Review: LAST SEEN LEAVING by Caleb RoehrigLast Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig
Published by Feiwel & Friends on October 4th 2016
Pages: 336
Genres: Contemporary, LGBT, Mystery, Young Adult
eARC provided by Macmillan

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Flynn's girlfriend has disappeared. How can he uncover her secrets without revealing his own?

Flynn's girlfriend, January, is missing. The cops are asking questions he can't answer, and her friends are telling stories that don't add up. All eyes are on Flynn—as January's boyfriend, he must know something.

But Flynn has a secret of his own. And as he struggles to uncover the truth about January's disappearance, he must also face the truth about himself.

Reading time 3 mins

Oh this book! I am scratching my head that more people aren’t talking about it. It is so good! I admit it started off slow. In fact at first I didn’t think I liked the characters very much. I kept reading though and slowly I found myself thinking a lot about Flynn, wondering what happened next, and then counting the minutes until I could get back to his story. This is Flynn’s story, it just happens to have started right after his girlfriend went missing.

January has gone missing. Flynn is her boyfriend and one of the first people interviewed by the police. When did he last see her? Over a week ago. What was she like, what was her emotional state? Actually, they got into a disagreement because she wanted to have sex and they kinda broke-up. Telling the truth about January means revealing the truth about Flynn. What if you missed all the signs and were the only person that could have saved her? This is Flynn’s story.

This story starts with a missing January and a confused Flynn. He has literally no idea where she could be. As we learn more and more about January it becomes clear that she was troubled. She only started dating Flynn a few months ago and lately she has been distant. She changed schools and moved into a better neighborhood. Since her mom is now married to a senator candidate, she is moving up in life. She tells Flynn she hates it there. But does she?

I felt bad for Flynn. Admittedly he wasn’t a good boyfriend, but he has a good reason for that. Not to mention that January kinda pushed him away. It sucks that all he has is what she told him. He is left to try to figure out what might have happened to her. When the cops start looking at him like he might be a suspect he is forced to reveal a hard truth about himself. A secret he has been trying so hard to deny, but it is the only thing that can free him from suspicion.

This story is full of tension. As Flynn sets out to find out what may have happened to January, he was also full of regret at how things were handled between him and January. There is also a healthy amount of fear on Flynn’s part to being found out. I loved the interjection of Kaz, January’s former co-worker, into Flynn’s world. It seems he came along right at the right time and I felt giddy reading their interactions.

The only thing negative I can say is that the last few chapters and the wrapping up of “who done it” I kinda lost focus. Was it me or did the writing wane? I honestly don’t know. I can tell you that I didn’t really care who did it all that much because ultimately this was Flynn’s story. And it is a good one. This book had me feeling all kinds of emotions. I did cry a few tears and I might have squealed at some point with glee. I left this story feeling better about the world.

My Rating


About Caleb Roehrig

Caleb Roehrig is a writer and television producer originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Having also lived in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Helsinki, Finland, he has a chronic case of wanderlust, and can recommend the best sights to see on a shoestring budget in over thirty countries. A former actor, Roehrig has experience on both sides of the camera, with a résumé that includes appearances on film and TV—as well as seven years in the stranger-than-fiction salt mines of reality television. In the name of earning a paycheck, he has: hung around a frozen cornfield in his underwear, partied with an actual rock-star, chatted with a scandal-plagued politician, and been menaced by a disgruntled ostrich.

I received this product free of charge in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.

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