3 Hearts · New Adult Contemporary

Letting Go by Kate L. Mary


Some people like a little chaos. Not Sarah. Growing up in a house of humiliating filth means she has three crystal-clear goals:

1. Get through college, however she can.
2. Keep her four-year-old sister away from her mom’s hoarding.
3. Never, never let disorder take over her life.

Of course, studying, working, and taking care of a toddler mean Sarah has no time for fun. Until she meets Zac.

He’s sweet, he’s funny, they have compatible plans for the zombie apocalypse. But Sarah can’t let him in. It’s not just his three drooly, sloppy dogs—with him in her life, the pristine future she’s working for would be shredded before you can say Down, boy!

Sometimes falling in love is really all about letting go.


ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

It took me a while to get into this book. About 3 attempts of me opening it and putting it back down. Once I got about 30% of the way through it become more interesting and grabbed my attention more. I swear I have lie ADD when it comes to some books. Either they have me in from page one, or it takes me a few tries to get through it. I did finish Letting Go, and was pleasantly surprised. I was actually a little sad that the detail and depth that was so obvious in the beginning, began to taper off about 85% of the way through. It felt like all the good stuff happened 60% and on.

Our main character is Sarah. She is 22 years old, works at a sweet shop in town, goes to college, and takes care of her 3 year old sister. The reason? Her mother is a Hoarder. Yes, if you are thinking of the show Hoarders or Hoarders Buried Alive, then you are on the right track. Sarah’s mother’s struggle became a problem, after Sarah’s father passed away. After that, her mother wouldn’t get rid of anything. It became so bad, that Sarah left her mother’s house at the age of 17 and began living with her best friend. When Livie, Sarah’s baby sister was born, she knew she couldn’t let that child be raised that house. So, the story is about this young woman who has sacrificed everything to take care of others. In return Sarah doesn’t really have a social life.  Until she meets Kal-El.

Kal-El is a dog, so didn’t get so caught up on the name. I thought it was cute. Loki, Kal-el, and Hank are the three dogs that are owned by the gorgeous, nerdy, 25 year old guy names Zac. Zac is everything she could ever want in a guy, but he has dogs. Dogs, to Sarah, are – messing, dirty, stinky – creatures. Through multiple attempts on Zac’s party, Sarah and him form a bond over nerdy X-men trivia and zombie apocalypse. The relationship seems to be going great, but road blocks cause Sarah to put a stop to the budding romance.

The story is about Sarah over coming her personal fears of being OCD; and, judgment of other people. She doesn’t want people to know about Livie, her mother, or her peculiar situation. Zac is like therapy to Sarah. He helps her and gives her confidences. He comes to her aid and also doesn’t turn away from the obstacles that Sarah believes will ruin their relationship. With the help of Winnie – the old lady that owns the sweet shop – and Megan – Sarah’s best friend – she is able to grow into her mental obstacles and aid her family into overcoming their personal problems.

The book is well written and once the story picked up it was entertaining. I enjoyed the nerdy references. If you are The Walking Dead fan, then this book has your humor within it. I am actually intrigued to read the other series this author has written to see the difference.


Overall rating 3 Hearts. I liked it, but probably won’t read it again.


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