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When You Leave
by Monica Ropal


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Cass has a theory: everyone eventually leaves. Her father walked out, her mother is starting a new family, and she almost lost her best friend to cancer.

When Cass transfers to a preppy new private school, her plan is to stay anonymous by hiding her skater girl veneer beneath plaid skirts and knee socks.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Cass has a theory: everyone eventually leaves. Her father walked out, her mother is starting a new family, and she almost lost her best friend to cancer.

When Cass transfers to a preppy new private school, her plan is to stay anonymous by hiding her skater girl veneer beneath plaid skirts and knee socks. But when her cute locker neighbor, Cooper, takes an interest in Cass, keeping a safe distance isn't easy. And once Cass lets her guard down, the unthinkable happens: Cooper is mysteriously murdered.

As the investigation unfolds, Cass's close friend, Gav, is suspected as the killer. Determined to find answers, she must go through her list one by one until somebody cracks. However, will uncovering the truth really give Cass what she is looking for?

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780762454556
  • ISBN-10: 0762454555
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publish Date: April 2015
  • Page Count: 336
  • Reading Level: Ages 12-17
  • Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-04-27
  • Reviewer: Staff

Ropal debuts with a mystery filled with high-running emotions, shifting loyalties, and dirty secrets. Now that her mother has remarried, 17-year-old Cass no longer lives in the rough Frogtown neighborhood of St. Paul, Minn., and she has just started attending a private school where she tries to keep a low profile and maintain her tough reputation with her skateboarder friends. Cass surprises herself by having an intense fling with classmate Cooper, a "typical pretty boy" with whom she seems to have little in common. After Cooper is found brutally murdered in the woods, Cass's friend and fellow skater Gav becomes the prime suspect, and Cass subtly investigates the private-school crowd in search of a defense for him. It can be difficult to keep all the suspects straight, since not all the characters are well-defined, a notable exception being Mattie, Cass's best friend who lost the ability to speak and communicates with gestures and body language. While the conclusion resolves rather quickly, Ropal crafts an engaging, noir-infused drama. Ages 13–up. Agent: Barbara Poelle, Irene Goodman Agency. (Apr.)

 
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