This was very heartfelt and I found myself either smiling or close to tears at some points. There are so many issues going on that had my heart breaking for the characters. Emerson is feeling a lot of guilt and Matt has a sister who refuses to eat and he is trying to grasp what happened to Emerson after her brother died. Plus, there are parent problems with Emerson. They are not there for her, and just don't understand her. They are rarely brought up but when they are they create a whole new plot to the story.
I felt close to all the characters. The author creates them on such a level that I felt connected, even though I related to none of them. This was pretty cool. The chapters were kind of short, which I thought added to the books charm. This, to me, also made the book more addicting. Just one more chapter... I can finish it quick....
I especially loved the alternating points of view. I must admit in the beginning I wasn't fond of Matt. He was in his own little world most of the time, and definitely has his faults although I am pretty sure this is how the author meant for him to be portrayed. He doesn't quite understand Emerson. As I delved into the book I began to be fond of Matt's realistic traits and admire the author for creating his character.
Emerson is also a character I could barely grasp, but I loved her narrations. She seems so real and broken, although we get to see her heal. The points of view got the story across so much better than it would have if there had been only one narrator.
Overall, Holding On and Letting Go is a fast read that toys with your emotion in a good way. Plus, the last couple chapters are amazingly sad and hopeful at the same time.
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