This is one of those books that hits you right in the feels. Makes you want to cry, and punch a wall somewhere. The Leaving Season by Cat Jordan doesn’t come out until March of 2016, but I think that you need to put this on your TBR list, your library Hold list, and your preorder list because it is that frustratingly good. As you all know, I’m not the hugest YA fan in the world- but I do read it every once in a while. Especially when the plot catches my eye. I downloaded this book from Edelweiss, because it looked like an interesting read. I actually got more than I bargained for, so I’m really happy that I requested this book!
Middie and Nate have a cute, wonderful, and loving relationship. Although, it’s that time of year again. The leaving season is what Middie refers to it as, but its that time of year when people go off on their own, such as starting college, going on internships, or volunteering. That’s exactly what Nate is doing now that he graduated high school. Middle is starting her senior year, while Nate goes to Honduras to help out with vaccinating under privileged kids. Although she will miss him madly, she knows what he is doing is the right thing, and when he gets back in a year they will be able to start college together, and then start their lives together.
No one is expecting something bad to happen to Nate while he’s away, but unfortunately it does. Middle has no one to lean on anymore, and no one seems to understand what she is going through. That is until Lee, Nate’s best friend, comes to stand by her side. She never really liked Lee before, because he was always doing things she didn’t approve, but he really steps up and helps her feel better in her time of need.
Although she’s desperately hurt and alone in the world, Lee gives her some reprise. She realizes that Lee might be the only person to help her find herself again. The Leaving Season left me crying at times, and consistently rooting for Middie, in hopes that she will find happiness and love again. This is definitely a book that I recommend for people who love stories of redemption, overcoming life’s grand obstacles, and just finding yourself again.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars, it’s truly a masterpiece.