Tuesday, 25 March 2014

The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Algonquin Book and Edelweiss.
The Summer of Letting Go
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Just when everything seems to be going wrong, hope and love can appear in the most unexpected places.

Summer 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.

The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Summer of Letting Go(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Algonquin Book and Edelweiss.)
15-year-old Francesca/Frankie still feels guilty over the fact that she was supposed to be watching her brother when he got swept out to see and drowned. When she meets a little boy at the swimming pool who looks just like her dead brother, and was even born the day that Simon died, she begins to wonder if this little boy (also called Frankie) is the reincarnation of Simon.
But does Frankie even believe in reincarnation? And is it really a good idea to start looking after Frankie, after her negligence caused her younger brother’s death?

This was an okay story about a girl searching for peace and acceptance after her younger brother’s death.

Frankie was an okay character, although I was surprised that she took on a job looking after a child when she was the one looking after her little brother when he drowned. I was even more surprised though when it seemed that she hadn’t learned her lesson, and didn’t watch Frankie properly at the swimming pool!

The storyline was okay, but I did get bored at points. I was also quite surprised at the direction the storyline took with regards to reincarnation! There were a couple of other things going on, but the thing with Simon and Frankie was the main storyline.
There was some romance, but not a lot, and we did get a bit of a love triangle going on. I wasn’t 100% impressed with the way this romance progressed, crushing on your best friend’s boyfriend is one thing, but acting on it is certainly another!
The ending was okay, but I just didn’t really love this book.
Overall; okay YA contemporary,
6 out of 10.


  1. Letting Go could mean so many things. I'm slightly disappointed that story premise. :-(

    Anna from Shout with Emaginette