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The Last Confession of Autumn Casterly

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When band-geek Ivy and her friends get together, things start with a rousing board game and end with arguments about Star Wars.

Her older sister Autumn is a different story. Enigmatic, aloof, and tough as nails, Autumn hasn't had real friends--or trusted anyone--in years. Even Ivy.

But Autumn might not be tough enough. After a drug deal gone wrong, Autumn is beaten, bound,
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published February 11th 2020 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Ellen There's kissing with the younger sister, and the older sister went though a rape so there's flashbacks and some detail but nothing super explicit that…moreThere's kissing with the younger sister, and the older sister went though a rape so there's flashbacks and some detail but nothing super explicit that I can remember. Definitely trigger warning worthy though.(less)

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Katie B
I'm so thankful writers, such as this one, are choosing to write about important issues. I don't necessarily know if a book like this would have been published ten years ago, so I guess I am also thankful for the publishers for recognizing the value in these types of stories.

Autumn Casterly is a senior in high school and a drug dealer. She hopes to keep adding to her stack of cash so she will have enough to eventually leave town and not look back. It's been a long time since she has gotten
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Meredith Tate
Sep 15, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  (Review from the author)
Hi - I'm the author :) This is a book that's very dear to my heart, and I hope you like it.

Please see my website http://meredithtate.com for content / trigger warnings <3
Erin A. Craig
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A sharp and biting look at the bonds of sisterhood. I loved it.
Bethany
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-arcs
The Last Confession of Autumn Casterly is a quiet but hard-hitting YA mystery/thriller that tackles rape culture, victim blaming, gaslighting, and the nuances of consent. I loved the ways this handled these issues and enjoyed the story and the exploration of complicated family relationships. I think for readers looking for a thrilling mystery with a fast pace and lots of shocking twists and turns, they are going to be a little disappointed. This is a quieter, more character-driven book that ...more
 LEAH⇢
MY RATING 4 STARS


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REMINISCENT OF IF I STAY MIXED WITH A MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE BEATEN, KIDNAPPED & BOUND THE BOND OF SISTERS HOW MUCH LOSING YOUR MOTHER CAN AFFECT YOU IMPORTANCE OF FRIENDSHIP

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There are elements in this book that totally worked for me and a few that fizzled...as in they felt unnecessary to me. They felt like the author was trying to be TOO relevant. Having lost my own Mother, the stuff she touched on pertaining to the death of their mother really
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readwithjamie
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Quite the page-turner! A sisterly bond, suspense & mystery, fantastic friendships, and supernaturalism all abound within this very enjoyable YA #metoo thriller. I don’t read YA often, but when I do I find that I want more of it. I look forward to the next novel author Meredith Tate produces.

Thank you @penguinteen for the free book in exchange for an honest review.
Jessie Sedai of the Black Ajah&#x1f940;&#x1f40d;
Ebeneezer Scrooge has nothing on Autumn Casterly. If he started squirreling his money away in Tampax boxes and dealing drugs to teenagers, the resemblance would be uncanny.

Imagine the classic tale with less Christmas revelry and a whole lot of teen angst. And instead of some altruistic ghosts herding the main character towards his redemption, she's on her own in between life and death as she watches the events of her disappearance unfold from limbo. Throw in a dollop of catchy, hip slang terms
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Kristen
Thanks to Bookish First and the publisher for providing me with an advanced reader's copy. I really enjoyed this story.

Woo! Alright. Where to begin? This book was a nail-biter for sure. It had me feeling all the emotions and flipping those pages as fast as I could to see how it was going to end. I think that means it's done its job.

I'mma start with the characters. Where can I get my I <3 Ivy buttons? I loved Ivy so much. A 15-year-old overweight mega nerd who reminded me a lot of my high
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Toya
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Honestly, I am trying to find the words to convey how much I needed The Last Confession of Autumn Casterly. What I thought was a story about a misunderstood, snarky, and delinquent teenager ended up being a compelling story that explored the depths of sisterhood while also serving as a feminist platform to call out rape culture, victim shaming, and gaslighting.

The story follows two sisters, Autumn and Ivy, who couldn’t be more different than one another. After the death of their mother, the
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PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Drug-dealing bully Autumn Casterly leaves no victim unafraid. Hate seeps through her pores onto anyone who dares cross her. Her younger and polar opposite sister Ivy wears nerdom as a badge of honor. The once close siblings rarely speak. When Autumn goes missing her father and the police think she’s runaway to escape legal trouble. Ivy knowing better, sets out to find her prodigal sister. Close to death, Autumn sends Ivy clues, while piecing together events from her past that shaped her past ...more
Kelsea
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'll admit the intriguing title of this book caught my attention -- that plus my love for YA thrillers made it likely I was going to read TLCOAC at some point. Then I read an excerpt of the book on Bookish First... and Meredith Tate’s writing completely hooked me, so I signed up to review it!

This was a wonderfully written story of sisterhood, secrets, and the ways family and institutions can let you down. The characters are written with a lot of empathy. I don’t want to spoil the plot for you,
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JANELLE || WHATSHESEEES
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book!! You guys know YA is my jam and this one is exactly why I am a huge fan of YA thrillers. They pull you in every single time and give us readers exactly what we are looking for in a great thriller.

The dynamic of the characters in this book made this book! They were so diverse but their friendship was admirable.
I couldn’t imagine being either Ivy or Autumn. They were both such strong characters and I loved that they were so young and strong. Two sisters who were very different,
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Angela Staudt
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from BookishFirst in exchange for an honest review.

“But it doesn’t matter if they find anything or not. The principal has already pegged me as a criminal. I’m one of the “bad kids” and labels come with assumptions. They assume the bad kids are always monsters, and the good ones never are.”

WOW! What a nail-biting, page turning thriller. I devoured this book in one day and am stunned with how much I loved this book. This follows Ivy trying to find her missing sister Autumn.
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Ron
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It’s rare that I read a book in one sitting, but AUTUMN is a rare book. Gripping, relentless, and tightly plotted, with deeply important messages that are woven seamlessly into the story, it was an utter delight from start to finish.
Patty
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Book Review: The Last Confession of Autumn Casterly
By: Meredith Tate
Genre: YA contemporary/Mystery
Format: ARC Happy Pub Day!

Autumn and Ivy couldn’t be more different. Autumn- the popular girl, who doesn’t trust anyone, and is tough to everyone- except her dog, pumpernickel. Ivy- part of the “nerd herd” who loves Star Wars and board games. When a drug deal goes wrong- and Autumn is beaten and held hostage- she leaves her body seeking help. The only one who can help her- is Ivy. Ivy will do
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Amber Sternitzke
Feb 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Friends Autumn and Ivy couldn’t be more different. Autumn, the popular girl, who doesn’t trust anyone, and is cold-mannered to everyone- except her dog, Pumpernickel. While Ivy is part of the “nerd herd” who loves Star Wars and board games.

When a drug deal goes wrong and Autumn is beaten and held hostage- she leaves her body seeking help. The only one who can help her is Ivy. Ivy will do anything she can to find Autumn and even dig up some secrets that Autumn has been hiding from everyone.

This
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Alexandra/ReadsWithRosie
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it

If you’re looking for a young adult novel that reads like a novel for anyone with an unputdownable storyline, look no further.

Autumn Casterly is trouble, Ivy Casterly is the opposite. Their relationship after their mom died is nonexistent and unfriendly (to put it mildly), particularly after Autumn took a different path in life than Ivy (again, this is putting it mildly). When Autumn disappears, most people are unconcerned- but Ivy has a sinking feeling that something is wrong. Ivy enlists the
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Kelly
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to BookishFirst and Penguin Random House for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This book was great and details what the after effects of a very heavy subject can have while exposing what it feels like as a teenager to want to fit in or to stand out and be in total control. One main thread through the whole book is the concept of sister bonds and how deep they run. The older, "rougher" sister, Autumn, goes missing one night (which is not unusual), but the younger, nerdy sister
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Felicite Reads
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
"The Last Confession of Autumn Casterly" is an emotional and compelling story about two teenage sisters torn apart by loss, grief, and rumors.

Ivy has a tight group of friends she can rely on for anything. Autumn, however, pushed everyone out of her life after an incident happened and no one, not even her father, showed up for her. She feels betrayed, hurt, and angry. Even Ivy doesn't understand Autumn or anything going on in her life.

Then Autumn disappears. Ivy is the only person who thinks
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Amanda (readlingoctopus714) Turner
WOWWWW! It has been a while since I stayed up, on a work night, to finish a book. Seriously, I love my sleep, so this is saying A LOT!

It is established early on that Autumn is a troubled, beautiful, gritty 18-year-old drug dealer, and her sister Ivy is the more grounded 15-year-old "good sister" who may not fit the "mold" and is part of a nerdy squad of fandom obsessed friends. The relationship between the sisters is virtually non-existent as they live in very different worlds.

Autumn seems
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Susan Beamon
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book turned out to be much different than I thought it would be. We have sisters, two years apart in ages, who have lost their mother while in junior high. The teen years can be very difficult, even on relationships with siblings. Autumn, the older, has, in the view of her family and school, has gone over the edge full on to the dark side. She bullies. She blackmails or at least threatens it. She sells pills. Ivy is in band. Ivy has friends and activities. Ivy doesn't make trouble.
If only
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Kim
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of my goals for 2020 is to read more YA novels, so when I saw The Last Confession of Autumn Casterly by Meredith Tate come up on the Bookish First website and read the first few chapters, I knew I had to read the whole book.

I saw bits of myself in both Autumn, and her sister, Ivy. With Autumn I enjoyed her tough exterior which quite early on we find is hiding a soft interior that is filled with pain and anger. Ivy is the geeky person I am and a lot of my friends are, so I would fit
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Lyndsey thelittlereadingmermaid
This book follows two sisters, Autumn & Ivy, as they navigate through your average teenage problems. Popularity contests, navigating first crushes, annoying step moms, rumors, drug dealing. . . and then some not-so-average teenage problems- like being trapped in between life and death after a drug deal gone wrong.
Autumn goes back and forth between her bound and beaten body and her ghost body- trying to find help. She finds help in the form of her estranged younger sister, Ivy, who can sense
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Lyudmyla Hoffman
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A couple of years ago I was looking for a gripping mystery set in New Hampshire. This is it. This was the book I wanted to read!

I'm extremely partial to fast paced ticking clock anything. Add siblings, recognizable local setting, crime, touch of supernatural without using it a crutch, amazing voice, and nerdy kids, and you have my full attention!

Unbelievable. Go preorder it now. And if you ever called NH your home, preorder it yesterday.
Rosaria Munda
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I finished this one walking--I got to my train stop and literally could not put it down. A propulsive story of sisterly badassery, THE LAST CONFESSION OF AUTUMN CASTERLY is in structure a thriller and at heart a feminist manifesto, calling out rape culture and toxic masculinity in all its slippery forms and portraying the ways girls are let down by--and join together to rise above--a culture that silences them. Autumn and Ivy's story is at once heartbreaking, heartwarming, and a rollicking good ...more
Jeff Bishop
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An expert look at the suppression of trauma told in a fresh take on the "Between Worlds" trope. The scenes where Autumn's suggestions (and outright commands) subtly influence Ivy's decisions are pitch perfect (when Ivy starts humming Hamilton after Autumn's like "Satisfied"—chef's kiss). This book is wonderfully plotted and delivers a thrilling finale, complete with a well-earned twist that truly took me by surprise.
Jennifer
*3 stars* Actual rating 3.5 stars.
Received advanced reader copy from publisher via Baker & Taylor book supplier

Ivy and her friends form “the Nerd Herd” spending their time performing in the school band, playing board games, and arguing over Star Wars canon. But Ivy’s sister Autumn is a complete opposite: tough as nails, popular but distant, without any real friends … and the school’s rogue pill pusher. When Autumn doesn’t come home one Friday night, Ivy senses something is wrong – and
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Sasha
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-and-read, gifted

The Last Confession of Autumn Casterly was a twisty and feminist thriller centred around two sisters that serves as a metaphor for rape culture. This book will capture you with its plot, make you laugh and smile and cry. It was amazing. Do make sure to find trigger warnings on the author's website and bear in mind the discussion of rape in relevance to the book in this review.
Our main characters are the Casterly sisters, Autumn and Ivy, who couldn't be more different.
Autumn seems cruel and
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Lauren
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
**Thank you so much to @penguinrandomhouse for sending me a finished copy of this book**

I had never heard of this book before it turned up in my mail. At first I wasn’t sure why it was sent to me, it looked like something I wouldn’t really read but upon reading the synopsis I immediately started it and I’m so glad I did.

This book is a YA thriller/mystery that covers quite a few relevant hard hitting topics (I will have trigger warnings at the end of the review). It tackles rape culture,
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Meredith Tate grew up in Concord, New Hampshire, where she discovered Harry Potter and subsequently fell in love with the many worlds of science fiction and fantasy. In college, Meredith began writing her first novel, which is now in a drawer somewhere where it belongs. Pursuing her love of travel, Meredith spent a semester in London and then backpacked in Europe for a month before earning her ...more