- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books; UK ed. edition (8 Jun. 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408877805
- ISBN-13: 978-1408877807
- Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 2.9 x 13 cm
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Leaving Paperback – 8 Jun 2016
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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)
Six were taken. Eleven years later, five come back - with no idea of where they've been. A riveting mystery for fans of We Were Liars and The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.See all Product description
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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.
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.
When I saw the title and went to the part of the library it was I was impressed with the title and over. For me, it screamed pick me up, take me home, and readme.
Six kids went missing after their first day at school and eleven years later only five of them returned. Though out the story we get different points of views from Lucas and Scarlett who were two of the kids that went missing and one named Avery who is the sister of one of the missing.
What we learn throughout the story is that this was planned and it was planned to have their memories erased and just returned to their families though it lasted for years. Slowly they remember things but what are they really remembering, and who was all behind it. Government, crazy folks or someone who just wanted to experiment? We do end up learning what happened to the sixth kid and let us just say thank goodness the parents have closure.
Though I did like how the author did the different points of views I wanted to hear from the other characters as well. We sorta hear from them but not really like we did with Scarlett and Lucas. In the end, I think I knew who was behind it but I didn't fully understand.
I do have to say that I liked the way that the author did Scarlett's story where the formatting was different at times showing that her world was not the same. That was a neat idea and different.
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