Release Date: September 25, 2013
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Source: FREE from Amazon 12/4
Recommended By: Candace of Candace's Book Blog
Genre: Contemporary New Adult
One year. One woman. One Diary. One question: can you ever stop history from repeating itself and if you could what would you do to stop it?
When Lilah McCannon realises at the age of twenty-five that history is going to repeat itself and she is going to become her mother—bored, drunk and wearing a twinset—there is only one thing to do: take drastic action.
Turning her back on her old life, Lilah’s plan is to enrol at university, get a degree and prove she is a grown-up.
As plans go, it is a good one. There are rules to follow: no alcohol, no cigarettes, no boys and no going home. But when Lilah meets the lead singer of a local band and finds herself unexpectedly falling in love, she realises her rules are not going to be the only things hard to keep.
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? And most importantly, can she become the grown-up that she desperately wants to be.
With her head and her heart pulling her in different directions can Lilah learn the hardest lesson that her first year of university has to teach her: The Art of Letting Go?
What jolly fun THE ART OF LETTING GO by Anna Bloom was! The story's voice, Delilah McCannon, is slightly snarky, humorous, self deprecating, sometimes hesitant, confused, brave and very much in love with roommate, Benjamin Chamers. It's quite interesting how this unexpected love story started, Lilah was engaged to be married to a bloke named John and to avoid the wedding plans and engagement altogether, she decided to go to Uni (university to some of us) instead. So technically Lilah cheated on John with Benjamin.
Here's the thing before y'all start a picket line. The situation with Lilah and John is doomed and Lilah is a coward for running away instead of ending all that before getting involved with Benjamin. Lilah strung John along instead of telling him that she only said YES because she didn't have the heart to tell him no. So it's not one of those moral thingies meaning she wasn't dating both guys at the same time. There was nothing there really aside from semantics (but still wrong). When Lilah finally broke up with John, the dude did an ugly wimpy cry. Blech, Lilah dodged a bullet there.
And not to condone what Lilah did but in fairness, Benjamin Chambers is one dreamy dude. Did I mention that he's the lead singer for this band who's in the brink of making it big? Yeah, and before you typecast him, Benjamin isn't a man whore... well not anymore since he met Lilah. Between the two there's a hurricane of emotions, mostly induced by Lilah's insecurities while Ben mostly kept it together for both of them. But you know how we women are! No matter how hard we fight it, when it comes to the boy we love, the battle of keeping doubts at bay and whatever else that red little devil is whispering in our ear gets harder and harder. The main conflict of THE ART OF LETTING GO really lies on Lilah's, it's not really about her relationship with Ben but with her unsettled self. So it was fun watching these two get it together and try and make things work. I had a few moments where I was face palming myself because of the hilarity of some of the situations and over the passive aggressive dance Lilah and Ben are doing.
THE ART OF LETTING GO is told in the style of journal entries and there are times where it felt it's longer than 400 pages. Because of the format, it's more narrative and less dialogue for my taste and there are parts where I'd skim because I want to get to the meat of the story and skip the sides. On the same thread, there are a lot of stuff that I enjoyed in Uni Files 1. Aside from the lighthearted feel of the novel, I loved that the sex was implied and not explicit. I don't know why but when someone tags their book NA I immediately assume that there will be a lot of mind blowing sex, not that I mind, but I'm a little over it. Sex is fun but flucking someone's brains out won't and can't solve things, it just makes situations less confrontational because of the happy hormones.
But I digress.
So yeah, the sex is happening. A lot. But the focus is on the relationship between Lilah and Ben and also with Lilah and herself. And it's not a music themed story without a soundtrack! Unfortunately Taylor Swift dominated the playlist and I'm not really a fan. Still I love how ABloom kept up with the theme and the part that really resonated with me is Lilah's self discovery. I loved how she stumbled, fell, but still managed to get up and maintained some piece of optimism. She had weak moments but she didn't let it defeat her which I attribute largely to her wit and incomparable sense of humor.
Now the ending put me on edge a bit because ABloom ended it with a big question so I want to know what's going to happe. Reading the blurb for The Art of Keeping Faith (our April 2014), it's clear that Lilah still has personal struggles she needs to deal with and her journey to self awareness is still ongoing. I know how it went with THE ART OF LETTING GO but I'm rooting for my girl, she may be fumbling a bit now but I know she'll do me proud.
I do not need to hide them [tears] from myself. I deserve them for being so completely blind. For never having faith in myself like I should have had. If someone can love you that much, then you should be able to love yourself as well, because you deserve it.If someone can see the best in you, then you should believe it is there tooIf someone can accept your crazy behaviour, obsessive impulses, and can lovingly squeeze your squidgy bits and want you all the more for them, then you have to accept them too. How can you not?
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Here's a special diary entry from Lilah McCannon
Anna Bloom is a contemporary romance writer who writes about life as it happens. Combining a busy schedule of looking after two small children whilst working in a local school and completing The Uni Files series. Anna’s main aim in life is to create the perfect book which makes a reader laugh and cry at the same time, hopefully causing a convulsive (impossible to ignore) donkey noise. It’s a work in progress! Anna also spends a lot of time imagining kissing hot guys – all in the name of her art.