Lucy Green thought she had her senior year in the bag. Cute boyfriend? Check. College plan? Check. But when her boyfriend dumps her the week before school starts and she literally stumbles into Dov, the new Israeli transfer student, on her first day of school, Lucy’s carefully mapped-out future crumbles. Determined to have a good senior year, and too busy trying to hold her family together while her mom is across the country working, Lucy ignores the attraction she feels to Dov. But soon, Lucy and Dov’s connection is undeniable. Lucybegins to realize that sometimes, you have to open yourself up to chance. Even if the wrong person at the wrong time is a boy whose bravery you admire and who helps you find your way back to yourself.
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Natalie Blitt is originally from Canada but now lives in the Chicago area with her husband and three sons, where she dreams up young adult novels. Her first novel, The Distance from A to Z, has been called "swoon-worthy," "smart," and "heart-warming." Natalie currently works at an education think tank. She knows a lot about baseball. She has no choice.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Here’s the truth about The Truth About Leaving – this book broke me in the best way possible. Lucy is such a caring, open-hearted character, a girl who, as many girls are taught to do, takes care of everyone else’s needs before her own. So it’s perhaps inevitable when she falls for handsome, damaged Dov. Blitt gives us a portrait of two young people with a strong sense of responsibility and honor – and their romance both honors that in both of them and helps each find their own path, even when that means finding the courage to stand up for their own needs. I was honestly not sure how Blitt would be able to pull a satisfying ending out of their predicament, but oh yes, she did, and I’ll be thinking about Lucy and Dov and this gem of a book for a long time.
I really loved The Truth About Leaving. The story is engaging and sweet even as the two main teen characters struggle through the challenges that they are facing in their families and making their way through senior year of high school. The author captures the feeling of meeting someone new. And she also beautifully expresses that sense of expansion of self that can happen when we have contact with someone/something different, a new person, a new culture, or even a new side of ourselves. Natalie Blitt has written this novel in a way which keeps the reader turning the pages. I actually read the book in one day because I found myself so invested in the characters and wanted to see how they resolved some of the key decisions that faced them. I highly recommend The Truth About Leaving.
TW: talk of suicide, loss of a sibling This book is not what you expect going into it. Yes, it's a sweet love story between an Israeli boy and an American girl, both of whom are Jewish. Yes, it's a coming-of-age story about choosing a college and learning how to be selfish for yourself when necessary, and when the situation is about more than your preferences. But it's also a beautiful take on honoring one's country with military service, the romantic power of poetry, and the significance of one's culture. Lucy is a selfless, sweet older sister who is always at home babysitting her younger brothers while her parents both work as professors... her mother in California, her father at the local university. There's a ton of pressure on her to attend the same university so she can live at home and still help out, but Lucy is more interested in helping the world and teaching dance than remaining in Chicago. Especially after she meets Dov, a transfer student from Israel recovering from a recent tragedy in his family. Dov was kind of like a modern Mr. Darcy. Very hot and cold, but as romantic as he is withdrawn. He had a tough couple of years and Lucy's naturally sweet nature brought out the kinder side of him which we all deserve. I will never get over how tender some of those scenes with Lucy are. Dov owns up to his mistakes and is utterly respectful of Lucy and her needs. Both of these characters are extremely mature for 18, and dealing with adult problems. This book is mature, not necessarily in the content but in the themes and discussions. These are situations younger readers will have a hard time understanding the significance of. Dov wants to serve in the military, as is required for men in Israel. Due to a circumstance, however, it is no longer mandatory for him and his eerily absent parents don't want to sign the consent for him to serve. His need to return to Israel also places stress on his relationship with Lucy, as she feels she is second to him and his culture. Lucy also explores the idea of taking a gap year between high school and university. I have never seen either of these topics discussed in a YA novel before. I also rarely see YA with such a Jewish presence, particularly with the culture and including Hebrew while not making the story overtly religious. I did find the story to be a little too mature at times for the target audience and the characters' ages, especially with such absent parents. Dov's parents never being around was really a convenience to the story. I also felt that ending didn't fit the story at all. It was too perfect, too much like Serendipity and all the overly Hollywood love stories out there. The scenes leading up to it were perfect, paced evenly and realistic, and then the ending felt like it was part of a separate draft a bit. It was as if the ending was what the author wanted, but not what fit the story. All in all, I loved the unique story with the topics discussed and the diversity included. I'd recommend to anyone looking for a contemporary that's different for anything else on the market currently and for an older audience. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an arc in exchange for an honest review! All opinions are my own.