The Leaving – Tara Altebrando

26073074Six 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.

This edition was published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens, June 2016
I first saw this book while working only because I work in a bookshop and was intrigued, but being the good saver I am, I decided to hold out as long as possible until payday. From my blog stalks and snapchat check ups, it was clear to me that this book was something different.
I read this book maybe a couple weeks after Sam, aka Ausfanboy (I’ll link him down below), and was immediately overwhelmed by how amazing this piece of art was. From the cover design – I mean, those swings are heartbreaking – to the way the font and text was thrown all over every single one of those 432 pages.
I couldn’t put it down, and I didn’t want to either.
The mystery of the missing child and their disappearance for elven years, gave me all sorts of feelings and the ending did not help ease any of them.
I gave this book a four and half out of five stars, the only thing that could have made this book a five out of five would have been a more satisfying ending, but that’s just my personal opinion. I really enjoyed the use of the different points of views, not just to clarify different scenes or situations, but the way Altebrando used them to display the different characteristics of every character.
If the blurb isn’t enough to inspire you to pick this one of kind up, consider the amazing POVs and the fact that I’ve already passed this book on to Lily from LilyCReads and I’m just gonna keep bugging her until she finally reads this masterpiece, that left me wondering and pondering.
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Am I the only one who thinks this swing set is v v v cryptic?

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