The Leaving

Author: Tara Altebrando

Genre: Mystery/Fiction/Young Adult

Series: None

Blog is by Paige Newberrry


Eleven years ago, six kindergarteners were taken from there school. The police followed every lead trying to find Lucas, Scarlett, Kristen, Adam, Max and Sarah but turned up nothing. Their families began to lose hope and eventually the case was closed. But years after their dissapearence, five out of the six kids return. They’re teenagers and their perfectly fine, except for the fact that they can’t remember any of the last eleven years. Avery’s not buying it, though. She’s the sister of Max; the boy who never came back and she is going to find out what happened to him if it’s the last thing she’ll do.


  • Plot: This book had so much potential. Seriously. Six kids taken as children? Eleven years later five come back? Memory loss? Yes, please! But, all that potential was wasted on horrible pacing, stupid characters, and a bad ending.


  • Characters: I found the characters likable, but not developed or deep at all. Also, the all seemed to blend together. I could barely tell the difference between them and I felt their character traits were cliched. I found myself constantly forgetting who was who and I kept having to flip back to the beginning of the chapter to see which person I was reading about. Ultimately, this made the book confusing and hard to follow.
  • Ending/Plot Twist:  The only response to this ending I have is really? That’s your plot twist? *Claps slowly* Shame on you book. I mean, come on! I could come up with a better plot twist than that. We spend the entire book waiting to find out what happens to Max and the answer we get is that he died from an asthma attack. An asthma attack! He didn’t even have asthma! Out of all the interesting twists the author could have done, they chose this one. Oh and don’t get me started on the fact that the reason they were taken was to erase the memory of a school shooting. Because that makes so much sense.
  • Pacing: I felt like the book went like this: first sixty page so=stupid clue. Next sixty pages=another stupid clue. Rinse and repeat. It was agonizigly slow and I kept having to skim in order to finish it.

In conclusion, this book had a terrible ending and boring characters. I’d personally give it a skip and I rate it two out of six stars: ⭐️⭐️


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