The You I’ve Never Known

Finished The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins. I received a copy for review. 

The official synopsis contains a big spoiler, one that’s revealed over 50% in. If it’s not already too late, avoid that. 

Ariel lives with her dad. They’ve moved around a lot, but have settled in a small California town. They don’t have much money but she finally has friends. Her best friend (Monica) may even become something more. Ariel doesn’t discuss that with her dad, though; since her mom left them to be with a woman, he’s extremely homophobic. 

Like all of Ellen Hopkins’ novels, this one is intense and hard to read at times. Ariel’s life is incredibly hard (much harder than it has to be) and most of her problems aren’t her fault. 

She’s a survivor though and it’s pretty clear that, while her life won’t be perfect, it’s about to get a lot better. 

Highly recommended. 


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