The Last to Let Go by Amber Smith

The Last to Let Go

A twisted tragedy leaves Brooke and her siblings on their own in this provocative new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Way I Used To Be.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 shatte...

Details The Last to Let Go

TitleThe Last to Let Go
Release DateFeb 6th, 2018
PublisherMargaret K. McElderry Books
GenreYoung Adult, Lgbt, Contemporary

Reviews The Last to Let Go

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    “Brooke,” she says more firmly. “We can ask ourselves what if all day long, every day, for the rest of our lives, but I couldn’t help her because she couldn’t deal with the fact that she needed help. I’ve managed to stop blaming myself over the years. I hope you will too.”3 1/2 stars. The Last To Let Go is a book about letting go of an idea of a perfect life, letting go of the idea that somehow everything will be okay, and learning ...
  • jessica
    i wasnt a fan of the way i used to be, so i was surprised to find myself picking this up. luckily, i didnt hate this one as much as smiths debut, but it still left me feeling a little bit disappointed. i just dont think her books are for me, unfortunately. 2.5 stars
  • Camila Roy ••RoyIsReading••
    RATING: 4.5/5I loved Amber Smith's first book The Way I Used To Be so when I found out about this one, I just had to read it. Before starting this I was in a reading slump but somehow I made it through effortlessly (and by effortlessly I mean by procrastinating on all my student responsabilities. Oops😅). ”For so long all I wanted was to be free. But it never occured to me that I was the one who was holding on, that I'd be the last to let go'...
  • Brooke
    I LOVED this. THE LAST TO LET GO is my first Amber Smith novel so I wasn't sure what to expect. With any new author, I tend to lower my expectations, but this impressed me from page one. I've read plenty of trauma related novels, but not so many aftermath ones. This book didn't focus so much on the abuse itself as what happens after. I feel that there aren't enough domestic violence YA novels out there, so this was a nice change of pace. I could ...
  • Amber Robertson
    CLICK HERE FOR THIS REVIEW, WHICH IS ALSO ON MY BLOGR E V I E WThe Last To let Go is obviously an important story. It captures abuse and how it affects each family member, not just the ones being abused (in this case, the father was abusing the mother). However, the story was very lacking to me. I felt like I couldn’t get into this story. I expected so much more, especially more abuse to be featured. I really was hoping for a story that helped ...
  • ellie
    book: emotionally destroys me to a point where i can actually feel the character’s grief inside myselfme: 5 Stars!so i don't know where to begin. i don't know if i ever will be able to fully describe how much this means to me. i connected with brooke so deeply - i feel like she embodies me, in so many ways, but how could that be? she doesn't exist. but i just found myself in her, i guess. i feel like i am stuck between these forces that are my ...
  • Kathleen Glasgow
    Amber Smith is so good at covering difficult topics (if you haven't read The Way I Used to Be, please do so soon!). She's got an empathetic touch, wonderful writing, and a great way of writing thorny characters and situations. Loved this book.
  • Gaby (lookingatbooks)
    This is utterly beautiful. You can feel the passion Amber Smith has poured into it. I’m going to write a longer review in the morning because right now it’s 2:30 am and I have barely any coherent thoughts. This book has just left me a puddle of mush.
  • Mari
    Review to come.
  • Amy's Book Reviews
    After Brooke’s mother kills her abusive husband, the teen and her siblings’ lives change forever. Her younger sister Callie, who witnesses the killing (accident? murder?) becomes mute while her older brother is trying to stay strong. Brooke knows if she can keep her family together, everything will be okay.Brooke broke my heart over and over again. She was understandably distrustful and afraid to allow anyone to break through the protective w...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Kerry
    Loved it!
  • Ali Marie
    cant wait for this novel to be out!
  • Rose
    "The Last to Let Go" hit home with me more than I was expecting. Amber Smith has a good handle on writing flawed heroines who hit rock bottom in the face of overwhelming grief. On one hand, you see how they lash out in ways that hurt the people around them, but at the same time, you feel for how horribly they're hurting - and in moments, I was right there with Brooke in her depression and desperation to hold herself and the life she wanted to liv...
  • Grace (gracefulreads)
    THE LAST TO LET GO is an emotional story that tackles putting yourself back together when everything you have ever known has suddenly fallen apart right in front of you. Brooke was a relatable character because she was very strong but also incredibly stubborn and prone to mistakes like all of us. She offered at some points a cynical view on life and at other times a hopeful message. By surviving so much and still maintaining her internal drive an...
  • Vendea
    The Last to Let Go was one of my most anticipated books of this year. I've read Amber's debut novel, The Way I Used to Be, almost 2 years ago and I was completely shocked and amazed. I loved the book so much and I've been waiting for her new book ever since. The thing that made me fall in love with her book was the writing style and the way she described her main character. I could clearly see resemblance between Eden and Brooke. Both of them wer...
  • Wit & Wonder Books
    ** ARC provided by the author for an honest review **Engaging and provocative look at the effects of domestic violence. Amber Smith’s The Last to Let Go gives a glimpse into the lives of the children raised amid the abuse.When her mother is arrested for killing her father, Brooke is faced with taking care of her siblings on her own while still growing up herself. She struggles to find who she is and how to let go.There is suffering and loss, bu...
  • Brittany
    Brooke Winters has a plan to live a totally different life, but it’s all thrown out by page 6 when her mother murders her abusive father.This leads to a family drama about forgiveness, sorting through trauma, and finding your true, honest place in the world.It was powerful and blunt and well-conceived.
  • Clara
    3.5 stars, rounded up because surprise lesbian representation!Full review to come.
  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    Smith, Amber The Lastto Let Go, 369 pages. Margaret K. McElderry Books (Simon and Schuster), 2018. $18. Content: Language: R (73 swears; 18 “f”); Mature Content: PG-13; Violence: PG-13. Brooke is an intelligent friendless junior in high school, but she plans on getting into a better school and remaking herself. When she arrives home from school one day, she is surprised to see the police and ambulance there, and immediately assumes that her f...
  • Kristin
    ORIGINAL POST:** A copy of this novel was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**Covers are always the first thing to catch my eye on a book. I love ones that pop, and leave me guessing what I might find behind that cover. The Last To Let Go by Amber Smith popped at me. That coupled with the description of the book made me want to read it. I was not disappointed. Amber S...
  • Alicia
    Continue to dig Smith's cover art between her first and second novels, they're plugged in to the content of the book (and the titles are fabulous). The content of her books are also hard-hitting, honest portrayals and as another review mentioned, the value of the book is that Smith focuses on the aftermath of the events, not rehashing the events themselves aside from a few well-placed flashbacks. Books about recovery-the long winding road that is...
  • Karen Barber
    The Way I Used To Be was a book recommended to me that I read in equal parts horror and amazement. The Last To Let Go takes a similarly tough topic - though less talked about - and is equally challenging to read.The explosive first chapter introduces us to our main character, Brooke, returning home to find police swarming her neighbourhood. Her mother has stabbed her father, with her little sister the only witness.Suddenly everything Brooke thoug...
  • Samantha
    Amber Smith does it again with the beautiful and daring piece. Taking on the issue of domestic violence, she avoids traditional tropes and typical melodrama and instead digs into the dark effects domestic violence has on the children who witness it. Following the four seasons, she shows a lilting artistry in her writing that pushes strong messages while still keeping a natural tone. Her first book, "The Way I Used To Be" introduced us to her high...