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The Leaving

3.48  ·  Rating Details ·  21 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
At 15, Cathy Quinn is an intelligent misfit living in 1980s Dublin. As the book opens she discovers that her charming older brother Stevie, who's gay, is falling in love with the one boy in school whom she likes. Over her last two years of school, Cathy struggles with her repressed, unhappy family, coming to terms with her powerful attraction to her best friend Jeanette, ...more
Published May 30th 2011 by Smashwords
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Kelan O'Connell
Apr 11, 2012 Kelan O'Connell rated it it was amazing
Perfectly titled, The Leaving stands for so much more than the milestone it’s named for. This unique coming-of-age read captures a moment in time as teenager Cathy Quinn navigates the end of high school life in Dublin, and the beginning of a life with adult choices. Gabriella West has created in Cathy a very real protagonist who’s the unflinching explorer of her own heart and mind. Sometimes raw, yet riddled with humorous moments, this is the self-examining first-person narrative of a teenager ...more
Akilesh Sridharan
Absolute delight to read this book. A coming-of-age novel of two siblings - one a gay brother and other a gender-confused sister. Simple narrative and a great read.
Apr 22, 2012 Mirrani rated it liked it
The Leaving was described as "a realistic look at adolescence and first love" and it cannot be denied that this well describes the book for prospective readers. The story is very realistic, with realistic relationships and feelings, including much confusion regarding relationships between both friends and lovers. No sweetener is added to the emotion or background of the characters, they are purely themselves, showing us life through their eyes. The title itself comes full circle from the ...more
Sep 28, 2013 Gabriella rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: queer-lit
I'd like to share a 5-star review by novelist Kate Genet from The Leaving's Kindle edition:

I sat down by the fire on a snowy afternoon with this book, intending only to read for a couple of hours, before setting it aside to do something else. But this is a completely absorbing book and it would not let me put it down. I stopped only for something to eat then took up where I'd so briefly left off.

Absorbing is the word that comes to mind to sum up this novel. It is written in first person and has
Jaylen Mangie
Feb 04, 2016 Jaylen Mangie rated it liked it
I generally dislike it when a book disrupts my sleep, be it because I can't bring myself to put it down or because I have too many questions left unanswered after I turn the last page. The Leaving was guilty on both counts. Though I was mostly caught up in the tale, the first person narrative made it somewhat troublesome to stay lost in it. Especially during a scene that had to be told as an imaginary scenario since Cathy was not present. It was slightly choppy with the chapter transitions and ...more
Baxter Trautman
Feb 15, 2012 Baxter Trautman rated it liked it
West very realistically portrays the stagnation of 1980s Dublin, with touching, well-developed characters. Unfortunately, the novel read like a narrative, with so little tension that I found myself skimming to the end. I like West's writing and hope her pacing develops in future efforts.
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Born in California, grew up in Ireland, moved to the Bay Area in 1988.

I'm the author of two novels, "The Leaving" and "Time of Grace." My new book, an MM romance called Elsie Street, came out on September 5, 2015. The sequel, Pull of Yesterday, is now available!

I have published some nonfiction works too, including a recent memoir, "Connecting the Dots: My Midlife Journey with Adult AD/HD."

I've bee
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