The Sound of Letting Go

By Stasia Ward Kehoe

The Sound of Letting Go


The Sound of Letting Go

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Daisy has been a good girl for sixteen years. A good daughter who cheerfully assists her autistic younger brother. Even when her best friend treats her like a third wheel, she is a good friend. Daisy is enraged when her parents tell her that they're sending her brother to a mental institution withou... t consulting her, and she decides that the best way to be a good sister is to start being bad. She drops out of jazz band and orchestra, falls behind in school, and falls in love with bad-boy Dave. But there's one person who won't let Daisy forget who she was before: Cal, an Irish exchange student and a gifted musician. Is she looking for a bad boy or a prodigy? Should she support her parents or stand up for her brother? How will she know when to hold on and when to let go—and how?



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Quotes from The Sound of Letting Go

I calculate the breadth of Steven's shoulders, now wider than mine;
watch him tear open the Blokus game he likes to play with me after school;
count the hours between now and Dad coming home to take over
and I am only a little afraid
of the night.

There are more guys than girls in jazz.
Next-to-no lady trumpeters
(oh, there are a few)
but it doesn't matter because, for me, jazz trumpet is all about one guy
Miles Davis.
He made this famous album in 1959
called Kind of Blue
which is kind of, always,
how I feel.
That album gets into your bones
goes and goes
starts, hesitates, reaches out, feels
for the music, the sound, the thing you want to change.
Always grasping for the unattainable makes you
kind of excited,
kind of sorry.

The dusty library air is electric with secrets/ almost palpable in the thick quiet that bounces between/ Cal and those books and me

Thank God there are places
with sounds that make me cry
from beauty,
not from pain.


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