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Bookish: Amber Smith on How the Cycle of Abuse Shaped The Last to Let Go

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. Earlier this winter, we named Amber Smith’s sophomore novel, The Last to Let Go, as one of the must-read books of the season. This young adult book introduces readers to Brooke Winters, a high school junior coming to terms with the fact that her mother murdered her abusive father. Here, Smith shares how she wove her own experiences of grief into the story and discusses the importance of understanding and stopping the cycle of abuse. I always try to write books that share a message I needed as a young person. I ask myself which lessons were hard for me to learn when I was growing up. Domestic violence is an issue I hold close to my heart,…

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