Then I Met My Sister 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 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.

"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



About Christine Hurley Deriso

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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
Published July 1, 2011 by Flux. 290 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Summer knows she’s smart, but she almost deliberately earns Cs in school to prove that she’s not the same as Shannon, her apparently perfect honor-student sister, who was killed in a car accident the year before Summer was born.

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I liked seeing how she dealt with the feeling that she was living her life in the shadow of her oh so perfect but dead sister and seeing how her perception of that feeling changed as she started to find out more about what her sister was really like.

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