The Leaving is a great YA suspense novel. On the first day of kindergarten six students went missing, and now 11 years later five of them return. They cannot remember where they’ve been, but they act like normal teenagers, so obviously they’ve grown up relatively normally somewhere. This story sucked me right in. I was so intrigued and curious about what could have happened to these kids.
The story is told in alternating perspectives – Scarlett and Lucas,two of the kids who have returned, and Avery, the younger sister of the boy who never came back. Scarlett’s mother is convinced the kids were abducted by aliens. Lucas father dies tragically when Lucas returns home. And Avery cannot understand why Max hasn’t returned when the other seems unharmed.
Tara Altebrando masterfully weaves together these three characters’ memories and knits together an incredible tale. I couldn’t stop reading this book. The writing was so compelling, and the characters were very likable and interesting. I was a little disappointed by the ending, but ultimately I loved this book.
Rating: 4 Stars