Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig (YA Mystery/Thriller)
Fans of John Green will love Last Seen Leaving. Flynn Doherty, the fifteen-year-old narrator of the story, is laugh-out-loud funny even as he struggles with two major dilemmas: the disappearance of his girlfriend, January, and his own personal secret that complicates his life and makes him appear to be a suspect in her disappearance. At first, I thought this was just another version of Looking for Alaska or Paper Towns, but it’s so much more.
Caleb Roehrig has created believable, likable characters who immediately drew me into their world and made me care about what was happening to them. At the same time, he introduces plenty of potential suspects as the person responsible for January’s disappearance and sends Flynn on a mission to identify that person. As Flynn learns more and more about January’s “other” life, he’s filled with doubts about how well he knew her, but he hasn’t been completely honest with her, either.
This book kept me reading non-stop until I finished it. I loved Flynn’s take on what was happening around and to him, and his similes continuously had me chuckling out loud. The author also did a great job of building the tension and creating a cliff-hanger, then inserting a little relevant backstory to prolong the suspense before getting back to the action. I can see myself quickly becoming a fan of Caleb Roehrig novels.
Bella gives Last Seen Leaving five stars.
Potty-mouth Index: MODERATE
Grandma says: Not all kids talk this way, and basically these were not tough kids, so leaving out such casual use of the “f” word would not have diminished the authenticity of the story.
Bella Reads and Reviews received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This book is available for pre-order with release scheduled for October 4, 2016.