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Leaving Paperback – Illustrated, 6 June 2017
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- Publisher : Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books; Illustrated edition (6 June 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1681194031
- ISBN-13 : 978-1681194035
- Reading age : 13 - 17 years
- Dimensions : 14.33 x 3.28 x 21.03 cm
- Customer Reviews:
You will not sleep, check your phone or even breathe once you begin reading The Leaving. Altebrando hides a meditation on memory and identity inside a top-speed page-turner. I promise, you will not even look up from the page. - E. Lockhart, author of WE WERE LIARSThe Leaving isn't one of those books that creeps up on you: instead, it throws you in the back of an unmarked van and speeds off before you even have time to wonder what's going on. This book gripped me on the first page, and by the last, had really moved me. It's a twisty, oh no she didn't thriller that keeps the surprises firing, but also a thoughtful meditation on memory, identity, and what really makes us who we are. - Bennett Madison, author of SEPTEMBER GIRLS As heart-stopping as it is heart-breaking, The Leaving layers a wildly strange suspense story over a lovely and unexpected narrative of grief, loss, and the struggle to imagine a future in the shadow of the past. - Robin Wasserman, author of GIRLS ON FIRE Bold, inventive, and engaging, The Leaving leaps straight off the page. - Beth Kephart, author of SMALL DAMAGES and THIS IS THE STORY OF YOU This is no mere thriller; folded into this compulsively readable work are thought-provoking themes. . . . Teens who enjoy engrossing, contemplative titles such as Adam Silvera's More Happy Than Not will devour this insightful musing on memory and identity. - starred review, School Library Journal A twisting, harrowing story . . . Engrossing, both as a thriller and a meditation on memory--its limits, its loss, and the ways it deceives and constructs identity. - starred review, Publishers Weekly A twisting and turning mystery that will grip readers. - Kirkus Reviews Told in a complicated layering, Altebrando constructs an amazing story about the lives of those taken and of those who tried to carry on back home. - VOYA With a bit of romance, a bit of pathos, a bit of science fiction, and a bit of ripped-from-the-headlines trauma, this will appeal to fans of mystery. - BCCB Highly satisfying . . . A believable and clever story that will keep readers engaged from beginning to end. - Booklist
About the Author
Tara Altebrando is the author of several middle grade and teen novels, including The Leaving and Roomies, an ALA 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults pick, co-written with Sara Zarr. She lives in New York City with her family.
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The book is very gripping, I didn't want to put it down and kept trying to squeeze one more chapter in instead of doing other stuff. Most of the characters are likeable and engaging, and you are desperate to find out that happened to them all those years ago and where they have been.
However, for me two things let it down. 1) Was the chapters written from the point of view of Avery. She was such an irritating and unrelatable character, those chapters kind of spoiled the flow of the story for me. I understand that the author wanted to show how the event affected the people left behind just as much, but she could of chosen a better way to do this. 2) I felt a little bit cheated by the pay off. Not to spoil it for anyone, but for me personally the build up was much better than the reveal of where the kids had been and what had happened to them that i was let down. It kind of felt like the author has this great idea for most of a book but didn't really put much thought into how it was going to end.
Overall it's a good little book and I would recommend it. However, i think it could have been better.
This was an interesting premise and one I've not seen before in a YA book - I liked the mystery element and the collective amnesia meant we were finding things out at the same time as the characters. The story is told from three POVs - Lucas, Scarlett (both have returned after 11 years) and Avery (the sister of one of the missing).
It wasn't massively exciting - the story plodded along, but it was a good enough read. The chapters were short (1-2 mins long each) so it was easy to get through. There were formatting issues for me - different fonts and lines were used at times to convey how the characters were feeling when they thought they remembered something or when they were worried and I felt that was gimmicky and unnecessary, I thought there was something wrong with my copy at first.
Overall it was good - I felt like it ended just as it was getting started and I'd love to know more about the missing years but it wasn't as disappointing as some reviews here would have led me to believe. I only had one real eye-rolling moment that involved something one of the children said when they were five, but other than that it was fine. I'd definitely recommend it if you'd like to read something fresh and different.