The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: January 24, 2017
Rating: 4.5 Stars
How do you live your life if your past is based on a lie? A new novel in both verse and prose from #1 New York Times bestselling author, Ellen Hopkins.
For as long as she can remember, it’s been just Ariel and Dad. Ariel’s mom disappeared when she was a baby. Dad says home is wherever the two of them are, but Ariel is now seventeen and after years of new apartments, new schools, and new faces, all she wants is to put down some roots. Complicating things are Monica and Gabe, both of whom have stirred a different kind of desire.
Maya’s a teenager who’s run from an abusive mother right into the arms of an older man she thinks she can trust. But now she’s isolated with a baby on the way, and life’s getting more complicated than Maya ever could have imagined.
Ariel and Maya’s lives collide unexpectedly when Ariel’s mother shows up out of the blue with wild accusations: Ariel wasn’t abandoned. Her father kidnapped her fourteen years ago.
What is Ariel supposed to believe? Is it possible Dad’s woven her entire history into a tapestry of lies? How can she choose between the mother she’s been taught to mistrust and the father who has taken care of her all these years?
In bestselling author Ellen Hopkins’s deft hands, Ariel’s emotionally charged journey to find out the truth of who she really is balances beautifully with Maya’s story of loss and redemption. This is a memorable portrait of two young women trying to make sense of their lives and coming face to face with themselves—for both the last and the very first time.
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I would like to thank Yallfest and the publisher for providing me with an advance copy of The You I’ve Never Known for an honest review.
The You I’ve Never Known contains LGBT content and touches a lot of sensitive topics that are emotionally difficult. This is a fantastic, diverse book that takes on different perspectives and angles. I’ve read most of Hopkins’ other books and this book is up there with some of my favorite books of hers.
This book comes from two perspectives: Ariel and Maya. Ariel has dealt with rejection and isolation from her mother since she was a baby and her abusive father. Maya is now pregnant with an older man’s baby and feels trapped in her life.
Ariel also struggles with a love triangle between her best friend who is a girl and her father’s girlfriend’s nephew. Maya feels much more connection and romance for her best friend, who is a girl as well, than she does for her abusive husband.
How are Ariel and Maya connected? What choices will bring them together?
This book was a fast-paced book that I could not wait to read because of my love for Ellen Hopkins. I finished this book in two days. I really did enjoy this book. I am rating it 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Ellen Hopkins is the New York Times bestselling author of Crank, Burned, Impulse, Glass, Identical, Tricks, Fallout, Perfect, Triangles, Tilt, and Collateral. She lives in Carson City, Nevada, with her husband and son. Hopkin’s Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest pages get thousands of hits from teens who claim Hopkins is the “only one who understands me”, and she can be visited at ellenhopkins.com.
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