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4.05  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  44 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
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Kindle Edition, 234 pages
Expected publication: March 5th 2019 by Amberjack Publishing
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nick
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
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Dahlia
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
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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
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
This is why I Natalie's books so much. There is so much emotion and love in her stories. I’m seriously head over heels for Lucy and Dov. Review to come.
Becky
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Becky
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
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Princessofbookaholics
This review is also up on my blog:
https://princessofbookaholics.wordpre...

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
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Jypsy
It's an engaging and enjoyable story. It's a slow go, and I prefer a faster pace story. Characters are good.
Manon
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
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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
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Laurie Flynn
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
Haley
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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.

Review:
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
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Heather Meloche
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, contemporary
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
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Kylee Jackson
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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Rachel
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Alyssa Chaney
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Madeline
I received an ARC from Teenreads.com 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
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Leah
Jan 31, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019, ya
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Isabela
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[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
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Madison Lessard
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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Irene
Feb 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucy is a 17-year old girl that has it all on the surface. A good student, a sassy best friend, and a perfect boyfriend that her parents approve. But when Scott, her boyfriend, decides to go to off to college early, Lucy is left a sore heart at the very beginning of her senior year of high school, of course. That is...until she meets Dov -- the new kid from Israel that just moved to town. Dov is moody and quiet and seemingly temperamental, but underneath the surface, there's a lot of suffering t ...more
Jennica Bridgman
3.5 stars. Lucy is a senior from a tiny prestigious school who was just dumped by her boyfriend and has a minorly troubling home life. Dov is a sullen teen from Israel with a chip on his shoulder and no desire to make friends. They *literally* crash in to each other during their first meeting. This story was hard to follow at the beginning because it rushed to put a ton of backstory in the first few pages way before we were given a reason to care. The first half of the story doesn’t develop grad ...more
Joanna Szabo
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are a lot of books that deal with the turmoil of senior year, but none so deftly, I think, as The Truth About Leaving. Blitt beautifully balances Lucy's parental and societal expectations about college with her own assumptions and fears, and offers a view of life post–high school that I think is largely missing from media. Blitt also brilliantly handles a bunch of important threads, from Lucy's complex relationship with her parents, to her history with her ex-boyfriend.

Dov and Lucy's rela
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Mrs. Kenyon
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucy’s boyfriend doesn’t want a long distance relationship, so he breaks up with her and then leaves for college. She is now starting her senior year alone when she meets the new Israeli transfer student entering the school on their first day. It doesn’t help that her world is completely out of control; her mother is teaching in California and her guidance counselor has her questioning her college choices. Will Lucy take a chance on a relationship that may not be long term? Will her post-high sc ...more
Libby
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, fiction, read-in-2019
Received an ARC of this from NetGalley. 2.5 stars. A lot of this book sounded promising in theory but made me roll my eyes whilst reading. I loved the poetry! But not much else. The relationship between the two main characters frustrated me, the way that Lucy interrogated Dov about his potentially very traumatic experiences was unbelievable, and I really didn't like the glorification of the IDF/conscription in general in this book. I really wanted to read a cool book about two people from differ ...more
Alexis
Feb 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I received this E-ARC from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review*

3/ 5 stars

I will start by saying I really liked that the book included a Jewish aspect. I have no idea how accurate the representation is but I enjoyed it. I really enjoyed the indecisiveness if the main character about her future (which is very relatable). My major issue is I felt like I couldn’t completely connnect to the characters, and I just wasnted a little more for the book that was given. Overall I really enjoyed th
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Emmah
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
You know those books that leave you feeling so impacted by them, even though you can't put your finger on why? This is one of those books.

I felt so deeply while reading this book. My eyes stung with tears, my stomach twinged, my heart clenched... This book will stay with me for awhile.

I related to Lucy with her love for words and analyzing lyrics (and other works).

I'm truly going to miss Lucy and Dov.
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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