Flynn's girlfriend, January, is missing. The cops are asking question 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.
"Narrator Josh Hurley flawlessly depicts the appealing characters in this YA novel, a combination of mystery, romance, and coming-of-age elements. When sophomore Flynn comes home from school to find the police waiting to question him about his girlfriend, January, he's shocked to learn that she's missing. Hurley's Flynn sounds just like a teen telling the listener his story. His sincerity is fully believable as he reveals that his sweetly innocent relationship with January mainly involves trying to help her with her unhappy family life. (All her mother and stepfather care about is winning a political election.) Equally moving is hearing Flynn slowly accept that he's gay. Hurley's narration is spot-on, moving from light and funny to suspenseful and chilling as Flynn learns what happened to January, whom he truly loves." (AudioFile Magazine)
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Best Book of 2016/Top 10 Contemporary Novels
Josh Hurley is exceptional. I've never listened to anything of his before, but his voice was perfect as a teenager. Honestly, when I think of Flynn, I hear Hurley's voice. It fit perfectly. As far as the audio versus physical, I think that either way, it would've been my favorite of the year, but Hurley did make it so enjoyable.
Oh yeah. This was one of those books that stressed me out. There are those occasional books that I literally have to put away and read something light. This was definitely one of them, but, in the back of my mind, I was always thinking, "What's going on with Flynn, January, and everyone else?" Absolutely one fantastic ride.
I did say this before, but I haven't. I'm glad that I listened to it, however, because Mr. Hurley was amazing. There are narrators that I will search for by name and find out what they've worked on. Often times, I will purchase a book based on the narrator and if I like it. I can definitely see me doing this with John Hurley.
Wow, this is the hardest question I've ever been asked on these reviews. On the spot, I guess you could call it "Near the Barn," "The Search for Us," or you could just call it "January." I don't like those titles at all, so I would just stick with 'Last seen Leaving' for sure!
I don't think this is a spoiler, because it is pretty early on that you find out Flynn is gay. I just want to say that this book has a much more important attribute than an amazing story, great characters, and suspense that keeps you guessing. Many of the gay-themed books now I would consider to be erotica. Because Mr. Roehrig made this a Teen or YA book, he was able to give something to teenagers to read that won't introduce them to mature elements. I just think that 'Last Seen Leaving' is a book that EVERY gay teen should read (and straight teens as well for that matter). There are lessons, struggles and angst, but personal revelation, acceptance, and everything else. It's a book I would put next to some of the best contemporary literature of our day without a moments hesitation. --This book is definitely something that all will enjoy and you will have trouble putting it down.
- Jeffrey veals "You guys are mean. Eh, whatever, you can think my reviews suck. Oh well! ;-)"
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