Wednesday, 8 April 2015

When You Leave by Monica Ropal

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Perseus Books Group, Running Press and NetGalley.

Blurb (from Goodreads)
Cass is positive that the people she cares about most will eventually leave her. Her father is gone, her mother doesn’t notice Cass exists, and her best friend’s battle with cancer was too close of a call. So when she begins her year at a wealthy new private school, Cass’s plan is to suffer through it in anonymity. However, when her cute locker neighbor, Cooper, shows an undeniable attraction toward Cass, keeping him at a safe distance isn’t easy. Even though her Frogtown skater world and his do-gooder preppy one are so different, Cass and Cooper somehow mesh. And once Cass lets her guard down, Cooper is mysteriously murdered—thus proving her original theory. When Cass’s close friend is suspected as the killer, she isn’t sure who she can trust anymore. Between investigating Cooper’s murder and trying to understand what she really meant to him, will Cass even find what she is looking for? Monica Ropal’s tension-filled and emotionally-charged YA debut explores the issues of an outsider looking in, and her desperation to find the impossible answers. Why do people leave? And who will be next?

When You Leave by Monica Ropal

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

When You Leave(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Perseus Books Group, Running Press and NetGalley.)

”Are you on crack snacks? What are you doing?”

(Never heard anyone say that before! Is it bad that that was my favourite line of the whole book?)

There wasn’t anything horribly wrong with this book, it just wasn’t for me.

The characters in this just didn’t interest me, especially after that big part of the plot happened (highlight to view spoiler - why did Cooper have to die? ☹) and I thought Cass a little na├»ve to think that she could solve a murder on her own? I mean really?

"Are you leading a double life, Cass?”
If only you knew. “I guess I am.”

The storyline in this was okay, but the story just didn’t suck me in. It was probably just a case of wrong person, wrong book, but I didn’t really enjoy this book at all.
There was some romance, but (highlight to read spoiler - that all ended when Cooper was murdered! I was also really unhappy that Cass didn’t even admit to dating him! )

”I feel frustrated,” he said. I want to get to know you, but I can feel your walls going up.”

The ending to this was okay, but I still couldn’t really get into the story.
5 out of 10


  1. Ha -- when I was reading the blurb I thought the exact same thing. Why??
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen at YA Romantics