Title: The Art of Letting Go
Author: Anna Bloom
One year. One woman. One Diary. One question: can you ever stop history from repeating itself and if you could what would you do to stop it?
When Lilah McCannon realises at the age of twenty-five that history is going to repeat itself and she is going to become her mother—bored, drunk and wearing a twinset—there is only one thing to do: take drastic action.
Turning her back on her old life, Lilah’s plan is to enrol at university, get a degree and prove she is a grown-up.
As plans go, it is a good one. There are rules to follow: no alcohol, no cigarettes, no boys and no going home. But when Lilah meets the lead singer of a local band and finds herself unexpectedly falling in love, she realises her rules are not going to be the only things hard to keep.
With the academic year slipping by too quickly, Lilah faces a barrage of new challenges: will she ever make it up the Library stairs without having a heart attack? Can she handle a day on campus without drinking vodka? Will she ever manage to read a history book without falling asleep? And most importantly, can she become the grown-up that she desperately wants to be.
With her head and her heart pulling her in different directions can Lilah learn the hardest lesson that her first year of university has to teach her: The Art of Letting Go?
The Art of Letting Go by Anna Bloom is a nice, light hearted NA romance. It is written in a diary style, but the author does a great job at making the story have a casual feel with loose sentence structure and personal responses mixed in with the story telling, without it feeling too choppy or overly whiney. Twenty-five year old, Lilah has started university a few years later than most of her freshman classmates, but it is her only option to break free from her parents' prearranged life-plan for her. She basically runs away from her life to start fresh, even though she only goes 20 minutes up the road. Lilah sets herself 4 rules: No alcohol, no cigarettes, no boys, no going home. But all 4 of her rules get broken one way or another as she becomes close with her roommates and lives up the normal university experience. Fun story to read, not filled with unnecessary melodrama and heartache, but enough action to keep you interested and into it as Lilah goes through the trials and errors or trying to find herself and stand on her own two feet.
This story definitely had the Briget Jones' Diary feel to it; possibly the British connection, plenty of "British-isms" and English humour. Also Lilah is a bit of a crazy character as well, she is very impulsive and has a sarcastic and at times slightly dark sense of humor. And of course there's the fact that its also written in a diary style, getting a direct tap into her inner most thoughts and self talk. I really liked rock singer, love interest Ben, he is definitely swoonworthy! Even though they do have their ups and downs, there is a good amount of angst and moments you want to smack some sense into Lilah but they do have a great balance of fun and playful and hot hot hot! I think the novella from Ben's perspective would be a great addition because I did feel like she could have delved into more of his backstory. Bloom does a great job at developing her secondary characters too, I personally really liked Meredith a lot, she was the voice of reason and gave Lilah sage wise advice even though Lilah is older than her. I'm sure Bloom is setting up plenty of character development and growth for the following books in the series.
Anna Bloom is a contemporary romance writer who writes about life as it happens. Combining a busy schedule of looking after two small children whilst working in a local school and completing The Uni Files series she also spends a lot of time imagining kissing hot guys – all in the name of her art.