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You Must Not Miss

by Katrina Leno

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You Must Not Miss by Katrina Leno
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  • Published in USA  Apr 2019
    304 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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One of Us Is Lying meets Carrie in this suspenseful story of friendship, family, and revenge.

Magpie Lewis started writing in her yellow notebook the day after her family self-destructed. The day her father ruined her mother's life. The day Eryn, Magpie's sister, skipped town and left her to fend for herself. The day of Brandon Phipp's party.

Now Magpie is called a slut in 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 as socially exiled as she has. And so, feeling trapped and forgotten, Magpie retreats to her notebook, dreaming up a magical place called Near.

Near is perfect - a place 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. At first, Near is a peaceful escape, but soon it becomes something darker, somewhere nightmares lurk and hidden truths come to light. Soon it becomes a place where Magpie can do anything she wants...even get her revenge.

You Must Not Miss is an intoxicating, twisted tale of magic, menace, and the monsters that live inside us all.

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"Starred Review. Between the lines of spare and dreamlike prose lurks a girl who, though quiet at first, demands to be seen, and readers will not soon forget her." - Booklist

"Starred Review. Readers will ponder this exceedingly creepy gut punch of a tale long after turning the last page." - Kirkus Reviews

"This unusual blend of realistic fiction, fantasy, and mayhem begs debate wherever it is read! Stock more than one copy." - VOYA

"By the end, the protagonist seems to be on the verge of finding real friendship and even love, so her final revenge seems a little forced...Too many issues derail an otherwise interesting premise." - School Library Journal

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Katrina Leno

Katrina Leno was born on the east coast and currently lives in Los Angeles. She is a photographer and the author of four books published by HarperTeen--The Half Life of Molly Pierce, The Lost & Found, Everything All At Once, and The Summer of Salt. You can visit her online at katrinaleno.com

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