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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 7 - 12
  • Lexile Measure: 650L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554693357
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554693351
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.4 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,126,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"A slim and shocking stand-alone [novel]...McClintock lays all the complexities and horror of adolescence bare...The brisk pace, solid character development and inventive structuring make for fast, page-turning reading, and it all wraps up with an unpredictable plot twist and ending. Mysterious and haunting, packed with hard truths about adolescence." (Kirkus Reviews 2011-02-15)

"Sure to appeal to teenage mystery fans...McClintock's writing is taut and tense, and the reader will find him/herself flipping rapidly through the pages seeking the truth...about that fateful night." (Resource Links 2011-02-01)

"A triple good read of a suspenseful thriller...Its topic is timely, its characters flawed but smart, and the screenplay format a great introduction to the discipline." (CD Syndicated 2011-02-27)

"[A] fast-paced mystery...Although the ending is highly dramatic, the events do not stretch beyond believability. Tegan's mental block is understandable and realistic. The infighting between the families of the two victims, both from different economic, ethnic, and social backgrounds, is tragic and believable. The dangers of buying illegal drugs are presented without overt moralization. Through alternating the narrative between the two sisters, McClintock unveils details about Tegan and the victims that surprise and change readers' initial attitudes about them. Several scenes, including one in which Tegan learns that her mother's job is in jeopardy and a flashback involving an enraged motorist, crackle with tension. A solid choice for reluctant readers." (School Library Journal 2011-04-01)

[A] fascinating narrative...McClintock has created a thrilling and thoroughly believable suspense novel that explores many issues, including drug use, relationships, memory, trust, and more...Tegan and Kelly are both fully realized and engaging teenagers, but adult characters are also surprisingly complex, most notably Martin's father, Tony Genovese. This page-turner is a quick and enjoyable read, and teens who are discovering McClintock for the first time will no doubt run to the library to find more of her great reads. Highly Recommended." (CM Magazine 2011-03-25)

"The story's themes are mature but realistic...[and] the story is adept in portraying the lives of contemporary teens." (Library Media Connection 2011-08-01)

"McClintock can sure tell a story! She creates a duo of sisters who are credible in their jealousy anti-relationship, she creates a murder scenario that is eerie and unexplainable, and finally, she uses originality in her presentation that the reader will simply adore!...Her use of a play-like structure is intriguing and thought-provoking...[and] the drama at the end will astound the reader!" (Tri-State YA Book Review Committee 2011-09-01)

"Mystery queen Norah McClintock has created another edge-of-your-seat thriller that will keep readers guessing until the end...A fast-paced and enjoyable read that will make an excellent addition to any teen mystery collection." (Canadian Children's Book News 2011-07-01)

"A quick, enjoyable read for mystery fans." (Washington State Young Adult Review Group 2011-12-01)

"An exciting read." (Tacoma School District #10 2012-08-08)

"The novel is fast-paced and dramatic as chapters of first-person narrative are juxtaposed with a movie-script portrayal of events." (Canadian Literature 2012-09-01)

From the Back Cover

But before he got a word out, his eyes shifted from me to the driver's-side window. BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! Something stung my cheek. It turned out to be a shard of glass. Something splattered all over my face and my hair and the front of my coat. It turned out to be blood and brains and tiny pieces of bone. Someone screamed. It turned out to be me. Tegan was in the backseat when her two best friends were gunned down in front of her. Was it an argument over drugs? An ongoing feud? Or something more random? Tegan says she didn't see who did it and doesn't know why it happened. Nobody will believe her. Not the police; not her friends; not the families of the victims; and not even Kelly, her own sister. Is she afraid that the killer will come back? Or does she know more than she is saying? Shunned at school and feeling alone, Tegan must sort through her memories and try to decide what is real and what is imagined. And in the end she must decide whether she has the strength to stand up and do the right thing.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Krista Cubicleblindness on April 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
My thoughts through most of this book were "why is she not seeing a therapist" and "what about hypnosis" Although only one of these questions I had were touched upon, I spent most of this book thinking that her going back to school almost immediately after witnessing a double murder,and her mother and sister mostly exhibiting an uncaring attitude towards the situation was somewhat unrealistic.
The interesting part of this book is that it switches perspectives between the sisters in rotating chapters. Tegan's story is written in a normal novel format but Kelly's chapters are written as a reality show script type of writing. I have never seen anything like this before and found reading it was a very unique experience.
Overall this short novel was full of intense drama, interesting writing style and the constant question until the last page "what did she see?"
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By Alena on March 10, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I enjoyed reading She said/ she saw. This book had two different POV; Kelly the sister who didn't see it all go down but has lots to say, hence the she said part of the title. Kelly POV is in a movie script form, which was something you don't see authors do much. Tegan is the sister who saw it all playing out, but is accused by everyone that she's holding back information for fear of her life. I must say this book was less mystery than it sounds, but is still a good read.
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Format: Paperback
I got this book for free through LibraryThing Early Reviewers.

A decent enough murder mystery, told partly in the increasingly popular cinematic style, with two narrators. Tegan was in the backseat of a car and her two friends were in the front seat when someone shot them to death. She swears she saw nothing and knows nothing, but no one believes her -- not even her sister, Kelly, who is the second narrator in the story. There are your requisite twists and turns and red herrings and so on, and quite a lot of character depth given how short the story is. I don't think this especially stands out from the "teen murder mystery" crowd, but it does deliver and I didn't guess the ending ahead of time, which is something.
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By Avery Greaves on April 2, 2011
Format: Paperback
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This is a frustrating book to say the least, but only because I am an impatient sort of person and when I want answers I want them now, which this book (Tegan specifically) wasn't giving me. But for that alone it is clear that Norah McClintock is a genius... I seriously could not put this book down. Whatsoever. Stirring pasta and reading at the same time? Yes. Trying to scare the cat off the kitchen cupboard while reading at the same time? Yes. Though I have said numerous times, "I was unable to put this book down!", it is true in the sense that once I start it I cannot really accomplish anything aside from eating, sleeping, and all of those daily necessities, but while reading this book I seriously didn't even want to bother with anything else! I think that the small size of it (211 pages) also contributed to the fact that I was unable to put it down, I kept thinking to myself, "This is so tiny that it should take an hour or so at most and therefore all else can wait... I CAN'T STOP BECAUSE IF I STOP I WON'T GET ANY ANSWERS!".

While it would seem that Tegan was the victim in this situation and as such she deserved sympathy, I couldn't really dredge any up for her- all of my sympathy was allocated towards Kelly. Though Tegan did eventually do the right thing in the end (in perhaps the wrong way), she only somewhat redeemed her in my eyes. I don't think that she was fully able to redeem herself because of her past transgressions (ie. keeping things to herself, not being completely honest, and whatnot).

It did take me a while to adjust to the sudden shifts in narrators/ Kelly's habit of narrating her bit in the form of a script (she is a budding cinematographer), but I soon came to really like the style and found it to be very refreshing. I think that fans of Caroline B. Cooney will love Norah's work.
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