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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
Expected publication: February 11th 2020 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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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)  ·  review of another edition
    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  ·  review of another edition
    A sharp and biting look at the bonds of sisterhood. I loved it.
    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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    Angela Staudt
    Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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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    Kelsea
    Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: arc, reviewed, 2020-02-feb
    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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    Ron
    Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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.
    Kelly
    Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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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    Vee_Bookish
    this sounds high key insane and will either be amazing or absolute rubbish
    Jessie Sedai of the Black Ajah
    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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    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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    Lyudmyla Hoffman
    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.
    Felicite Reads
    Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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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    Rosaria Munda
    Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Aubrey Warnick
    Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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    Nicole
    Jan 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!

    i just finished this yesterday and let me say first off that it was such an easy read. i read the entire thing in three days, so nothing short of a page turner. i did have some gripes with the characters and story itself but first i want to start with the things i liked:
    the plot was extremely interesting and kept me wanting more. this was such a good idea in terms of a somewhat young adult mystery/thriller. i really loved how the narrations switched from Autumn and Ivy the book
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    Alisha
    Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Sisters Ivy and Autumn couldn’t be any more different. Ivy is a band-geek with a tight knit group of friends she loves to play board games with. Autumn is the school’s drug dealer and hasn’t trusted anyone, even Ivy, in years.

    After a drug deal gone wrong, Autumn is beaten, bound, and hidden away. Tittering between life and death, Autumn leaves her body trying to find help - the problem is the only one who can really sense her is Ivy.

    When Autumn doesn’t come home, Ivy knows her sister is in
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    Cheryl
    Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
    Amanda F.
    Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: five-stars
    I don't even know where to start with this. I flew through this book, ignoring all of the studying I need to do for my finals. I was swept away by this book. At first, I was kind of skeptical about it. I didn't think that I would enjoy the different point of view switches, but it is much needed to grow each character. AND THE CHARACTERS GROW. Not just the main characters of Ivy and Autumn, but their friends and dad, too. I felt as if Ivy's character growth just randomly happened one day and ...more
    Stephenee
    Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This was my first book by author Meredith Tate, but it won't be my last! The author weaves a tale that grabs the readers attention from the very start and never lets it go! The plot is fast moving, the there are plenty of twists, turns, loops and curves as the reader zooms through the pages of the book.

    The main character, Autumn, isn't very likable when the book first starts and I'm not sure if she gets better, or if Ivy makes the reader like her more...the reader instantly relates to Ivy and
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    Stars In Her Eye
    Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This novel is not what you expect. Instead of a ghost story, it is a metaphor for modern lie.
    Autumn Casterly deals drugs to her friends while she saves to go to vet college. Everyone thinks she's a slut an a no good. So when she disappears the police aren't interested. IT is her sister Ivy who actually cares. Ivy decides to find her. What she doesn't know is that Autumn's spirt is leading her to clues in hopes Ivy will find her before she dies.
    You must re-see the plot and the characters knowing
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    Jennifer MacMullin
    Thank you to Penguin Teen for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

    Wow, I really wasn’t expecting to enjoy this as much as I did! This is a page turner for sure; I finished it in a day and a half. It’s a YA thriller, but it’s also a story of grief, loss, the bond of sisterhood, rumours and assumptions, and it calls out toxic masculinity and rape culture! There are also some LGBTQ+ characters as well

    Told in two perspectives, this story follows sisters Autumn and Ivy Casterly. After
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    Lindsay
    Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: ya
    Unique in the best way possible!

    I have to start this by saying the author made this book impossible for me to not love with the way she wrote about the sisters. Flawed, redeemable, human! And most important, characters you can't help but like even when you don't want to, and all of this without boring me with too many details. The story itself was such a unique one that I'm not even sure (other than YA) what genre it fits, but regardless, it seems lately many books are so similar there are times
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    Ann Petralia
    Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
    Lisa
    Dec 09, 2019 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
    ABOUT THE LAST CONFESSION OF AUTUMN CASTERLY
    If I Stay meets One of Us is Lying in this gripping contemporary thriller.

    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, and held
    ...more
    Rachel
    Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Thank you BookishFirst and Publisher for this early copy!

    It took me a good 80 pages before I was sucked into this unique novel. But once that happened it was a 5 star read all the way for me.

    We follow sisters, Ivy and Autumn who after the death of their mother have grown apart and no longer feel like they know each other. It is not until Autumn goes missing, a drug deal gone south, that the two sisters have to come together again to survive.

    Tate did an amazing job of crafting the two very
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    Jennifer Wilson
    Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This is a story about two sisters. Ivy Casterly is the band geek, hanging out with her friends, playing board games, talking Star Wars and all things nerdy. Autumn Casterly is the loaner. She sells pills to her classmates, and doesn’t let anyone get close. The girls lost their mother at young ages and it’s affected them. They are virtual stranger to each other, even though they live in the same house. But, when something terrible happens to Autumn, and she’s hovering between life and death, only ...more
    Kat, aka
    Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Wow! Wow. This book was really good. It followed two sisters, Autumn and Ivy. Ivy is a sophomore in high school who plays band and hangs out with what's affectionately dubbed the Nerd Herd; they play board games and hang out basically only with each other. Autumn is a senior who is caught up in dealing pills to try to save money for college. They live with their father and stepmother. One night Autumn goes on a shady deal and ends up getting kidnapped - but due to her lifestyle (coming and going ...more
    Amanda-Has-A-Bookcase
    Where do I start? This is described as a YA Thriller, and in a way it is BUT I could NOT GET OVER the authors propaganda of today's rape culture.
    "She's a person, & she deserves to be listened to & believed. She deserved so much more than what she got." Basically the author uses the missing mean drug selling back talking Autumn as a metaphor for women who are raped and not taken seriously. I get nobody deserves to be a victim (no matter what it is; rape, abuse, ect) but the author missed
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    Nikki Playle
    Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Sisters, Autumn and Ivy's lives changed when their mother died from cancer. The independent, outgoing and edgy Autumn starts a downward spiral in her personal life after she attends a senior party and cannot remember everything that happened but is shamed on social media. Her younger sister Ivy, who was so close to her sister can do nothing but sit on the sidelines and watch as Autumn gets pulled into drugs, partying, and shady friends. Luckily Ivy has a good support group that she can rely on ...more
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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