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- Publisher : Bloomsbury YA; Reprint edition (5 June 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1681197006
- ISBN-13 : 978-1681197005
- Reading age : 13 - 17 years
- Dimensions : 13.92 x 2.34 x 21.18 cm
- Customer Reviews:
Altebrando nails the staccato delivery of popular investigative podcasts like Serial . . . Extremely effective in landing emotional punches . . . Taut and thoroughly gripping. - starred review, Publishers WeeklyThe juicy premise is enough to draw mystery/crime fans, and Altebrando unspools details with a deft hand. - BCCB This gripping tale, full of unexpected twists and turns, will intrigue readers who enjoy psychological thrillers with a touch of the paranormal. - School Library Journal A fast-paced thriller . . . Fans of true-crime podcasts especially will feel right at home. - Booklist 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 LIARS on THE LEAVING 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 on THE LEAVING 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 on THE LEAVING 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 on THE LEAVING 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 on THE LEAVING We are rushed headlong into Altebrando's The Leaving, and instantly we want to know: Who are these wildly intriguing teens? Where are their memories hiding? Who or what has engineered the disappearance of their childhood? Bold, inventive, and engaging, The Leaving leaps straight off the page. - Beth Kephardt, author of SMALL DAMAGES and THIS IS THE STORY OF YOU on THE LEAVING
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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What if ... no one knows the truth about you?
It's been thirteen years since Kaylee's infamous birth mother, Crystal, received a life sentence for killing Kaylee's little brother in a fit of rage. Once the centre of a cult-following for her apparent telekinetic powers, nowadays nobody's heard of Crystal.
This was a good read with good characters. Little slow. 4*. Netgalley and Bloomsbury publishing plc.
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Now the story itself. Kaylee is contacted by Liana who hosts an obvious SERIAL clone: The Possible about Kaylee's birth mother, Crystal who had gained fame as a supposedly telekinetic teen and who later murdered Kaylee's baby brother. The show seeks to see of Crystal was a fraud and a murderer. Kaylee wants to understand what happened and where she came from.
The underlying mystery is did Crystal really have powers and does Kaylee? You are given glimpses into happenings where Kaylee wished for something and it happened, plus some possible explanations and even more questions.
It is tightly paced and will have you doubting and wondering up to the very end