Last Seen Leaving
LAST SEEN LEAVING --- a debut novel from Caleb Roerhrig --- follows Flynn, whose girlfriend, January, has just gone missing. While everyone looks to him for answers about who she is, he begins to realize that he didn’t know her all that well himself. The situation becomes more complicated because the status of their relationship changed drastically the last time Flynn saw her. January has been keeping many secrets from her boyfriend, her friends and her family --- but Flynn has been keeping a deep dark secret as well.
"Caleb Roehrig has written a standout debut mystery that truly embodies the trend in YA fiction of being an amalgamation of genres."
Caleb Roehrig has written a standout debut mystery that truly embodies the trend in YA fiction of being an amalgamation of genres. Both funny and heartbreaking, this is more than a mystery and more than a coming out story. It is human. Roerhrig captures the teen voice of this generation with his prose and dialogue. His characters are constantly told who they should be and in LAST SEEN LEAVING he explored who they want to be, a highly-relatable theme for any teen.
As the reader and Flynn delve into the mystery of January and her disappearance, Roerhrig pulls back the layers of this enigmatic female character. January portrays herself in different ways to everyone and both the reader and Flynn must figure out who is girlfriend really is, as well as who he really is.
The LGBTQ characters are really well done because of their honesty (perhaps not always with themselves) but in their raw qualities. Roerhrig’s writing is fast-paced, as a mystery should be, and captures the reader right away. The fact that this is set around Halloween sets up the perfect tone with this story.
Fans of Adam Silvera’s MORE HAPPY THAN NOT will love this mystery about self-discovery, while being fully immersed in the tone of GONE GIRL. LAST SEEN LEAVING will be one fall read that you won’t be able to put down.
Reviewed by Dana Cuadrado on October 18, 2016