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The Leaving Season by Cat Jordan

Monday, April 25, 2016

Middie Daniels calls it the Leaving Season—the time of year when everyone graduates high school, packs up their brand-new suitcases, and leaves home for the first time.

It happens every late August, but this year Middie’s boyfriend, Nate, is the one leaving. Nate, who’s so perfect that she can barely believe it. Nate, who makes her better than she is on her own. Nate, who’s promised to come back once he’s finished his gap year volunteering in Central America.

And when he does, it’ll be time for Middie to leave, too. With him.

But when tragedy strikes, Middie’s whole world is set spinning. No one seems to understand just how lost she is…except for Nate’s best friend Lee.

Middie and Lee have never gotten along. She’s always known that she was destined for great things, and Lee acts like he’s never cared about anything a day in his life. But with the ground ripped out from under her, Middie is finding that up is down—and that Lee Ryan might be just what she needs to find her footing once more.

Goodreads Summary

As people leave at the end of high school to go off on their own college adventures or trips to explore and help the world, life changes a lot for most people. Middie is completely enamored with her boyfriend Nate. He is leaving to go on a trip for a year to help people in Central America and the two plan to meet up after that year and go to college together. While Nate is gone though it is believed that he is dead, and Maddie seeks comfort in the arms of Nate's best friend Lee.

I always hate to read about tragedies, especially when they involve true love being torn apart from its rightful happy place in the world. I felt horrible for Middie when her world got pulled out from underneath her like a rug. I have never felt this myself but the way that the author wrote about it conveyed the raw crushing emotion so well. I didn't like that Middie went on to see the best friend of her boyfriend. It left me with a bad taste in my mouth, but I guess I have no clue how anyone would necessarily behave when faced with so much grief. Lee was alright, but I found myself wishing that Middie was back with Nate. The twist in the book was completely unexpected and will definitely leave you with your jaw on the floor. Take a look at this book. It definitely won't disappoint.

3.5 Stars

Reviewed by Chris

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