Thursday, May 16, 2019

Blog Tour & Giveaway: You, Me, & Letting Go by Katie Kaleski

Book Blurb:

YOU, ME, & LETTING GO by Katie Kaleski

Publication Date: May 14, 2019

Publisher: Swoon Romance

A love so epic, no label is needed.

Van Sato’s got labels. Tourettes, ADHD, SPD - words that have defined his existence since the time he was old enough to know what they meant. Now, Van wants to prove he’s more than an acronym, a syndrome, a problem kid. He takes a summer job as a day camp counselor to prove he’s capable of independence and moving on to the next phase in his life. Maybe, he might even make a friend while there. Someone who’s got just as many or even more labels than him. Someone who understands what it’s like.

Tabby Dubanowksi wants to forget about everything, the hospitalization, the judgment, the whispers behind her back. As a camp counselor, she will be admired, looked up to, and able to help people who don’t know anything about her old life. Tabby wants a fresh start and a chance to re-ignite her passion for film-making, if only for one summer.

After running away from their pasts, Van and Tabby collide in a storm cloud of attraction laced with self-doubt, insecurity, shame, and blame. Now, with Van feeling like he might have to quit his job, and Tabby struggling to quell the urge to cut, they will struggle to find themselves in a world designed to keep them apart.

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My Review:

4 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Heart, Romance, Teen--

Tabby has had a rough year but is finally learning to love herself and be confident again. She is looking forward to leaving behind the past, one baby step at time, and she is excited to have her job as a summer kids day camp counselor. Vin has a lot on his plate with his tourettes, ADHD and SPD, all things keeping him from being just a regular teen. He is trying to prove he can handle growing up with getting a summer job as a camp counselor, but maybe it was more than he bargained for. What neither teen expected was to find love over this summer while learning to love themselves.

I will admit that I was a little leery going into the book based on they hard subject matter in the synopsis (self harm is usually something I avoid in stories), but I am always interested in books that deal with illness or disorders of all kinds so I figured I would give this a shot. This was the first time I have ever encountered a character with Tourettes in a story and I needed to know more. I am happy to report that this was actually a sweet, cute and at times really funny YA romance that I enjoyed. And sure, there are some tough things that the story deals with, but somehow, magically, the author was able to keep the tone light and uplifting and I really appreciated that.

Van caught sight of me. “Oh my God, stupid. I have a tendency not to think before I do things. I don’t like the feeling of sweat rolling down my back, so …”

“You had to swab yourself down.” I wanted to tell him to continue, and I’d just watch, but I’m sure that would’ve been inappropriate.

I learned many things from this story about tourettes, coping mechanisms and anxiety- and most importantly I learned that a group of bunnies is called a fluffle. Seriously, Vic was so freaking adorable, his interactions with the kids was the stuff of swooning, and sure he had a great way of sticking his foot in his mouth all the time, but he was pretty charming about it. And Tabby was so understanding and wonderful, fully able to appreciate Van for his words, heart and good looks, able to look past his struggles to have a real relationship and not judge. They had such a quirky relationship that worked well for them both, but I am not going to lie, some of the time it was so AWKWARD! I felt embarrassed for them at times, but still loved them so much. Side note, they both had the best of friends, the most supportive besties two kids could ask for, and I am holding out for a love connection for them too. I may not ever be able to look at squirrels the same though...

I found that You, Me and Letting Go was just what I wanted to read without realizing it. It was full of acceptance, personal growth, fun interactions and learning to love one's self and others- as well as some awesome sounding art, be it paper plate animals or crafty films. This was such an adorable read and I highly recommend this story for anyone looking for a cute YA romance that has the ability to educate and entertain.


Author Bio:

Katie Kaleski has started down many career paths and held many jobs—indie craft store clerk, pizza maker, photo developer, shoe salesperson and cashier, dental assistant in the army, daycare teacher, student teacher—but her favorite one by far is being a writer.

She’s originally from Chicago, so she says things like pop, gym shoes, and front room. Her favorite food group is sugar, and she loves writing young adult novels.

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