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The Summer of Letting Go is a beautiful mix of sun and sea, vulnerability and strength, love and grief. Nearly four years ago, Frankie’s little brother Simon drowned at the beach. Now it’s almost her sixteenth birthday and she can’t seem to move on, but others apparently have. Believing her father to be having an affair with a married neighbor, Frankie sneaks into the country club to find out for herself. Rather than answers, she just finds more questions. She meets Frankie Sky, a little boy who is the spitting image of her brother Simon. Is it possible that this is more than simple coincidence? Could Frankie Sky be Simon reincarnated? Masterfully taking us through the ups and downs of one glorious summer, Gae Polisner tells a tale of forgiveness, redemption, and the power of love.

Despite heavy subject matter, The Summer of Letting Go is a wonderful summer read. Poignant and beautiful, the book makes it clear that Polisner truly understands the mess of emotions that comes with life as a teenager, and the big questions that fill the day-to-day mundanity of life. Fans of Sarah Dessen or Stephanie Perkins will find a kindred spirit in Gae Polisner, who writes of love in all its beautiful chaos. This reviewer greatly enjoyed The Summer of Letting Go, and would recommend it to anyone who might find themselves at the beach this summer.

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