Start reading Leaving Green Island on the free Kindle Reading App or on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here.
Read for Free
with Kindle Unlimited

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Enter a promotion code
or gift card

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

Leaving Green Island [Kindle Edition]

Em Barrett
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

Kindle Price: $2.99
Kindle Unlimited Read this title for free and get unlimited access to over 700,000 titles. Learn More

Free Kindle Reading App Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition $2.99  
Paperback --  
Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Book Description

** "If you enjoy Emily Giffin or Jennifer Weiner, then add Em Barret to your list!" ~The Indie Bookshelf **

** Honorable Mention ~ Beach Book Festival 2013 **

More than simply a modern love story, Leaving Green Island is a poignant yet lighthearted tale of friendship, family, and the search for a place to belong in the complex world of today's twenty-something women.

With a new job at a prestigious Chicago law firm and an engagement ring on her finger, everything seems to be falling into place for Brecken Pereira these days. However, all this perfection quickly unravels when Reed Whalen, Brecken’s first love, unexpectedly resurfaces. Despite the years that have passed since Brecken and Reed met as teenagers on exclusive Green Island in northern Michigan, Brecken has never been able to fully escape her lingering heartache over the unresolved end of their relationship.

After Reed's return, Brecken is torn between her longing for the past and the world she has carefully built for herself since Reed vanished from her life years before. Her relatable and complex relationships with her two best friends provide the backbone that supports Brecken, both as the life she knows quickly dissolves around her and as she struggles to pick up the pieces.

This unputdownable novel is certain to pull on the heartstrings of anyone who ever had a first love.

{This book contains underage drinking and a bit of explicit language and sexual content.}

Product Details

  • File Size: 3158 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,810 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Summer Read! July 23, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I absolutely adored this book. I stayed up late into the night finishing it because I couldn't put it down! I've been desperate to find more books like this - books like Emily Giffin's that I like to call "smart" chick lit. Just because I'm looking for a lighthearted and entertaining read, it doesn't mean I want to sacrifice great writing, quality character development, and a thoughtful plot with depth. Em Barrett gets this and she totally delivers. I can't wait to read what she writes next. Also, apart from being a touching and engaging story, with real characters, experiences and emotions I could relate to, it's also a perfect summer read. I was stuck in the city on a sticky summer weekend, and Barrett's writing transported me to Green Island -- the golden afternoon sun, the sparkling water, the warm summer breeze...and the nostalgia for those cottage friends and the sense of shared history that always sticks with you. Five stars for sure...I'm jealous of all of you that haven't read it yet!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Beach Read! July 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
"Leaving Green Island" seems like the perfect book to read on the beach with your feet in the sand.

The story sucked me in from the very first page. Brecken, the main character, is a young lawyer in Chicago with a creepy boss and a job she doesn't like but can't afford to lose. In some shape or form, we've all been there. Without giving too much away, her life takes a dramatic turn when over a few days, she becomes engaged and then encounters Reed Whalen, a mysterious ex-boyfriend who broke her heart. Barrett builds up the mystery surrounding Reed throughout the first part of the book and I was scratching for clues as to who he really is and why he disappeared. Sidenote - whenever I read a book I always think in my head about which actors should play the characters if they make it into a movie. I have a few ideas for Brecken but I feel like Taylor Kitsch from Friday Night Lights would make the perfect Reed Whalen.

The story cuts back and forth between the present and the past, when Brecken met Reed while on vacation with her friend on Green Island. Most of the flashbacks are set on Green Island, which seems like a wonderful vacation spot. The present action takes place in Chicago. If you're from the Midwest, you will appreciate all of the small touches which indicate the author knows this area well. There are also several funny pop culture references, including a great shoutout to the original "Beverly Hills 90210."

I don't want to give too much of the story away, but by the second half of the book, I was reading as fast as I could to get to the end and find out what happened. $2.99 for this book is a steal. Do yourself a favor and check it out!
Was this review helpful to you?
21 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I can't believe these 5 star reviews October 27, 2012
By lkh
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm not a plot spoiler but I was shocked by all the ALCOHOL being given to under aged kids (by their parents, kids who continued drinking and getting drunk throughout the book. Was that necessary to even put in this book? The F bomb totally didn't need to be in the story. I ended up speed reading to get past have the crap that didn't need to be there to be a good love story and ONLY at 90% did I finally slow down and finish the book. I'm actually surprised I did finish. I've lost too many loved ones to alcoholism to enjoy such a story. I should have just deleted at the beginning. MY BAD!
Was this review helpful to you?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read!!! August 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is amazing. I hope that everyone will read it, because it really is that good! The writing is perfection the characters are easy to love and the storyline is fantastic. It's so much fun to read a book that draws you in from the first page. This book covers 10+ years of life and love. Em Barrett, I hope you will be writing many more books. The ending to this book is perfect, although if you wanted to write another story with these characters you wouldn't get an argument from me! I've ready A LOT of books this summer and this one is in my top 3. Thanks for writing such a great story! :)
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun story, easy read July 9, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I was absolutely dumbfounded when I saw this is the #30,303 most downloaded book on Amazon. Then I realized it is a new release and just picking up steam, much like a freighter leaving Green Island for the big city of wind. I didn't have an e-reader, but when I heard that Em Barrett was finally going semi-public with one of her underground coffee shop masterpieces, I splurged for one. I can't find any other novels of hers on Amazon, but i've heard there are a few others out there? Has this always been her pen name? Anyways, to hell with the critics, give me Fifty shades of Green Island!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little piece of nostalgia! July 9, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I absolutely loved Leaving Green Island - truly couldn't put it down after reading the first few pages! It's one of those light-hearted yet sentimental stories that will bring you back to your high school/college days. The author's writing style will have you feeling connected to the lives of each character which, in my opinion, is the sign of an excellent book!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stop your search! July 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I highly recommend this book for anyone looking to get lost in an exciting love story. I enjoyed it so much that I couldn't put it down until I finished it! I laughed and cried, in a good way! The perfect read for a day on the beach or to cozy up with on a cold winter day.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Intriguing Read! March 5, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

This is a wonderful contemporary romance that I really enjoyed.

Brecken Pereira is a wonderful character. She is an Associate in a law firm, and engaged to a doctor. I liked her very much, but wanted to shake her every so often, because she made some questionable decisions. She has some wonderful friends and roommates that keep her grounded, but the sudden return of an ex has her completely confused.

Reed Whalen is a jerk! Sorry, but that's my opinion. He may be gorgeous, rich and charming, and have an excuse for his terrible behaviour, but still, if I was Brecken, I don't think I would have been as forgiving. However, he does have a few redeeming qualities.

This is a book that I would not normally have picked up if I had seen it on the bookshelf in a store; not that I've got anything against the cover, or even the blurb for that matter. However, when the author offered me the chance to read this book, I thought it would be a nice change from my usual choice of paranormal romances. I'm glad I took the chance, because this story was a delight to read. The story is told from Brecken's point of view and has several flash backs to her teen's, when she spent two magical summers on Green Island, with her best friend Lizzy.
This is not only a romance, but a story of friendship. I loved seeing Brecken and Lizzy's friendship blossom and grow. They are both lucky to still be friends into adulthood. Not many friendships survive beyond school, but these two are more like sisters than friends.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Light novel
A light novel that will appeal to young women, though I hope they don't follow the characters' lead into heavy drinking. It really made me glad I'm passed that age. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazonianz
4.0 out of 5 stars Coming of age in the Midwest
The story follows Brecken through her teen age years into life as an adult. I enjoyed sharing her struggles and appreciated her developing problem solving skills. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story
I liked the story but found I kept wanting to go ahead it wasn't keeping me interested enough. I really like the ending though.
Published 8 months ago by Sandy M.
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!!MUST READ!!!
this book is a highly recommended book! i love everything about it. GOOD JOB EM BARRETT. it makes me wanna read more of her books!
Published 9 months ago by Madleyn Star Yepez
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and Enjoyable
Young love resurfacing several years later is the premise of this story. The story is told by Brecken, the female lead, in first person. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Joy Cagil
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect summer book
Loved this book and recommend if you want a fun, easy ready - perfect for the beach or roadtrip! I loved the characters and really became engrossed in their story; completely... Read more
Published 9 months ago by kris728
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Leaving Green Island was a breath of fresh air. It would probably be the perfect summer read but I'd read it at any time. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Ms. Barrett is a natural writer, great storytelling for a great price
~~ARC provided for an honest review~~

This novel was too cute. I had trouble getting into it and took a week off from reading it. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Farida J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful new author
This new author has written an insightful book that I couldn't put down! Hope there are more of her books to read.
Published 12 months ago by Kristine S. Frank
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful love story!
I'd like to thank the author Ms. Em Barrett for this opportunity.
Leaving Green Island is a beautiful story of true love amidst time & distance. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jona Dauz
Search Customer Reviews
Search these reviews only

More About the Author

Bios are so tough...! Let's see, I grew up outside Detroit and then went to college and grad school at the University of Michigan. After moving to Chicago for six years, I recently moved back to Michigan with my husband and young daughter.

Big fan of fountain Cokes and hoodies.

If there's anything else you want to know about me - send me a message :) And, be sure to add me as a friend on Goodreads and check me out on Facebook!

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Look for Similar Items by Category