about anything.  But Jordan’s future plans conflict with Ashley’s beliefs and so she turns to the dark side.

    Enter sexy, bad boy Colt.  He’s is so wrong for Ashley, and brings out the worst in her…and Ashley can’t seem to stay away.  The adrenaline she feels when she’s with Colt has a way of making her forget the pain that she is experiencing, but Ashley is dangerously spiraling to a life that her father would never have wanted for her…and Jordan seems to be the key to helping her find her way out of the dark.

    I am such a huge fan of author, Leigh Talbert Moore’s writing, and The Truth About Letting Go just solidified the fact that she has become one of my favorite authors.  The story behind this book went straight to my soul.  It had me yearning to speak with my father, and hold my kids a little longer, and lover my husband a little harder.  The Truth About Letting Go had me going through so many different emotions, and I absolutely loved riding this emotional rollercoaster ride.

    The characters, whether they be main or co-star, were easily believable, and easily relatable.  They are all given their own distinct personalities that you can’t help but become totally engrossed in the drama that unfolds in these pages.  And can you say hot!  There were moments in the book that seriously made me blush…and crush on the bad boy himself (obviously!)  And Jordan is such a sweetheart with so much patience and such a kind heart.  How could I not help crushing on him too!

    Leigh Talbert Moore does and amazing job at successfully showing the pain that a child goes through after losing a parent.  Not only that, but she also does a believable job in how that loss affects the whole family.  She does a fantastic job in convincing the reader just how much pain Ashley is, and how devastating a loss it is.

    I would recommend this read to fans of emotional contemporary reads.  If you’re looking for a read that may very well leave you misty eyed and fumbling around for a tissue, don’t hesitate in grabbing a copy of The Truth About Letting Go by Leigh Talbert Moore.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2013

    There are two things that stand out for me most in The Truth Abo

    There are two things that stand out for me most in The Truth About Letting Go.
    1) Loss and the reaction to that loss and how it changes and bends and becomes a different experience to every person who goes through it
    2) The lengths people go to when trying not to feel.
    I liked TTABLG a lot. Leigh has a way with words; they flow well and you don't want that flow to stop until the entire story has completed. It is a quick read, but an enjoyable one at the same time. I read this *before* The Truth About Faking (whoops) so now I need to read that (in the not too distant future).
    Regarding the MC, Ashley makes a lot of mistakes and chases after things terribly not "good" for her while dealing with the loss of her father (or, *not* dealing with it at all). Ultimately she has to choose between two guys: The "good" one, or the one who just wants to have a really "good" time.
    Without ruining the ending, I will say that I was happy with Ashley's decision. Growth is a big deal after loss (part of that growth being learning who you are after such an experience) and I think Leigh handled that very well with Ashley.
    Also, one of my favorite things about TTALG is the dialogue... Leigh is good and quick-witted with her characters. I loved it and laughed out loud quite a few times.
    Can't wait to read more books by Leigh!
    **Note: this is definitely high-end YA

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2013

    Liked it!!

    This is a book about dealing with grief and deciding what path in life you want to take. Ashley has a hard time coming to grips with her father's death and it makes her reexamine her life and her goals. She makes some mistakes but, in the end, she chooses the path that she feels is right and decides to see where life takes her one day at a time. Overall good read.

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  • Posted February 22, 2013

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a re

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Leigh Talbert Moore.)
    17-year-old Ashley has just buried her father, and it seems like she’s never going to stop hurting, never going to get over it, and never going to feel normal again.
    Starting back at school seems like both a good and bad idea, but she’s not the same Ashley she was before, gone are the pretty spring dresses she would normally wear, and she no longer wants to be a cheerleader. Her best friend Mandy’s constant gossiping and nattering is starting to annoy her too.

    It seems that Ashley has made (in Mandy’s eyes) some strange new friends though. Charlotte, the fat girl who seems to have idolised Ashley’s dad and his keep fit tips, and Jordan, the geeky boy who has the locker next to hers. Ashley doesn’t care though, charlotte seems easy to talk to, which is what she needs, and Jordan makes her feel different – raw and on fire, and not so sad any more.

    When Jordan tells her that he’s thinking about becoming a pastor, and that he’s saving himself for marriage, Ashley is annoyed. She may not have ‘broken the seal’ herself yet, but she desperately wants to do it with Jordan.

    Taking this anger and trying to get over it, Ashley begins playing pranks with the new school bad-boy Colt instead, but it’s still Jordan she’s thinking about really.
    How long will it be before Ashley feels better over the loss of her father? Can Colt ever be a replacement for Jordan? And how many other people will let Ashley down?

    This was a great story about love, loss, friendship, and grief. I enjoyed it, and if you like contemporary YA, you’ll probably enjoy it too.

    I really liked Ashley. She was struggling with so much after the loss of her father, and I really felt for her. The way that even small things became a challenge at times, and how magnified her feelings were about things that may otherwise have not been a big deal, was real testament to her grief, and I thought the author portrayed this realistically and with great feeling.

    Jordan was a sweetheart, and I liked the part he played in helping Ashley work through her grief. I thought that the mini makeover was a nice touch, and showed us a little glimpse of Ashley before her grief, as well as how much Jordan was willing to sacrifice to make her feel better.
    I thought the romance between the two was really sweet, but also something that Ashley needed, and I could understand her frustration over Jordan wanting to be a pastor, and not wanting to have sex until he was married. It was actually nice to come across a teen girl who wasn’t shy about suddenly feeling ready to have sex, or ‘break the seal’ as she referred to it, even if it was maybe in part due to her grief. She wasn’t unselective about it though, she knew that it was Jordan that she wanted, and she was sure about it.

    Charlotte was a little more difficult to get a feel for. It was difficult to really put a finger on her intentions towards Ashley, and why she behaved so differently towards her in different situations. I also wasn’t that big of a fan of Colt either, and I was glad that Ashley managed to keep her head around him most of the time.

    I liked the storyline in this book, and I thought the subject of grief was handled well. I liked the romance storyline between Ashley and Jordan, and I liked the progress that Ashley made in coming to terms with her dad’s death. I also liked the way that Ashley came to realise that her actions had consequence, and was ready to accept that.
    I sometimes find that books like this can have a very open ending, as there is often no end to grief, but this book did have a well-defined beginning, middle, and end which was good!
    Overall; a great YA story dealing with love, loss, and grief.
    7.5 out of 10.

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    Posted May 7, 2013

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