Daisy is the good girl. The fabulous trumpet player, the wonderful daughter, the dutiful sister. Or she has been. But something is changing and growing in the Meehan family, and his name is Steven. Steven is at the beginning and the ending of everything that happens in their household. Why? Because Steven is severely autistic and while it was hard when he was younger, it has become nearly impossible to have a semi normal existence with him now that he’s grown into a large thirteen year old boy. A boy who doesn’t understand that he can now hurt people when he gets upset. A boy that it is hard to talk to, and a boy who everyone loves dearly. Daisy, included.
So Daisy begins to lose it – after all the years of being perfect – and starts to slide somewhere she isn’t sure where she’ll end up. Only that she knows she can’t continue on as she has. Maybe Dave, a friend from years ago, but someone who has been classified by the town as a loser, has the answer.
The question is, is he willing to share what he knows?
The Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Ward Kehoe is an honest look at a family in crisis, trying to survive as best they can, while keeping what is best for everyone in mind.
Highly recommended. Good for mature 7th graders and up.