The Leaving

The Leaving

Book - 2016
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Six kindergarteners were taken. Eleven years later, five come back, with no idea of where they've been. No one remembers the sixth victim, Max. Avery, Max's sister, needs to find her brother, dead or alive, and isn't buying this whole memory-loss story.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2016
ISBN: 9781619638037
Characteristics: 421 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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Nov 05, 2020

I saw this book in a recommendation video for YA books and immediately placed a hold on it. When I got my stack of reserved books at my library, I decided to read this one first. Generally, I really like books like this, but this one was harder for me to get into. The end was the best part, but I feel that the author could have done a lot more with it. Overall, a good book, but at times you might have to force yourself to read on.

Sep 12, 2020

Overly disappointing - the story was interesting until it turns SCI-FI and the ending is a huge let down. I liked the writing style, however, as it visualizes how confusing the storyline is.

Aug 19, 2020

Seems like I read part of this novel several years ago, not long after it came out, but didn't finish it: Ran out of time and returned to the library. Re-reading it was a good idea: Solid mystery premise, believable-enough/good characters, nice conclusion, although why do all these YA novelists (Twilight, Hunger Games, etc) feel the need to have a love triangle involved in their storylines?

Jul 19, 2019

Addictive but filled with unnecessary relationship drama and romance. A good book, just not great.

Aug 14, 2017

Originally, I was skeptical of this book. The premise seemed weird and not my cup of tea but I bought it because I met Tara Alterbrando at a signing and really liked her. So I gave it a try. And holy crap, I am glad I did.

This book boarders on a 3.5 for me. It was intense and the mystery was well built. I enjoyed the concepts of memory, living life in the moment and the examination of childhood and its importance. I could see this as a TV show so easily; the characters of Avery, Lucas and Scarlett were vivid and each had their own mysteries and baggage to deal with.

I struggled with the pettiness of the love triangle(s) and the focus on the relationships. That was the worst part of the book for me. I understand the necessity of it but I found other parts, like the mystery and the relationship between the mother/daughter and siblings. It was a good book and I didn't want to put it down, so I didn't until I finished it.

Mar 03, 2017

The Leaving, this book is quite mysterious but also very interesting! This book is about 6 children starting out in kindergarten but then coming back when they’re a bit older. But wait, if six were taken should six not have come back? Apparently not with this book! I absolutely love this book and thought it was amazing. The leaving had lots of cliffhangers and was constantly leaving me on the edge of my seat while reading and I didn’t want to put the book down. I think this book is amazing and that you definitely go and check it out! This book was super action-packed and very excited to pick up and read. It was breathtaking. -@smallstories of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Six kindergarteners were taken and 11 years later only 5 of them came back. None of them remember where they were, what happened, or who the 6th person was. “The Leaving” is a mystery-thriller and your eyes will be glued to the page. If you enjoy a good mystery, then you have to read “The Leaving.” This book is really good and I finished it in a day because the suspense of the book was too good to put down. What I think about the book is that at first, it was interesting because 5 of them come back with no memory and they go home to their families. When they're uncovering the truth about what happened, and who took them, the suspension rises up and your curiosity gets the best of you because it's impossible to put down. If you love a thriller, mystery, and suspense then this is definitely the right book for you. 5/5 stars
- @AquafinaAstro of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

In reading this book, I really enjoyed how complex the characters were with emotions. Obviously, such a terrible misfortune would call for very dramatic reactions, and times for everyone. To me, it seemed as if the main characters were acting too impulsively and irrationally at times, but that made the plot feel realistic in its seriousness. Perhaps in another scenario without the drama, people would be more clearheaded. I also liked how the author didn't shy away from the presence of addiction and social media/paparazzi harassment because those two are very real in society. 3.5/5 stars
- @Siri of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

ArapahoeStaff1 Feb 14, 2017

This was a great mystery thriller that left me wondering what REALLY happened to these kids. There is enough science fiction in the story to really keep the reader in the dark about what went on--which makes the climax of the story that much more intense. I loved the addition of the cult classic, and would have loved to have even more of that element in the story. For readers who like conspiracies and mysteries, this is the one!

simeonite Jan 11, 2017

Omg, this book is so freaking dumb i hated it such a waste of time. What a vomit!

Sep 17, 2016

I desperately did not want to go to my Friday night craft night because I was reading this book. Suspenseful and compelling. What happened to those kids who disappeared 11 years ago? The story's told through Scarlett, Lucas, and Avery's POVs though Avery is not a returnee (her brother disappeared with the others). Now that they've returned (except Max, Avery's brother) the 5 kids cannot remember anything about what happened to them for the past 11 years, which is hard for many people to swallow. Memory, living in the moment, love, and family are all part of this story. Cool design also.

Aug 12, 2016

on the first day of Kindergarten, six kids go missing. they vanish without a trace. 10 years later, only five them come back.

where is the sixth child and why do the other five have ZERO recollection of what happened in those 10 years?

so is the mystery surrounding The Leaving.

told in alternative chapters from two of the missing children: Lucas and Scarlett, and the sister of the child who doesn't return: Avery; the reader slowly but surely uncovers the mysteries of what happened the day that they vanished.

i was hooked from the very beginning, great pace, lots of mystery, but once i got to the end, i was a littler underwhelmed. i thought the ending would be a bit more complex, but mostly i was like "that's it?"

overall, though, it's still good enough that i would recommend it. good book to get lost in when you're sitting poolside.


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