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Then I Met My Sister

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It's not exactly easy living in a shrine to your dead sister. Since birth, I've known that everyone loved Shannon. She was perfect—beautiful, smart, talented. And me? Not so much. My parents always expected me to live up to her greatness. But I could never measure up to her, so why even try?

This summer, I've started reading the journal Shannon kept just before she died . .
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Published April 8th 2011 by Flux
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Morgan F
Summer has always been in the shadow of the sister she never met. Shannon was perfect, beautiful, and ambitious, but she died unexpectedly the first day of her senior year. Summer was born not long afterwards, as a sort of a replacement for dead sibling, but she never fully lives up to her sister, not even bothering to try. Shannon never seemed like a real person to Summer, she was just a face in a frame, a name on a plaque, a forbidden topic for her parents, and a burden over her shoulders. Tha ...more
Apr 22, 2011 Andrea rated it liked it
Hmm...I don't really know what to say about this book. I enjoyed the book. But it wasn't anything to either rave or rant about. I mean, it was definitely a quick read and was interesting. But I guess I was hoping to really feel and get into the characters. But they were just that to me--characters.

My favorite character though, was Gibs. Such a sweet guy and you could totally tell he had a thing for Summer. But she was so absorbed in her sister's diary that she couldn't see it (not that I blame h
Aug 18, 2015 Sesana rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Summer's sister, Shannon, died before she was born. Summer feels like she's grown up in a memorial to her perfect sister, a constant disappointment to her parents. And then her aunt gives her Shannon's journal from the summer before she died. Suddenly, Shannon is more than a static image to Summer.

Shannon's journal wasn't actually all that interesting to me. It's a pretty standard story about a sheltered girl with really bad taste in guys. Her boyfriend is such transparently bad news that it's a
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
I really, really enjoyed reading this book and I'm surprised it's not more popular. It has a genuine, realistic protagonist and a very interesting storyline. I almost immediately engaged with Summer and I devoured this book - it's one that I found hard to put down. Summer and her sister's relationship was definitely unique as well as touching. The subplot of Summer and Gibson's relationship was also really sweet and I think that it worked well - putting more of a happier tone amongst the sad fee ...more
Kati Kettleson
Jan 08, 2015 Kati Kettleson rated it it was amazing
I would recommend this book to high school females. I say that because there are some swear words and the whole story the book is based upon is very deep. The book also shows how family should always stick together and how some people aren't always who you thought they were/are.

I really enjoyed this book because it was a very real scenario, and it showed how real people would deal with a situation as intense as this one. It also showed that in life things will change, some for the better and so
Cathy/The Crazy Bookworm
Apr 28, 2011 Cathy/The Crazy Bookworm rated it really liked it
It was the cover of Then I met my Sister that caught my attention, then it was the synopsis that drew me in, and then it was the incredible storyline that hooked me.

I immediately felt a connection with Summer because I could relate to her. I understood what she was going through when it came to having a sibling that passed away before you were born. It was great to have that personal connection with her. Summer was always being compared to her dead sister, Shannon. An over-achiever, pretty, popu
Alison (AlisonCanRead)
Mar 09, 2011 Alison (AlisonCanRead) rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrenyalit
I had to read Then I Met My Sister on a deadline. A shared ARC was passed around to the participants of Deriso's blog tour, so I had to read it as fast as I could to send it off to the next reader. Sometimes reading on deadline can be a real drudge - forcing yourself to read page after page when you'd rather be doing something else. Luckily, that was not a problem with Then I Met My Sister. I plowed through this book in a day, having to force myself to put the book down!

I connected with Summer f
Jul 02, 2013 Charlotte rated it really liked it
So, I've just finished the book. I did (as I expected) cry, especially towards the end. Like most books, this has given me more about life to think on. The truth is, you never know when you'll die. Thus best to make the best out of every moment. Also, everyone has a reason for why they behave the way they do. I felt true respect for Shannon and Summer's mom.

I loved how Christine Hurley Deriso used Summer's POV to narrate the story. I love getting more information about what the characters are f
Jan 11, 2014 Rachel rated it really liked it
Summer is her parents second child and had an older sister who died. Over time when it is Summer's birthday her aunt gives her a journal that belonged to Summer's sister Shannon. Summer has never known much about her sister other than how her parents seemed to think she was a perfect child who made good grades. Growing up Summer has always seemed to feel as she wasn't except or good enough for her parents. When receiving the journal Summer is excited to see what secrets Shannon have been hiding ...more
Sep 22, 2011 Kyle rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, read-in-2011
I picked this up on a whim at the library and ended up loving it! I could have read it in one sitting, but I started it before I went to bed and got about halfway through before I was too tired to keep going, then finished it this morning. I had never heard of the author, Christine Hurley Deriso, or even seen the book on any blogs, which surprises me. I thought the storyline was really intriguing and I did not want to put it down because I was always eager to know what was going to happen next.

Pooja Jeevagan
Sep 06, 2014 Pooja Jeevagan rated it liked it
It would have been a 3.5, had there been an option for it...was just different from the usual young adult novel, but then did tend to get unbelievable at places...a short quick read which doesn't end on a perfect ending scene...sometimes you never get the answers but the journey to find the answer teaches you lot more than you had thought...
Calvin Pennywell
Dec 21, 2014 Calvin Pennywell rated it liked it
I started this book about a month ago. I'm a slow reader, depending on the genre. I thought the climax would have been much bigger, but overall, it's a decent read. The subject matter presented this dark idea of resurrecting someone through words, but it was far from it.
Apr 14, 2014 Panda1222 rated it really liked it
Okay, I have to admit, when I got this book, I didn't think much of it at all. I originally bought it because I was in the mood to read a twin book (yes, for some reason I thought this was a twin book. Don't ask me how.), and when I found it wasn't, I abandoned it in pursuit of other, more interesting-looking books. It was only until this day, right before spring break, that I decided to catch up with my reading.

And I'm glad I did.

It really blew my expectations. The characters are pretty well-
Feb 17, 2015 Valeriane rated it liked it
“Shannon had some problems, but she was working through them. If she’d lived longer, she would’ve had new problems, then worked through those. Like all of us do.” He lets the pencil drop from his grasp. “That’s life.”

Summer has lived in Shannon's shadow her whole life but, to her, Shannon was nothing beyond what the portraits and numerous prizes and achievements in their house said about her. The older sister she never could measure up to. Shannon died in a car accident at 17 before Summer was
Dec 14, 2015 Shouni rated it really liked it


The blurb of a book doesn’t usually catch my attention but this one did. And it was fairly small so I picked it up. For a book I had never heard of before, it was an interesting and mostly enjoyable read.

Summer’s parents had her as a coping mechanism after they lost their daughter, Shannon, in a car accident. Her sister was pretty much the perfect daughter: straight A student, never acted out, etc. Summer hates being in her shadow so she tries to act as different from Shannon as possible. Then
Jan 16, 2014 Lauren rated it liked it
Ever since birth, Summer has lived in somewhat if a shrine of her older sister. Her sister, Shannon, died in a car crash before her senior year. Summer is constantly so pared to Shannon, and frustrated because her sister seems perfect, and she's not even close. When her aunt gives her Shannon's journal she had kept before she died, everything is turned upside down. Summer realizes no one, not even her sister, is perfect. Her sister was what everyone wanted her to be, and it destroyed her. Summer ...more
Elizabeth Michal
Sep 19, 2014 Elizabeth Michal rated it really liked it
I have a problem. When i dont know the author or the type of book im reading, i kind of dont know what to do with myself. I tell myself thats how i find new authors to like, but it just gets me yanno? But thank goodness i picked this book up. Its amazing. It breaks my heart, it makes me have so many emotions and i just love it. I love the stories that have the backstory to it. The ones that flashback because then i just wanna read it all at one time so i can know what happened, because i like to ...more
Gillian Wiseman
Sep 08, 2014 Gillian Wiseman rated it it was amazing
A simple premise - a 17 year old girl is given the journal of her sister - who died a year before she was born, at 17. Summer has always had to compete with the memory of her perfect, lost, elder sister, so when her aunt hands her Shannon's journal, she isn't sure whether to read it. But of course, she does, and begins to realize her sister wasn't quite as happy and angelic as she's always believed. Summer is a realistic, mature teen who makes a lot of progress in growing up, understanding herse ...more
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Summer was born after her elder sister Shannon died in the beginning of her senior year. As a result, she has always lived in the shadows of an elder sister who means nothing to her other than a framed photo or a name on a plaque. She has never really tried to live up to her smart, popular, beautiful sister, one she had never met and one she is constantly compared to. Then things changes for her when on her sixteenth birthday her aunt gifts her Shannon’s j
Alyssa hoffmaster
Aug 21, 2011 Alyssa hoffmaster rated it really liked it
I ordered this book from the library just for its cover, I marked it on my to-read pile a long time ago but never really read the synopsis of it until closer to when it came out, this cover is one of the most beautiful covers I have seen in a long time.

Summer was born after her 17 year old sister died, ever since she was little she felt like nothing, everyone would say how great and beautiful Shannon was but they never really paid attention to Summer.

On summer’s birthday, her aunt hands her a b
Jul 18, 2011 Emily rated it liked it
I found this premise to be really interesting. Summer, who turns 17 in an early chapter of the book, has a sister she never met. Shannon died on the first day of school of her senior year of high school. Devastated, her parents decided to have another baby and got pregnant with Summer just a few weeks after the accident.

Summer lives in a shrine to Shannon and feels like she will never live up to her sister's perfection. On her birthday, Summer's aunt gives her the diary Shannon kept during the l
Kirsty (overflowing library)
Then I met my sister is an interesting read. The way it is told is really different from anything else I have read in a while.

From the first page this book reminded me of twin peaks because the main story is domintaed by a character who is dead and as the story unfolds you start to find out that this perfect image they had wasn't what it seemed.

The main idea for this story is that Summer, the main character, is given by her aunt a diary written by the sister she never met Shannon. Through this d
Laura Young
Oct 09, 2011 Laura Young rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Adult
Shelves: favorites
Title: Then I Met My Sister
Author: Christine Hurley Deriso
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Genre: Young adult
Release date: Published April 8th 2011

Synopsis: "It's not exactly easy living in a shrine to your dead sister. Since birth, I've known that everyone loved Shannon. She was perfect—beautiful, smart, talented. And me? Not so much. My parents always expected me to live up to her greatness. But I could never measure up to her, so why even try?
This summ
Jul 08, 2011 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2011
Then I Met My Sister is a startling look at the connections sisters can have, even after one has passed away. Summer never actually met Shannon. She's always felt she was the sad replacement after Shannon died in a car accident. According to her mother, Shannon was perfect in every possible way. Summer sees her pictures in their home but has no true emotions to pair with it. She never knew her sister so should she be sad?

On Summer's birthday, her aunt gives her Shannon's diary. This is the key t
Kathryn (Beastie Books)
May 15, 2011 Kathryn (Beastie Books) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, cover-talk
SUCH AN AWESOME BOOK! I love love love this book! It was wonderful and everyone should read it.

I loved Summer from the very first page. She was funny and sarcastic and full of spunk! She is the character that I'm always dying to read and hardly ever get to. She showed that yes she was rebelling against her mom but she was also sensitive and had actual emotions besides anger and sarcasm (is that an emotion?) when she was "meeting" her sister.

The relationship between Summer and her mom was especi
Dec 02, 2011 Sara rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, 2011
Summer has lived in the shadow of her sister, Shannon, all her life. Shannon died before Summer was born, so Summer never knew her sister, but according to her parents (and everyone who knew Shannon), Shannon was pretty much perfect, so Summer feels as if she'll never live up to her sister's legacy. On Summer's 17th birthday, her aunt gives her a diary that Shannon kept the last summer of her life (when she was 17), and as Summer starts to read it, she finally gets to know her sister and also le ...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Jun 10, 2013 Savannah (Books With Bite) rated it it was amazing
Knocking off another book of my tbr pile, I loved this book!

1. Mystery. When you meet someone for the first time, you get to know them. But, what if you never got a chance. How do you do that? I love that Summer began to know who her sister really was by seeking out answers. Getting into the mystery is super easy and lots of fun. I kept wanting to read the journal, find old friends, ask questions.

2. Characters. The characters are great and well rounded. I love getting into Summer’s shoes. Her vo
This book had a very unique-sounding premise. I put it on my TBR, and I just got around to reading. I found it to be a very enjoyable read. I kept reading it to learn the stories of both Summer and Shannon.


The idea behind this story was very unique. There are many YA books that have protagonists with a dead sibling, but, in those books, the protagonist has actually met his or her sibling. In this book, Summer was born after her sister Shannon died. Her parents had thought Shanno
Nina Hernandez Taylor
Feb 19, 2012 Nina Hernandez Taylor rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-books
The main character in the book, Summer, is approaching her senior year in high school. Her sister Shannon, who died before she was born, was killed in a car crash on the first day of HER senior year of high school. Add to that timing, the fact that Summer has just been given the diary that Shannon kept during the last few months of her life, and it is not surprising that Shannon is very much on her mind. Shannon had always come across to Summer as the "perfect," high-achieving child who had been ...more
Aug 12, 2011 Fred rated it really liked it
Recommended to Fred by: Alexa
Summer was conceived and born after her older sister Shannon died in a car accident the first day of her senior year. Sort of a "fresh start" for her parents. Shannon has always been held up as the perfect one, to the point where Summer has quit trying to please her perfectionist momzilla, so much so that she's beginning to wonder if she's let herself down in the process. Then her aunt gives her a secret journal Shannon kept the summer before she died, and as Summer "meets" her real sister for t ...more
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“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”—William Wordsworth

One thing that strikes me about my writing is that the process has changed very little since I first started jotting down stories around age six. An idea fills my head and whines, cajoles, begs or bullies until I pay attention. Sometimes the ideas are so charming that I scoop them up in a hug. Other times, they’re so annoying t
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