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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  58 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Dad has moved out and Mom has checked out, leaving the door wide open for the beautiful, erratic Rachel to torment her "loser, loner" younger sister, Nadine. With her family in full meltdown mode, Nadine is alone, trying to cope with Rachel’s increasingly unpredictable moods. Friendless, but determined to turn her life around, Nadine meets Anne, who introduces her to field ...more
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Published April 4th 2017 by Blue Moon Publishers
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Veronica ⭐️
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: a, young-adult, 2017
I’ve come across many young adult books with a theme of bullying and they have all had much of a sameness.
For me, NemeSis stood out for the fact that the bullying came from within Nadine’s family; her elder sister who she adored and looked up to.

”Rachel used to be the person I always wanted to be around. I worshiped her. For years.”

I feel things like Nadine’s point plan to take action and change her life could be beneficial to teen readers with low self esteem. Changing your life starts with one
Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer
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Nadine is sick of hiding in the library and uses AA's 12 step plan to make a plan of her own to take back her high school life. With the help of the school's librarian and the other girl hiding in the library, Anne, she is able to fulfill her plan each step at a time. Through her new experiences Nadine realizes there is a problem at home that has to be dealt with before she can leave behind her past as a door mat... Rachel, her volatile older s
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
**Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary e-copy of NemeSIS in exchange for my honest review**

Nadine, a shy fifteen-year-old, is bullied by her older sister Rachel. Nadine finally makes a friend, Anne, whose older twin brothers become the objects of the sisters' affections. But Rachel's volatile moods threaten to ruin Nadine's new-found happiness.

NetGalley lists NemeSIS as both middle grade and YA, though the story seems geared more toward middle school and tween girls. Less mature
Shaine H.
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Thank you Netgalley and Blue Moon Publisher for a free digital copy of this book.

The first time I saw the title I thought it was a science fiction novel. I didn't expect how this book turned out. I was totally at loss for words because it is kind of disappointing.

This story simply tell a story of a simple sibling rivalry. Why I say simple? It is because it is not a major conflict between Nadine and Rachel. I think Rachel is just jealous of Nadine because she's their Dad's "ice princess" and the
Sue Wallace
Apr 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nemesis by susan Marshall.
Nadine is fifteen her mother and father have split up. Her life completely sucks right now. What can she do to turn her life around.
This was a slow but good read with good characters. I really felt for Nadine but I did not like her sister Rachel. I thought she was selfish. 4*. Netgalley and Digi writing.
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, netgalley
**The ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

(Actual) Rating: 2 of 5 stars

Firstly, I truly loved the blurb done for NemeSIS that pulled me right in and got me downloaded it right off the ARC section from the galley. Honestly, it has been a while now that I've been reading the book and I just finished it. I know it has been out for a year and so but still I couldn't abandon a book, even if I didn't enjoyed it, without a review. Now that I have sometime t
Pamela Scott
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I thought NemeSIS was a great read. This is another YA novel that isn’t fantasy or science fiction to add to my list. This book explores the complex relationship between sisters. I’m an only child but I have friends and family who have siblings so I know you sister can sometimes be your worst enemy. I found the relationship between Nadine and Rachel very painful and r
Shona Booky Ramblings of a Neurotic Mom
Something you should probably be aware of before starting this book, the ideal reading age range would be early to mid teens. Older readers may still enjoy this, but it can sometimes feel a little immature and a little repetitive; how many times do we have to hear how her father left and her mother couldn't deal with stuff... ?

In the beginning Nadine seems nice enough, but it isn't long before she shows herself to be a typical teenager. She has just started eating in the cafeteria with her new
Catherine Manning
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Mothers and daughters
Recommended to Catherine by: friend
Has anyone else had a big bully as a sibling? Or suffered a marriage breakdown when it seemed impossible to cope and just wanted to run away? It was good to find out that I was not alone. Memories of my own family history flooded back as the chapters of this book flew by. I found the plot and characters pulled me in and I couldn’t put it down for long – read it on and off for six hours. Boom – suddenly the story climaxed and I was sorry that it was over! Good and interesting story line and many ...more
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Everyone in high school feels like a Nadine at least some of the time. It's a bit of a relief if none of your adversaries are quite as full-on as Rachel! This book gives a very true-to-life account of how a girl slowly builds herself up to the point where she's able to confront the monster who lives in the next bedroom. The characters are like people you know. You want to find out what happens to Nadine when she grows up. ...more
Jane Donald
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thoroughly enjoyed this YA book.
Kelli Bergeman
Apr 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Nadine wants a life, one that includes the normal teenage things, namely a social life. What she doesn't want is the abuse that she has to endure at the hands of her sister, Rachel. Nadine sets out to turn things around for herself by consciously setting down goals and attempting to meet each one. Going from eating alone in the library each day to joining the field hockey team, making good friends, and even contemplating a dating life, NemeSIS, takes the reader on Nadine's journey of self discov ...more
Arlene Arredondo
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Praise Susan Marshall!
This book is excellent in so many ways.
It shows the effects a separation can affect the lives of kids, specially teens that are in that awkward face when they don't know how to fit in.
We see how our main character is trying to make friends and improve her life while dealing with an unstable sister and bullying,.
Love hay the author keeps the reader glued to the story with very funny moments.
Deborah Rice
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable coming-of-age novel about a 15-year-old girl whose parents are separated and has problems with her sister. The book addresses bullying, both physical and cyber-, making friends and boyfriends. The author deals with these issues in an engaging manner.
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Having to cope with a family break up and constant bullying can bring a sense of hopelessness and helplessness. Finding the best way to cope or overcome these predicaments is not always easy.

Nadine is fifteen years old. After her father walked out, she has kept to herself with no one to confide in. Her mother is in denial. Her sister, Raquel intimidates her into withdrawal and she has no friends.

It's been a whole year since Nadine has been using the school library as an escape from mingling wi
Lydia Hephzibah
Feb 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
I was excited by the premise of this story - feuding sisters, sports romance, cute twins. Unfortunately, this book fell into a lot of teen fiction clichés and strayed from a realistic high school experience. I found myself rolling my eyes a lot and while it was only a short book, it seemed to take a lot longer to read than my usual pace. The bullying was extreme (especially from the main character's sister) and the romance plot lacked a proper base: the MC was obsessed with a guy she had never s ...more
Feb 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-books
I received a free digital copy of this book via NetGalley, in return for an honest review

I definitely rolled my eyes at the title of this book (it's a lazy pun and a bit try-hard) but when I got past that and read the synopsis I was intrigued.
The audience is a bit younger than I anticipated; I would put this more at the 12-15 end of the YA spectrum because it doesn't go into the kind of depth that older YA books tend to. That is not a fault of the book, just something I thought I'd note.

The stor
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it

This is a coming of age book about a young girl with a father who has walked out on her and a mother has checked out. She is a loner in school who eats lunch alone and hides in the library . She is constantly being tormented by her older sister . She is not giving up though, she is doing every thing in her power to try and turn her life around . The day she meets her friend Anne and field hockey . Her life turns around when she is introduced to Anne's twin brothers . With Rachel amping up her w
Saida Sukman
Whatever I was expecting when I first saw this book, it clearly wasn’t this.

I really, really thought that Rachel was a psychopath at first, with the way she treated Nadine. But she wasn’t. Also, I didn’t think this book would get so bloody, but it proved me wrong.

I think this book is alright for a book that is written in 1st person POV (if you’ve read my reviews before, you’ll know how I feel about 1st person POV). The narration is okay, and not that whiny. The book had a good start, kind of fun
Raile Bay
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
This was actually, a really cute (with some dark themes at times? but overall) book.

I don't think this is my bias as a Canadian speaking- which also made me like this book, because I did catch the references to places, but this tale is one of coming-of-age. Nadine begins the book friendless, eating lunch alone in the library with a mouse as her only companion. At school, she's isolated. At home, having to deal with her sister's erratic mood swings and her parents' divorce and its effects make
Christina Greenberg
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great read! It was fast paced, filled with relatable characters and dealt with important themes. I recommended it to my teenage daughter who is loving it.
Rhonda Lomazow
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
A well written engaging ya novel.
Lara Ryan
Mar 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, netgalley
I received an advanced readers copy from BookSparks and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

As far as young adult books go, this wasn't a favorite. It was definitely geared more towards a younger audience (maybe between ages 13-16). As the title states, there is serious tension between sisters in NemeSIS. Nadine and Rachel are only 2 years apart and Nadine feels like she is following in her older sisters prettier and more confident shadow.

Nadine decided she was going to turn her life aro
Mar 30, 2017 rated it liked it
It's an average read. I liked the story, it has a good beginning and the middle but I felt that ending was anticlimactic. I think that's because of Rachel's character. I didn't understand her at all. Author handled it vaguely. There are only hints but it's hard to comprehend her behavior towards her younger sister. Especially because it is mentioned that they were friends once and then Rachel changed but when or why are not explained at all. I think that wasn't well-handled. There should be more ...more
Casia Courtier
Apr 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review. There has been no compensation and everything that follows is my own opinion.

Alright, the first thing that grabbed me was the cover. Look at that! Yes, the title is a bit corny, but I'm big on corny jokes. I can handle a bit of corn, because you know why? Corn makes popcorn and what's good with popcorn? A horror movie. What does the cover remind you of? A 70's or 80's horror flick.

Boom. I went there.

So . . . that and the blurb
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
There are a lot of emotions going on in this book. Of course, it deals with teenage girls who are sisters so how could it not? As the reader, the “outsider” if you will, there is so much to the family dynamic of Nadine, her sister Rachel, and their mom that Nadine herself cannot see while smack dab in the middle of it all. Nadine’s father moved to New York, leaving them all behind in Canada. Raising two high school age girls on her own for the first time while trying to start a new career that w ...more
CrazyCat (Alex)
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, my-reviews, netgalley
A very well written and fast paced young adult novel about a girl with divorced parents, a bullying sister and her wish to get a normal life. A great book I recommend to the younger readers.
I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. Thank you, NetGalley and Blue Moon Publishers!
Ally Camble
Apr 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, netgalley
A year since her dad left them, Nadine is ready to stop surviving and starting living again. The problem is, she has no idea how to do that. She lost all of her friends in the switch to high school (during survival mode) and has been eating lunch in the library ever since. All she knows is she needs to get a life, make some friends, and stop being so timid. Thank goodness there’s a new girl! And she’s shyer than Nadine. Maybe that’s her starting point…

One step at a time, often made up only in th
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book and wished I could have read it as a teen.
Susan Marshall has managed to create very real, human characters in whom the reader feels emotionally invested - from the shy, funny and relatable protagonist, Nadine, to her bullying, volatile older sister, Rachel, orbited by a host of intriguing supporting characters.
The author poignantly and often hilariously captures the perils of life through the eyes of a teenager, while weaving in tough adult issues like mental healt
I really enjoyed this! It wasn't as dark as I was expecting from the title (is that a weird expectation?) but it was a really interesting story of sibling rivalry and bullying... (view spoiler) ...more
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One of four daughters, Susan was born and raised in an estrogen-fuelled household in Hamilton, Ontario. Always a big fan of libraries, Susan graduated with a history degree from UWO and a Library Science degree from U of T.

Naturally disorganized, she quickly opted out of the library field, instead working for The Globe and Mail and then Seneca College.

Four kids later, she decided to stay-at-home

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