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Review: The Art of Letting Go

Sunday, March 16, 2014
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Title: The Art of Letting Go (Uni Files #1)
Author: Anna Bloom
Published Date: September 25, 2013
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Synopsis from Goodreads:

For Lilah McCannon, life has taken a bit of a wrong turn. Engaged to a guy she is not in love with and stuck in a job with her tyrannical father as her boss, life has definitely not turned out the way she expected.

At twenty-five years old, Lilah knows that she has a simple choice: live the life she has created or change it.

Enrolling on a course at the local University, Lilah sets out with some clear rules to ensure her success at being a grown-up. No alcohol, no cigarettes, no boys, and no going home. But the last thing she anticipates is meeting Ben Chambers, the lead singer of a local band. With Ben, it’s instant, it’s hot, and it’s deep, but when Ben is offered the opportunity of a lifetime and it looks like his future lies on a different path to hers, Lilah has some heart-rending decisions to make.

With the academic year slipping by too quickly, Lilah faces a barrage of new challenges. Will she ever make it up the library stairs without having a heart attack? Can she handle a day on campus without drinking vodka? Will she ever manage to read a history book without falling asleep? Most of all, will she be able to make the ultimate sacrifice and learn The Art of Letting Go?

Review

Thank you to Anna Bloom for the review copy! This in no way affected my views on the novel.

Coming across this book was amazing. I loved the synopsis, and the cover was really super cute and adorable. I felt like I could totally relate with the blurb because I’m also about to enter the university and all that, but when I started to read it, I’m disappointed with how I cannot be really connected with the characters that much. I don’t really know why, but yeah.

I love Lilah’s fun and sarcastic way of narrating things. It really made the mood light, and fun. It makes you laugh, and it was as if you were just telling stories with your friend. Lilah is 26 years old, but she acts like a teenager. Seeing her grow so much during her stay in the Uni was really amazing. She’s far from being a perfect person. She’s insecure and has a lot of negative traits. Being with her while she realizes a lot of lessons in life has made me feel like I should be doing something to change myself for the better also.

I love how Ben handles Lilah, and gives her space as much as she needs to. He’s not the possessive, jealous guy at all, which was really cool. It may have started out with instalove, but this love he has for Lilah was truly sweet and genuine.

The romance between Lilah and Ben was not easy, but it was just right and perfect for the two of them. There were a lot of things that they encountered in their relationship, but they helped each other grow with the choices they make, together or individually.

The Art of Letting Go is humorous, light, easy-to-read with no over-the-top drama that is recommended to those who love NA and British humor. I’m curious to know what’s going to happen next to Lilah and Ben in The Art of Keeping Faith.

Rating 

Quotes

If someone can see the best in you, then you should believe it is there too.

If someone can love you that much, then you should be able to love yourself as well, because you deserve it.

Can you let loss go? No. You immortalise it in any way you can, so that you will never forget. Even when you are no longer there to remember, the testament to your loss will stand forever more.

2 comments:

BookishTeens said...

The title is very interesting. It really caught my attention!
This definitely seems like the kind of book I'd read, so I'm adding it on my to-read list. But... it has a sequel? Seems kinda unnecesary.

Great review :D

+New GFC follower :)

Pauline said...

It's actually nice :D Yup, although I think it's more of what happens in the second year of Uni? :) The ending was sort of open ended in this book.

Thank you so much for dropping by! :) I hope you enjoy reading this novel. :D

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