Hey All! Today I am bringing you my review of the wonderful Letting Go by Cat Clarke!
**A copy of this book was provided to me for free in exchange for an honest review**
Title: Letting Go Author: Cat Clarke Publisher: Barrington Stoke Published: 15th August 2019 Format: Paperback Source:: Review Copy from publisher Add It:Amazon UK. Goodreads. Summary: When Agnes made a promise to her girlfriend Ellie, she thought they would be together forever. One year later, Agnes is keeping that promise and it’s put her in a situation she never could have predicted; climbing a desolate mountain, in miserable weather, with Ellie and her new boyfriend Steve. But when the weather takes a threatening turn and the sky-high tension between the trio hits its peak, Agnes will have to push herself further than she ever thought was possible…
A gripping and moving story of love, loss and finding yourself from an award-winning YA author. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 14+
As with all Barrington Stoke books, Letting Go is a short story that is perfect for those with dyslexia to read but it is also very much an enjoyable story for people without dyslexia to enjoy too. I, personally, am a very big fan of Cat Clarke so when I found out she had written a new book, I jumped at the chance to read it.
With this one being shorter in length, it is a book that definitely packs a punch and fortunately gets the message across fairly quickly too. Luckily the short length doesn’t detract from the story at all and thus this book is truly accessible to all, which I absolutely loved about it.
In this book, Agnes, Ellie, and Steve are climbing up a mountain in Scotland to honour Ellie’s dead mother. What makes this book more interesting is that Agnes and Ellie used to date but since split up and now Ellie is going out with Steve. But a promise is a promise – especially one concerning the deceased, and thus Agnes comes out of her comfort zone to get the mission over and done with.
The book is one that will pull you in and grip you. It looks at how grief can change you – not just when you physically lose someone in the world but even when relationship ends and you end up mourning someone who is technically still alive. It also looks at how despite this, it is possible to let it go – metaphorically and literally.
I really connected with Agnes in this story and thought that she went on a really interesting journey in this story – both physically and mentally! I loved how the story eventually ended and felt that it was just the perfect end to this book.
I would highly recommend this book if you’re looking for something short that also packs a good punch and has a really powerful and important message running inside it.