you must not missUgh, ugh, ugh, ugh, ugh. You Must Not Miss by Katrina Leno just had to go and get interesting and basically change my mind about it halfway through reading the synopsis. I mean, honestly, I was so ready to pass on this book due to the obvious contemporary nature of it, but then I read further. And while I can say without question and freely admit that I want nothing to do with reading about a parents divorce, the other things in this book really grabbed me. I mean, just read that last bit about Near. It’s so damn captivating!

I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this book. Leno is right, I must not miss out on this.

Magpie Lewis started writing in her yellow notebook the day her family self-destructed. That was the night Eryn, Magpie’s sister, skipped town and left her to fend for herself. That was the night of Brandon Phipp’s party.

Now, Magpie is called a slut whenever she walks down the hallways of her high school, her former best friend won’t speak to her, and she spends her lunch period with a group of misfits who’ve all been socially exiled like she has. And so, feeling trapped and forgotten, Magpie retreats to her notebook, dreaming up a place called Near.

Near is perfect–somewhere where her father never cheated, her mother never drank, and Magpie’s own life never derailed so suddenly. She imagines Near so completely, so fully, that she writes it into existence, right in her own backyard. It’s a place where she can have anything she wants…even revenge.

What are your thoughts about Magpie? How do you feel about her sister? The party she went to that night? What do you think about the fantasy world Magpie has dreamed up in her notebook? Or the fact that it’s coming to life? That last line? Do you like the name Magpie? I personally don’t, to be honest. I kind of wish the sister was Magpie and the main character was Eryn. Just name swaps, though, not plot. Anyway, let me know all your thoughts in the comments!

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