The You I've Never Known

The You I've Never Known Review

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.

Title:The You I've Never Known
Edition Language:English

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Christine Riccio

    Great characters, moving story, beautiful writing, really enjoyed it.

  • Melissa ? Dog/Wolf Lover ? Martin

    I love Ellen Hopkins and her books but this one was just okay to me. It's still written in her beautiful verse that I love but I felt like it was too long. <---Yes, her books are long but there were t...

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    DNF at page 306 and I almost feel bad because this book had some good elements, but on the other hand, I feel like lighting this book on fire. ELISE IS AN IDIOT WHO KEPT HOPING HOPKINS WOULD GET LESS ...

  • Amy

    Star Rating: 2.5? 3?Ehh.... Not my favorite Ellen Hopkins novel. Ariel is one of the worst protagonists. Ever. She is just soo dumb and absurdly selfish. (view spoiler)[ I get she's trying to figure o...

  • Jess

    Originally, I was enjoying this. However, it started to drag on and feel like nothing was really happening. I found myself skipping parts because it was really adding to the story line. Everything bec...

  • Maria (Big City Bookworm)

    *Disclaimer: I was provided with an ARC of The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins through Simon and Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my opinion or rating ...

  • Brooke

    I've been reading Hopkins since I discovered CRANK back in middle school years ago. I loved the way she could pack powerful, raw punches to your gut while writing so beautifully. I became fond of her ...

  • Book Riot Community

    Using both verse and prose, Hopkins yells the story of Ariel, a seventeen-year-old ready to start a life on her own, and Maya, a pregnant teen running from an abusive mother. Ariel and Maya’s lives ...

  • Jill

    This book was a pleasant surprise! Having never read a book by Ellen Hopkins before, I wasn't sure what to expect going into it. I've heard so much about how she writes stories that shock people and t...

  • Rose

    Quick review for a quick read. As per usual, Ellen Hopkins' works tend to feel like I've ran a sheer emotional gauntlet. The experience leaves me winded in the aftermath (in a good way). How does some...