The Leaving Season by Cat Jordan

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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.


About Cat Jordan

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Born in Europe and raised in America, Cat Jordan has spent her life in the visual and performing arts as a dancer, painter, and filmmaker. A nomad by nature, she’s found inspiration for her stories and choreography around the world—from Venice, CA, to Venice, Italy. You can visit her online at
Published March 1, 2016 by HarperTeen. 352 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Gr 8 Up—Meredith "Middie" Daniels calls it the leaving season—the time when kids are graduating and leaving home for the first time. Her boyfriend, Nate, isn't leaving for college, though. He's taking a gap year volunteering in Central America while Middie finishes high school. When a horrible tr...

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