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Then I Met My Sister
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Then I Met My Sister

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by Christine Hurley Deriso

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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


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 . . . and suddenly nothing is what I thought it was. The more secrets I learn about Shannon and our family, the more everything changes. And as it turns out, facing the truth is no cakewalk, either.

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“Deriso illuminates a complex family that, despite the faults of every member, emerges as strong and loving. An absorbing story teens will connect with.” —Kirkus Reviews

“[W]ill be enjoyed by fans of Sarah Dessen and girls who want a realistic drama, a bit of romance, and not an overload of angst.” —Booklist

VOYA - Mary Arnold
Many coming-of-age stories revolve around sibling rivalry, a younger sister forever in the shadow of the "perfect" older child. But Deriso's first foray into young adult fiction adds an interesting twist: Summer's "perfect" older sister, Shannon, died before she was born. As Summer approaches her eighteenth birthday—a birthday Shannon, who died in a car accident the summer before senior year, never saw—Summer is firmly entrenched in her determination to be nothing like Shannon, to the despair of her controlling mom. And best friend and budding love interest, Gibson, is the perfect sounding board for her daily rebellions. When her mother's sister gives Summer the journal of Shannon's final months, Summer is amazed to discover a three-dimensional sister whose feelings and behaviors are a far cry from the girl she knows only from the photo and award shrine on the wall. This is a sister Summer comes to care for as Shannon's troubled relationship with "Momzilla" so often mirrors Summer's own, and Summer begins to understand just how complicated life becomes when long-buried family secrets emerge. Readers will like Summer's distinctive voice and empathize with her struggle to define herself on her own terms rather than the expectations of everyone around her, not to mention her growing desire to jettison her five-year plan where the sympathetic, smart Gibson is concerned. Reviewer: Mary Arnold
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Shannon died in a car accident before Summer was born, but Summer feels as if she has never measured up to the perfect and overachieving image of her sibling. A gift from her Aunt Nic for her 17th birthday, Shannon's secret diary from the last year of her life, provides Summer the opportunity to get to know her sister and reveals a few uncomfortable truths about her family along the way. Guided by the insight and honesty of her (more than) best friend, Gibson, Summer is able to reevaluate her sometimes-judgmental and unfair analysis of her family. Excerpts from Shannon's journal reveal that she wasn't always the picture-perfect person Summer believed her to be, and in fact show that despite Summer's C average, she understands a lot more about the way the world works than Shannon did. The journey Summer goes on to "meet" her sister is compelling, but equally interesting are her discoveries about herself and her relationships, especially her budding romance with Gibs. Not just your average story of self-acceptance, this is a book intriguing enough to read in one sitting.—Amy Commers, South St. Paul Public Library, MN

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HL680L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Christine Hurley Deriso (North Augusta, SC) is an award-winning author of three middle grade novels. She has also contributed to Ladies' Home Journal, Parents, and other national magazines. Visit her online at www.christinehurleyderiso.com.

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Then I Met My Sister 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a great book where a girl named Summer feels like she lives in a shrine to her dead sister. All she ever hears about is that het sister was so perfect. But the summer when she was headed to senior year her aunt gives her a journal that her sister wrote before she died. She finds that her sister was definetly not perfect. As Summer keeps reading the journal she finds out more about her sister and her family. It was a great book, although there was some foul language.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is sooooo amazing. I defintly reccomend it. I found it at my library while browsing shelves. The description looked good enough so i grabbed it. I thought "oh what the heck just try it" it is really good. Its about a girl and her older sister died and she found the journal she kept the summer before she died. Its way better then it sounds. Get it at your local library though because its free there! WARNING CONTAINS SOME CUSS WORDS FOR YOU PARENTS MONITAR YOU KIDS
soccerchic7 More than 1 year ago
Thia book waa really good it kept u on the edge of ur seat wairing 4 morw joirnal entries and when it ends i wana cry b/c itz ovr. Deeefffiiiinnnaaatttllllyyyyy reccomend
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BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
Knocking off another book of my tbr pile, I loved this book! 1. Mystery. When you meet someone for the first time, you get to know them. But, what  if you never got a chance. How do you do that? I love that Summer began to know who her sister really was by seeking out answers. Getting into the mystery is super easy and lots of fun. I kept wanting to read the journal, find old friends, ask questions. 2. Characters. The characters are great and well rounded. I love getting into Summer’s shoes. Her voice is loud and very clear.  As if I can hear it in my head. There were moments were I totally lost myself in the book and hadn’t even realize it. Even the minor characters helped Summer shaped who she was and what she is learning. 3. Love. Despite all the craziness of learning about Shannon’s sister, Summer herself found love.  I like that there is no insta-love but a clear friendship growing into more. 4. Parents. This is another story were family is a very important dynamic in both Shannon’s and Summer’s life. Families are not perfect and this family had their fair share of drama. Still, this family made it through. 5.  Contentment. Even after everything that Summer uncovered, after learning so much about her  sister, she decided she knows what she wanted to know. I really love how well Summer learn to be comfortable in her own shoes. Always under the shadow of her sister, Summer finally stepped out of that, creating her own path. This is an extremely well written, great book. A wonderful original story, it achieves an awesome reader experience. A provocative tale of mystery and a secret journal, …Then I Met My Sister  is insightful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put it down!
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