Finished Little Do We Know by Tamara Ireland Stone. I received a copy for review.
Summary (from Goodreads):
“Next-door neighbors and ex-best friends Hannah and Emory haven’t spoken in months. Not since the fight—the one where they said things they couldn’t take back.
Now, Emory is fine-tuning her UCLA performing arts application and trying to make the most of the months she has left with her boyfriend, Luke, before they head off to separate colleges. Meanwhile, Hannah’s strong faith is shaken when her family’s financial problems come to light, and she finds herself turning to unexpected places—and people—for answers to the difficult questions she’s suddenly facing.
No matter how much Hannah and Emory desperately want to bridge the thirty-six steps between their bedroom windows, they can’t. Not anymore.
Until their paths cross unexpectedly when, one night, Hannah finds Luke doubled over in his car outside her house. In the aftermath of the accident, all three struggle to understand what happened in their own ways. But when a devastating secret about Hannah and Emory’s argument ultimately comes to light, they must all reexamine the things they hold true.
In alternating chapters, a skeptic and a believer piece together the story of their complex relationship and the boy caught somewhere in the middle. New York Times best-selling author Tamara Ireland Stone deftly crafts a moving portrait of faith, love, and friendship.”
Books about faith and friendship are my jam and it’s very rare to get both. It’s also rare to have an exploration of faith and doubt that doesn’t feel like either (a) the religion is bad or weird or (b) the person having the doubts is bad or weird.
And I love the relationship Emory and Luke have. They are actual relationship goals and I love them so much. They’re so sweet together and they clearly do love each other.
My actual favorite aspect of the novel, though? Emory and Hannah’s friendship. For most of the book, it’s basically imploded and we only have a very hazy idea of why. Even so, it’s so obvious that they still love each other so much and just can’t figure out how to salvage the friendship.
I absolutely adore this book (no surprise; Tamara Ireland Stone is AMAZING) and I hope you read it, too. Highly recommended.