The Leaving

The Leaving

by Tara Altebrando

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Overview

Eleven years ago, six five-year-olds went missing without a trace. After all this time, the people left behind have moved on, or tried to.

Until today. Now five of those kids are back. They're sixteen, and they are ... fine. Scarlett comes home and finds a mother she barely recognises, and doesn't really know who she's supposed to be, either. But she remembers Lucas. Lucas remembers Scarlett, too, but they can't recall where they've been or what happened to them. Neither of them remember the sixth victim, Max. He doesn't come back and everyone wants answers.

Addictive and unforgettable, The Leaving seethes with rich characters, tense storytelling and high stakes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781619638044
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 06/07/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 202,078
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Tara Altebrando is the author of several middle grade and teen novels, including Roomies, co-written with Sara Zarr. She lives in New York City with her family.

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Tara Altebrando is the author of several middle grade and teen novels, including The Leaving and Roomies, an ALA 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults pick, co-written with Sara Zarr. She lives in New York City with her family.
www.taraaltebrando.com
@TaraAltebrando

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The Leaving 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot was interesting but I didn't feel like it kept me Enticed ... I felt it lacked some edge. The ending wasn't that interesting either. I felt like the finding of the book basically gave way to what happened... Seemed to kill any surprises. I did like the way it was written as the words were different for their racing thoughts. The overall idea was Great but execution seemed it needed a little more....
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Emotional, twisting and turning plot, and shocking ending you could never see coming. But the slowness sometimes makes it boring. The lack of character development takes away from the quality of a really excellently thought-out book when it comes to the plot. Half the characters were missing. Awful lack of development. The touch of lesbianism at the end was unnecessary: if it’s not a book about politics, don’t include them. Actually a pretty excellently written and thought-out book.
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Interesting mystery! Thanks to NetGalley and Bloomsbury USA Children's Publishing for the chance to read and review The Leaving by Tara Altebrando! The story opens with the anticipation of people returning after being gone for eleven years, alternating between various points of view from the teens returning, individually and as a group, and their family members. Six kindergarten students were taken and five returned eleven years later with absolutely no memory of where they’ve been. Investigators and search parties found no evidence eleven years ago to help find the children but now, with the returned teens help and a few others, the investigation is making progress. The Leaving tells a tale of "what if?", while addressing a controversial topic. 4 stars for this interesting mystery. * I received a complimentary copy of this book for voluntary review consideration.
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Interesting mystery! Thanks to NetGalley and Bloomsbury USA Children's Publishing for the chance to read and review The Leaving by Tara Altebrando! The story opens with the anticipation of people returning after being gone for eleven years, alternating between various points of view from the teens returning, individually and as a group, and their family members. Six kindergarten students were taken and five returned eleven years later with absolutely no memory of where they’ve been. Investigators and search parties found no evidence eleven years ago to help find the children but now, with the returned teens help and a few others, the investigation is making progress. The Leaving tells a tale of "what if?", while addressing a controversial topic. 4 stars for this interesting mystery. * I received a complimentary copy of this book for voluntary review consideration.
MamaHendo More than 1 year ago
“The Leaving” is a quick read despite being 421 pages. This is another POV jumper but keeps the suspenseful story going from page one. The plot line revolves around six children who were kidnapped without a trace on their first day of Kindergarten only to be returned 11 years later with little to no memory of where they have been. Only not all of them were returned…one is still missing. While the five victims of “The Leaving” try to piece their memories back together, the family of the sixth child is trying to solve the mystery of what happened to Max and why he didn’t return with the others. Although there were parts of the story I felt could have been left out, this book made for a good quick read and would be a great recommendation for fans of YA sci-fi/mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Over all a good read
SmithFamilyInEngland More than 1 year ago
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 year old children go missing on a school trip to 'The Leaving'. After eleven years only five come back with no memory whatsoever of where they have been or for how long. Now everyone wants answers. UNFORTUNATELY - There were quite a few gripes that I had with the story in general - reactions, emotions, unnecessary relationships and memories from being five years old etc - to do with the characters and the plot line but I can honestly say I COULDN'T put this book down, and really wanted to see how it all came together at the end. Despite the various flaws, this for me was a seriously addictive book, I would recommend it, I hugely enjoyed it - not too sure about the ending- but I'm pleased I read "The Leaving" (although this must sound a very conflicting review to anyone reading this) and I would like to thank the Goodreads Giveaways for my copy. 4 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Neat concept and only 200 pages, so it's worth the read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not imagine ths ending Thought provoking
KateUnger More than 1 year ago
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. http://opinionatedbooklover.com/review-the-leaving-by-tara-altebrando/
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tried to figure out the ending all the way...surprise.
224perweek More than 1 year ago
Well, be prepared for a long drawn out story. However, it was interesting enough to keep me reading. A lot of questions needed to be answered like who?, where?, and when?. Lots of interesting characters with interesting back stories. Never saw the ending coming but it was not profound in any way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put the book down once I started I brought it every where I went and finshed it in two days I mean Iread the book five times for goodnessake!!
Laura_at_125Pages More than 1 year ago
I was unsure what to expect with The Leaving by Tara Altebrando. The hype for it was everywhere and I was intrigued by the unique plot. Six kidnapped kindergartners, eleven years pass and five kids return with no memories of the time away; sounds interesting right? And it was. Told in alternating voices, some like Avery whose brother Max was taken and some taken like Scarlett who can’t figure out why her home doesn’t feel like home anymore. One of the key story lines is of Avery, whose brother is the only one of the six to not return yet. Her story weaves throughout the others and provides a strong voice that helps balance out some of the intended confusion. I also liked how strong Scarlett and Lucas were, they provided a nice contrast and I enjoyed seeing them reach the conclusion. This definitely did not seem like a book over 400 pages as it was so fast paced. I did not love the big twist ending, as I felt that it did not quite fit the intrigue of the rest of the book. It seemed like it was wrapped up very quickly and I wanted a little more tension. Other than that thought, this was a very engaging read and I loved how unique the plot really was. Original Review @ 125Pages.com I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
tpolen More than 1 year ago
With a hook like that, how can you not want to read this book? I had to know what happened to these kids whether it be alien abduction, black hole, spontaneous combustion - I needed to know. The Leaving alternates between three POVs - two of the returned kids and the sister of the one who didn't. The bits and pieces that remain of the kids' memories are revealed along the way, but no matter what kind of theories I created, I couldn't have predicted the ending. This book points out how fascinating the mind is, how memories can be altered, retained, lost, etc., and how even though the conscious mind may not remember something, the memory might still be lurking in the subconscious. Despite being completely engrossed in the storyline, I had a little trouble buying into one of the relationships in this book - I won't say between which two characters - because I find it difficult to believe anyone could form such a strong bond at a very young age. It just didn't ring true for me. The Leaving is a gripping, dare-someone-to-pry-it-from-your-fingers, YA novel that would also appeal to adults. Highly recommended. I received a digital ARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Eleven years ago six kindergartners were taken from their school and disappeared without a trace. There have been movies and conspiracy theories but nothing close to the truth; no kind of resolution for the parents and siblings left behind. Until now. When five of the missing children come back they sixteen-years-old and healthy. They have no memory of what happened or where they've been held. They barely remember the lives they're returning to. None of them remember the sixth victim, Max. Scarlett returns to a mother she hardly knows and a life that doesn't quite fit while Lucas finds a family that has moved on without him and threatens to shatter with his return. Avery remembers both Scarlett and Lucas as well as she remembers the day Max never came home. Now, eleven years later, she waits again for a brother who doesn't return. Everyone wants to know what happened. Scarlett, Lucas, and the others are desperate to fill in the gaps in their memories while Avery is grasping for some trace of her still-missing brother. All five of the returned children begin to find strange clues that seem to be leading them somewhere. But only Lucas and Scarlett--with Avery's prodding--are willing to follow the clues wherever they may lead in The Leaving (2016) by Tara Altebrando. Altebrando juggles three narrators and numerous plot lines over the course of this novel. The story alternates first person narrated chapters between Scarlett (whose narration includes unconventional formatting and patterned text), Lucas (whose barely-there memories surface as blocky black text), and Avery (who has the most conventional narration). All three of the narrators are white but from a variety of economic backgrounds which adds another dimension to their connected stories. There is something inherently cruel about this premise which Altebrando explores with frightening detail. The prose here is sparse leaving details to the imagination that make the experiences of the kidnapped children all the more horrifying to imagine. There are no easy answers here and no clean resolution--something that gives The Leaving a lasting impact. The Leaving is, ostensibly, a thriller. The novel is packed with suspense and razor-sharp tension in short chapters that build to a chilling conclusion. At the same time, this story is also a thoughtful character study. Who are we without our memories? Who can we become? Is a blank slate of a childhood that different from the gradual forgetting that comes as we grow older? Are the monsters we fear any less frightening if we don't remember them? The Leaving is an ambitious work of suspense that is atmospheric, eerie, and incredibly successful. A must read. Possible Pairings: The Devil You Know by Trish Doller, The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle, The Midnight Dress by Karen Foxlee, False Memory by Dan Krokos, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, Soulprint by Megan Miranda, Pretending to Be Erica by Michelle Painchaud, The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood, Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan, Suicide Notes From Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten *An advance copy of this title was provided by the publisher for review consideration*
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
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 long...granted there's a lot of story to tell and it did need to be told. Some scenes did seem a bit repetitive. I am purposely leaving this review vague because anything I want to say could be spoilery. Overall, it was a captivating idea and a book I know I'll read again. **Huge thanks to Bloomsbury and NetGalley for providing the arc in exchange for an honest review**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very+interesting+concept+and+plot.++Decently+written+though+would+have+liked+to+see+more+character+development%0A
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is super good.I only read the sample but it puts you on an edge.You dont know which five will come home.You will not want to put this book down,you will not be able to get a grip.Put your phone down or whatever electronic device you have in your hands cause you will be page turning all day long.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boring!