Ok, so either I didn't read the synopsis of this book well enough or the 'tragedy' that was going to strike wasn't obvious enough for me to pick up on from the beginning.

Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review, today it is The Leaving Season by Cat Jordan.

This book follows Middie (or Meredith, she's the middle child so she was dubbed 'Middie' - original, I know) after her boyfriend of five years leaves to take a gap year working in Central America. After he leaves, she finds herself unsure of who she really is. Their plan has always been graduate high school, med school, marriage, family, etc. but now Middie isn't so sure that's what she wants. Middie finds an unlikely ally in Nate's best friend, Lee, who she can't stand (cue instant connection). They are both feeling the loss of Nate the hardest because they were closest to him.

I will try really hard not to spoil the 'tragedy,' unless you've figured it out, in which case I applaud you. But realistically, we find out what it is like 60 pages in so...

Anyways, back to the story.

The first 60 pages or so were so cheesy. SO. CHEESY. Like I wasn't sure if that was going to be the whole book or if that was just the first quarter. It was Nate and Middie before he left so the romance was at an all time high. Part of me was thinking it was sweet, the other part (the pessimistic side) was like, girl, there's no way you guys are making it to marriage. For me, this book explains some of the reasons why high school sweethearts or I guess in this case MIDDLE SCHOOL sweethearts don't usually last. I just didn't feel a connection between them other than "we've been together for 5 years and have known each other for 10!" Like I feel like outside of high school, after 5 years of dating they'd probably be engaged/married already. Something about that didn't sit well with me.

So after Nate is gone, Middie starts to hang out with his friend Lee. I liked Lee 100 times better than Nate, but I think that's an unfair judgement because the real person I didn't like was Middie. She annoyed me more than I think she was supposed to. I found her whiney and irritating. It was like after Nate left, she was free to be a different person, but she just decided to be an annoying person. I'm not sure there were any specific things she did that annoyed me, but I think we got off on the wrong foot at the beginning with the 'NM4eva' business.

I felt like the twist was inevitable. In every story I've read like this, they always come back. So I felt it coming. I don't know if I would say it was predictable because that feels like the wrong word. Is it really a prediction if you know that the chances are 99.9%? There was a small part of me that doubted, but alas, that always comes back to bite you.

I'm feeling like I didn't like this book as much as I thought I did.

I will say a few positive things I guess. The pacing was really good. I was able to read this book in one 2-hour sitting. Which is pretty good for me and a 300+ page book. I don't know if it was because I wanted to see what would inevitably happen or if I was genuinely interested in the story on some level, but I powered through it.

I also really liked Lee. He is set up as this lazy stoner but he's got his own problems to worry about. He was sweet when he wanted to be and all of the things that Nate wasn't with Middie. In the end, though, I think my dislike for Middie made me believe that he could do better.

I enjoyed Middie's journey, her figuring out who she was without Nate. I think it was easy for her to be who he wanted her to be or who she thought she needed to be. But after everything, she is a changed person and can't go back. I did like that about her.

Overall, a decent book if you can get past the cheese at the beginning and the slightly annoying MC.