The Leaving Season by Cat Jordan | ARC Review

February 24, 2016 | Posted by Genesis in Book Reviews | 14 Comments

The Leaving Season by Cat Jordan | ARC ReviewThe Leaving Season
by Cat Jordan
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: March 1, 2016 by HarperTeen
Format: eARC
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1 Stars
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.

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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 » (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 » 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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About Cat Jordan

Born in Europe and raised in America, Cat Jordan has spent her life in the visual and performing arts as a dancer, painter, and filmmaker. A nomad by nature, she's found inspiration for her stories and choreography around the world—from Venice, California, to Venice, Italy.

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  • Well, crap. I had hoped this was going to be good too. It’s actually one of the few March books I haven’t read yet, because every time I try to click “currently reading” on Goodreads, I see that the rating has plummeted. I didn’t read the spoilers yet, though I might haha. I mean, cheesiness- boring cheesiness at that!- and a plot that isn’t doing anything? What’s even the point? Ugh. I don’t know if I am ever going to end up reading this one, tbh! Great review, but I am SO sorry it was such a mess for you 🙁

    • I laughed at your “well crap” haha. I noticed it was low but sometimes I enjoy low-rating books so I didn’t put much thought into it but my expectations did lower. I was sad because I was looking forward to this one :/

  • Oh no! 🙁 I’m sorry this wasn’t for you, Gen! I was looking forward to reading it too because it sounded good but I clicked on all the spoilers and heck no! I can’t deal with unnecessary drama like that and I don’t have a good impression of Middy from your description of her!
    Thanks for steering me away from this, Gen!
    Great review!

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    • You know, I actually added the spoilers for you hahaha I’m not kidding. I know you click on them when I give a low rate on a book. I noticed something. When you rate a book high, I know I need to read it. When you rate it low (depending the reasons), I’ll still read it sometimes but I lower it on my TBR because there are books you don’t like that I like. I’m just glad I figured it out because I know I can fully trust your reviews 🙂 I deviated completely from the topic but yeah haha

    • Oh and you called me Gen!!!! I think this is a first hahaha

  • I got this one from Edelweiss, but I’ve been feeling like I shouldn’t read it because so far I don’t know anyone that has loved this book. 🙁 I hate unnecessary drama in any book.

    • Me either :/ Plus there are two tropes I really don’t like at all unless they are super extremely well.

  • Oh geez. I have this one too but am terribly behind on ARCs so I haven’t gotten to it yet. This doesn’t make me want to run and read it now either!! Sorry this didn’t work fo you!

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    • It’s sad 🙁 I wanted to like it but I really couldn’t.

  • Well dang, this one sounded so good. Sorry to see that you were not a fan. It kinda sucks when something major happens to a character and you don’t even really care that much. I got my curiosity hat on and clicked on the spoilers and it just sounds so melodramatic. Meh. Thanks for the review!

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    • Not at all! There was no connection whatsoever :/

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  • Damn, this one sounded good…I downloaded the earc. I clicked on the spoilers (I have no self control) and this book is not for me. Sorry this one let you down.

  • OH MAN! I’m super sad that you didn’t like this one. I feel like I need to read this because this is my “Leaving Season” where my friends and I are parting ways, and one of my best is moving half the world away. I really hoped it would be good, but I guess not:/

    Great Review:)