Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Book Review | The Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Ward Kehoe

17987215 For sixteen years, Daisy has been good. A good daughter, helping out with her autistic younger brother uncomplainingly. A good friend, even when her best friend makes her feel like a third wheel. When her parents announce they’re sending her brother to an institution—without consulting her—Daisy’s furious, and decides the best way to be a good sister is to start being bad. She quits jazz band and orchestra, slacks in school, and falls for bad-boy Dave. 

But one person won’t let Daisy forget who she used to be: Irish exchange student and brilliant musician Cal. Does she want the bad boy or the prodigy? Should she side with her parents or protect her brother? How can she know when to hold on and when—and how—to let go?

The title. Amazing. The cover. Stunning. The synopsis. Excellent. The book. Pretty good.
Here's the thing. I wanted to love this book, because everything about it was leading up to me absolutely loving it. There were some really great moments in the book, which had me hopeful. I thought Daisy's struggle with how to handle her at home issues, was fantastic. I liked the emotion put into her character, and how she handled things. I liked that there were the musical elements, and that music was her escape.
There was a lot of good stuff. Only, it never quite reached brilliant for me. Maybe my expectations were built up too high, but, all I know is that I wound up liking the book, but not loving it.
One of the things that bugged me a bit, was that there are two main guys in this book. Dave and Cal. I had my favorite, and things didn't work out the way I would have liked them to. That was disappointing.
Overall, this was a good book, I enjoyed it a lot, and there were several great moments in it.


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