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Then I Met My Sister

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  902 ratings  ·  116 reviews
It's not exactly easy living in a shrine to your dead sister. Since birth, I've known that everyone loved Shannon. She was perfect--beautiful, smart, talented. And me? Not so much. My parents always expected me to live up to her greatness. But I could never measure up to her, so why even try?

This summer, I've started reading the journal Shannon kept just before she died .
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Published April 8th 2011 by Flux
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Morgan F
Summer has always been in the shadow of the sister she never met. Shannon was perfect, beautiful, and ambitious, but she died unexpectedly the first day of her senior year. Summer was born not long afterwards, as a sort of a replacement for dead sibling, but she never fully lives up to her sister, not even bothering to try. Shannon never seemed like a real person to Summer, she was just a face in a frame, a name on a plaque, a forbidden topic for her parents, and a burden over her shoulders. Tha ...more
Apr 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Hmm...I don't really know what to say about this book. I enjoyed the book. But it wasn't anything to either rave or rant about. I mean, it was definitely a quick read and was interesting. But I guess I was hoping to really feel and get into the characters. But they were just that to me--characters.

My favorite character though, was Gibs. Such a sweet guy and you could totally tell he had a thing for Summer. But she was so absorbed in her sister's diary that she couldn't see it (not that I blame h
Mar 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Summer's sister, Shannon, died before she was born. Summer feels like she's grown up in a memorial to her perfect sister, a constant disappointment to her parents. And then her aunt gives her Shannon's journal from the summer before she died. Suddenly, Shannon is more than a static image to Summer.

Shannon's journal wasn't actually all that interesting to me. It's a pretty standard story about a sheltered girl with really bad taste in guys. Her boyfriend is such transparently bad news that it's a
Stephanie (Stepping Out Of The Page)
I really, really enjoyed reading this book and I'm surprised it's not more popular. It has a genuine, realistic protagonist and a very interesting storyline. I almost immediately engaged with Summer and I devoured this book - it's one that I found hard to put down. Summer and her sister's relationship was definitely unique as well as touching. The subplot of Summer and Gibson's relationship was also really sweet and I think that it worked well - putting more of a happier tone amongst the sad fee ...more
Alison (AlisonCanRead)
Mar 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrenyalit
I had to read Then I Met My Sister on a deadline. A shared ARC was passed around to the participants of Deriso's blog tour, so I had to read it as fast as I could to send it off to the next reader. Sometimes reading on deadline can be a real drudge - forcing yourself to read page after page when you'd rather be doing something else. Luckily, that was not a problem with Then I Met My Sister. I plowed through this book in a day, having to force myself to put the book down!

I connected with Summer f
Kati Kettleson
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I would recommend this book to high school females. I say that because there are some swear words and the whole story the book is based upon is very deep. The book also shows how family should always stick together and how some people aren't always who you thought they were/are.

I really enjoyed this book because it was a very real scenario, and it showed how real people would deal with a situation as intense as this one. It also showed that in life things will change, some for the better and so
Cathy(The Crazy Bookworm)
Apr 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
It was the cover of Then I met my Sister that caught my attention, then it was the synopsis that drew me in, and then it was the incredible storyline that hooked me.

I immediately felt a connection with Summer because I could relate to her. I understood what she was going through when it came to having a sibling that passed away before you were born. It was great to have that personal connection with her. Summer was always being compared to her dead sister, Shannon. An over-achiever, pretty, popu
Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
So, I've just finished the book. I did (as I expected) cry, especially towards the end. Like most books, this has given me more about life to think on. The truth is, you never know when you'll die. Thus best to make the best out of every moment. Also, everyone has a reason for why they behave the way they do. I felt true respect for Shannon and Summer's mom.

I loved how Christine Hurley Deriso used Summer's POV to narrate the story. I love getting more information about what the characters are f
Haley Dearth
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Kate Jones
Mar 03, 2020 is currently reading it
This book was very good. I enjoyed the plot and story line very much. I think the characters were well developed. Overall, it kept my attention.
Mikyla Reeck
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Personal Response: I think this was a really good book. It kept me reading. It was a book that I really enjoyed reading. I liked how there was always something different each chapter. Each chapter was a different journal entry about the girls life before she died.

Plot Summary: In Then I Met My Sister Summer always knew her sister as a perfect daughter and perfect student, until one day her Aunt Nicole gave her her sister Shannon's journal. Shannon wrote in this journal every day before she died.
Nov 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Summer is her parents second child and had an older sister who died. Over time when it is Summer's birthday her aunt gives her a journal that belonged to Summer's sister Shannon. Summer has never known much about her sister other than how her parents seemed to think she was a perfect child who made good grades. Growing up Summer has always seemed to feel as she wasn't except or good enough for her parents. When receiving the journal Summer is excited to see what secrets Shannon have been hiding ...more
Aug 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, read-in-2011
I picked this up on a whim at the library and ended up loving it! I could have read it in one sitting, but I started it before I went to bed and got about halfway through before I was too tired to keep going, then finished it this morning. I had never heard of the author, Christine Hurley Deriso, or even seen the book on any blogs, which surprises me. I thought the storyline was really intriguing and I did not want to put it down because I was always eager to know what was going to happen next.

Deborah Andreasen
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was a great look into the minds of a typical teen girl. I would have given this great read 5 stars, but there was some swearing and a TON of taking the Lord's name in vain. Several uses on every page. I know it probably sounds juvenile to be affected by that, but it does bother me. So I couldn't give this a 5 star in good conscience. Otherwise a great read. ...more
Pooja Jeevagan
Sep 06, 2014 rated it liked it
It would have been a 3.5, had there been an option for it...was just different from the usual young adult novel, but then did tend to get unbelievable at places...a short quick read which doesn't end on a perfect ending scene...sometimes you never get the answers but the journey to find the answer teaches you lot more than you had thought... ...more
Calvin Pennywell
Dec 21, 2014 rated it liked it
I started this book about a month ago. I'm a slow reader, depending on the genre. I thought the climax would have been much bigger, but overall, it's a decent read. The subject matter presented this dark idea of resurrecting someone through words, but it was far from it. ...more
Akshara Sethu
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
A rebellious 17-year-old resents her long-dead sister in this sensitive and engaging family drama. Summer knows she’s smart, but she almost deliberately earns Cs in school to prove that she’s not the same as Shannon, her apparently perfect honor-student sister, who was killed in a car accident the year before Summer was born. Additionally, Summer resents her control-freak mother, who constantly seems to compare the two girls and who has built a household shrine to her dead daughter. When her aun ...more
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Don’t judge a book by its cover...this cover does not even CLOSE justify how great this book is. Hope this author keeps writing...they’re amazing.
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book about a teenager who read her dead sister's journal. It uncovered many family secrets and suddenly nothing is quite what she thought it was. ...more
Jul 14, 2019 added it
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I enjoyed reading this book. It was very heartwarming and emotional. A great book to see life for a teenage girl through her eyes.
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Swears in it
Anna Sturdahl
Dec 09, 2019 rated it liked it
It got a bit boring at times, but overall, I loved it!
Carolyn Page
Sep 04, 2019 rated it liked it
An above-average YA novel that deals with teen psychiatry, emotions, family, angst and romance via the story of Summer Stetson and her discovery of her older sister's journal. Summer's older sister, Shannon died before Summer was born, but the events that preceded her death shook their family to its foundations. A really nice love side-plot. ...more
Apr 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011, young-adult
Summer has lived in the shadow of her sister, Shannon, all her life. Shannon died before Summer was born, so Summer never knew her sister, but according to her parents (and everyone who knew Shannon), Shannon was pretty much perfect, so Summer feels as if she'll never live up to her sister's legacy. On Summer's 17th birthday, her aunt gives her a diary that Shannon kept the last summer of her life (when she was 17), and as Summer starts to read it, she finally gets to know her sister and also le ...more
Feb 14, 2015 rated it liked it
“Shannon had some problems, but she was working through them. If she’d lived longer, she would’ve had new problems, then worked through those. Like all of us do.” He lets the pencil drop from his grasp. “That’s life.”

Summer has lived in Shannon's shadow her whole life but, to her, Shannon was nothing beyond what the portraits and numerous prizes and achievements in their house said about her. The older sister she never could measure up to. Shannon died in a car accident at 17 before Summer w
Melissa (i swim for oceans)
Summer lives in Shannon's shadow. She always has, and as far as she's concerned, she always will. She never met her sister, but there is a darkness surrounding her sister's death that's shrouded in an almost ethereal way that everyone views her. Shannon was perfection, and next to her and Summer will always fall short. On her 17th birthday, Summer's aunt gives her Shannon's diary, giving her a unique glimpse into the final year of the sister she never knew, but it holds clues to her family's dar ...more
Laura Young
Sep 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Adult
Shelves: favorites
Title: Then I Met My Sister
Author: Christine Hurley Deriso
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Genre: Young adult
Release date: Published April 8th 2011

Synopsis: "It's not exactly easy living in a shrine to your dead sister. Since birth, I've known that everyone loved Shannon. She was perfect—beautiful, smart, talented. And me? Not so much. My parents always expected me to live up to her greatness. But I could never measure up to her, so why even try?
This summ
Nov 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2011
Then I Met My Sister is a startling look at the connections sisters can have, even after one has passed away. Summer never actually met Shannon. She's always felt she was the sad replacement after Shannon died in a car accident. According to her mother, Shannon was perfect in every possible way. Summer sees her pictures in their home but has no true emotions to pair with it. She never knew her sister so should she be sad?

On Summer's birthday, her aunt gives her Shannon's diary. This is the key t
Apr 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Okay, I have to admit, when I got this book, I didn't think much of it at all. I originally bought it because I was in the mood to read a twin book (yes, for some reason I thought this was a twin book. Don't ask me how.), and when I found it wasn't, I abandoned it in pursuit of other, more interesting-looking books. It was only until this day, right before spring break, that I decided to catch up with my reading.

And I'm glad I did.

It really blew my expectations. The characters are pretty well-
Jul 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Fred by: Alexa
Summer was conceived and born after her older sister Shannon died in a car accident the first day of her senior year. Sort of a "fresh start" for her parents. Shannon has always been held up as the perfect one, to the point where Summer has quit trying to please her perfectionist momzilla, so much so that she's beginning to wonder if she's let herself down in the process. Then her aunt gives her a secret journal Shannon kept the summer before she died, and as Summer "meets" her real sister for t ...more
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