Book Review: The Leaving

26073074Title: The Leaving

Author: Tara Altebrando

Genre: YA Mystery

Pages: 432

Finished: Oct. 2 – Oct. 5

Goodreads: 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.

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My Review: The idea of six young children disappearing and five teenagers returning was grabbing enough. The fact that these five children don’t have much memory of anything in there life was even more intriguing. What kept me going and reading was the way memories were represented. Memories are so delicate and complex. You can easily mix up a personal memory with a memory that is given to you, by seeing pictures and a family member sharing the event with you numerous times. I read it to the end because I wanted to see the teens try to piece together the past eleven  years. I liked reading how they tried to piece together what little information they had and if things were significant or not. The way it all wrapped up is what made me very disappointed. They mystery element was predictable for me although one small piece of it gave me an “ah okay..”but it still didn’t really conclude the story and in some cases that works but in this one it doesn’t. It just left me feeling like I wasted my time. I got to learn a little about how memories work and how a child’s mine is easily manipulated, which we all know, but it just seemed so unfinished. Unless the author is working on a sequel I do not recommend this book.

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