Book Review: The Secret to Letting Go by Katherine Fleet


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TSTLG_1600The Secret to Letting Go by Katherine Fleet

Genre: YA Contemporary

Published by Entangled Teen

To be released February 1st, 2016

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One summer can change everything…

Haunted with guilt after his girlfriend’s death, Daniel Hudson has no interest in committing to anyone. At the end of the summer, he’ll be leaving Florida for a new start in college. If only he could avoid the mysterious new girl in town, who seems every bit as naive and eccentric as she looks. Trouble is, she’s hard to ignore, with her beautiful piercing eyes, pitiful-looking dog, and unsettling tendency of finding trouble.

Clover Scott lived her whole life off the grid and arrives on the Gulf coast in search of her grandparents. She never expected to nearly drown, or get caught in a hurricane, or fall in love with the boy who rescues her. Now, she has a chance to rewrite her life’s story, to finally fit in somewhere, but Daniel wants answers about her past. When the police start asking questions about the disappearance of her parents, she must make a choice: go to jail or confess her secrets—even if they might destroy her chance at a happily-ever-after.


About the Author:

Katherine Fleet

Originally from Newfoundland, Katherine Fleet gave up the cold winters of Eastern Canada for the year round warmth of the Caribbean. The slower pace of island life has given her time to pursue a long-time goal—becoming an author. When she’s not writing, she spends her time baking, chauffeuring her three amazing, talented kids around, and having sun-filled adventures with her husband and wonderful friends in Curaçao. She is also a very thankful breast cancer survivor. In 2007, she joined RWA and has enjoyed the support and camaraderie of the YARWA and OIRWA writing communities. She’s participated in NaNoWriMo since 2012 and is an active supporter of the associated Young Writers Program. She is represented by super-agent Carrie Pestritto of Prospect Agency. The Secret to Letting Go is her debut novel. You can connect with her at

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My Review:

Ok…I have so many thoughts and feels over this book, I don’t really know where to begin. My overall thought? I thought that The Secret to Letting Go was a solid contemporary read that had a few quirks that bugged me.

The number one thing that I want to talk about is the dual POVs between Clover and Daniel. I absolutely adored the first POV (Daniels,) and I was super excited that we had another YA book with a male perspective. They don’t really exist in the bookosphere.  I was completely stunned, though, when it switched over to Clover’s POV. I have a bad habit of not reading synopsis’, so I don’t know if that was in there, but I didn’t see it coming. And then it happened several more times! I’m not a reader who enjoys having the POV switch around like that. While I understand that some readers will enjoy hearing from both main characters, it rubbed me wrong.

Another thing that I want to discuss is the two main characters, Clover and Daniel. On one hand, I adored Daniel. I thought that he was an awesome male lead. Seriously, I could have read about him all day long. On the other hand, I couldn’t stand Clover…..for several different reasons, really. I thought she went on and on and on and ON about her secret for 65% of the book (probably because she did,) and it was just so DRAMATIC! I like suspense as much as the next person, but COME ONE, ALREADY! I needed it to get to the point a lot faster than it did! I was also really put off by how needy she was. Toward the end of the book, she begged Daniel several times to stay with her and to say her loved her and blah, blah, BLAH. I don’t like the message that females should resort to begging in their relationships. That was a big no, no for me.

What I did really like about this book were the twists and turns. Some of them I didn’t even see coming from a mile away! It was very suspenseful and kept me on my toes. So, kudos for that!

The Secret to Letting Go seemed to have a bit of an identity issue when it came to a genre/age range. Technically, this is a YA book. However, the main characters are 18 (college aged.) For me, I was lost in a YA book that technically should have drifted over into the NA range. 18-year-olds have sex. It happens. You can’t deny it. While attraction was addressed in this book, I thought that it was very PG for the ages addressed in this book.

Overall, I did enjoy this book. It was a bit more dramatic than my reading tastes tend to prefer and there were some issues that bothered me in the book. Overall, though, I thought that it was a solid contemporary read that YA contemp/suspense/lovey readers will really enjoy!

Rating: [rating: 3]



“So, I’ll see you tomorrow at noon?”

She nodded so hard, her teeth probably rattled. “I’d like that.”

It wasn’t like we were arranging a date, so why did her enthusiasm make me straighten up and puff out my chest? “We can meet at the beach next to the pier. My friends and I’ll be surfing. You bring the preserves, and I’ll bring the stove.”

Uncertainty flickered across her face, and her mouth opened and closed like a fish out of water.

I should have used her reluctance to back out, but instead I reassured her. “We won’t be hard to find. We’re just north of the pier, and this way we can meet on neutral territory.”

Her expression turned blank.

“You know…in case I’m secretly a serial killer. There’s always safety in numbers.”

Her lips twitched upward, and she laughed. The sound tinkled through the air like wind chimes on a breezy day. “I already know you’re not a bad person.”

“Oh yeah?”

She nodded. Her unwavering stare made me want to squirm in my shoes. “True evil can never be hidden. It’s always there, if you know where to look. When I look at you, I see only good things.”

I snatched my gaze away from hers and tugged at the collar of my shirt. I wanted to know how she could talk with such authority on the subject. I wanted to know what evil she’d seen, but I wanted even more to escape the narrow store aisle. Warning bells pealed in my brain. She’s crazy. Don’t get involved.


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