The Leaving Season
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, heading to Central America for a year of volunteering after graduation. And once he returns, 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 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.
Seventeen-year-old Middie Daniels is devastated when her long-time boyfriend, Nate, goes missing, and is presumed dead, after an attack on a Honduran village where he has been doing aid work. She can't wrap her mind around the tragedy and finds herself going through the motions as she attends his memorial. Soon, Middie is spending time with Nate's equally devastated best friend, Lee, even though the two have often been at odds (he semi-jokingly calls her Yoko for the way she has come between him and Nate). Lee brings out a more playful, risk-taking side in Middie, and debut author Jordan capably shows how Middie discovers new dimensions of herself, as well as how life moves on and brings new opportunities in the process. As the two head toward romance, surprises await them though they may not feel like surprises for many readers, since the plot follows a straightforward, predictable trajectory. This aside, readers looking for happy endings won't be disappointed as Middie stumbles her way back toward love and happiness. Ages 13 up.
I read this book in a day, it was an exceptional love story and wonderfully written. I highly recommend!