The Summer of Letting Go

The Summer of Letting Go

eBook - 2014
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Just when everything seems to be going wrong, hope and love can appear in the most unexpected places. Summer has begun, the beach beckons and Francesca Schnell is going nowhere. Four years ago, Francesca's little brother, Simon, drowned, and Francesca's the one who should have been watching. Now Francesca is about to turn sixteen, but guilt keeps her stuck in the past. Meanwhile, her best friend, Lisette, is moving on most recently with the boy Francesca wants but can't have. At loose ends, Francesca trails her father, who may be having an affair, to the local country club. There she meets four-year-old Frankie Sky, a little boy who bears an almost eerie resemblance to Simon, and Francesca begins to wonder if it's possible Frankie could be his reincarnation. Knowing Frankie leads Francesca to places she thought she'd never dare to go and it begins to seem possible to forgive herself, grow up, and even fall in love, whether or not she solves the riddle of Frankie Sky.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin, 2014
ISBN: 9781616204020
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Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Bookcat18
Aug 17, 2016

The Summer of Letting Go was sad, but also irritating at times. Francesca had WAY too much self-pity, and it got in the way of the story sometimes. The ending was predictable, and anti-climatic. Overall an okay book, but I probably wouldn't want to read it again.

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Jen24
Jul 26, 2016

I loved this book. It wasn't your typical YA novel and I loved it. It made me think while I was reading it. I would recommend this to anyone.

KRockstar10 Jul 03, 2014

"The Summer of Letting Go" is a sweet story about a girl who spends the summer coming to terms with her role in a tragic accident that took her baby brother's life four years ago. On top of resolving her feelings about this accident, Francesca ("Frankie" or "Beans") deals with a crush on her best friend's boyfriend, a babysitting job for a little boy who bears an uncanny resemblance to her brother, and the possibility that her father may be having an affair.

The writing was good but a little choppy. Occasionally the author jumps back in time, and there was no indication that she was doing this, so I was confused for a paragraph or two until I figured it out. I was reading this on the Kindle, so I'm not sure if there's a change in formatting in the edited hard copy that would signify this shift. Also, the ending wraps up just a little too neatly--practically with a bow on top. However, I certainly think this book has an audience, especially with realistic fiction making a big comeback. The happy ending may be just what some readers are looking for.

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Bookcat18 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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