Sunday 17 March 2013

Letting Go the Truth Behind the Story, Review & A Chance to #WIN

So I started The Truth About Letting Go back in 2010 right after I finished The Truth About Faking (link).
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It was back when Patrick Swayze got cancer and died so fast. Remember that? Well, for whatever reason, that incident started my writerly wheels turning...
I started thinking about major shocks like losing a spouse or a parent and how different people deal with trauma differently. Some people withdraw, some people soldier on like nothing happened, and then some people get really mad and start acting out.  

That's where the story starts. Ashley's the daughter left behind, and in her case, her dad was a writer for a national health magazine--a modified stay-at-home dad. So they were extra-close. Her mom withdraws into her own world of grief, her brother goes back to college, and Ashley's left all alone, hurting and angry. And since her dad was a local celebrity, she gets to deal with her grief in front of a large audience.

 She doesn't deal very well. She's edgy, and she keeps having urges to break things. One reader-reviewer said she was like the female version of the bad-boy. I guess that's a good description.

 Anyway, so The Truth About Letting Go (link) is a companion to Faking, but it's not a sequel. The books can be read out of order. It just takes place in the same location and has some of the same characters.

Here's the description:
by Leigh Talbert Moore
Ashley wants to smash everything in her once-perfect life.
Charlotte wants to walk in Ashley's seemingly charmed shoes.
Colt wants to turn Smalltown USA on its ear--with Ashley at his side.
Jordan wants to follow his heart... but Ashley is the one sacrifice he never expected to make.
Up until now, Ashley Lockett has always followed the rules. She's always done the right thing, played it safe, and then 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. She rejects safety, the rules, faith, and then she meets Jordan.
Jordan has big dreams, he's had a crush on Ashley for years, 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.
HereĆ­s where you can get it:
Thanks, guys! Happy reading~
Leigh Talbert Moore is a wife and mom by day, a writer by day, a reader by day, a former freelance editor, a former journalist, a chocoholic, a caffeine addict, a southern expat, a lover of any great love story, a beach bum, and occasionally she sleeps.
Find her online at her blog, on Facebook, on Amazon, Goodreads, Twitter, and Tumblr. Read excerpts of her books on Wattpad and Figment!
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My Review....

I had the Truth about Faking it on my TBR list for ever so when I got the chance to read this book I jumped on it. I was in a reading rut and needed a good heartfelt YA book.  This book definitely did the trick.

It was a emotional journey for Ashley who suffered a terrible loss which made her questions her belief system in everything from faith, friendships, family and love. When tragic things happen it is so hard to see why it happened or how can we possibly learn from this tragedy.

I was captured in Ashley's journey and wrapped into her emotions and I got frustrated at times with her decisions and actions but I held onto to the belief that she would find herself again and was not disappointed.

Now that high school was like 20 years ago for me I see the big picture of how we thought everything was so monumental but in reality those years were just a blip on the radar scale.  But those blips are part of our foundation that make us who were are as adults.

I fortunately have not dealt with the loss of a parent so I have not a hot clue how it would effect me especially as a teenager where we need that unconditional love the most even though we push the concept away beceause we feel we don't need it. Since I don't know what its like I feel Leigh did a great job depicting these emotions because I was feeling Ashley's loss and new love through her.

Great book and I have already boughten the first book to read and if there are more in the series I will for sure be reading those.

4.5 thumbs up!
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  1. Thanks so much, Lauren! I'm so happy you liked my book! Hope you like Faking just as much. Best & Happy Reading! <3

    1. Thanks Leigh. It is in my queue to read. Thanks again for such a beautiful story.


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