by Cat Jordan
Publication Date: March 1st 2016
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
Source: For Review
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Middie Daniels calls it the Leaving Season—the time of year when everyone graduates high school, packs up their brand-new suitcases, and leaves home for the first time.
It happens every late August, but this year Middie’s boyfriend, Nate, is the one leaving. Nate, who’s so perfect that she can barely believe it. Nate, who makes her better than she is on her own. Nate, who’s promised to come back once he’s finished his gap year volunteering in Central America.
And when he does, it’ll be time for Middie to leave, too. With him.
But when tragedy strikes, Middie’s whole world is set spinning. No one seems to understand just how lost she is…except for Nate’s best friend Lee.
Middie and Lee have never gotten along. She’s always known that she was destined for great things, and Lee acts like he’s never cared about anything a day in his life. But with the ground ripped out from under her, Middie is finding that up is down—and that Lee Ryan might be just what she needs to find her footing once more.
Cat Jordan’s heartbreaking story proves that no matter the season, no matter the obstacles, love can help you find yourself in the most unexpected of places. (Goodreads)
As soon as I discovered The Leaving Season by Cat Jordan, I knew it would be a book that I would want to read as soon as possible. The storyline sounded interesting, and contemporaries are my most favorite kinds of books. Seriously, I could totally read them all day long. And because of that, I really enjoyed this book.
Meredith, known as Middie by her friends and loved ones, was an interesting main character. She pretty much had her whole life planned out -- finish school, go to college, marry the love of her life -- her future was completely mapped out in her mind, and she set her life goals around that. When tragedy strikes, and Meredith is forced to find a way to move on with her life, she doesn't think that she can. But she slowly starts to open up, and starts to see that there is more to the world than what she had planned. It was interesting to watch her grow and change into a young lady who could have any life she wanted and be whoever she wanted to be.
When Meredith's world changes forever, there is only one person that completely understands what she's going through, and that's Lee. Lee was definitely the most interesting character in the story for me. He reminded me very much of Jess Mariano from the Gilmore Girls, and that's how exactly how I pictured Lee in the story. Just the way he acted and his mannerisms throughout the novel reminded me so much of Jess. So, yeah, I kind of loved Lee, like, a lot. He really made the story for me.
The storyline for the book was heartbreaking, as well as hopeful. It's a story about loss and letting go, of finding yourself when you don't ever think you can. It's one of those books that's engrossing and thought-provoking, and you'll fly through the pages faster than you intended to. Also, there's lots of romantic tension throughout the story, this alone will keep you hooked. *wink*
Overall; I really enjoyed reading The Leaving Season. I'll definitely be checking out more books by Cat Jordan in the future, and I've added her to my list of authors to keep an eye out for. I totally want to read more!