Synopses & Reviews
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 theyre sending her brother to an institutionwithout consulting herDaisys 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 wont 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 do you know when to hold on and whenand howto let go?
The Sound of Letting Go is deeply moving, fiercely honest, and always surprising. Stasia Ward Kehoes characters are so real and complex, you wont want to let them go at the end. I loved this book!”Barbara Dee, author of Solving Zoe, This is Me From Now On, Just Another Day in My Insanely Real Life, and Trauma Queen
Achingly beautiful, The Sound of Letting Go takes readers down a dangerous path while touching the heart and encouraging hope.”Elana Johnson, author of Possession, Surrender, and Abandon
Told in verse that is at once delicate and strong, lyrical and honest, Stasia Kehoes The Sound of Letting Go is a moving contemporary story of the intense push and pull between the responsibility of family and the freedom of dreams.”Jessi Kirby, author of Moonglass, In Honor, and Golden
With captivating verse and a lyrical love story to match, The Sound of Letting Go will keep you hanging on, breathless and enchanted, until the very last page.”Gretchen McNeil, author of Possess, Ten and the forthcoming 3:59 and the Dont Get Mad” series
Soulful and stunning, this book has captured my heart. Its one of those tragic melodies you never want to end, a tribute to the damning and redemptive power of music.”Jessica Martinez, author of Virtuosity and The Space Between Us
The Sound of Letting Go draws you honestly into the turbulent ambivalence of life with a severely challenged sibling, while never short-shrifting Daisy's individual coming-of-age journey. The music of Stasia Kehoe's beautifully flawed characters will resonate in your mind long after you finish reading her book.”Elise Allen, author of Populazzi, co-author of the Elixir series with Hilary Duff
"In this companion to Hopkins's adult book, Triangles (2011), the author offers a gripping novel-in-verse about teens whose lives shift dramatically because of sex. High school junior Mikayla is in love, but her relationship with her boyfriend is tested when she gets pregnant. Shane, 16, is dating a boy with HIV and coping with his four-year-old sister's incurable illness. Harley, a freshman, starts experimenting with drinking and drugs, as an older boy pressures her to have sex. Readers unfamiliar with Triangles may have trouble tracking the characters' interlinked relationships, but Hopkins's many fans will find plenty of authenticity, especially in Harley's story ('I'm Running/ With a fast crowd and I'm not/ sure how I got here... I never expected to go/ this far'), and appreciate the author's clever touches (the closing words/lines of the three narrators' sections lead into single-page poems from the POV of other key characters). While these stories are not quite as compelling as those in Hopkins's previous books, readers will likely move through this installment just as quickly. Ages 14 up. Agent: Laura Rennert, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Sept)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
andlt;Bandgt;Loveand#8212;good and badand#8212;forces three teensand#8217; worlds to tilt in a riveting novel from andlt;iandgt;New York Times andlt;/iandgt;bestselling author Ellen Hopkins.andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Three teens, three storiesand#8212;all interconnected through their parentsand#8217; family relationships. As the adults pull away, caught up in their own dilemmas, the lives of the teens begin to tiltand#8230;.andlt;BRandgt;Mikayla, almost eighteen, is over-the-top in love with Dylan, who loves her back jealously. But what happens to that love when Mikayla gets pregnant the summer before their senior yearand#8212;and decides to keep the baby?andlt;BRandgt;Shane turns sixteen that same summer and falls hard in love with his first boyfriend, Alex, who happens to be HIV positive. Shane has lived for four years with his little sisterand#8217;s impending death. Can he accept Alexand#8217;s love, knowing that his life, too, will be shortened?andlt;BRandgt;Harley is fourteenand#8212;a good girl searching for new experiences, especially love from an older boy. She never expects to hurdle toward self-destructive extremes in order to define who she is and who she wants to be.andlt;BRandgt;Love, in all its forms, has crucial consequences in this standalone novel.
Love—good and bad—forces three teens’ worlds to tilt in a riveting novel from New York Times bestselling author Ellen Hopkins.
Three teens, three stories—all interconnected through their parents’ family relationships. As the adults pull away, caught up in their own dilemmas, the lives of the teens begin to tilt….
Mikayla, almost eighteen, is over-the-top in love with Dylan, who loves her back jealously. But what happens to that love when Mikayla gets pregnant the summer before their senior year—and decides to keep the baby?
Shane turns sixteen that same summer and falls hard in love with his first boyfriend, Alex, who happens to be HIV positive. Shane has lived for four years with his little sister’s impending death. Can he accept Alex’s love, knowing that his life, too, will be shortened?
Harley is fourteen—a good girl searching for new experiences, especially love from an older boy. She never expects to hurdle toward self-destructive extremes in order to define who she is and who she wants to be.
Love, in all its forms, has crucial consequences in this standalone novel.
About the Author
Ellen Hopkins is the #1 andlt;iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/iandgt; bestselling author of eleven young adult novels, as well as the adult novels andlt;iandgt;Trianglesandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Collateral, andlt;/iandgt;and andlt;iandgt;Love Lies Beneathandlt;/iandgt;. She lives with her family in Carson City, Nevada, where she has founded Ventana Sierra, a nonprofit youth housing and resource initiative. Visit her at EllenHopkins.com and on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter at @EllenHopkinsLit. For more information on Ventana Sierra, go to VentanaSierra.org.