Title: You Must Not Miss
Author: Katrina Leno
Genre: Young Adult
About the book: It’s a standalone novel about a teenager named Magpie Lewis who creates a world called Near that comes to life.
I received an advanced review copy from Hachette in exchange for an honest review.
First impressions: The premise sounded interesting. I like the title, cover, and chapter titles.
I didn’t quite know what I was getting into, but the beginning does a good job in setting up the rest of the novel.
Characters: Magpie could be considered an anti-hero. I’m all for anti-heroes, and I felt like she was more relatable than likeable. She is a teen who has been wronged by everyone around her and wants to get revenge.
I kept reading Magpie as Maggie, but I appreciate more uncommon or unique names, especially if they have a special meaning to the story. It took me a while to warm up to her. I didn’t connect with Magpie right away. By the end, I finally understood where her anger came from.
I’m a fan of the diversity with transgender and bisexual characters.
“Everybody has a reason to want to change their lives.”
Writing: Leno doesn’t hold back. She explores a lot of important issues. There is also mention of sexual assault. There’s a bit of romance but not too much.
Final thoughts: The ending is weird in a good way. I’m still not sure what to make of it.
The novel isn’t for everyone, but if you love anti-heroes seeking revenge in a contemporary setting with fantastical elements, don’t miss You Must Not Miss.