Amber Smith's debut novel, The Way I Used to Be, was a New York Times Bestseller and earned a nod from the American Library Association. In February 2018, Smith will release The Last to Let Go, where readers will meet Brooke Winters as she starts her junior year of high school feeling SO ready for change. She’s transferring schools, starting fresh, and making plans for college so she can finally leave her hometown, her family, and her past behind. But all of her dreams are shattered one hot summer afternoon when her mother is arrested for killing Brooke’s abusive father. No one really knows what happened that day, if it was premeditated or self-defense, whether it was right or wrong. And now Brooke and her siblings are on their own.
In a year of firsts—the first year without parents, first love, first heartbreak, and her first taste of freedom—Brooke must confront the shadow of her family’s violence and dysfunction, as she struggles to embrace her identity, finds her true place in the world, and learns how to let go.
Join Amber Smith at Main Street Books for a discussion and signing of The Last to Let Go. As a tie-in with the book's themes of reinvention, looking to the future, and integrating the past into the present, attendees will have the chance to use this book of prompts to draft letters to their future selves. There will also be snacks!