ARC Review: When You Leave by Monica Ropal

22928890Release Date: April 7th, 2015

Publisher: Running Press Kids

Genres: Young-Adult/ Contemporary/ Mystery/ Social Issues/ Family

Format: ARC

Source: Publisher via Netgalley

My Rating: 3 Stars

Find It: Goodreads | Amazon

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?

My Thoughts: This book should be titled, “When You Misjudge”. There’s a whole lot of misjudging going on in this book. And I really don’t think that it was really that mysterious about who the killer was.

Cass, the skater girl, meets Cooper, the all around good guy at school. Except, Cass just writes him off as a rich kid who looks down on the lower class. I don’t understand why that kiss had to happen for them to start conversing. The author could have taken a different approach. But, then again, this is a YA book so I can see how that would appeal to those readers. Cass assumed way too much about the students at her new school. I think that if you read this, then you’ll know why she thinks the way she does. Her mom finally got them out of poverty and married a man with money. He’s nice enough but just ignores Cass and her autistic brother.

This is about the murder of her new secret boyfriend Cooper. Or is it a secret? Mattie, her best friend, knows that she’s been blowing them off to hang out with Cooper. It happened so suddenly that my head spun. One of her skater friends gets blamed for it and Cass investigates, so she can prove that he didn’t do it. I won’t say who the killer is but that was a no-brainer. I’m sure everyone who reads this will figure it out.

The only characters I liked in this book are Mattie and the little glimpse of Cooper that we get. Mattie can’t talk since he had cancer surgery when he was younger, so Cass understands every shrug and facial expression. And yes, in complete sentences! Their communication reminded me of Groot and Rocket from Guardians of the Galaxy. How that raccoon always knew what Groot’s “I am Groot” meant is beyond me. So that was kind of weird but not. In the End, Mattie is happy and that’s all that matters to me.

I liked this book. Not enough to read it again, but like it all the same. I think this book will definitely appeal to young-adults. Somewhat recommended.


2 thoughts on “ARC Review: When You Leave by Monica Ropal

    • I think the premise should have been different and then the mystery would have been a mystery. The author basically tells the reader everything before it happens.


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