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The Gaps

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  484 ratings  ·  139 reviews
What does it mean to be the one left behind?

When sixteen-year-old Yin Mitchell is abducted, the news reverberates through the whole Year Ten class at Balmoral Ladies College. As the hours tick by, the girls know the chance of Yin being found alive is becoming smaller and smaller.

Police suspect the abduction is the work of a serial offender, with none in the community safe
Paperback, 356 pages
Published March 2nd 2021 by Text Publishing Company
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Nilufer Ozmekik
May 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
This one is quite promising, realistic, heart wrenching, thought provoking, dark YA thriller which can be easily differentiated from the other books sharing the same genre with its striking approach to the micro aggression, racism, gender classification and unique look to the grief and loss!

The box is more complex, having a slow burn start to give us more layered depictions of characters!

Biracial scholarship student Chloe is having hard time to fit in her ladies college, surrounded around whi
Era ➴
Nov 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley for providing me an ARC!

I’m not sure why I got this as an ARC about seven months after its release but who’s complaining?

This book was intense. I was into it from pretty much the first few chapters, and I got so into it later on.

The plot follows the students of Balmoral Ladies College after a Year Ten, Yin Mitchell, is kidnapped. Specifically, it follows Chloe and Natalia - two girls who couldn’t be more different, yet find common ground through the abduction.

Where d
Jun 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“What does it mean, to be the one left behind?”

The book is beautiful but at the same time has a sense of haunting and thrill.
The books begins with the disappearance of Yin Mitchell and the news breaking whose of the 10th graders of Baltimore Women’s College into a clamour. But don’t be deceived my friends, this is no book of suspense, but a book that travels deep into your soul, exploring the diversity of grief. The whole story fill about how the society and the surroundings, friends, famil
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‘Haunting and beautiful. At first it has the page-turning addictiveness of a thriller and then it evolves into a captivating exploration of grief, guilt and resilience in the face of fear and uncertainty. Hall's characters are meticulously drawn, brave, fierce and vulnerable. A stunning achievement from an Australian treasure.’
Wai Chim

‘A powerful, compelling read about the fragility, resilience and fierceness o
reindeer [[...thats my ride or die]]
thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an arc
The feminism is strong with this one.

The plot follows Chloe and Natalia after a fellow student, Yin Mitchell, goes missing. The purpose of the book wasn’t to solve a mystery, it was to show how other students were affected with the disappearance, and the fear they felt.

The characters were one of my favorite parts of this book. I related to both of the main characters so much even though they were so different.

Which brings me to my next poi
May 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Anyone who is a fan of the current wave of crime hitting the YA shelves will love this book. It was a slow read for me at the beginning, but once I was in I couldn't put it down. This is an abduction story, told from two perspectives, you'd be forgiven for not totally getting that you were getting two points of view - at least I didn't realise for quite some time. So, a little bit of confusion at the start. But I've still given it 5 stars so you already know I thought it was good despite the con ...more
-`ˏ Galaxi Faerie ˎ´˗
-`ˏ 4 Stars ˎ´˗

Storyline -`ˏ 8/10 ˎ´˗
When 16-year-old Yin Mitchell is abducted, it doesn’t just affect family members and close friends. It affects the mindset of everyone in the community. Fear is at an ultimate high, fingers are being pointed, everyone has questions, but no one knows the answers. The Gaps is very insightful in showing you how people react differently when faced with a traumatic event.

Characters -`ˏ 8/10 ˎ´˗
We follow the perspectives of Chloe and Natalia, classmates of the mis
Cathy Eades
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thanks you Netgalley for a copy in return for an honest review. Please give me more books like this!!!

So, I'm not a teenager, I don't live in Australia and I've never lost a close friend, and yet this book resonated so loudly for me. The plot is simple and perfectly executed. A young girl is abducted and this is the story of how her classmates cope. The story is told from two sides, and two very different characters. But let me tell you now, this is not what you expect. Having read the blurb I i
Jan 03, 2022 rated it really liked it
Starting 2022 off right with some Aussie YA. Despite what the blurb might suggest, this isn't a thriller, or even a mystery really. It's much quieter than that, and all the more lovely for it. It's about friendships, lost and found in that gap between childhood and adulthood. It's about processing grief through art and anger. It's about coming to terms with being a girl when everything from pop culture to the nightly news is constantly reminding you that the world wants to consume and destroy yo ...more
Clare Snow
"Where do they go, those girls that accidentally fall through a gap in the universe? What's on the other side?"

I finished reading a week before Book Group! I must have fallen through a gap in the universe.

Momentarily, I have more to say...
Feb 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Here is one of the most important and incendiary books you’ll read this year. A book that will feel eerily timeless no matter when you come to it, because it’s topic is sadly always newsworthy.

Leanne Hall is hands-down one of my favourite authors. Every book she has written - for young adults or middle grade readers - feels ahead of its time in both topic and execution, and the same goes here. Previously she’s played in genre and particularly magical realism; but in this YA book she switches th
Jan 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

a huge thank you to netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an earc of this book in exchange for an honest review.

the gaps by leanne hall was an extremely interesting, insightful and thought provoking read, and there’s no doubt i’ll continue to think about it long after finishing it. the book is told through two character’s points of view, which i enjoyed, and by the end came to feel connected to both these characters in different ways. the story begins with the abduction of s
Ta || bookishbluehead
In my mind I was picking up a mystery thriller about girls who are kidnapped and some schoolmates who try to discover what really happened. What I got was a suspenseful contemporary book about girls, who try to cope with grieve, fear, and still try to manage their daily life as best as they can.

Chloe, a scholar student, tries to keep her distance from most of her classmates. I found her very condescending to some and actually, I still don’t understand why she would act how she did at some point
Nov 28, 2020 marked it as dnf
Shelves: arcs
DNF at 14%
Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an arc

I'm sad that I'm dnf-ing this but I also would rather dnf than give it a low rating. The arc was so oddly formated. Some of the text was red and the alignment was off. Also, there was a character named Arnold who I thought was a stuffed animal, but then it galloped and stuck out his tongue and then I realized he was a dog, and I'm pretty sure it never said that.

I'm just very confused and I might pick it back up when t
Ari  (Jingle Bells)❄
Mar 11, 2022 rated it really liked it
3.5 to 4 stars.
The Gaps is not a typical thriller or mystery, I usually don't read this genre but from the start of the book, I was into it and got so into it later on.

The plot follows the students of Balmoral Ladies College as they deal with a student abduction. Yin Mitchell, a well liked year 10 is the abducted. The story focuses on two totally different schools, Chloe, an Asian scholarship girl and Natalia, the queen bee of the year level.

This book had me turning the pages very quickly, the t
Mar 01, 2021 marked it as to-read
Thank you to the publiser and to NetGalley for providing me with an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review! Overall, I did really enjoy this book. I thought it was incredibly well-written and that the plot was compelling.

Reading the blurb when requesting this book and reading the book are two entirely different experiences. There was so much more to this book than meets the eye. At its surface, it is definitely a bit of a who-dun-it, but that's not all there is to "The Gaps" - at it
Apr 19, 2021 rated it liked it
“If women hold up half the sky, then why are we so disposable?”

The Gaps looks at what happens to an all-girls school and its peers when one of its student goes missing. What adds to the mystery is how history has repeated itself, with similar incidents happening to other girls in the past. Slowly, we are taken through the alternating narratives of Natalia and Chloe - one a popular, former best friend of the missing girl and the other a more distant classmate who attends the school on scholarship
TOTAL READING TIME: 4 hours, 25 minutes.

I really don't read as much Australian YA fiction as I should, but books like The Gaps remind me why I should be reading more Australian YA.

This book hit me like a punch to the gut, and truthfully I wasn't expecting to like it this much. I actually met Leanne Hall in 2014, when I was in Year 10 and she visited my Creative Writing class. Our school library had her books, so I tried to read This is Shyness which I unfortunately couldn't get into. Fast-forwar
Mar 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Hall captures so many elements of teenage girlhood in this powerful and fierce novel and it’s remarkable. What is even more impressive is her use of voice to do so. Chloe and Natalia are alive in my mind and moving through this unfair and scary world with courage and trepidation, an all too real state of being for so many girls and women.
May 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, netgalley-arcs
I loved this book. A beautifully written and resonant story about the classmates of an Australian high schooler who is kidnapped, The Gaps is not a teen-sleuth murder mystery, but a poignant examination of the fear and courage involved in being a young woman coming of age in a world where women are so often subject to violence.

The narrative starts from Chloe’s perspective. She’s a half-Singaporean scholarship student who’s partway through her first year at Balmoral Ladies College, where she’s an
Mar 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
"Was she scared of anything? Yes. I can almost hear the thoughts of every single girl in my year level. We're all scared, of almost everything."

This book was a surprised. The cover is pretty but kind of quiet - darker colors with muted definitions. But the story is explosive, tackling things like race and socioeconomic struggles. The biggest subject tackled, though, is violence against women. It's an undercurrent in the whole story -because Yin is missing. And every young girl at this school kno
Jul 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Raw and powerful and one of the most honest books I’ve ever read. Leanne Hall has truly captured the complicated feelings and the mood of women in Australia and around the world concerning the safety and the treatment of women.
One of the best book I’ve read in years.
May 23, 2022 rated it liked it

Letdown is the word I use to describe this book. Why did the author have to build all that suspense with the connected past disappearances and abductions if she was going to end it like that? No closure.
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021
“If women hold up half the sky, then why are we so disposable?”
‘The Gaps’ by Leanne Hall is one of those stories that stays with you because it begins with a tragedy- an abduction of a sixteen year old girl from her home but follows the stories of the girls left behind.
Yin is a popular, talented student at Balmoral ladies college and once news and conspiracy theories spread about her disappearance the girls in her class all process their fears individually. Some take up the investigation themsel
Feb 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
4.25 stars

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

“I see every fallen body on the cover of a crime novel, and I can’t help thinking that everyone wants their teenage girls ruined.”

(First off, I totally didn’t just read this entire novel in a single night.)

I’ll be thinking about this book for a while. Honestly, its beauty kind of snuck up on me, but then it quietly gripped me and refused to let go. At first, I expected i
Fabulous cover and I am familiar with author's name even if I've not previously read her books. While I do read some contemporary YA, it's not my preferred genre but I think I was slightly misled by the description of this book which makes me think that there'd be some mystery solving duo. It's my own fault though for reading into it the way I wanted to rather than what it actually says. Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed the reading; identified with some characters, shed some tears, and bowled ...more
Mar 05, 2022 rated it it was amazing
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Nuanced and unsettling (in the good way).

Lots to think and talk about with young women.
Jennifer (JC-S)
‘Where do they go, those girls that accidentally fall through a gap in the universe? What’s on the other side?

When news breaks of sixteen-year-old Yin Mitchell’s abduction, several of the Year 10 girls at Balmoral Ladies College have their own theories about who and why. Meet Chloe and Natalia, two quite different girls reflecting different aspects of the school community. Chloe is new to the school, a scholarship student, torn between the opportunities Balmoral offers and her friends at her pre
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Leanne Hall is an author of young adult and children’s fiction. Her debut novel, This Is Shyness, won the Text Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Writing, and was followed by a sequel, Queen of the Night. Her novel for younger readers, Iris and the Tiger, won the Patricia

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