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You Must Not Miss

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  1,874 ratings  ·  528 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
Hardcover, 295 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 i
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**4.5-stars rounded up**

This book was just my kind of WEIRD! Thank you, Katrina Leno.

I can't get it out of my head. It has eaten into my brain like a worm. This disgusting analogy is quite apt in regards to this story.

You Must not Miss is truly a unique and disturbing tale, and it just so happens, unique and disturbing are two of my favorite things.

Now comes my plea: Y'all, please read this book!

If you are not sold on it simply by the fact that it is written by Katrina Leno, how about that it is
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
Lala BooksandLala
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-releases
Katrina Leno's best. TBH I don't think this book is going to be for everyone, but oooh boy was it just my perfect taste. This book is odd and unsettling- Magpie is going through a ROUGH time in life, so she escapes to her own little world, and uses this opportunity to enact revenge on those who've wronged her. She was such a complex character, and I feel like as a reader you don't really know who you're rooting for or what you're hoping to happen in the end. Deliciously vicious.

Part of me does w
Nilufer Ozmekik
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: maybe
Here comes: one slap for the money of the bullies!

Two slaps for the show of fake and mean friends who abandon you when the crisis hits the fan!

Three slaps for getting ready and slap more the neglecting parents including alcoholic mother, cheater father (with your wife’s sister, what a scumbag), selfish sister who leaves you alone to deal with the drama.

Four punches for the blue suede shoes for the abuser who drugs you at party and forces you to have sex with him and made the whole students call
Elle (ellexamines)
She hadn't meant it to be so honest, so prickling and sharp, but there it was. Prickling and sharp and oh so honest.

This is one of the weirdest books I’ve read this year… and also one of the most cathartic.

Fundamentally, You Must Not Miss is a story about the struggle for kindness in a world that wishes to crush the outsiders. While Magpie’s personal journey is of course the focus, a great deal of the book focuses on her struggle to be open and honest in her relationships with her cl
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
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]
If you give a name to an impossible thing, does it make the impossible thing any less impossible?

This is a tough review to write, because I genuinely cannot remember the last time I had such mixed feelings about any singular book. There was a lot to love about You Must Not Miss, and a little bit that didn't work for me, and so much that I've yet to make up my mind about, even now, almost a month after finishing it. Yes, that's right, I've been sitting on this for a month in hopes of putting
Katrina Leno
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. I think the author is just doing her best, and that’s all anybody can do, right?
Charlotte May
This really was fucking weird. My thoughts are a jumble.

The good news is I was prepared for weird. If I wasn’t I might not have enjoyed this as much.

Margaret/Magpie is having a shit time. After discovering her dad cheating on her mum with her Auntie, her mother then turn to alcoholism and abandonment by her sister she then suffers something even worse.

I will not tell you what it is, though it is implied throughout before being clearly revealed.

Magpie is angry as fuck, rightly so and also seve
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-star
I think this line from the book says it all...
“Jesus, are you just around to spout cryptic nonsense while I try to get actual, useful things accomplished?”

Mar 22, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After thoroughly enjoying Summer of Salt I was interested to see if any of Leno's other work would appeal to me.
Whilst not quite as good as Summer of Salt in my opinion, this was still a great read. The premise was great and the ending even more so.
Madalyn (Novel Ink)
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-releases
So so so good. That ending is one of the best I’ve read in ages.
Dec 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG I LOOOOOOOVED THIS!! Read it in this vlog hereeee: ...more
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an absolute mind trip. Definitely a lot darker and more Stephen King-ish than I expected. It's just a shame this is the cover Magpie got. ...more
Jan 07, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-reads
You Must Not Miss is, without a doubt, one of the most subtly disquieting books I’ve ever read and to be honest I’m not quite sure how to feel about it.

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

Magpie’s life fell to shambles the moment she walked in on her father cheating with another woman. The betrayal cracked the very foundation of her world, bringing it crashing down around her like porcelain struck to the ground. She’s left alone,
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars.

You Must Not Miss is a strange book to review. Not strange that it's bad, but strange that it could be a hit or miss with some people, even with the messages behind it.

At its core, You Must Not Miss is a magical realism story while also grappling with lies, escapism, and sexual assault. It's a difficult read, but one that challenges the world and how we as people cope with sadness and anger.

CW: Sexual assault.

You Must Not Miss is about Magpie Lewis, a sixteen-year-old girl who is going t
Amy Risner

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
3 stars

This book is about:

A teenage girl named Magpie who's going through a difficult time in her life as she's dealing with her father's cheating, her sister abandoning her, her best friend ignoring her and being called a slut in the hallways after Brandon Phipp's party. Now she spends her lunches with a group of misfits like herself.

But with her yellow notebook, Magpie is able to write about a perfect world called Near where she can get everything she wants... even revenge.

Things I Liked:

Sara (A Gingerly Review)
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

I cannot stress this enough



Full review can be found here:

**I received an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.**

Ah, magical realism.. how I am not a fan of you. I don’t know why I don’t jive with that genre but I often read it in the hopes that I find one that works for me. Unfortunately this was not one that worked for me.

This was a super, super quick read wi
Jaye Berry
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, audiobook, fantasy, ya
Uhhhh wat.

You Must Not Miss is about Magpie, a girl with a rough life who seeks escape writing in a notebook of a world of her own making, called Near. In her world, everything is perfect- her father didn't cheat on her mother (with her aunt), her sister didn't leave, and her mother isn't a blackout alcoholic. While Magpie can have the perfect life, she can also have the perfect revenge against those who have wronged her.

Oh man, I just don't know?? While I love the idea of this book, the executi
Kayla Brunson
“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
Jun 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-release
if i had to describe this book in one word, it would be “unsettling.”
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holy Crap that was trippy and crazy and unique! I loved it but this book won’t be for everyone. It’s super dark and the magical realism is strong and that’s exactly why I loved it!! I didn’t give it five stars because I would have liked a little more from the ending.
You Must Not Miss is a contemporary fantasy revenge story, and one of the most unique YA novels I've read in a while. Unfortunately, I'm individuating a pattern with me and Katrina Leno's novels: I really like their premises, fall in love with the first half, and then everything falls apart in the second one. It's true for this, and it was true for Summer of Salt as well.

I want to start by saying that You Must Not Miss is the kind of book that starts out slowly, very slowly, until suddenly every
Feb 07, 2018 marked it as get-on-my-shelf-already  ·  review of another edition
I'm just going to put this on my "favorites of 2019" shelf already because OF COURSE. ...more
Magpie Lewis has been abandoned. Her father left. Then her sister, Eryn, too. Now it's just Magpie and her mom. Who truly isn't really present, as she drowns herself in booze and a haze of alcoholism. Magpie's sister left the same night as Brandon Phipps's party--after which Magpie's longtime friendship with Allison ended, and Magpie was branded a slut and left to be an outcast at school. So she starts writing in a yellow notebook, creating a world called Near. It's Magpie's magical place, where ...more
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, 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
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
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
I love Katrina Leno’s writing so much. Her books have a dark, lyrical quality that really work for me. Revenge stories are always fascinating. Finding out what happened before in Magpie’s life and how she ended up reacting to it was really compelling. I do wish that the ending was a little bit longer, things felt a bit rushed and not fully explored.
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