Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

The Leaving by Tara Altebrando
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens in June 2016.

"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." -- From Goodreads

Will you like it?
Honestly?  I don't know.  I had major issues with this book.  We only had three points of view in the book: two of the kidnapped victims and the sister of a victim.  I think there was supposed to be some method behind choosing, but I wish we could have heard from everybody.  It seemed like nothing happened through the entire book.  The majority of the novel was our two characters trying to jog their memories.  Not exactly enticing stuff.  And the ending?  It was such a letdown.  It's almost like it got set up for a sequel, even though it does not look like there are plans for one.  There are better stories written about amnesia victims, and I would recommend one of those before I'd recommend this book.

Disclosure: I borrowed a copy of this book from my local library.

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