by Cat Jordan
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: March 1, 2016 by HarperTeen
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Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
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.
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 a tragedy strikes, Middie’s whole world is set spinning. No one seems to understand just how lost she is… except for Nate’s slacker best friend Lee. Middie and Lee have never gotten along. 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.
Cat Jordan’s heartbreaking story proves that no matter the season, no matter the obstacles, love can help you find yourself in the most unexpected of places.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
The Leaving Season was one of my 2016 anticipated releases. I loved the simplicity of the cover and the description was set to be a fantastic reading experience….. By the rating, you can tell it wasn’t the case. I wasn’t very invested in the beginning of the story but I will say it was good up until Nate leaves for a missionary trip to Honduras. Okay, I lie. It was good even after he left but then as the description says, a tragedy happened View Spoiler »Nate dies « Hide Spoiler (I knew just by reading the description) that changed Meredith a.k.a. Middie completely, which is very understandable but it wasn’t done in a way to seem… Real? The thing is, I didn’t even feel sympathy for Meredith. I couldn’t find anything I liked about her especially as the story progressed.
Lee Ryan is Nate’s best friend in the world. I wasn’t sure I was going to like him at the beginning, but I slowly started to. He was a decent character, very honest and he seemed real, from his personality to his job to his hobbies. His friendship with Meredith was one thing I enjoyed of the story but then it was ruined. View Spoiler »Nate was never dead. When Meredith and Lee find out, they are both happy. But Meredith pushes Lee away to continue her “perfect” life with Nate. « Hide Spoiler I felt like some characters were being played because of the indecision of another character and I was so mad. If it had been done well, I might have enjoyed it but I really couldn’t (it’s two of the tropes I don’t like).
There wasn’t much happening in the story, which was a let down for me. The story had so much cheese!! I couldn’t deal with it. I wish I had enjoyed this one.
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