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The Summer of Letting Go

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The Summer of Letting Go

THE SUMMER OF LETTING GO by Gae Polisner is a story of friendship, hope and forgiveness. Francesca Schnell is a 15-year-old girl who lost her younger brother four years ago. Francesca, also known as Frankie, has let the guilt of Simon's death consume her. Her mother has become detached from the family and her father has been sneaking around with the neighbor. In addition, Frankie's best friend, Lisette, has a boyfriend, who Frankie really likes --- not in the platonic way. Overall, Frankie is confused, upset and alone.

But while spying on her neighbor at the club, Frankie meets four-year-old Frankie Schuyler who is a carbon copy of her deceased brother. Immediately, she feels a strong connection towards this little boy, beyond his appearance. She is hired as a mother's helper and spends her summer days taking care of "Frankie Sky." The more time they spend together, the more Frankie believes that her brother's soul lives within Frankie Sky.

Gae Polisner brings joy and sadness to readers every time a page is turned. 

Meanwhile, Frankie continues to spy on her father and the married neighbor; she is continuously afraid of what she might learn about their relationship. Also, Frankie's feelings for Lisette’s boyfriend intensify and beautiful mistakes are made as a result.

Gae Polisner brings joy and sadness to readers every time a page is turned. She keeps readers hoping and wishing about Frankie Sky's character. She does an amazing job keeping the readers intrigued throughout the novel. THE SUMMER OF LETTING GO by Gae Polisner is a beautiful novel about unlikely friendship that will put a smile on anyone's face. Just see for yourself.

Reviewed by Katherina T., Teen Board Member on March 25, 2014

The Summer of Letting Go
by Gae Polisner

  • Publication Date: March 31, 2015
  • Genres: Young Adult 14+, Youth Fiction
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 161620480X
  • ISBN-13: 9781616204808