Letting Go

Letting Go

by Jessica Ruddick


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Cori Elliott likes order. Her schedule, her social life...even her GPA is perfect. Then she finds out her ex-boyfriend's death wasn't an accident. The devastating revelation is enough to fracture her perfectly structured life, sending Cori into a downward spiral of self-doubt and impulsive decisions, and...right into the arms of Luke Evans.But Cori's life isn't perfect anymore. In fact, it's all coming apart. The only way she can save herself is to let go of everything--including the girl she used to be. Even if it means losing the one guy who might just be perfect for her...

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ISBN-13: 9781943336210
Publisher: Entangled: Embrace
Publication date: 05/13/2015
Pages: 346
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.77(d)

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Letting Go (Entangled Embrace) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite Letting Go (Entangled Embrace) by Jessica Ruddick is a young adult romance that tackles the hard subject of death, suicide, and moving on. Cori never expected her boyfriend to die. Even worse, she never thought he would kill himself. Was it her fault? Was she somehow to blame? Should she have seen it coming or been a better girlfriend? All of these are questions that Cori tortures herself with. Until one night when her friends drag her out to have fun and she meets Luke. Luke is a caring, fun, romantic guy, but Cori just can't open herself up to anyone right now. Or can she? Is it all right for her to continue seeing Luke? When is it okay for her to move on? Luke has some previous baggage of his own, but he seems willing to give Cori his heart. Is now the right time to take it? This is a very deep story about some tough subject matter, but I am so excited to see it in a young adult book. I think this is definitely a subject that young people should be talking about and I am very pleased to see it in this book and have the opportunity to share in that discussion. I applaud the author for having the courage to talk about suicide in Letting Go (Entangled Embrace). I think Jessica Ruddick did a fantastic job of creating a world that was sad and rough and depressing, but also encouraging and hopeful in the end.
artfullee More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars Letting Go is a story about love and loss, guilt and grief. A touching story dealing with a very real and delicate subject. After finding out her boyfriends death was suicide, Cori's world is once again thrown upside down, blaming herself in part for his death, shouldering the responsibility that no one should have to carry. Even though she didn't think so, she was a strong character, trying to move on with her studies and life, and now, trying to reconcile the reasons why Tyler would leave her that way. When her best friend encourages her to let down her hair for one night, she is met with conflicting emotions as she finds herself attracted to Luke, a fellow student in her Criminology class. Unfortunately I liked Cori more in the first half of the book than the second. I understood her grief and guilt, I understood her conflicting emotions when she was growing more attracted to Luke, but what I found hard was understanding how she lied to him when he was so open and honest. I did feel for her and what she was going through. Never having been through this, I am certainly no expert, and I was able to feel her emotions and pain. The immense sadness and guilt she felt was palpable. I wanted her to come to terms with her grief and move on and find happiness. Luke was a good guy. He had his own past relationship baggage but, once his relationship with Cori developed he was focused on her and did everything he could to make her feel wanted and safe. He was caring and level headed, showing his own vulnerability, and I felt for him when Cori was struggling with her memories. He developed a strong connection to her and was patient as she worked through her emotions. Overall, I enjoyed this book even though my connection to Cori wasn't as strong as I would have liked. I thought the way the author wrote about suicide and the guilt that accompanies it with those left behind, was compassionate and well done. I also felt the story was well paced and well balanced.
NSE More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful debut!  I loved this book,  Read it late into the night (or early morning!)  The author gave me the perfect combination of fun, angst and seriousness.  I'm  so glad Cori and Luke  found their happily ever after.
BottlesAndBooksReviewsJA More than 1 year ago
Cori Elliot was the girl who had it all in high school: the perfect, attentive boyfriend, the pageants, the good grades, and the best friend a girl could ask for. Now in her sophmore year of college, Cori is struggling to move on from her boyfriend's suicide. When Cori meets Luke she is filled with guilt over the feelings she begins to have for him, but realizes that it's time for her to move on. Although that is easier said then done. While with Luke, she tries to keep her past to herself, at least where Tyler is concerned, but as everyone knows secrets have a way of coming to light.  Will Cori be able to move on from Tyler's death and the responsibility she feels for it or will she ruin her relationship with Luke once and for all? Letting Go is the tale of first loves, true loves, and letting go to move on. This story will tug on your heart strings and put you on an emotional roller coaster as Cori wades through her past and her future relationships.  I genuinely liked the story although there were a few times I wanted to shake some sense into Cori. Even with that though, I liked Cori's character and thought she was strong in the way she handled the things thrown her way. Her best friend was supportive and sometimes had to show her some tough love but Cori needed to hear it. As for Luke, I absolutely loved him and thought he was the perfect guy. He is such a book boyfriend: sweet, handsome, intelligent and bonus points for him listening to classical music and driving a cool jeep.  The plot is gut-wrenching and emotional, but sweet and romantic. Letting Go is the perfect book about moving on with your life and shows that it's okay to move on and although it may be with someone else, you can still hold the memories of the past dear to you as long as you don't let them hold you back.
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
Cori Elliot, in her second year of college, was still suffering her high school boyfriend's suicide. She starts dating Luke Evans and everything is great until he sees signs that she's not over a relationship he didn't even know she'd had. She needs to come clean with Luke and tell him the entire story but it might be too late. When she's really ready move on from Tyler's suicide, will Luke still be there? Awesome story line! The only problem I have is that there's too much filler story. Too much day today information. Without that, this would definitely be a 5-star read. I love the relationship between Luke and Cori but I hated that it took her way too long to stop the lies. I totally understand her mindset though. Living through something like that can really mess you up. I'm really looking forward to reading more from this author. Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
IreneC More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Cori Elliott likes order.  Her schedule, her social life...even her GPA is perfect. Then she finds out her high school boyfriend's death wasn't an accident—it was suicide. The devastating revelation is enough to fracture her perfectly structured life, sending Cori in a downward spiral of self-doubt and impulsive decisions. And right into the arms of Luke Evans.  I loved Letting Go! Letting Go held my attention from the first page, I couldn't put my kindle down until I finished the book. Loved the characters, they were likable and very relatable.  For me this book had it all, I laughed, cried and swooned.  Cori and Luke were just perfect for each other, I loved seeing them connect and fall in love.  And talking about Luke... I loved him!  From the first meeting I knew I was going to be adding him to my book boyfriends list, he was just perfect, damn I'm still smiling thinking about him =) While this was a fun and romantic read it also had it's emotional and heartfelt moments. My heart ached for Cori, she struggled with living her life and trying to put the pain and guilt of Tyler's death behind her. Having said that I did get annoyed/angry with Cori keeping quiet and not sharing her pain/struggles with Luke, especially as he had asked her about him.  Also while I hated Tyler's dad I kind of felt sorry for the man. Reaching out to your dead's sons girlfriend to get to know the son you never had time for while he was alive was really effed up but desperation makes people do desperate things. Overall this was a great read and I highly recommend it. What a great debut by Jessica Ruddick, I enjoyed her writing and I'm looking forward to reading more from her in the near future.
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beasleymom2 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy this book, it was a great story and the characters were well written and likable. This is my first book by this author and I would read others from her in the future.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this one. The struggles Cori faces are difficult and guilt ridden. After the death of her high school boyfriend is determined to be suicide, she finds her orderly, well planned life spiraling out of control. Dealing with flighty parents, financial aid issues, and the guilt of a new relationship may prove to be more than she can handle. The author had a great way of developing the story and you can feel the way Cori grows strong and determined throughout. I definitely recommend this one.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
You'll not want to let this one go! Cori Elliott likes a place for everything and everything in its place, she always has. She had a high school sweetheart for four years but they went to different colleges and this put a strain on their relationship so when he died after they’d had an argument she found it difficult to cope, Now she learns his death wasn’t accidental but was suicide and she’s overwhelmed. Add to the mix her parents forgetting to send in forms for her to get financial aid on top of all this, so she needs to raise the money to keep studying and the pressure just increases. Then she meets Luke Evans – a perfect gentleman, studious, hard working, fun. Her grief makes Cori doubt herself, her feelings and her reactions. Should she tell Luke about Tyler? Should she trust and follow her heart? Was it her fault Tyler died? This is a very emotional story with great characters portrayed in an easy to relate to and empathise with manner. The story is full of angst and trauma as secrets are revealed and sometimes misunderstood. The pressures of life make Cori struggle to keep the control she desires, she needs to let go of everything to enable herself to live fully again. Very pleased to say this book did not have overly verbose or detailed smouldering bedroom scenes, it didn’t need it and I appreciated the author’s restraint in not succumbing to the temptation to spoil a great story by doing so. Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC in exchange for an honest review.