The Last to Let Go by Amber Smith

The Last to Let Go

How do you let go of something you’ve never had?Junior year for Brooke Winters is supposed to be about change. She’s transferring schools, starting fresh, and making plans for college so she can finally leave her hometown, her family, and her past behind.But all of her dreams are shattered one hot summer afternoon when her mother is arrested for killing Brooke’s abusive father. No one really knows what happened that day, if it was premedita...

Details The Last to Let Go

TitleThe Last to Let Go
Release DateFeb 6th, 2018
PublisherMcElderry Books
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Fiction

Reviews The Last to Let Go

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    this did Not become the third abuse book in a month that I Hate and therefore deserves several awardsREVIEW TO COME!!
  • Laurie Flynn
    It's no secret that I was a huge fan of Amber Smith's debut, THE WAY I USED TO BE. When I got a chance to read her sophomore novel early, I had extremely high expectations. Amber has such a gorgeous writing style that's packed with emotion and nuance, and THE LAST TO LET GO builds on the all of the qualities prevalent in her debut. It's a story that demands your attention in the first chapter and never lets go (no pun intended)! Brooke Winters, t...
  • Sam Kozbial
    This book was a Can't-Wait Wednesday pick for me, and my initial thoughts based on the synopsis were that there would be a lot of suffering and loss. I can confirm, that the main character and her siblings suffered a great deal in this story, but they also pushed forward, and as the title states, they let go.•Pro: Considering this was a book about domestic abuse, there was a strong sense of family woven into the story. After their loss, family ...
  • alice (arctic books)
    THE LAST TO LET GO follows Brooke and her family in the aftermath of the death of their father at the hands of their mother. Throughout this novel, we see more than meets the eye of this family, wrought by domestic abuse and partner violence. While I did enjoy Amber's previous novel, THE WAY I USED TO BE, more than I enjoyed this one, THE LAST TO LET GO is still extremely meritable. Although there are tough themes and subjects to talk about, I st...
  • Heather Meloche
    Amber Smith's sophomore novel offers fans of THE WAY I USED TO BE another dose of her emotionally-charged, character-driven writing. This time, Smith tackles what it's like to live in a home plagued by domestic abuse. While the story begins with the traumatic event of her mother fighting back, which ends in the stabbing death of her father, the book is more about the journey of main character Brooke Winters' discovery of who she is beyond the cha...
  • Shea
    I just finished an ARC of THE LAST TO LET GO and WOW!!!This book is both devastating and beautiful!!!It’s about courage and strength and the spirit of the human heart to get through almost anything. Amber Smith captured so much emotion in this book that I found myself feeling crushed at times only to feel redeemed pages later. This sophomore novel does not disappoint and Amber Smith has proved herself to be a powerhouse—writing novels that te...
  • Danielle
    Trigger warning: Book deals with domestic violenceI read "The Way I Used to Be" a couple years ago and was so completely moved by the book. Amber Smith made me an instant fan with that one, so when I saw that I had an opportunity to read her new book, I jumped at the chance.Overall, I really liked this book. Just like "The Way I Used to Be", it tackles a really difficult subject. Brooke's father is an abuser. The book opens as Brooke finishes her...
  • Stephanie Elliot
    The Last to Let Go is a realistic portrayal of domestic violence and how it affects the WHOLE family, not just the two people involved -- no one comes away unscathed. Amber Smith does a terrific job of creating a family that comes apart at its very core and tells the story of a girl trying to let go of her past and move ahead in a new direction. Brooke Winters is a brave heroine, one who has a lot on her plate going into Junior year -- and this s...
  • S.M. Parker
    A stunning look at the strength it takes to find love in the wake of domestic abuse and lost trust. Full review to come!!!
  • Mary Smith
    I received the ARC of The Last To Let Go yesterday. I could not put it down. I felt emotionally connected from page one. This author did a great job telling a difficult story.
  • Kerry
    Loved it!
  • Eunice
    Gut-wrenching, emotionally resonant, and deeply moving, Amber Smith doesn't disappoint with this beautifully-written, sophomore novel. Smith has a way with drawing you into her story world, with memorable characters that simply come to life on the pages. A truly, unforgettable must-read book, from one of the finest contemporary YA authors out there. Be prepared to break out the tissues - you'll need the entire box for this one.
  • Ali Marie
    cant wait for this novel to be out!
  • Erica Chapman
    Amber Smith just knows how to write emotion. It's a gift. This is the heart-wrenching, emotional journey of Brooke, a teen who has lost everything she knows and is desperately trying to get it back. There were times I was screaming at her and times I wanted her to make different decisions but through it all I understood why. There are so many great lines in this. The analogy of the water throughout the story highlights just how delicate and fragi...
  • G. MA
    This book is such a careful and articulate unraveling, by the time you are fully entangled within the pages, you won't mind tugging at the next page like a loose thread until you reach the end, a kind of letting go. Beautifully written, painful, powerful. A jagged, glittering trail of bruises and tears. Must read.
  • Brenda Rufener
    It took me some time to review THE LAST TO LET GO. I was absolutely riveted during my read and wrecked when I finished. Processing the story took time. This is not a book you will forget. My heart won't be the same after reading this much-needed story, which explores the complexities of domestic violence and grief. Brooke is a hero. Someone you'll root for from the start. I found myself wanting to know her outside the pages, and then realized: He...
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  • Michael
    After acing her sophomore year finals, Brooke is looking forward to a fresh start. Transferring to a new high school across town with more AP options, Brooke has her path to college and the world mapped out. But life takes an abrupt turn when she arrives home at her apartment to find flashing lights, sirens and her mother arrested, charged with the murder of her father. Lashing out at those around her and the world, Brooke must try to find a new ...
  • Amanda
    I received a digital ARC of The Last to Let Go from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. After loving The Way I Used to be, I was pumped to read Amber Smith's latest release just a little bit early.The Last to Let Go is an exploration of domestic violence from the perspective of the kids in the household. This isn't a point of view that we see enough, particularly when you consider how deeply abuse affects those that grow up witnessing it...
  • Amy Giles
    Amber Smith has done it again with THE LAST TO LET GO. Families of domestic abuse have secrets, and not all members of a family share the same story. Amber does a phenomenal job exploring the different ways Brooke, her mother, and her siblings were affected by the violence they saw or experienced in their home. This emotionally charged story is a pitch-perfect portrait of complicated families. Heart-wrenching and honest, Brooke’s efforts to hol...
  • Brittany
    This was very engaging and I enjoyed it very much. I think it will be easy to recommend to teens that like any sort of realistic fiction. Brooke is a sympathetic character with too much to deal with on her own, but she shows true growth by the end of the story and is easy to root for. I think a lot of the main topics have been done before, and maybe done better, but it still has that certain something that makes it a page-turner.
  • Alissa Kowalski
    Amber Smith has created another phenomenal story with her sophomore novel, this time crafting a story detailing the lingering influence of abuse throughout an entire family and how sometimes the hardest thing in the world is letting go. Heartbreaking and hopeful at the same time, an absolutely enthralling book!
  • Karen Fortunati
    I was so lucky to get an arc of this brilliant story! Smith takes us deep into the horror and damage of domestic abuse on an entire family. Though it is a dark journey at times, Smith fills the narrative with strength, hope and resilience! A must read!
  • Sue Holmes
    *Review copy via the publisher.The Last to Let Go started off well but I found the story lost momentum about halfway through.I just didn't feel the characters and wish they had been fleshed out a bit more.
  • Melissa Gorzelanczyk
    Heart-gripping and important.This book proves beauty can be born from dysfunction in the forms of truth, resilience and transformation. Amber Smith's story navigates the intricacies of abusive relationships -- and the aftershock of such relationships on families -- with striking, deft honesty.