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, Contemporary, Lgbt

Reviews The Last to Let Go

  • Emma Giordano
    I really enjoyed this read! Personally, I did not enjoy it as much as Amber Smith’s debut, but I’m still extremely glad I experienced this story! Once again, emotionally jarring and awe-inspiring. Consider me a huge fan of what Amber Smith can do with YA fiction.CW: spousal abuse, death/murderOne of my favorite parts of this novel is the excellent examination of a very specific teen experience. The Last To Let Go is a fabulous emotional tale ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.Amber Smith has definitely improved her writing skills. I felt more attached to these characters than I did in The Way I Used To Be. The writing felt real, like I was moving along with the story and the events weren't fictional. Maybe...
  • 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
  • Trevor
    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 ...
  • Mari
    “Well, I think there’s a difference between giving up and letting go. What would happen if you let go?” This review was really difficult to write. This book left me in a puddle of self-reflection and I can’t seem to get out of it. Amber Smith is a master with heartbreaking plots.However, I wish I liked The Last To Let Go as much as I liked the author’s debut. And I wish I’d waited to read this when I was actually in the mood for conte...
  • ambsreads
    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.
  • Maggie
    amber smith left me disappointed with this one :/ i really enjoyed her debut novel the way i used to be and i was really excited for this one when i heard about it. sadly it didn’t live up to my expectations.
  • Jenna Major
    "sometimes all I want in the world is to be left alone. Other people make things so complicated. But then I'm finally alone and all I want is other people around." Amber Smith is back with her second novel and brings us on an another emotional journey. The Last to Let Go follows Broke Winters, an LGBTQ youth who has grown up in an abusive household. " Their love was like the sun, warm at first, comforting, peaceful. Perhaps they thought they coul...
  • Eve
    Actual Rating: 2.5Dafuq?Amber Smith. You good? The Way I Used To Be is one of my favorite novels, what the hee haw heck happened here. I was so mind-numbingly bored I had the nerve to skim the last few chapters. SKIM. Who am I? I don't participate in the devil's work. I did not give a flying rainbow shit about these characters. I don't even remember the protagonist's name and I finished this about 15 minutes ago. That's how little I cared. Wat ...
  • 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...
  • PinkAmy loves 💕 books📖, cats😻 and naps🛏
    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...
  • Valentine
    "Well, think about rivers. Every river leads to the ocean-that's their whole purpose, trying to find a way back to the ocean. They cut through rock, move moutains to do it, but they always carve out a path (...) to reach that other body of water out there.Funny thing is, (...) people do that too, don't they? But then again, look at what we're made of." So apparently, 2018 is the year I read more contemporary books and actually end up loving them....
  • Des
    This was so well written and so painful. It felt very realistic and I really recommend this if you love character driven books with painful/heavy topics.
  • 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...
  • 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
    OMIGOD, this book! This beautiful heartbreaking book. I bouught this book the first week it was out and started reading it right away but i had to put it down after the first 20 pages. As someone whose lived with an abuser as a child this was aa little too real for me. I picked it up again last week after seeing it on a booktubers channel and finished it in less then two days.The similarities to my life were almost eerily similar (accept that my ...
  • 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.
  • Lori Anketell
    This book was many great things about it. I will be suggesting this one to my sophomores, as it is a nice comparison to Catcher in the Rye, as well as other texts we have read. There are many great lines in this book. Amber Smith has beautifully captured the emotions of loss, hope, family, and love. "All we have to do is live in the gray area, the space between the lines, between darkness and light, good and bad, love and hate."