The Truth About Letting Go by Leigh Talbert Moore

The Truth About Letting Go by Leigh Talbert Moore
Publication date: February 21st 2013
Genre: YA Contemporary
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.

The Truth About Letting Go

He grabs me around the waist, easily lifting me off the floor and through the door into his room. He puts me down, but his arms are still around me. They’re warm, and I’m surrounded by the smell of fresh-cut grass, the creek. My eyes travel from his blue shirt to his face, and his expression changes.

“Jordan, I—”

He leans down and cuts me off with a kiss. Soft, warm lips press over mine gently. I only hesitate for half a second before reaching up and weaving my fingers into his hair. I open my mouth, and the flavor of mint grows stronger as our tongues slide together. A burst of energy floods my chest, and suddenly, I’m kissing him again, faster, like I can’t get enough. He’s keeping my pace, and for the first time in months, the painful sadness is gone. In its place is this new feeling, this tense anticipation. I love it, this excitement canceling out that wretched sadness.

Our mouths break apart and we both gasp. He presses his forehead to mine, but my eyes are still closed. I’m smiling.

“I’m sorry,” he whispers, pulling me into his chest. “I didn’t mean to—”

But I don’t want to hear that. I reach for his face again, pulling it down to mine. I want more of the good feeling. He lifts me, and my hands stay on his cheeks as I kiss him again and again. A noise comes from his throat, and it’s like gasoline on a fire. All of me is hot and desperate. I barely notice as we fall back onto his bed, me on top, my fingers searching for the buttons on his new shirt. They’re easy to unfasten and soon, I’m sliding my hands over his smooth chest.

My Review

It has been quite some time that I have read a book like The Truth About Letting Go by Leigh Talbert Moore and could understood what the main character was feeling and why they behaved the way they did. Ashley, who is a high school senior, has her world turned upside down when her father dies of cancer. She becomes angry, confused, and no longer believes in God because she had been praying for her dad but he died anyway.

“It’s over,” I whisper. “I don’t believe in you anymore.”

This is what Ashley says to God during her period of mourning. And, I know (if we are being real with ourselves), we have all said that as well. Her dad is a good person, a decent father and husband, he eats clean, he counsels others on how to take care of themselves, but cancer still took over his body.

Ashley is the good girl aka the cheerleader aka the beautiful young woman with blonde hair that is still a virgin, but her anger begins to consume her. She stops caring how she dresses for school and she begins to drink alcohol. To top it off, she begins to date Colt who has a reputation of being a bad boy.

Her life is in a tailspin when she begins to let Jordan in. Jordan represents what is good in the world. He desires to help people and make a positive difference. The big question is if Ashley will continue to live in anger or will she let go and move on with her life?

The Truth About Letting Go by Leigh Talbert Moore is raw, gritty, and emotional. It does have some religious undertones but nothing too preachy. But, most of all, it is REAL because all of us at some point in our lives has struggled spiritually due to death and/or some other loss. Plus, seeing Ashley go through self-destructive behavior is an in-your-face reminder that we are sometimes our own worst enemy and we must snap out of it. This was my first time reading work by Leigh Talbert Moore and it definitely will not be my last!

DISCLAIMER: I received a copy of The Truth About Letting Go from the author in exchange for an honest review.

5 star rating


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  1. Thanks so much! I’m so happy you liked the book, and good luck to all the giveaway entrants! :o) <3

  2. This sounds like a great book. So complex on so many levels.

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