The Leaving | Book Review

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Author: Tara Altebrando

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Publication Date: June 7, 2016

Publisher: Bloomsbury


Six were taken. Eleven years later, five come back–with no idea of where they’ve been.

Eleven years ago, six kindergarteners went missing without a trace. After all that time, the people left behind moved on, or tried to.

Until today. Today five of those kids return. They’re sixteen, and they are . . . fine. Scarlett comes home and finds a mom she barely recognizes, and doesn’t really recognize the person she’s supposed to be, either. But she thinks she remembers Lucas. Lucas remembers Scarlett, too, except they’re entirely unable to recall where they’ve been or what happened to them. Neither of them remember the sixth victim, Max. He doesn’t come back. Everyone wants answers. Most of all Max’s sister Avery, who needs to find her brother–dead or alive–and isn’t buying this whole memory-loss story.


Again, this is another book that I have had for a year, and when it first came out, it was a  huge hit! After reading it, I really don’t know why it was.

The plot sounds interesting, I mean, 6 kids go missing, only to have them return years later, without the memory of the 6th child. The synopsis basically wrote itself! There was a butt load of questions that had to be answered, such as: Where did the kids go? Why did they disappear? Why did they return now? Why do they not remember Max?

Unfortunately, there were parts that dragged on in finding out the answers to these questions, which made me sort of skim a few of the chapters.

I did enjoy how the story was broken down into 3 different characters, 2 of the kids that had left, and 1 that had lost someone during the leaving. I also enjoyed how each person had their own font as they were trying to remember what had happened to them. This did make the story a bit more interesting as some of the fonts appeared in boxes, or was larger, or had large gaps, much like the children’s memories.

With all of this being said, I am on the fence as to whether or not I would recommend this book. It’s really up to you. Personally, this book will probably get put somewhere on my shelf with all the other books that I did not enjoy, but are still within view because they were either a cover buy or a popularity buy.





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