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 is 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 his reincarnation. 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.
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This book was described as flawed but emotional, and that just about sums it up, if you can think of this as emotional.
There are so many good topics approached in this book. I would use words like interesting or great, but divorce is not great, and reincarnation isn’t something I believe in. There are just a lot of good topics, and that’s it. I coudn’t really bring myself to truly care about this story.
While Francesca’s tragic past is horrible and I was sympathetic toward her, her voice didn’t feel real. The only endearing part of this book is Frankie Sky, who, let’s face it, is only endearing for the same reason that Grayer in The Nanny Diaries is endearing: it’s a little kid who is mostly annoying but has moments of greatness.
Anddddd the drama. Wow, the drama. This is one of those stories where 80% of the drama didn’t need to happen. Most of that needless drama is centered around Francesca’s desire to have her best friend’s guy. That’s not cool, and the boy drama wasn’t at all appealing to me throughout this book. Lisette is nothing but good to Francesca throughout this story, and while she didn’t feel real, I felt horrible that she had to be caught up in the middle of all that.
I need to read a great contemporary without the drama soon.
But while we’re still here, I would recommend this one to diehard contemporary fans. I’m not one to love drama, and while I was interested in the themes explored here, The Summer of Letting Go didn’t live up to my expectations. There were snippets of writing that were spot-on, and I loved those, but there were also some that completely missed the mark. I can see people loving this, but it wasn’t for me. 2 stars.