Title: The Summer of Letting Go
Author: Gae Polisner
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Publish Date: March 25, 2014
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "Just when everything seems to be going wrong, hope and love can appear in the most unexpected places.
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 hisreincarnation. 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."
My Two Cents:
"The Summer of Letting Go"
is the story of Frankie, known to her friends as Bean. She lost her
brother several years ago and blames herself and feels like her mother
blames her as well. Meanwhile, she has a crush on her best friend's
boyfriend and doesn't know what to do before things get too deep. Things
start to change the summer after 10th grade and Frankie feels like she
is starting to come into her own, with many bumps along the way. This
book is a truly unique coming of age story of learning to let go and to
move on in a positive way and I definitely enjoyed it.
sort of an almost magical realism quality that I really enjoyed. In the
book, Beans meets Frankie Sky, a young boy, who has an uncanny
resemblance to Beans' brother, Simon. The resemblance is so much so that
Beans almost believes that maybe Frankie Sky is the reincarnation of
her brother but the logical side of her believes that can't possibly be
true. I loved this element of the book. It really added a lot of
interest for me because it was so off the beaten path.
liked Beans' character because she really comes into her own in this
story. She goes from being sort of afraid of a lot of things because of
what happened to her brother and how it changed her family to realizing
that she has a lot more control over things than she ever realized
The writing of the book was good and the pacing was
nice. There were a couple loose ends but that didn't take too much away
from the book. This book will appeal to those that have enjoyed books by
the likes of Sarah Dessen and Elizabeth Scott!