Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on June 7th 2016
Six were taken. Eleven years later, five come back--with no idea of where they've been.
Eleven years ago, six kindergarteners went missing without a trace. After all that time, the people left behind moved on, or tried to.
Until today. Today five of those kids return. They're sixteen, and they are . . . fine. Scarlett comes home and finds a mom she barely recognizes, and doesn't really recognize the person she's supposed to be, either. But she thinks she remembers Lucas. Lucas remembers Scarlett, too, except they're entirely unable to recall where they've been or what happened to them. Neither of them remember the sixth victim, Max. He doesn't come back. Everyone wants answers. Most of all Max's sister Avery, who needs to find her brother--dead or alive--and isn't buying this whole memory-loss story.
Hi guys! I am so, so, so sorry that I haven’t been very active. I’ve been so uninspired lately, but I am going to try to get more reviews up! I’m trying a more casual review format to see if I like it better, so bear with me!
This book kept me up waaaaaaaay past my bedtime! (Seriously, I stayed up until 3 AM to finish it!) I was constantly guessing and I just HAD TO KNOW what happened! I loved the mystery of it all, but at the same time, it was a bit too much. I found myself wishing that the author had made the choice to show us their lives before, wipe their memories, then have us reading along as they figure out the past; a healthy bit of dramatic irony. I really don’t know what I would’ve wanted. I LOVED not knowing, but I also wanted to know! I think the ideal solution would be to keep us guessing, but reveal the plot twists faster.
This book definitely creeped me out! It was the perfect amount of creeptastic goodness. Not only was I scared for the characters during this book, I was scared for all of humankind! The author did a fabulous job of revealing the plot twists in a way that was super creepy.
I hated Avery. She was annoying–almost unbearable. But, her POV felt necessary to the story. Not because of the romance (which I’ll get into later), but because of Max. Max was the tagline of this book. “Six were taken. Five came back.” The other characters didn’t really think about Max at all, yet he was still an important part of the story. Avery’s hunt for Max added another layer to the mystery. As much as I couldn’t stand Avery and all of her teenagery whining, she was an important character. She gave perspective to the situation that we didn’t see through Lucas or Scarlett.
Speaking of Lucas and Scarlett, the romance in this book was very odd. We start off with Avery having a child-like crush on Lucas, Lucas feeling an intruguing connection with Scarlett, and Scarlett not really caring at all. Later on in the book, we find out that View Spoiler »Lucas and Scarlett share a romantic past. They decide that just because their past selves were “in love,” that they have to be together now. SO, NATURALLY, THEY START MAKING OUT. This annoyed me for many reasons. They have so many more important things to do than make out, and yet they are, not caring about the consequences. « Hide Spoiler Avery continues to pine for Lucas. View Spoiler »Lucas realizes that he and Scarlett aren’t meant to be, althought THEY NEVER TALK ABOUT IT, and he ends up with Avery! IKR??? To make things even more confusing, Scarlett apparently has a past with Adam? Whaaaaat? « Hide Spoiler The romance was confusing. I didn’t ship any of the couples and I could’ve done without any romance at all.
The ending was very inconclusive! After all that questioning and build-up, it was very anticlimactic when the the answer was finally found. We didn’t get enough information. I was desperate for information about what happened during the events of the book and we barely got any. View Spoiler »The bad guy was never caught! I wanted a few scenes of Scarlett and Lucas having dramatic ruinions with him and him explaining himself. « Hide Spoiler
Judging by all that, it may seem as if I didn’t like The Leaving. That is false! I looooved this book! I simply can’t read a book without critiquing something!
I had a lot of trouble rating this book. In the end, I gave it 4 stars! The romance and ending were downers, but the suspense and story line were done so well that the rating had to be good!
The Leaving was, overall, an excellent book and I highly recommend it!