Title: Last Seen Leaving
Author: Caleb Roehrig
Series: Stand Alone
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Publication Date: October 4, 2016
Source: Publisher/Irish Banana Blog Tours
It is going to be hard to tell you about Last Seen Leaving. I just don't really have the words that are going to do this book justice. It is a story I really enjoyed reading and found myself totally lost in, but it left me some what speechless at the same time.
Last Seen Leaving is about Flynn. His girlfriend, January, has disappeared - seemingly into thin air and he is set on solving the mystery of what happened to her.
But really, that story line is kind of second to what Last Seen Leaving is truly about.
Really, Last Seen Leaving is about a boy, Flynn, who is trying to come to terms with himself and who he really is. It is a story about self discovery with a mystery plot line to help that discovery along.
It is quite beautiful.
I will admit that I thought that there were parts in the first half of the book that were a little awkward and didn't flow too well, but there was world building to be had and a character we had to get to know so we could understand his dilemma.
And I think Caleb Roehrig did a pretty good job bringing a confused teenager to life in Last Seen Leaving. I had absolutely no problems believing in the existence of Flynn. And there were quite a few jokes that Caleb stuck into his book that worked. They had me laughing out loud (thankfully no one was around me when I read these) and they helped in building a teen aged character.
As for January. I really really didn't like her in the beginning of the story. But promise me this as you read through the story - keep an open mind about her. Your opinion, like mine, just might change.
Also, the mystery. Man, this book was a lot darker than I thought it was going to be. There are some tough topics contained within...and with that being said TRIGGER WARNING. Some of it is a little predictable and other bits of it are not, but the whole thing was masterfully crafted.
I think it is rather obvious that I loved Last Seen Leaving. I cannot wait to get to read more of Caleb Roehrig's work. This was such a wonderfully crafted debut novel.
This review is based on an ARC provided by the publisher through Irish Banana Blog Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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