The Leaving Season by Cat Jordan
Published by HarperTeen on March 1, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 352 – hardcover & ebook
Format Read: eARC
Rating: 4 stars
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.
Thank you HarperCollins for providing me with an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The Leaving Season has got to be one of the quickest reads ever. I was bored at school and decided to just feel the book out by reading the first page, but 50 pages later, I was surprised to find that I was still goin’ strong! I couldn’t concentrate for the rest of the day at school because all I could think was: “I have to get home and finish this.” When I did get home, I ignored my homework and responsibilities just to finish this book — in less than 5 hours! If my review doesn’t convince you to read this, then the above anecdote should give you an idea of just how amazing this book was.
There was one thing, however, that may have prevented me from giving this a full rating — it was predictable. I knew what was going to happen and I’m pretty sure everyone who’s read this has, too; the ” plot twist” wasn’t much of a surprise, to be honest, and you’ll definitely see it coming from a mile off. Aside from that, I found this to be a really cute, fast read. You get sucked into the story really quickly and won’t even notice the pages flying by! The writing style definitely contributed to that. It was easy to follow along and I really enjoyed it.
This is the perfect book to get you out of a reading slump. Even the slowest of readers could finish this in record time because boy did the pages fly by! There isn’t much to say about this without spoiling the book, hence the extremely brief review, so I’d just like to beg you to get this book. Funny dialogue, easy-to-follow writing style, awesome characters, and dynamic relationships — they’re what make this such a page-turner!
Rating: 4 fish