The Summer of Letting Go

The Summer of Letting Go

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Just when everything seems to be going wrong, hope--and love--can appear in the most unexpected places.

Summer has begun, the beach beckons--and Francesca Schnell is going nowhere. Four years ago, Francesca's little brother, Simon, drowned, and Francesca's the one who should have been watching. Now Francesca is about to turn sixteen, but guilt keeps her stuck in the past. Meanwhile, her best friend, Lisette, is moving on--most recently with the boy Francesca wants but can't have. At loose ends, Francesca trails her father, who may be having an affair, to the local country club. There she meets four-year-old Frankie Sky, a little boy who bears an almost eerie resemblance to Simon, and Francesca begins to wonder if it's possible Frankie could be his reincarnation. Knowing Frankie leads Francesca to places she thought she'd never dare to go--and it begins to seem possible to forgive herself, grow up, and even fall in love, whether or not she solves the riddle of Frankie Sky.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 316 pages
  • 149.86 x 208.28 x 38.1mm | 476.27g
  • United States
  • English
  • 1616202564
  • 9781616202569
  • 1,557,597

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Summer has begun, the beach beckons . . .. . . but Francesca Schnell is going nowhere. Four years ago, Francesca s little brother, Simon, drowned, and Francesca was the one who should have been watching. Now Francesca is about to turn sixteen, but guilt keeps her stuck in the past. Meanwhile, her best friend, Lisette, is moving on most recently with the boy Francesca wants but can t have. At loose ends, Francesca trails her father, who may be having an affair, to the local country club. There she meets four-year-old Frankie Sky, a little boy who bears an almost eerie resemblance to Simon, and Francesca begins to wonder if it s possible Frankie could be Simon s reincarnation. Their surprising friendship leads Francesca to places she thought she d never dare to go and it begins to seem possible to forgive herself, grow up, and even fall in love, whether or not she solves the riddle of Frankie Sky."
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Back cover copy

Just when everything seems to be going wrong, hope--and love--can appear in the most unexpected places.

The little boy takes a step closer. "Hey, I Frankie, too. Frankie Schyler. But Schyler is hard, so you can say Frankie Sky." He beams up at me, his blond curls blaz-ing in the sun. And that's when I see it, how very much he looks like my dead brother, Simon. "Because," he says, "Simon is just like the sky."

Everything goes silent. The air disappears, presses in heavy, like a vacuum seal.

"Right?" he repeats, eyes fixed on mine. "Because Schyler sounds just like the sky?"

He's fixed it now, but I know what I heard. Clear as day, he had said, "Simon is just like the sky."
He waits for me to say something, but I can't get the words to come out. All I can do is stare back at him.

It's as if I am looking at Simon.

"A beautiful story of heartbreak and hope." --Daisy Whitney, author of The Mockingbirds and Starry Nights

"The Summer of Letting Go is haunting, heart-lifting, and impossible to put down . . . Francesca Schnell is one of the most authentic young adult characters I've read in a long time." --A. S. King, author of Reality Boy, Ask the Passengers, and Please Ignore Vera Dietz
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The genre of sibling-loss fiction is two books richer [Francesca] learns from Frankie Sky that it s important to keep on living rather than going through the motions. This is really the emotional heart of the novel Fran[cesca s] outpouring resonates with real feeling. Here, Polisner gets her subject exactly right. The New York Times Book Review

The Summer of Letting Go is haunting, heart-lifting, and impossible to put down . . . Francesca Schnell is one of the most authentic young adult characters I've read in a long time. A. S. King, author of Reality Boy, Ask the Passengers, and Please Ignore Vera Dietz

Polisner does a great job portraying the inner world of a 16-year-old whose trials have aged her prematurely. With a light, deft hand, Polisner gives Frankie s world touches of humor, gravitas, and teen-centered reality, as well as multifaceted, sympathetic characters who seem plucked from any typical suburban street. Booklist

Gae Polisner brings joy and sadness to readers every time a page is turned... a beautiful novel about unlikely friendship that will put a smile on anyone's face. TeenReads.com

A beautiful story of heartbreak and hope. Daisy Whitney, author of The Mockingbirds and Starry Nights

A very realistic novel truly able to capture the emotions of a teenage girl haunted by her past The novel is great quick-read to read anytime of the year, which makes the soul long for summer and a time for change. I highly recommend to anyone who is interested in coping with tragedy and learning to love at the same time. Teen Ink

The prose is gentle but evocative, and Frankie Sky s childlike exuberance and occasional misconceptions add heart and humor . . . [The Summer of Letting Go is] both hopeful and careful--like Francesca herself. Kirkus Reviews

The characters of the story are all very well drawn, the dialogue realistic, and the story itself well written, with much for teens to think and talk about. VOYA

First-rate realistic fiction with plenty of heart. School Library Journal

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4 34% (592)
3 22% (378)
2 5% (86)
1 2% (36)
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