Monday, February 25, 2013

Review: The Truth About Letting Go by Leigh Talbert Moore

Title: The Truth About Letting Go
Author: Leigh Talbert Moore
Series: Companion Novel to The Truth About Faking It Series (although can be read as a stand alone)
Published: Feb. 21, 2013
Source: ARC Cop Provided by the Author (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Contemporary
My Rating: 4 Stars!

Book Description:
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’s the one sacrifice he never expected to make.

Up until now, Ashley Lockett’s followed the rules. She’s always done the right thing, played it safe, gone to church. Then her ideal life is torn apart when her dad dies suddenly.

Now she’s miserable and furious, and she makes a vow not to believe in anything. She’s on a mission to do everything opposite of how she lived before—rejecting safety, the rules, faith… 

And then she meets Jordan. 

Jordan has big dreams, he’s a great kisser, and he wants to help her through her grief. He also believes in everything Ashley now claims to hate. 

Then she meets Colt. He is not safe. And he’s ready to help Ashley fulfill her mission.

My Thoughts and Review:

This book....this book was amazing and even now, I get all chocked up just thinking about it. It might have torn my heart in two.

I absolutely loved Ashley. I felt for Ashley, my heart ached for her. I am a complete Daddy's girl, so this book just about killed me while reading it and feeling all the feelings I could imagine Ashley was going through.

I wanted to reach through the pages, grab Ashley and just give her the biggest hug imaginable and never let go. I felt her sadness, her despair, her anguish and I felt her heart breaking into tiny little pieces over and over again. I wanted to help her pick them up and let her know that it was going to be okay. That what she was feeling was okay.

Jordan. Oh how I loved him. I think I will just leave it at that. I loved him. He was great for Ashley. I wanted her to be with him so bad, I truly was rooting for him from the moment he dropped his books and got all flustered looking at her. He was the sweetest thing.

Colt. What can I say about the hot bad boy that was all wrong for Ashley? Really, I couldn't help it, I sort of liked him despite his bad boy self. He wasn't a typical bad boy, he was really bad but, in the end, he showed a side of himself that redeemed him a little in my eyes. I couldn't help but smile when thinking about him towards the end. I would actually love for him to have his own story. I think it would be really interesting. I would love to get that look deeper into him, I just know there is so much more there.

This book did have some religious aspects in it, nothing too preachy which I appreciated but still, it is there. With a book about death and letting go, it is sort of hard to not bring it up in one form or another. But I think even those that don't love religious talk of any kind, will be okay with this read.

It really was a heartfelt emotional read. One filled with great characters and some pretty deep messages about forgetting, letting go and moving on.

I thoroughly enjoyed it.


  1. Aww {{hugs}} I love when a book does that to me, so wonderful you loved it. I am glad this works as a standalone, since i have never read the others.

  2. Lovely review, Ali! It was an emotional book to write for me, so I'm happy it's ringing true. Love these characters. Thanks! <3

  3. I love when I get SO emotionally involved in a story. It can make it hard to pick up, knowing that it's going be so emotional, but when I do I love it! This one definitely sounds amazing!

  4. Sounds like this one had some great characters, You know I just read her Rouge and I liked it but did not enjoy Teeny, I think I had better give this one a try.

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  6. I've heard great things about the first book. They are companions right? But I still like to read the first one first. Sounds really emotional!

  7. Now I can't wait to read this. It sounds so good. Wonderful review!

  8. Wow after reading this review I really want to read this book! I love when a story can make me emotional and touch my heart. The characters sound fantastic too, and it's really good to hear that the religious aspects don't come off as preachy. Wonderful review, and thanks for bringing this to my attention!