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You Must Not Miss

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  76 ratings  ·  46 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published April 23rd 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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ARC given to me by my amazingly kind friend - Kayla! at Books & Blends!

“You felt so deeply, and for so long, that your very sadness grew limbs and walked away from you. You have moved mountains, Magpie Lewis, and you are only just getting started.”

Katrina Leno is truly a gift to this world, and I’m not sure what the world has done to deserve her, her words, or her stories, but I’m forever thankful. You Must Not Miss is a masterful expose on rape culture and the things that everyone is wi
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This book was bizarre and strange and I have no idea how to even begin to write a review so just know that I REALLY, really liked it. If you’re someone who likes weird books that defy genres and don’t make a ton of sense (in a good way u feel me), read this book.

TW: sexual assault, adultery
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-novels

I received this book for free from The NOVL in exchange for an honest review.

Going into this book, I had no idea what to expect. But damn, this book was so unique and different that I ended up loving it.

When the book started, I wasn’t super into it since it started off like any other high school drama. There’s the bullied girl who befriends other outcasts, the mean girl, etc. To me it seemed to be going down a path that I’ve seen one too many times.


Then about halfway through, the magical realis
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Hmm... That took much longer to finish than I feel like it should have, and I have a LOT of mixed feelings. Review to come.
Madalyn (Novel Ink)
So so so good. That ending is one of the best I’ve read in ages.
Amy Risner
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing

ARC provided by The NOVL in exchange for an honest review.

Wow, I truly didn’t think I was going to love this book so much. This was my first novel by Katrina Leno and I now want to real ALL her books, please!

This book was so quiet as it built up to one of the most satisfying endings I’ve ever read. And while You Must Not Miss is marketed as a contemporary, I’d like to say it very much has magical realism and subtle thriller elements. Because as we see the things that happen in Near? My heart was
Kayla Brunson
Mar 21, 2019 rated it liked it
“Your despair made Near. You felt so deeply, and for so long, that your very sadness grew limbs and walked away from you.”

What did I just read? Is this considered Magical Realism? The overall aspect of Near still confuses me. Despite confused, what I can’t deny is that Leno has a way with words. She has a way of weaving words together that hit you hard and make you think.

What I think was a downfall for me was the majority of the characters. Magpie, Allison, and her parents. Even her sister. I
Feb 07, 2018 marked it as get-on-my-shelf-already
I'm just going to put this on my "favorites of 2019" shelf already because OF COURSE.
Tucker (TuckerTheReader)
Jan 31, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr
Idk why but this cover gives me dystopian VIBES 😕
Guys get this on your 2019 TBR because YOU MUST NOT MISS is a book you... must not miss. Magpie is an anti-heroine and you will love to hate her. She doesn't care about doing the right thing, and she doesn't hide her dark thoughts at all. Jesus, she would think and do some things (and DOES some things...) that were just... damn girl.

If you've read any of Katrain's previous books I'd say this is closer in writing style/ tone to THE HALF-LIFE OF MOLLY PIERCE. I really love how unapologetically Ka
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, favorites, reviewed

WOW! Katrina Leno really went dark for this one and I ATE IT UP! Set aside your entire afternoon to read this one, folks, ‘cause this is an addictive, bingeworthy book if ever one deserved the title.

The writing in this is everything. So atmospheric. So suspenseful. So perfectly suited to Magpie, our vengeful little heroine. Okay, so she’s not really a heroine. Not even really an anti-heroine. This is basically a villain backstory.

And hell, Katrina Leno pulls it OFF! I almost always hate vill
Feb 07, 2018 is currently reading it
I don't even know what I'm excited for most a) that it's gonna be the darkest yet #feelsbyLeno b) that there's an alternate world or c) that it features an anti-fucking-heroine 😍😭😍😭
Gina Adams
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I wouldn’t call Magpie an anti-hero in the slightest. She is just a miserable girl who stops feeling anything and wants to hurt anyone who hurt her. She’s like a lot of teenage girls except she actually has the tools to make her wishes come true. I remember feeling exactly like Magpie did at that age, having gone through similar things. This is a revenge story that doesn’t glorify revenge and I think that’s important for people who feel the same as Magpie to read. There’s so much about this book ...more
Emily (Obsessed Reader)
Whoah. I honestly don't know what I just read, but I'll try to sort out my feelings on it.
This was a deep, dark, creepy, YA magical realism story that reminded me for some reason of a horror version of A Wrinkle In Time..I honestly can't tell you why. The plots are nothing alike, but there was just something about this book that made me feel a connection between the two.
Another book I felt You Must Not Miss resembled (in much more obvious ways) was Neverworld Wake, and I think that if you enjo
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

I cannot stress this enough

Sep 24, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2019-spring, contemp
That book cover is basically my entire life aesthetic, and I'm not okay that they've gone into my brain and pulled it out - and it goes along with an amazing and intriguing sounding book that I can't have until 2019.
Apr 07, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: release-2019, gimme
This book sounds interesting as hell???!! like, antiheroes?? sexual assault?!
I need this book to not let me down.
Paige Green
Mar 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I received this book from LBYR and The Novl! Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 3/5

Publication Date: April 23, 2019

Genre: YA Contemporary/Magical Realism

Recommended Age: 15+ (TW suicide, gore, TW rape, and language)

Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Pages: 304

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Synopsis: 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
Belle Ellrich
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it

Do y'know those books that just kind of surprise you and shock you into realizing they're turning into something you didn't see coming?

Well, You Must Not Miss is one of those.

Magpie is a character I'm sure we can all relate to in one way or another. Her best friend turned on her, her best friend's boyfriend forced her to do something against her will, her dad cheated on her mom with her aunt,
Tracy (The Pages In-Between)
Thank you to The Novl for gifting me an ARC in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I rate this a 3 out of 5 Stars.

Okay, so this is the most interesting YA books that I have read in a long while. It was weird, but very creative, and a really great prose. I love all the bases it touched upon, and I feel like this should be a must read for young readers. It had diverse characters, it touched on sexual abuse, feminism, revenge, alcoholism, and dealing with your feelings and standin
Cathy(The Crazy Bookworm)
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was both heartbreaking and brilliantly bizarre. The book comes from Magpie's perspective and its a tough perspective to live in. Magpie's is dealing with more than her fair share of harsh circumstances and these circumstances made for some hard moments to read. Although this book is only 300 pages, and reads quickly, I had to take a few moments from time to time to digest the story. Magpie is painfully honest and raw and living in her worlds made for an emotional reading experience. Th ...more
Mar 11, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
*Thanks to The Novl for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
YOU MUST NOT MISS was such an unique read with an awesome concept. Magpie as a main character wasn't likable, but she wasn't not either. She had many levels and I was so intrigued by her. The story is told in third person which means the reader is less in-tune with Magpie and her thoughts, making for a darker and more mysterious tone. The other characters in this book did take a back seat, which is understandable
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

While reading this book, I could not help but think what a wonderful message the theme of this book is. You Must Not Miss focuses on Magpie whose family has fallen apart from drinking, drug use, scandals and abuse she and all of her family went through. Since then, she has been dealing with being called a slut through
Apr 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
I LOVED all of Katrina Leno's four previous books, but this one was a HUGE disappointment. The MC goes from boring to annoying to downright horrible. None of the other (admittedly diverse) characters is really fleshed out. The genre is not so much magical realism as bad fantasy. And the story of (view spoiler), seriously? I've read that one dozens, if not hundreds of times. This was an ut ...more
~Thank you to the NOVL for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!~

For the record, I finished this book three days ago and I can't get over how amazingly unexpected it was. This gem comes out on April 23rd and I hope everyone starts talking about it before then!

If you want a quick review, I think that anyone who loved Sawkill Girls will also love this one. It's not quite as dark, but about halfway through the book I started to make the comparison, and I still think it's the
Hasina (PagesEnchanted)
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you Hachette Books Canada for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

You Must Not Miss is a dystopian novel that follows a girl named Magpie after some traumatic events in her life. It took place in the town of Farther and another world Magpie created with her mind, Near.

The entire novel had a plot that intrigued me from the very beginning. It had a darker feel and there were mysteries that reeled me in! You Must Not Miss was unique and I haven’t read anything similar.

The main
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
You Must Not Miss is a plot-twisting revenge story. I think this book was good as in the sense that it's about romance, revenge and trying to get your life in order. I liked it because it kept me on my feet for guessing where the plot is going.
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I could not put this book down and when I did, I couldn't wait to return to it. Also, I had no idea how this book was going to end and found this so refreshing. I will definitely be recommending this read to others!
McKayla Moors
This book took me nine days to finish, which is...a long time. Normally I would read a book this length in a day or two. I kept picking it up, reading a chapter, putting it down, and coming back to it a couple of days later, until finally I forced myself to marathon through to the end. So that's not a good place to start from.

One thing that is undeniable is that Leno's writing is fantastic. She builds this world with just enough description to allow a reader like me, who is not good at creating
Thanks to Little Brown Young Readers for this ARC that I stole from the bookstore I work at lol

"If you give a name to an impossible thing, does it make the impossible thing any less impossible?"

.....Here's the thing.

I loved the first half of this. I was gearing up for a 5 star review of a girl coping with the trauma of about a million of things that had happened through a mystical magical world of her own making. I thought the metaphor was brilliant, the prose was gorgeous in its beautiful Kat
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