6th August 2019
Andrew’s outlook has been moulded by a childhood brought up alone by his mother, by his fear of abandonment which developed from that childhood and by the numerous losses in his life.
Eleven years later, following a tragic event, Andrew suddenly has to re-evaluate his own life and struggle to find self-acceptance and learn to let go.
In the end, Andrew realizes he has to embrace change. But who or what will he be Letting Go?
I was sent a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review, and although I feel awful on this occasion, I have to give my honest opinion.
Letting Go is the story of a man called Andrew who finds himself falling for another man, but the circumstances around this relationship are complicated to say the least. Andrew is also struggling with life after he loses someone incredibly close to him, and his grief and this new relationship are closely intertwined.
The plot in itself wasn’t bad, but unfortunately I didn’t think it was executed as well as it could have been. The writing was very basic, and a little clunky. Speech, in particular, didn’t flow the way that speech should.
The characters were a little bland. Andrew seems like a nice man, but that’s all I really got from him.. he’s nice. There was no real depth to his character.
I think the main problem was that the writing was just not emotive enough for the topics it was exploring. If I’m reading a book about loss, and grief, and mental illness, then I need to feel that. I don’t want to be told that Andrew is sad, I want to feel it. Even just feeling the tiniest part of his grief would have been enough to develop an emotion connection to his story, but that just never happened. It all just fell a bit flat.
I think the author probably just needs a little more experience, as I believe this is his debut novel. But for now, this sadly missed the mark for me.