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The Truth About Leaving

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  80 ratings  ·  59 reviews
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 he
Published 2019 by Amberjack Publishing
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I have been eagerly awaiting a new YA read from Natalie Blitt ever since I fell for The Distance from A to Z. This book was so different from her debut but in a powerful and emotional way. I adored the characters, the story and the heart of The Truth About Leaving.

At the heart of it, The Truth About Leaving is the tale of how two lovely teenagers find each other and grow. It made my poor little ache and swell with emotions and it was all thanks to the characters. Lucy was the shining star of th
Olivia (The Candid Cover)
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The Truth About Leaving by Natalie Blitt is a book that is both upbeat and heavy as it tells the story of two teens figuring out their futures. I found certain aspects such as the use of poems to communicate interesting, but I didn’t enjoy reading about either of the main characters. The plot is also very convenient, and because of this, I didn’t love the book as much as I had anticipated.

The Truth About Leaving is a love story about two teens who meet and try to f
This was the most I've seen both myself and my world in a book in a long time - some parts in literally ever. I enjoyed this and all the ways it was spot-on to character and culture so much.
Samantha (WLABB)
Should Lucy take a chance on love so soon after her betrayal? And why bother investing her time and herself in a relationship with an expiration date? Lucy dealt with these and other questions of the heart during her senior year, which was a year filled with lots of change, joy, disappointment, and growing up.

• Pro: I adored both Dov and Lucy, which was a good thing, because this was very much a character driven story.

• Pro: Blitt did such a good job conveying the characters' emotions. This was
Kathy MacMillan
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 t ...more
Kate R
Mar 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.
I’m a little on the fence about this one. I was eagerly anticipating Natalie Blitt’s next young adult contemporary after The Distance from A to Z. I really liked that one a lot and Blitt’s writing is still great throughout this one. This was much more emotional than I was ultimately prepared for. It was so different than anything else I’ve ever read. There was a lot of great poetry discussed through the book that I really enjoyed. But, I also felt like it was slow paced and really hard
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
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I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. A few years back I read a book from a new debut author and I fell in live with it. So much so in fact I made a lot of people I know also read it and fall in love with it. That book was Natalie Blitt's The Distance Between A to Z. Since the I have been waiting for a new book from Natalie (I just found out about he
This book absolutely blew me away. From the premise itself I knew it was going to be fantastic and heartfelt, but what I experienced was so, so much more than I expected. I finished this in one sitting (it’s 02:08 as I write this), within a couple of hours and I’m still reeling from the beautiful reading experience.

Following Lucy through such a pivotal time of her life when she’s attempting to pick a college and finding a path that is really going to make her happy. Throughout the story she mak
I received and eARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Truth About Leaving is a beautifully honest love story between two teens, Lucy and Dov who have both had so much responsibility at such a young age. Even with some very had hitting topics, this definitely has the perfect mix of the drama and the humor of a teen romance. Throughout the book we see the characters grow and learn more about the world and what their place is going to be in it.

Lucy's voice and her love for quote
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I received an eARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

About: Lucy just started her senior year and their school has a transfer senior for the first time in years- Dov who has come from Israel and plans to go back to join the army by the end of the year. When Lucy and Dov start to develop a relationship, it feels right. But they both know that Dov has to go back when the year ends. This book has the perfect tit
It's an engaging and enjoyable story. It's a slow go, and I prefer a faster pace story. Characters are good.
Jan 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
*3.5 Stars*

I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Truth About Leaving tells us Lucy Green's story. Lucy is about to start her senior year when her boyfriend breaks up with her out of the blue. She feels lost in every area of her life and doesn't know what to do with herself anymore. It doesn't help that her mother just left for a job across the country and barely keeps in touch and that it means that she has to help around the house sacrificing her social life a
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
The Truth About Leaving was a super-fast read for me, because I loved Natalie Blitt's debut, The Distance from A to Z, and I couldn't wait to dig into another YA romance by her. Like her debut, Blitt created honest, passionate, and real characters in Dov and Lucy, and I totally fell for them.

Natalie Blitt has the ability to make you drown in a romance and ache for the characters and their plight. This is one of those books that reminds you of the overwhelming feeling of first love, of true love
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a review. The first thing that stuck out to me about this novel, was the simplistic style of writing. In doing this, the author really delved into the deep and pure connection between the main character, Lucy, and her love interest, Dov. It was much different from stereotypical love stories between two high schoolers, where Dov is complicated, moody, and brings an enriching cultural factor to the story. The author also uses Lucy's character to high ...more
Laurie Flynn
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh, I just adore when I find a book that manages to be sweet and swoony while still feeling serious and grounded, and The Truth About Leaving gave me all those feels and more. I fell in love with Natalie Blitt's writing after her debut, and her second novel certainly doesn't disappoint. Lucy and Dov are teens who both carry responsibility beyond their years, and them finding- and losing- each other is both beautiful and heart-wrenching. I wanted to hug the book when I was finished with it and te ...more
This is a character-driven coming of age story that touches on the topics of grief, duty, responsibility, education, family, and love. But at its heart, this is a story about growing up. It is about figuring out what you want to do with your life rather than just doing what others want for you. It is about learning and making tough decisions. I felt this book was a very realistic and highly emotional portrayal of the issues and stresses that many high school students experience as they prepare t ...more
Kylee Jackson
Feb 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is a prototypical coming-of-age story, though admittedly one that is done well. My main issue with this is that I'm too old for it; this is definitely targeted toward people at one particular moment in life, and I am not there anymore.

The premise is simple: high-school senior Lucy must navigate her last year of school, figure out what she wants to do with her life, and also fall in love with the new boy. There's some family drama adde

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This book. THIS BOOK. It's so hard to finish a book when you can find better things to do/read every time you look away. I have so many conflicting feelings in regard to this book. Perhaps most of it lies on the fact that I don't care about teenage angst + romance. It's just not appealing to me and I can't find a connection. I've never wanted someone so much that I would not pr
Sydney Springer
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'
Seema Rao
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
tl; dr: Teenage love causes young girl to reconsider her plans after high school.

This book was a surprise. I requested it for the cover. But, I am so glad that I did. It was exceptionally good. In the story, an American Jewish girl meets an Israeli Jewish boy at a high school in suburban Chicago. Having lived in Chicago, I found the descriptions strong. But, the strength of this book for me was the way that it dealt with the ways that teens deal with faith and nationality, particularly
Sara Levine
Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it
The Truth About Leaving, by Natalie Blitt, is a story about a Jewish high school senior in the Chicago suburbs, and how her world turns upside down when she meets an Israeli transfer student on the first day of her senior year. The story follows her throughout her senior year as she navigates college applications and stressful family dynamics, and falling in love all over again.

After reading the book’s description, I was excited by the story and I found it to be well-written, and the characters
Alyssa Chaney
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Check out this review and others at my blog Too Many Books!

Thanks to Netgalley and Amberjack Publishing for providing this free advance digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

Natalie Blitt's The Truth About Leaving features the relationship between Lucy and Dov, where both know that Dov is returning to Israel at the end of the school year, partially because he has to and partially because he wants to. One of the best things about this book was the diversity. Lucy's grandmother has a femal
Heather Meloche
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I instantly related to Lucy, the main character of THE TRUTH ABOUT LEAVING, because of how the author creates that perfect, emotional push and pull between wanting independence and wanting to please her family and be there for them always. Amidst the the backdrop of her familial drama -- including a mother who seems to be putting her career before family, an overworked father, and two younger brothers in need of her attention -- Lucy falls for Dov, an Israeli boy, who makes her question everythi ...more
Alexia Cambaling
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I said I wanted to read more books I usually don’t read this year so I decided to request The Truth About Leaving from NetGalley. To be honest, I haven’t read a lot of YA Contemporaries since I was 14 and hooked on Sarah Dessen books. The last one I read was Tash Hearts Tolstoy. This one was pretty different in some ways from those books however, and similar in others.

First, it starts off with a senior in what se
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Then there was Thomas Gray's statement that poetry is "thoughts that breathe, and words that burn."

I marked a lot of passages in this book but most of them were too long to include on here so I picked the above seeings as Lucy loves words and understands the affects of using the right or wrong ones.

Lucy has just come out of a relationship that to her wasn't everything she wanted but to her parents was the perfect fit. Lucy is about to start senior year and has some big decisions ahead of her and
Feb 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I received an ARC from and this review was originally published on their website.

The Truth About Leaving starts the day before Lucy (the protagonist)’s senior year. Lucy has has just been dumped by her boyfriend, Scott. While she is upset, she still feels good enough the next day to do spontaneous pirouettes in the front foyer of her school. She stumbles out of her turns and bumps into a boy she doesn’t recognize, providing a traditional meet-cute.

While the book starts off generic
Jan 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2019, ya
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Lindsay Montague
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-releases
Guys. GUYS! I loved this book so much! We are introduced to our main character the day before her senior of high school, right after being dumped by her boyfriend before he leaves for college. All she's left with is an overwhelmed dad, a flighty mom, and two young brothers that she is stuck babysitting at the drop of a hat. When she walks into school the next day, she never thought she would literally run into the love of her life.

Dov moved to Chicago from Israel just in time for his senior year
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
[4 STARS] - Arc provided through NetGalley in change of an honest review

This was a lovely and cute book, a perfect read for when you're in need of a story about a genuine and true love.

"I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars" - Og Mandino

Lucy is going through a lot of stuff in one year. She has just ended a relationship, her mother has accepted a job on the other side of the country, leaving her and her dad to take care of her
Madison Lessard
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
You can view my full review on my blog here! I received an advance digital copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

At the beginning of the novel, Lucy thinks she has everything figured out. She’s going into senior year with a plan for college, a boyfriend, and a family situation she thinks she can juggle, despite her mom moving across the country for a brand-new job. Then on page one, her boyfriend Scott dumps her. As she’s recovering from the blow, she quite literally s
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Originally from Canada, Natalie Blitt grew up on a steady diet of loyalist adventure stories. It wasn’t until she moved to Chicago after graduating from McGill and receiving a journalism degree from the University of King’s College, that she learned that not everybody sees the loyalists as the heroes. Now living in the Chicago-area, she dreams up young adult novels of a different sort: more kissin ...more