The Secret to Letting Go

The Secret to Letting Go

by Katherine Fleet


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ISBN-13: 9781682810705
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publication date: 02/01/2016
Pages: 334
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

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The Secret to Letting Go 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Lisa-LostInLiterature More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars! The Secret to Letting Go is the story of Clover, a lost and suffering teenager, who finds herself in the company of Daniel Hudson, a local with his own demons to fight. It is immediately obvious to the reader that Clove is hiding something. It’s also quite apparent that she’s very different from others her age. She’s very out-of-the-loop when it comes to real life. She has been extremely sheltered and lived a life very different from others. I really appreciated the mystery elements to this story. The way we have to read on while the details slowly unravel to finally reveal what has affected Clover so deeply. The anticipation was a very good form of torture. I also really liked Daniel, though I didn’t connect with him quite as much as I’d have liked. He was also suffering quite a bit after the loss of his exgirlfriend, which he, sadly, blamed himself for. All too often people blame themselves for things they had no control over. I could have done this. I wish I had done that. I think we’ve all been there a time or two. But David’s suffering caused him to hold back when it came to his emotions. He became closed off a bit and unwilling to get to know people on a deeper level. “Like the woods back in Virginia, his eyes changed color with his mood—greener when he laughed and darker, like now, when he was angry or worried. They were kind, serious, intelligent eyes that crinkled in the corners when he smiled.” The connection between Clover and Daniel was so sweet. As friends, both walking on thin ice, they were so hesitant to give their all to this friendship. These two went through so much, and together they were able to learn how to handle the life they were given, despite the troubles they suffered from the past. “He was so close his breath touched my cheek. Staring into his eyes, I could almost forget about the nightmare.” The Secret to Letting Go has a strong emphasis on friendship, family and forgiveness. The way these families came together, despite their pasts, was very sweet and made my heart happy. I also loved the amount of support and encouragement these families gave to each other. I especially appreciated Daniel’s mother, the way Daniel spoke to her, and the mother/son connection these two had. Clover’s family from her childhood wasn’t the best, though her mother appeared to always put her first and want only the very best for her daughter. “…even if you buried yourself in guilt, you can’t go back and change what happened.” I don’t want to go into any major details of this story, as I think it’s better left on the mysterious side. This is one you’ll want to experience for yourself. With that being said, I’m such a huge fan of contemporary books and I’m always looking for new authors in the genre. Having the bit of suspense/mystery involved in this story added such a nice touch. This is the perfect book to curl up with on a rainy day and get completely lost among its pages. Katherine Fleet is an author to keep our eye on, that’s for sure. I’m eager to see what she comes out with next. (Thanks to Entangled Teen for the review copy!)
UpAllNightBookAddict More than 1 year ago
I can't seem to wrap my head around the awesomeness that is this story. Well, it's not just the story, but it's also how well this story is told. I have picked up books in the past thinking they were going to be profound and moving based on the synopsis and reviews. I was a little scared going into this one because of that. I am going to talk a little bit about the story... I know, I don't usually do that in my reviews, but I need to tell you a little about it in order for you to understand just how profound this book is. This is a story that has a backstory you would not have imagined. This lost girl. This scared girl. This girl without a home. She ends up in a small town, looking for her grandparents. She is strange but has a gravitational pull that people seem to become enthralled with her. She is clearly running from something, but what, we don't know. Then we have a boy. A boy who is on a strong path to success. He gets caught up in this mysterious girl. But he is running away from his own demons. He tries really hard to not care about this lost, strange, broken girl. The events in this book flow and keep you on your toes. I got so caught up in this book that I couldn't think of anything else. I wanted to know everything right away. I wanted the puzzle to be solved and have a happy ending. Yes, I wanted a happy ending. I know, crazy. I usually am not a happy ending type of woman. But this book screams, give me something to be happy over. It's so heavy and emotional. It's raw and will weigh down your heart. Katherine tells this story so fluidly. Her writing surpassed what I wanted for this story. I have to wonder if some of this story is personal for her because of how well she told it. If it's not, she is even more of a word genius that I thought. To put it simply. This book will be a book that will stay with you for quite some time. It's not light-hearted. It's not funny. It's not uplifting. It's deep and raw. It will have you an emotional mess from start to finish. It's definitely in my favorites for 2016!
Varnerd More than 1 year ago
I loved everything, EVERYTHING, about this book. If you read my blog you know I always find nice things to say about a book/product and then in a sentence or two will also say an issue if I had one with it. Not here, nope, not needed, won't happen. I can't stop thinking about this story, the characters, the twists and how much I enjoyed it! Each character is well developed and so relate-able. The book shows the growth that they experience individually and through their interactions with family/friends/community. There are quirks with each of the teens, parents and other adults in this story that I found enjoyable and harsh, just as if I was in the room for these conversations (aka mom questioning Clover at the pool)! The plot and character twists of this book were perfectly timed, planned and executed. I couldn't even..that letter...that letter changed so much and the timing of it... I think I would have passed out or just started hysterically laughing/crying. The writing style was fluid and the story was a non-stop page turner for me. As in, I started out with the idea of reading a chapter before bed...wrong..several hours later I finished and just wanted more! This is KF's debut novel, and I for one cannot wait to read more from her! By that, I mean any books, but I would love to see more about Amelia and Sam, Sam and Clover, Clover and Daniel...oh just everyone! My last word about this story is regarding the title and cover. As I read more of the story and finished it I enjoyed the title, its meaning and the cover even more! I received this book in exchange for an honest opinion. All my thoughts and opinions are my own!
trosado More than 1 year ago
3.5 STARS This was an intriguing book with a gentle romance, but it had the potential to be so much more. All of the elements (romance, family relationships, trauma, revelations, friendships, exes) seemed muted or softened. Maybe, with so many different elements vying for attention, it prevented any of them to truly stand out. I struggled with wanting the romance to progress, but also not seeing the attraction that Daniel seemed to have for Clover. He was extra mature while Clover was extremely naive and child-like. Although, I do understand the naivety due to her sheltered upbringing and it was very well written and explained.. I just kept wanting to see a greater transformation and growth of Clover's character throughout the story. She experienced acceptance and understanding of her past, but remained very child-like. Putting aside any issues I had with Clover, I enjoyed the arc of the story and the HEA epilogue. I found myself predicting many of the book's revelations, but seeing as this is a YA book, I think the target audience will enjoy the mystery and discoveries. I received a copy of this book from Entangled Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
MoriahALeisureMoment More than 1 year ago
“…two more months before I headed to college and everything changed.” I’ve never read a summer romance quite like this one. It’s been awhile since I nearly finished a book in one sitting. The only reason I stopped at around seventy percent with this book was because I could barely keep my eyes open. I devoured the rest of it the following morning and wished that I could exercise and read at the same time (if you’re wondering, it doesn’t work unless you’re on a treadmill). The Secret to Letting Go is a marvelous debut, one that I might start recommending to strangers in public, I loved it so much. “I wanted to drive away…but I’d plucked her from the ocean, and now I felt somehow responsible. So, I’d follow her, make sure she was safe, and then be on my way. At least, that was my plan.” To read the rest of the review and more, simply follow the link:
Bekah_M More than 1 year ago
Let me start by saying that this book was not what I expected in the least. Maybe I missed parts of the synopsis when I was too busy admiring the gorgeous cover, I don’t know. *shrugs* Somehow I thought I was going into a light YA with a dash of suspense, but what I got was…entirely different. Daniel Hudson doesn’t let himself get close to anyone, not since his girlfriend died tragically and the guilt still haunts him about whether or not he could’ve saved her. The last thing he needs is to meet a girl who constantly needs saving, be it from the drowning in the ocean or an approaching hurricane. But Clover Scott is different from most girls, and he knows it and can’t seem to stay away. Clover has been through alot in her short life. She grew up very sheltered and in an unstable environment. So when she ends up in Florida searching for grandparents she’s never met, homeless and alone, she doesn’t expect to fall in love with the boy who is constantly saving her. But the secrets of her past come at a cost - will she be able to move on from her past and tell the police, and Daniel, the truth? Told from the perspectives of both Daniel and Clover in parts (starting with Daniel), this book had me surprised at every chapter. I honestly didn’t even know how I felt about it until I was about halfway in! Clover had a genuine and simplistic outlook on life that made her childlike and it was endearing. Daniel could be a little infuriating at times, but you can understand why and his feelings for Clover were beyond cute. Their relationship was romantic, but the message of finding yourself before diving into a serious relationship was realistic and well done. I appreciated the fact that the initial secrets Clover kept weren’t revealed only in the last two pages, like a lot of books I’ve read in the past. The author did a really nice job with giving us a well-rounded, complete story. And I just found out that this is her debut YA novel, which is amazing! My only "complaint" was that while the subject matter was serious, I felt like I wasn’t getting any real depth from the main characters and it ended up coming off more distant than it could have been. BUT, the last half of the book was so much better than the mysterious nature of the first - the characters started showing growth and secondary characters like Amelia and Henry were the backbones of the story and made me smile. By the end, the warm sense of family and belonging that Clover experienced was enough to bring tears to my eyes and make me feel all gushy inside. Emotional and genuine, Daniel and Clover’s story of young love amidst chaotic circumstances is sure to pull at your heartstrings. Such a fantastic debut YA from this new author! If you’re looking for a YA different from the “norm” then you should give The Secret to Letting Go a shot. Not what I expected, and I can confidently say that it’s a very good thing! *I received this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
Anneliz Cintron More than 1 year ago
Title: The Secret To Letting Author: Katherine Fleet Release date: February 2, 2016 My rating: Edit I received this eARC from Netgalley in exhange for an honest review. Thank you for the opportunity! The Secret To Letting Go is a book that once you start, you simply can't put down. You're so curious about Clover's, the main character, past. Like, I got this urge to find out what the heck happened to her parents, and when you think you're about to find out she runs away from scene, literally. I'd complain about this, but let's be real, if Fleet told us from the very beginning what happened to sweet Clover's parents we'd put the book down without thinking. About the main characters: The book is told in dual POVs, Clover's and Daniel's, so let's talk about these two. Daniel has just graduated high school and is going away to Georgia (if my memory doesn't betray me) on a golf scholarship. To be honest, Dan managed to get on my nerves sometimes, but then he made me happy; I found he was perfect for Clover after a while. *quick note: Don't let yourself get influenced by what others tell you. You are you, amd you don't need to listen anyone if you feel you're doing the right thing.* We learn that Daniel is still not over the death of his now ex girlfriend, Grace (I think...gosh, I suck at names so badly), it takes us a while to find out that she committed suicide. What I really didn't like is that we never get a clear insight as to why she killed herself, and we also never get details on Daniel and Grace's relationship. We just know he's still not completely over her death. I don't blame the guy, when we really love someone we truly never get over losing him/her. I requested this book merely because of the title, at the moemnt I felt like I needed to read something like this and I thought it would center on Daniel letting go of Grace, but I was so wrong. Which brings us to Clover, who's been on the run for over two years. There's a point on thenstory that we realize that when the author was talking about "letting go" on the title, she meant Clover letting go of her parents' deaths. I don't want to spoil you guys the story too much because I really want you to read it so I'll talk about her personality because it's quite necessary. First, I LOVED HER CHARACTER! Even though she's eighteen, she has the personality and energy of an eight year old. I don't mean it in a bad way, it's just that she radiates happiness and all those crazy feelings you get when you're around a cute little kid. Due to her past, she's very oblivious to the present world and seeing (well reading) her thoughts and emotions while she discovers the joys of the present world squeezes your heart inna really good way. Oh, and she has a dog, named Caesar, who adores her. I'm a terrible sucker for pets, so naturally I fell in love with the pup. So, this book has a lot of great things all mixed up together. If you decide to pick this book up you'll find yourself entangled with a million feelings every time Clover is present in a page. Ah! And it has a very clever, and truly unexpected, plot twist that will have your jaw hitting the floor. I can't stop fangirling over this book! To me, i was a nearly perfect read and it was really needed to improve my mood.
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.) "His lips found mine, as soft as a dragonfly landing, so soft that maybe I'd imagines it. Was he kissing me? My first kiss?" This was a YA contemporary romance about a girl who needed saving, and a boy who wanted to save her. I felt quite sorry for Clover in this story, being left with no family and nowhere to live must have been awful for her, especially considering the circumstances. She did come across as a little naïve though. The storyline in this was about Daniel trying to save Clover, quite literally in a couple of places, and there was also a bit of mystery over what had happened to Clover for her to end up where she did, and also about Daniel’s old girlfriend who had died. There wasn’t quite enough about the dead girlfriend for me though, and I wanted to know more about what had happened and why. There was some romance in this, although again, there wasn’t enough romance for me. I felt like Clover and Daniel fell for each other pretty quickly, but there weren’t many romantic scenes between the two of them. The ending this was fairly happy, but overall I just wanted a bit more romance. 6 out of 10
MELHUTCHINSON More than 1 year ago
This story has a good lesson for anyone that has been through loss as a young adult. I enjoyed reading this one! There was a little bit of a lull in the middle for me, but once it picked back up I couldn't put it down until I was finished with it. Clover is a very shy young lady that we first meet when she happens into the store where Daniel is working. This is Daniel's father's store that is mainly for sporting goods. When Daniel sees Clover trying to figure out how to putt on the putting green they have in the store to try out new putter's, he approaches her to see if he can help her. Daniel had no idea that he was talking to a young lady that had been in hiding for so long. Clover is very strange to Daniel and he offers to give her a heater that they have at his house since Clover doesn't have enough money to purchase one from the store. When Clover and Daniel agree to meet the following day, Daniel lets Clover go on her way but continues to wonder what is so different about her. When Clover and Daniel meet again, a situation arises that I think makes the two of them become closer than they ever thought imaginable by one thing. This review is hard for me to write because there is so much that goes on in this story that I don't want to give any of it away. This story is so with the read though!! We discover things about Clover that no one should have to go through, especially not a young lady. When Clover finally begins to trust Daniel and tell him her secrets, the whole town is effected by those secrets. This is a game changer for more than just Clover. I love how Katherine Fleet kept you wondering how it was all going to connect together. In the end, it all makes sense and how she set it all up was brilliant. Lots of time put into this story to make it flow as well as it did. This is a great read. I am so glad that I stuck it out with it and finished this one. I fell in love with Clover and Daniel and I am so happy with how everything turned out for the both of them. Thanks for a great read and I can't wait to see what is next in store for us from Katherine Fleet! I was given a copy of this book for an honest opinion, but that did not effect my review!