by Caleb Roehrig
Published on October 4, 2016 by Feiwel & Friends
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Young Adult
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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.
Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig was everything I could have hoped for. It was mysterious, thrilling, and it addressed many problems facing today’s society. This book was a lot different than the books I’ve been reading lately. It’s been awhile since I’ve read a *good* mystery novel, and the fact that it was YA made it even better. Last Seen Leaving sucked me in from the first page. There was no awkward explaining in the beginning, it just jumped right into the action.
The main character, Flynn, came home to a cop car sitting in his drive way. I like how it starts off with some humor, Flynn and his best friend freaking out about the fact that they had just smoked and didn’t want to get caught. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the reason for the visit. Flynn’s girlfriend, January, had gone missing. We go through each emotion with Flynn; Mr. Roehrig is very good at making the reader feel super connected to his characters. This is also when we find out that Flynn has a secret – a secret he’s afraid of people finding out. His secret becomes very obvious from the first flashback of him and January together. Flynn is gay. This is the first time I read a book with an LGBTQ+ main character. It was an amazing experience! Obviously I loved it a lot. I wish there were a lot more books out there like this. If anyone has any recommendations, I’d love to hear them! 🙂 I plan to read I’ll Give You the Sun soon!
As you can imagine, after hearing the news about January’s disappearance, Flynn decides to take it upon himself to find answers. While looking into her life at Dumas, the new school January was attending, and her job at the toy store, Flynn discovers that January did not paint him in a very nice light. This caused him to question things even further, I mean wouldn’t you? I know I would. I’d want to know why my S.O. was talking badly about me to other people.
This is also when we get our first glimpse at Kaz, or as Flynn refers to him as “fucking Kaz.” I absolutely loved his character. He tries to act like this asshole-ish guy who’s looking out for January, yet when he really gets to know Flynn, he acts so sweet! Their relationship is a little insta-lovey in the beginning, but they fix that when Kaz tells Flynn they can only be friends until he gets over the shock of coming out to his parents and friends (at this point, Flynn had blurted out that he was gay when he was interviewed by a different set of policemen). I respected Kaz for that. It was clear he wanted to be with Flynn but he was trying to do what he thought was best for him.
The investigation into what happened to January was a little crazy though. There were so many revelations on people close to January in her final days. There was information dug up about why January acted the way she had the night her and Flynn had broken up. The entire time, I was going back and forth between who the killer was. I suspected correctly from the beginning, but I wasn’t sure if there was going to be a twist thrown in there at the end….and guess what? There was. There was a huge twist. Oh my gosh that ending was INSANE! I want another book to know more.
So overall, you guys all need to read this book. It was beautiful and addressed many subject topics I had been wanting to see more of because they are serious issues. So 5 stars all around, and you need to buy it. <3