Today’s book is Letting Go, by Maria Thompson Corley.
Length: 500 pages
Released: July 4th, 2016
Even though she lives hundreds of miles away, when Langston, who dreams of being a chef, meets Cecile, a Juilliard-trained pianist, he is sure that his history of being a sidekick, instead of a love interest, is finally over. Their connection is real and full of potential for a deeper bond, but the obstacles between them turn out to be greater than distance. Can these busy, complicated people be ready for each other at the same time? Does it even matter? Before they can answer these questions, each must do battle with the ultimate demon-fear.
Read this for the wonderful characters and the realistically unrealistic love story. Highly recommended. 🙂
I always say I don’t like romance novels.
…and then I always eat those words.
Letting Go follows the lives of Langston and Cecile from their early twenties through the fifteen years that follow. They’re wonderful, lovingly-crafted, and beautifully flawed characters – the kind you sort of sink into and root for and wish you could throw a brick at from time to time. I was smitten from the first few chapters, immersing myself in their first awkward but uncommonly self-aware relationships. A lot of young adult romance nowadays tends to get on my nerves, what with the instalove and immaturity and silly decision-making – probably because it reminds me too much of my own dumb 16-year-old self, but we’ll just gloss over that little bit of self-psychoanalysis. 😉
Anyway, Letting Go had no such problems. For lack of a better phrase, Cecile and Langston both had their shit together, which was extremely refreshing. Don’t get me wrong, they still had enough foibles and made enough mistakes to be incredibly relatable, but without feeling like… well, dumb lovestruck teenagers. So yes. Smitten.
So smitten, in fact, that I ended up shotgunning the entire novel (all 500 pages) in one sitting. Oops. 😉
Highly recommended to lovers of romance and to anyone who wants to just curl up and be someone else for a little while.