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Just Leave

(The Metamorphosis Duet #1)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  118 ratings  ·  65 reviews
They say that the flutter of a butterfly's wing can cause a typhoon halfway around the world.

Maybe they’re right, maybe they’re wrong.

The real question is, how do we know which of the small moments in life is the one leading to something bigger?

At just seventeen, I thought I knew exactly what my life would be like. I have my loving parents, a group of friends who are lik
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Published August 3rd 2021
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Jul 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
What a debut book!! Wow!! Captivating and raw.
This story packed a punch. It gripped your heart and never loosened, not even by the very last page. If anything it will set you into a spiral. Your emotions will be all over the place.
Teenage angst and drama abounded in this, but it made the story come to life.

Pen, sweet and strong Pen. Oh my gosh what that girl went through. All while navigating friendships, school, dating and every other thing a teen would endure. It seemed like once she was get
Oct 08, 2021 marked it as ashes-of-dnf
Starting from the annoying time frame to the overly exaggerated plot.
I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
abbey willcox
Jul 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Im in an absolute state from this book and that ending 😭 the only way I can describe it is, it breaks your heart, puts it back together, shatters it again then puts it back together then basically obliterates your heart... Get your tissues ready 🥺🥺 this book is absolutely heartbreaking. Angst is an understatement 💔 Penny we've got you 😘 no one should have to go through what Pens character did, Rina is the absolute best friend in my eyes. Throughout this book she has been my saving grace.. when P ...more
Jul 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: july-2021

🦋Just Leave is the story of life happening when you least expect it. It's one day you are starting your senior year and are happy and planning to do what makes you happy. Then life kicks you in the nuts repeatedly. 

🦋You have your group of friends, then make one bad decision and that group is fighting to stay together. And you get better and fix things, and then get devastating news. You piece yourself together. But then the worst series of effects happen and your life blows
Richelle Zirkle
Jul 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Heads up for an emotional and angsty read… Pen is dealt a HARD hand. That lesson that says you’re never given more than you can handle? They decided to test that theory with this girl. On the other hand she is an art loving, pink-haired student, but she’s going through so much that you can’t focus on much outside her trauma unless it’s the ups and downs of her relationship with Eric. For that reason it’s probably pretty true to life. At that age weren’t we all stumbling from one disaster to the ...more
Jul 20, 2021 rated it liked it
I received an ARC of this book to read and review.

I was really excited when I saw the themes and blurb for this one but unfortunately I didn’t really connect with the story.

I found the FMC a pathetic excuse for a friend to everyone around her, very selfish and overly dramatic, stuck in her own problems and how she thought she should be treated instead of thinking of and listening to others around her.

Trauma is no excuse to treat those you love the way she did for so much of this book and just
Mandy’s Book Reviews
Aug 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book right here is why I love reading romance! I can’t believe this was this authors debut it’s raw it’s intense it packs a emotional punch ! This story gripped me right from the start and didn’t let go until that shocking ending and it’s still got me in it’s clutches I haven’t been able to move on from Pen and Eric’s story since I’m consumed by these two characters and absolutely gutted after that ending this was a amazing debut the writing was phenomenal the characters are just everything ...more
Jennifer Bishop
Jul 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Pen has her life planned out, she knows what path her life will take. But when tragedy strikes, she doesn’t know how to cope. With the help of her five lifelong friends, can she make it to the other side of grief and pain and feel whole again? Or will she destroy everything she once had?

This story is incredible! It is captivating and emotionally charged, dealing with real life horrors that people face! The characters and storytelling are phenomenal! I love the personal struggles and growth that
DNF 25%

Is it me or am I missing something?

I am still uncertain why the FMC was so upset with Eric? When it was her that was in the wrong.

Like was the fight at the warehouse the reason Pen went bad shit crazy??

I’m lost?????

Sorry I tried to get into this book, but I just couldn’t do it, especially after that chapter I truly did not like the Heroine and couldn’t get past that.
Luisa Andrade
Sep 19, 2021 rated it did not like it
Why we lash out and hurt the people we love/ who love us the most?
I’ve tried to put mine 30 year old mind in this 18 year old, and understand the rollercoaster that it was her life.

For the first 30% of the book I’ve came to a few conclusions:

1- selfish
2- self centered
3- immature
4- no sense of loyalty

She dated a horrible guy with no reason whatsoever and choose this guy over a ten year friendship.
She new he was in love with her but CHOOSE not to acknowledge, which is okay, because when you ar
Gemma Mcsheffrey
Jul 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Omg my poor heart is heartbroken! This book was one hell of a roller coaster. Firstly poor pen with everything she has gone through, she has had to deal with more than most 17/18 year old ever could, after what jasper did to her and then pushing all her friends away when she couldn't deal with it, that was bad.

She just got her friends and bf Eric back when she finds out her dad is dying, this broke me as its so close to home right now! She was finally coming to terms with it and her relationship
Jennifer Felderman
Jul 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I am in awe at this book. I cried, I yelled, and I screamed at the end. Penelope is in her last year of high school, and it should be amazing. But…she has a lot of big things happen that year, grief, pain, trauma. She doesn’t know how to handle it and so she lashes out.

Being young is hard. You have big feelings, and not enough tools to handle it. You don’t know who to trust, how to process…and if you let it, it can break you.

This story is incredible, and as it’s a duet…it left me more than rea
✿❀ Lauren, aka Coffee and the Bibliophile ❀✿

POV: 1st, FMC
SERIES: The Metamorphosis Duet, Book 1

You know that whole concept of 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙪𝙣𝙞𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙨𝙚 𝙤𝙣𝙡𝙮 𝙜𝙞𝙫𝙚𝙨 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙬𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙡𝙚? I’d say the universe messed up BIG time with Penelope and her group of friends/band/boyfriend. Hits just kept coming at our FMC and I had to remind myself many times these were seniors in high school because the choices and actions of Pen KILLED me dead but it really is realistic to what could happen.

The heart of this story is
April A Crane
Jul 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book was frustrating to say the least!

Pen is a high school senior who plans to go on tour with her friends band, Unknown Elation, after graduation. They have all been friends for years. Always there for each other through good and bad. They are, without a doubt, a very tight knit group of friends. Sticking together after their senior year seems like a natural next step for their group. Which makes a lot of Pen's actions all the more frustrating.

It seems as if Pen just can't catch a break t
Jul 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing

Ren Blakely has written a debut that is emotionally dark, full of angst, challenging. It evokes as much feeling in you as it does in the characters and it tears you apart and leaves you emotionally bereft.

The FMC Pen is fighting a losing battle with her mental health and she is lead down a dark path as it deteriorates and her actions are nothing short of shocking. She falls into the depths of darkness in her despair that her actions could leave to the ruin of not only her but those utterly loya
Inga O
Jul 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4 1/2 ⭐️

Oh wow that ending was so emotionally painfully heartbreakingly intense. I just don’t know how it’s going to bounce back from this and I really can’t wait to find out! This book will honestly rip your heart out tear it to shreds right along with the characters in it. I’m not sure a book has ever had me as emotionally involved for as long as this book. I dare anyone not to feel something by the end of this book anger, pain, tears, even elation and joy at times. It’s a pure teenage angst f
Chelsea Cardenas
Sep 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What an emotional roller coaster ride of a book! Oh my, you put all the angst and dark emotions into this book, you had me ugly crying and man I was hooked. The things Pen went through, 😢😢😢. I could not put it down and can’t wait to see what happens next.
Deborah Apodaca
Oct 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Penny is trying to write something interesting in her diary that her friend Rina was adamant that they keep for their senior year of high school.  Written memories to look back on.  They both plan to take a year or two before entering college to follow their friends' band Unknown Elation which is a mix of rock and heavy metal.

She and Rina couldn't be any opposite if they tried.  She has long blonde hair with big brown eyes and is naturally skinny, with no curves.  Rina on the other hand has kill
FS Meurinne
Aug 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 2021, reviews, rockstar
I wasn't expecting this kind of wild rollercoaster ride where my heart will be shattered and put back and then break again. This is Pen's story and the angst level is off the charts. Then we get Eric, Dave, Jasper, Matt, and Rina, all characters are fantastic in their own way. This is not a book for everyone, there are triggers, and well the steam will burn you. Then we get a cliffhanger from hell, and now I will need the next book asap, as my heart is still in pieces I need it back!

Book Enticer
Toni M
Jul 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
At the start of this book I didn’t know what to expect but after just a couple of chapters in I was hooked and then I was crying my eyes out along side penny as she just kept repeating “I didn’t know” , it broke my heart.

This book it consumed me, it sucked me in , chewed me up and spit me right back out. It left me wanting more because I loved it that much.

Anyone else just really want to punch Jasper in the face ? No ? just me?! He’s a horrible guy who treats penny like dirt! Jasper just gets w
Sam O'Neill
Jul 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Erin Figueiredo
Aug 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing

WOW! I am sitting here a complete and utter sobbing mess after finishing this outstanding debut book. This is one story that has my head spinning and my heart just torn to shreds.

The story is angsty as fuck, emotionally raw, gut-wrenching and completely heartbreaking. My heart was ripped out of my chest and smashed to pieces and I don’t know how to recover. All the pain, grief, angst, all of it could be felt in every written word in every freaking chapter. You will laugh a lot,
"You can't change who people are, without destroying who they were."

Just Leave made my emotions run wild. Blakely does such an incredible job describing such a sad and tragic story and come out the other end with beautiful prose.

I think I nearly cried the entire time I was reading. I feel so bad for all the characters except him, and everything they go through hits you hard. Especially when you consider that they're only seniors in high school.

The strength that Pen has is incredible. She goes t
Aug 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
What I really liked about this book is that our female main character was flawed but then you also need to remember that she is a teenager. I like that this was emotional, her reactions just made sense. I like that this book had the characters acting their age. So while some reactions, for me, may have seemed over-the-top or just silly, if you remember your teenage years you know you probably would’ve reacted and done some of the same things.

This was a good and well paced story from start to fin
Christine Fass
Jul 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Penelope is probably one of the most self-absorbed protagonists I have ever read in a book. She has a loving family, great friends, and overall a pretty good life. But like the typical teenager, she can't really see past herself to recognize how her actions affect her friends. She is consistently pushing people who care about her away. This is the general theme of the first book in the duet. How Penelope has handled trauma and treated her friends is the perfect setup for a great story arc. We di ...more
Emily (emilysdarkcorner)
Sep 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Besties I finished Just Leave by @renblakelyauthor

Wow this is such a captivating story. This story definitely pulled at my heart strings and it did the whole way reading the book.
You will be on an emotional roller coaster while you are reading this.

Pen, is so sweet and she has gone through so much on top of being a teenager. Things were looking good and she was making progress only for something to cause chaos. She had some amazing friends even when she was trying to do everything in her powe
Aug 03, 2021 rated it really liked it

Book one of what is looking to be a brilliant duet. This book had me feeling all the feels. It’s emotional and traumatic and I’m hoping that book two gives me a beautiful ending.
From the beginning of this book I was feeling the build up for some of the devastation our leading lady goes through. She is surrounded by a strong friendship groups and you feel it when she pushed them away. Rina is a great best friend for Pen, I just wish she had a little more backbone. Jenson, Matt, Dave and Eric mak
lovelust andbloodygoodbooks
Aug 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Ren and Affinity for sending us over a copy of this amazing book.

This book will take you on one heck of a journey. This story will break your heart and fix it back together over and over, so make sure you have the tissues at the ready because boy will you need them.

We start the story by getting to know Pen and her group of friends. Throughout this book we get to see Pen''s strength, she thinks she has her life planned out after graduation but when life gives her a kick her wings beg
Aug 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is so raw and heartbreaking that you just have to keep reading. You know the expression, "When it rains, it pours"? That is this book in a nutshell. This is a story about when life hits you with the unexpected and doesn't pull its punches. When you pick up this book just be prepared to have your heart ripped out, put back in, have your heart shredded and then put back together only to be shredded in a cliffhanger so heart wrenching you will wonder what to do next because you want book ...more
Aug 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. Firstly, where can I get friends like Ric & Rina?? I loved them! Pen is going through her last year of high school with her close group of friends and it should be amazing. However a lot of things happen in this time and she has to try figure out how to handle trauma, grief, and pain. This book left me feeling all sorts of emotions and my mind spinning. I couldn’t turn the pages of the last couple of chapters quick enough! I think most people will be able to find so ...more
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Ren Blakely is a dark romance author who is addicted to coffee, pina coladas, and chocolate...all the beautiful things that makes life go around.

As an avid reader herself Ren loves badass and strong women, though she often wondered what happens to the other ones. The ones who can't beat the sh*t out of anyone but themselves, the ones with shortcomings, the ones who haven't had to grow up yet.

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