Teen Book Review: You Must Not Miss by Katrina Leno

Hey everyone, it’s Sarah!

I heard about this book through several of the mock Printz blogs. Basically, I just ordered everything off of those lists. I am desperately trying to read through them all before the awards are announced.

38446644. sy475 Title: You Must Not Miss

Author: Katrina Leno


Several months ago, Magpie walking in on her father cheating with her aunt. As her parent’s marriage crumbled, her father moved out, her mother started drinking again, her sister flew the coop, and Magpie was turned into an outcast by her longtime best friend. Magpie is struggling with her life. She eats a daily dinner of mac n cheese over the sink and floats away from her problems in the pool with a lemonade vodka spritzer. Magpie has no one to talk to, so she seeks refuge in her dream journal where she crafts her perfect imaginary world. Until, one day, Magpie finds that the door to her shed allows her to cross into the physical embodiment of her dream world. Her world allows Magpie to begin coming back to life, but as she continues to push its limits, things become more complicated in the real world.


Based on the summary of this book, I expected to hate it. The whole magical realism and such. However, this book had me sucked in. I was desperate to find out what was going on and how Magpie would react to the different situations. Basically, I think that this book had enough family drama to keep me invested. I can’t pinpoint what I liked so much, but it all worked. The main character’s love interest just so happens to be a trans male, and the romance was sweet and cute. I think if the author released another book in this same world, I would give it go.

There were a few inconsistencies with the plotting. It was briefly and belatedly addressed how the mother was able to drink without working. The way technology functions in our current society did not match with the setting, like characters needed to memorize phone numbers, as opposed to looking things up on their phones. These were nagging issues for me throughout. While it didn’t diminish my like of the book, I think it would create problems for it becoming a Printz book.

What are your thoughts? Do you think it is going to win Printz?



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