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ARC Review of When You Leave by Monica Ropal

ARC Review of When You Leave by Monica RopalWhen You Leave by Monica Ropal
on April 07, 2015
Genres: YA, Contemporary
Pages: 336
Source: Netgalley

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


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?

In ” An Oyster Shell- Job well done Monica Ropal! I recommend that you give this author’s debut a chance. It’s a riveting YA mystery. A classic who-done-it with contemporary characters and settings laced with coming of age elements. It is well done and I insist this is a must-read.

The Pearls –

This book starts out as a typical YA Romance a girl that doesn’t fit in then finds a reason to. Namely a hot classmate, this one just happens to be one of the popular kids. The twist… Is he get’s murdered! Wow! It’s brutal. To help her deal with the loss, Cass sets out to find the truth. The fun part of this mystery is you go an adventure with other characters and you have no idea who is trustworthy or not. Everyone becomes a suspect at some point. I was guessing all the time who the culprit was, it was hard to figure out, which makes it fun. The plot is suspenseful. You really start to feel with the characters, Especially Cass, and you can’t forget about Mattie. He’s an awesome character who says a lot without saying anything. Well played Monica Ropal! This work is truly a contemporary masterpiece.

The Sand– The book has some rough language which might be offensive to some. I felt the language was mostly appropriate to the story line so not a big deal for me.

All in all, I give this book 4 Pearls.

4 Stars

About Monica Ropal

Monica Ropal lives in friendly St. Paul, Minnesota with her husband and three children—whom she lovingly refers to as her three-ring circus. In addition to writing and playing ringmaster, Monica also works as a hospice nurse.

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