The Leaving

The Leaving 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 move

  • Title: The Leaving
  • Author: Tara Altebrando
  • ISBN: 9781619638037
  • Page: 447
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 doeSix 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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    1. Tara Altebrando

      Tara Altebrando is the author of numerous books for young adult and middle grade readers Her upcoming book, THE LEAVING Bloomsbury , is a YA thriller that received a starred PW review and is a Junior Library Guild selection Her other YA novels include ROOMIES, coauthored with Sara Zarr Dreamland Social Club A Kirkus Reviews Best Books for Teens , The Best Night of Your Pathetic Life, What Happens Here, and The Pursuit of Happiness.Tara is a Harvard graduate who lives in Queens, NY, with her husband and children.

    620 thoughts on “The Leaving”

    1. I am in a small puddle of befuddle because THIS IS A VERY VERY ODD BOOK. I was very excited for it because a) mysteries! and b) creepy cover! and c) missing people stories absolutely intrigue me. Like If You Find Me? GLORIOUS. And while I mostly enjoyed The Leaving, it had such a disjointed ending that I feel wholly unsatisfied.L I K E S:•The premise! 6 kids are kidnapped when they're 5-years-olde book takes place 11 years later when 5 of them return. ONLY 5. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE 6TH? NO ONE K [...]


    2. FIRSTLY, I must say I did not like the author Tara Altebrando's writing style during Scarlett's/Lucas' chapters at all. In my opinion it was totally unnecessary and broke up the free flow of the text. However, I do appreciate that this is a YA thriller so the very unique design of writing would probably be more suited and be attractive to younger readers of that genre better.BUT - I did love the opening chapters, I was thoroughly hooked and couldn't wait to see how the story panned out. Six five [...]


    3. 3.5 Addicting, I was seriously addicted to this story. Six children disappear on their first day of kindergarten, eleven years later five come home. No memory of where they had been, nor who took them to begin with. No memory of Matt, the missing child. The story is narrated, in alternating chapters by Avery, the missing boys sister, Scarlet and Lucas, two of the returned. They each try together, and separately try to figure out where they have been. The writing during Scarlet's narration was ki [...]


    4. This story has 2 mysteries: where these kids have been for the past eleven years, and what happened to Max - the one kid still missing. The concept was so fascinating to me, but while the journey to get there was almost bearable, the reveal to both mysteries was extremely unsatisfying.That's basically what I took away from this book. And since I've already dedicated too much time (aka 432 pages) to this story, I don't have the desire to write a well structured, thought out review. So here are so [...]


    5. شروع داستان طوفانیه و امید یه داستان خوب رو بهتون میده. کمی با اجبار خودم سعی کردم به پایان برسونمش فقط برای اینکه بدونم که در انتها چه اتفاقی برای بچه ها افتاده بود، اما ناامید شدم، چون جواب های نهاییش کمی بیش از حد معموله که بشه باورش کرد.پلات داستان راجع به گم شدن شش کودک مهد [...]


    6. UPDATE 7/Jul/2017I have been wanting to lower my rating for this book ever since I read it but I just haven't been bothered. The more I thought about this book, the more I realised how anticlimactic it actually is. This book was so good and compelling right until everything is revealed and then it's so disappointing. I have no idea why I would give such a high rating so I am taking it down to 3 stars. I think that rating is much more accurate. ORIGINAL REVIEW - 4.5 stars!!Spectacular! This book [...]


    7. This review appears on Happy Indulgence. Check it out for more reviews!I have a penchant for devouring YA thrillers, so when I heard about the mystery behind The Leaving, I had to pick it up.Five teenagers get dropped off home with no knowledge for the past 11 years. They have procedural memory, but they have no memory of their relationships with each other, or what they've done and where they've spent their time. We get three perspectives - two of the missing teenagers, Lucas and Scarlett, and [...]


    8. The book starts with Avery who is just a toddler, wondering where her brother is.And then we jump 11 year ahead 5 Teenagers wake up with a blindfold covering their eyes, a van taking off and them having no recolection of how they got there, where there is and who they are as much as they lives beyond this exect moment.After taking off the blindfold, they only saw the van leaving and realized they were all wering the same clothes and discovered a map in their pocets with a "X" marking a spot of e [...]


    9. I think 3.5 Stars. I HAD to know what the end result was, but I didn't much like the characters or the end result???6 kindergarteners went missing-- 10 years later, 5 of them return unharmed, but without memory of where they've been or why they were taken. Some people think they're faking it, some think they're dangerous, some even think maybe they were abducted by aliens. Avery is the sister of the one boy who didn't come back, and she's not giving up until she finds out the truth about her bro [...]


    10. Eleven years ago six kindergartners went missing from their school with the search turning up absolutely nothing to what had happened to them. The families tried their best to go on with their lives slowly losing hope over the years that they would ever be returned. Now, at sixteen, five of the missing children have returned. The teenagers are foggy and think that they have been drugged but have absolutely no memory of what had happened to them for the last eleven years. With only glimpses of me [...]


    11. This book intrigued me as soon as I saw the cover. 'Six kids disappeared. Five teenagers returned.' I wanted to knew what happened right away.This book lived up to it's expectations. Sometimes they did special things with the layout of thoughts, which really added to the story. I noticed when I red the second third of the book that I was still intrigued every page and wanted to know what happened, it was a real page-turner, but that I didn't learned anything about what happened This is really re [...]


    12. "A whole generation oblivious to the truth of the human condition is a recipe for the collapse of society."This is not my first novel of Tara Alterbrando since I've already read her co-authored novel with Sara Zarr, entitled Roomies (which I loved). Roomies is a contemporary, realistic fiction novel. The Leaving is a mystery-thriller. So, I don't know what to expect, at first, with this book. And now, having read this book, I could say that Tara has the talent to write these kinds of novels. Eve [...]


    13. Quick review for quite a strenuous read. I think "The Leaving" had good ideas and intentions, but in the end, none of it worked for me. I'll admit I really had to push myself in a marathon just to get through this book. It was very sluggishly paced (for little to no reason at all), the characters were lacking (you have three perspectives: two of the abducted kids and one who's the sister, and there seems to be a mismatch with the gravity of the emotional events with the voices of the characters, [...]


    14. Helaas kon Verdwenen niet aan mijn verwachtingen voldoen. Het idee van 5 jongeren die na 11 jaar vermissing opeens opnieuw opduiken vond ik erg tof - zeker omdat ze zich niets kunnen herinneren van de afgelopen jaren. Zo weet niemand van hen wie Max is - de zesde persoon die 11 jaar geleden met hen van de aardbol verdween.Helaas laat de uitwerking van het boek te wensen over. Er gaat veel aandacht naar de onderlinge liefdesrelaties, terwijl het echte mysterie aan het einde wel heel snel ontrafel [...]


    15. This synopsis of this sounded like something I would absolutely enjoy, so I was eager to start reading it. I did get sucked in right away. The idea was intriguing and the way the story was broken up between the characters kept me quickly turning the pages. I loved the misdirection and how I felt like every time I might have something figured out, everything shattered. It was a bit longanted there's a lot of story to tell and it did need to be told. Some scenes did seem a bit repetitive. I am pur [...]


    16. 3.5 Stars.The Leaving was a bizarre blend of contemporary and intrigue that will leave readers wondering what is real and what we're manipulated to believe. Told from several points of view, Lucas and Scarlett who were both taken at five years of age and from the perspective of Avery, who's brother Max was taken and has yet to return with the other five teens. Scarlett is returning to a single mother, a former alcoholic who believes her daughter was abducted by aliens and has immersed herself in [...]


    17. Podría ser perfecto, lo tiene todo para serlo, pero falla.La premisa es espectacular, la trama viene fantástica, mega misteriosa, manejas mil hipótesis, promete volarte la cabeza con todo. Pero no, lamentablemente la resolución es conformista y poco emocionante, bastante tirada de los pelos. Lo amaba tanto, y me rompió el corazón.Un libro entretenido y bastante bueno, pero no espectacular.


    18. actual rating: 3.5i did enjoy this book but there were some flaws in the writing style and story that i had an issue with but don't get me wrong the whole story concept is very interesting and i still enjoyed it.6 children go missing when they're all six and only 5 children return 11 years later with no memory of what had happened to them. we go back from perspectives of two of the missing children and one of the sisters of the child who never returned with the other 5. I would have love to see [...]


    19. *****You can read my full review at Darling & Co.*****I discovered The Leaving in an article about the best young adult books being released in June and after reading the synopsis, I went to and purchased it. When it arrived, I started reading it right away, even though I currently have 3 other books I'm reading; I needed to read this ASAP. I finished it in a day, and it's been a long time since I've done that with a book. This book is definitely on my must read list! I will be recommending [...]


    20. Ik zit te twijfelen tussen 3 of 4 sterren. Toch voor vier sterren gekozen. Ik vond het verhaal origineel en het las ook lekker snel weg. Ik had het boek zo uit, echter miste ik de diepgang. Ik vond dat het verhaal uitgebreide beschreven kon worden. Vooral de ontvoering en de gevoelens van de personages.


    21. Hmmmm. Not sure about this one. Three POVs and regular prose is interspersed with free verse and letters that make designs and that is a little much for me. I love thrillers, so I think I will set this aside for now and perhaps return to it later.Read more of my reviews on YA Romantics or follow me on BloglovinThanks to the publisher for providing a free advance copy of this book for me to review.


    22. UNPUTDOWNABLE. I was UNABLE to put this book DOWN.GOOD GRIEF.Super twisty mystery, not unlike GONE GIRL, without being completely repulsive, not unlike a Scandinavian crime thriller, without being totally gory. The perfect mystery/thriller, in fact for a teen looking for a great page turner! I even admired the characters I thought were horrible! And I was trying to figure out what the HECK was going on right up until the very end!



    23. MORE? MORE! @ P.S. I love that book! THE WORLD: In this book we are in this small town in US where six kids at age of 5 got kidnapped from the kindergarten and after 11 years they come back without any memory. But! Only 5 of the kids come back and nobody knows what happened to the sixth one. The parents of the kids of course were traumatized and their lives ruined more or less so the kids do not come back to the happy longing families we are so used to seeing in the movies. They come back to bro [...]


    24. You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight This was quite an enjoyable book. I won't say much because frankly, I like to keep reviews of this type of book vague and short. As far as said mystery goes, I was definitely intrigued. I mean, kids disappearing, then coming back eleven years later? Yeah, that's messed up. And by the by, they don't know where they've been, who with, or even who they are. I liked that there was skepticism [...]


    25. Van sommige boeken verwacht je gewoon dat ze je nieuwe favoriet worden. Had ik het in het geval van Verdwenen bij het juiste eind of kon dit niet anders dan tegenvallen? Je leest het in deze recensie! Al verklapt mijn sterrenbeoordeling wel al dat ik het vond tegenvallen. Ik vertel je in mijn recensie waarom: bibliofem/recensie-verdweneLaat ik eerst even vertellen waarop ik mijn hoge verwachtingen gebaseerd had. Het boek valt volgens de omschrijving onder het genre psychologische thriller en daa [...]


    26. Would have been much better if a stupid romance hadn't been forced into it. That and cut down the drama a lot (view spoiler)[the one kid's father seeing him walk up, losing his footing in shock and dying right at the beginning?! (hide spoiler)]. Then this would have been an interesting thriller, with smart teens using their brains, and just a much tighter story.


    27. angelerin/2016/09Short Review Summary: A few problems, but addictive and enjoyable. The Leaving is an addictive story from page one. I couldn't stop reading this book and it's a very easy read. I had to binge this one so I could find out what happened to the six kids! When I first started reading the book I stayed up later than I should have reading. I had to LITERALLY force myself to set it down so I could sleep and finish it the next day. I was extremely tired the next day, but I just love sto [...]


    28. Release Date:June 7, 2016 Genre:Young Adult MysteryThis book is one of the most original novels I have read in a while. It's one of those books where you really have no idea WHY things happened and figuring it out and how it will end is nearly impossible. The author has created something unique with this novel and I am super excited to see what she comes up with next. The story is about 6 children who go missing on their first day of kindergarten and aren't found until 11 years later when they c [...]



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