Wed, May 14, 2014

The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner Review

The Summer of Letting Go book cover

The Summer of Letting Go book cover

The Summer of Letting Go
By Gae Polisner
Publication date: March 25, 2014
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 316 pages
Source: Publisher

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 is 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.

— description

More summer books! Tis the season, y’all!

Like I said yesterday on my Rules of Summer review I KINDOFSORTOFMAYBE went overboard at the start of spring and binge-read a bunch of summery books and then forgot to write my reviews and they all sort of blended together…

…and, well, my thoughts on this one are scattered. But here they are:

– The writing was beautiful
– Torn on the romance
– The secondary characters made the book (you will fall in love with little Frankie Sky)
– Gritty & heartfelt, but also quite readable for younger teens

Did the story stick with me bigtime? No, obviously, but I was definitely engaged and I’d read more from Gae Polisner in a second. The fact that she is fully dressed in a pool in her author picture only adds to that desire. Did any of you read her 2011 book The Pull of Gravity?

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  1. Karlin said:

    Your reviews are always honest and rockin’, thanks for being great!


    Posted on: Wed, May 14, 2014

  2. Rebecca @ The Library Canary said:

    I loved little Frankie Sky! He was so cute and totally gave me warm fuzzies. The rest of the book was just kinda meh for me though. I wanted more emotion I think and I didn’t get that. But I still enjoyed it for the most part. Great review!


    Posted on: Wed, May 14, 2014

  3. Michelle James said:

    This looks really good. I just had to put it on my TBR.


    Posted on: Wed, May 14, 2014

  4. Sue said:

    Great review, thank you. Sounds like a good read, even if it’s autumn here in South Africa!


    Posted on: Wed, May 14, 2014

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