ARC Review – The Leaving Season by Cat Jordan

25708587Title: The Leaving Season

Author:  Cat Jordan

Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis: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.

Huge thank you to Harper Collins for sending me this book for review!

River’s Review:

Soooo I enjoyed this book WAY more than I had anticipated. I went into it thinking it was going to be a sad contemporary read but it was a lot more.

First off I really enjoyed the writing. It just fit with the tone and voice. This book does suffer from some poor pacing, which bugged me and brought my rating down a bit. Things kinda happen in sweeps to accelerate the time line and it just didn’t work for me with such an emotional story.

Also I am both for and against how quickly Middie moved on after “tragedy strikes”. I understand first hand how grief can make you do crazy things, but at the same time I’m not sure how well it works in this scenario. I did like how Middie and Lee relied on each other for comfort and how they became close. But some emotional stuff felt a little rushed.

I really enjoyed the characters in this. It’s a story about a golden couple and how Middie is defined by her relationship. When Nate leaves she finds that she can define herself. And while this was a story about loss, and there was a romantic sub plot, I felt that the whole point was that Middie had to choose to let Nate define her or find a way to define herself.

I saw a few reviews stating that Middie was a stereotypical good girl and that Lee is a bad boy, but that’s really not the case for either. Middie is a part of a relationship that makes her LOOK like the golden girl. And Lee isn’t her Golden Boy, but he drives a freaking Vespa… not really bad boy material.

Another thing I liked about this was the exploration of friendships. I really enjoyed seeing Middie develop stronger friendships with her girl friends in the absence of a very all encompassing relationship. I also liked watching her try to come to terms with Her Nate and Lee’s Nate. Just shows how people are different around their different groups of friends.

I had NOT seen the twist coming and it was so emotional! I also LOVED the ending and the choices that Middie made. This book stuck with me LONG after reading the last page.

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