Book Review: Before I Let Go

Before I Let Go by Kennedy Ryan
Out now from Forever Publishing

They said they’d love each other till the wheels fell off…

This was one of the easiest five stars I’ve ever given to a book, and here’s why. It’s been several days since I finished reading this book, and these characters are still actively in my brain. Before I Let Go is just a beautiful story of love and loss and grief and finding yourself again. I don’t have a lot more to say about this second-chance romance because the intricately detailed characters and the heart-rending plot speak for themselves. I was so emotionally invested in the pain that Yasmen and Josiah have been through, and I loved that Ryan gives them to us so real and so flawed and so raw. Watching them make their way back to each other was exactly what my heart needed right now. I also really appreciated the normalization of therapy that was displayed throughout the book. When someone asks me if they might cry while reading some book or other, I usually say that it will depend on their connection to the characters. With this book though, if your cheeks are still dry at the end, you may want to check your pulse because you must be dead. I cried through the entire last quarter of this story. Like, not the little welling up of the eyes, but the big honkin’ blubbery tears streaming down my face.

I will mention that there are some pretty significant content warnings that go with this book, so please check those out before you dive into this devastatingly beautiful story of hope and second chances.

Thank you to NetGalley and to Forever Publishing for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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