Expected publication: March 1st, 2016 by HarperTeen.
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.
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 a tragedy strikes, Middie’s whole world is set spinning. No one seems to understand just how lost she is… except for Nate’s slacker best friend Lee. Middie and Lee have never gotten along. 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)
The Leaving Season by Cat Jordan tells the story of high school sweethearts destined to be married. Middie and Nate are the perfect couple. They have their whole life planned. Middie is set to finish her senior year of high school and Nate is going to Central America for volunteer work. After Middie graduates and Nate returns from his volunteer work they will both attend the same college and continue on their perfect path. However, tragedy strikes Honduras, the village where Nate was volunteering and Middie’s world is turned upside down. Middie is, of course, heartbroken and is left to trudge ahead alone. Once the news of the attack circles around school everyone rushes to comfort Middie but they just don’t understand. An unlikely ally Lee, Nate’s best friend is also reeling from the news. Middie never understood the friendship of Nate and Lee but now that Lee is all Middie has, she starts to see what Nate saw in him. They form a bond and find comfort in each other while dealing with their grief. The Leaving Season answers questions like, What happens when you lose your other half? When is it ok to move on? What happens when you get the chance to start over?
I enjoyed the character dynamics a lot. Middie, Lee, and Nate were great on their own, but Nate and Middie’s family were a part of the story, Middie’s younger sister, Middie’s friends from school, and the high school itself was involved. I appreciated the predictability of Middie’s and Lee’s attachment to each other and what happens after Middie opens herself up to the possibility of loving someone again. So while there are predictable moments I feel the moral of the story is strong. It’s about loving yourself enough to chose what really makes you happy despite it not being what you originally planned. This story makes you appreciate life and love and firsts.
I don’t often receive ARC’s from publishers and when I do it’s usually something I’m not too interested in, but unsolicited from HarperCollins Publishers I received The Leaving Season by Cat Jordan which was sort of hilarious because I was contemplating writing a Waiting for Wednesday post about it. We all know by now how much I love contemporary with a side of romance and this fit the bill. So thank you so much HarperCollins Publishers for the early copy.