A Heartbreaking and Hopeful novel
The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go by Amy E. Reichert is heartbreaking and uplifting, sad and yet hopeful. The story is about a family who needs to move past more than one tragedy and discover a way forward from the secrets that have kept them at arm’s length. The story is beautifully written and pulled me in until the very last page. While I found my heart aching for all that was happening I also had to admire the ways in which the characters were able to pull themselves together as a family and still have hope for a bright future.
The book’s main character operates a food truck where she makes grilled cheese and the food descriptions had my mouth watering. I literally had to go make myself a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch, though it did not equal the ones in the book!
I felt like the book was paced really well and did a great job of jumping between past and present to show how the family had gotten where they are. I honestly had to skim read a few times because it was too sad, but I think that is more because of where my mood was than anything else. Overall it was a really great book and I look forward to reading her other books soon!
*Thank you to Netgalley and Gallery Books for the copy to read and review*