The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue | Waiting on Wednesday [#56]

Waiting on Wednesday

Hey guys!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights highly anticipated upcoming releases.

So here’s what I’m waiting on this week!


The Gentleman’s Guide for Vice and Virtue

Author: Mackenzi Lee
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA, LGBT+, Historical
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: June 27th 2017

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The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and VirtueAn unforgettable tale of two friends on their Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe who stumble upon a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt, fighting pirates, highwaymen, and their feelings for each other along the way.

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Why I’m Waiting

This one just sounds like a wickedly fun ride of a journey! To top it all off we have LGBT+ representation. Count me in!

P.S. Mackenzi Lee is the author of This Monstrous Thing.


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The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich | REVIEW

reviewsThe Love Interest by Cale Dietrich
Published by Feiwel & Friends on May 16th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT
Pages: 384
Format: ARC

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

The Love InterestThere is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.

Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad?

Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be – whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.

What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.

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4 Stars

** Received an ARC from Raincoast Books for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion at all. Thank you!! **

First Line:

All four walls of my cell are mirrors.


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The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich is a YA spy organization, teen drama filled, feel good book! That was a mouthful, but I have no other way to explain it. I had so much fun reading this one and I highly recommend it to you all!

My Likes

Interesting Concept

Let me break down this concept to you guys without spoiling anything of course. So there is this secret organization that trains orphan children to be a Love Interest. As a Love Interest, they will be paired up with someone of importance to society. Someone like a politician, celebrity, future business head; pretty much anyone who could influence the world one way or the other. They are to get close and win their hearts so they can learn secrets and information to feed back to the secret organization who will then sell it to the highest bidder.

Still with me? Well here comes the good part. Caden is a nice love interest and he is finally sent out into the field to win over a girl named Juliet’s heart. She is on track to be a high priority inventor. But it’s not only Caden who is after her heart, so is Dylan the bad. They must compete to win her acceptance and her heart. When one of them is chosen by Juliet the loser gets killed. High stakes right? But in the game of love, everything is not as it seems.

Dietrich managed to create this unique concept and sell it with his writing and play against all the contemporary tropes. It was fun, witty, and had me invested right from the beginning!

Swoon Worthy Romance

I can’t tell you how much romance in The Love Interest worked in every way. It was fun, cute, romantic, angsty, and most importantly swoon worthy. It was everything you could want in a romance. It wasn’t love at first sight. They had to work for it. But most importantly, it felt real to me.

Dietrich pulled out all the stops with this aspect of the book. I applaud him for pulling it off so seamlessly.

Makes Fun of the Genre

I couldn’t count how many times Dietrich makes fun of the tropes of contemporary romance. There were so many good ones. He really knows the genre and used it to his advantage!

My Dislikes

A Little Too Rushed

The last section of the The Love Interest kind of fell flat for me. When it came to the rescue mission and the sci-fi aspects of the book, I thought it could have been more fleshed out. It just felt too rushed to enjoy to it’s full potential.


I highly recommend this one if you like spy novels, cute swoon worthy romance, and fun around every corner. Let me know what you guys thought of The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

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Cale DietrichCale Dietrich is a YA devotee, lifelong gamer, and tragic pop pink enthusiast. He was born in Perth, grew up on the Gold Coast, and now lives in Brisbane, Australia. The Love Interest is his first novel. He can be found on Twitter at @caledietrich

The Love Interest | Waiting on Wednesday [#52]

Waiting on Wednesday

Hey guys!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights highly anticipated upcoming releases.

So here’s what I’m waiting on this week!


The Love Interest

Author: Cale Dietrich
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA, LGBT
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: May 16th 2017

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The Love InterestThere is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.

Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad?

Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be – whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.

What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.

Why I’m Waiting

I got the opportunity to read the ARC not too long ago and absolutely loved it! It was such a refreshing take on the YA genre. A definite must read for fans of cheesy, swoon worthy romance with a touch of angst and a bit of action!

P.S. Cale Dietrich is a debut author from Australia!


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Review: Driven by M.B. Mulhall | BLOG TOUR

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Driven by MB Mulhall
Published by Harmony Ink Press on March 7th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT+
Pages: 210
Format: e-ARC

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DrivenEighteen-year-old Oliver’s troubles don’t end when he’s released from prison. He has nowhere to go, and he can’t even think about moving past his crimes while trying to survive homelessness.

Helping an elderly woman after a fall guides Oliver into at least a temporary home. In exchange for odd jobs and some assistance, he’s welcomed into a life with the old twin spinsters, and it seems too good to be true. The neighbor, Simon, certainly thinks it is. He doesn’t trust Oliver or his motives. Oliver is used to that kind of judgment, but it isn’t helping him overcome his guilt. Maybe Simon is right and Oliver doesn’t deserve happiness–or any of the other feelings stirring in a heart Oliver thought he’d closed off for good.

Oliver has two options: let the pain of his past swallow him and destroy all hope for the future, or move on to the new possibilities in front of him. Choosing to live won’t be easy, and Oliver might not be able to do it alone.

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3 Stars

** Received an ARC from the publisher for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion at all. Thank you!! **

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The quick-rising, breath-stealing frigid water in the drainage tunnel probably should have concerned hum, especially since he didn’t know how to swim, but Oliver felt it was karma finally coming to exact its revenge.


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Driven by MB Mulhall is a young adult contemporary about a boy who is taken in by kind elderly ladies who want to help him out. He comes with a ton of dark secrets that creep into his everyday life. Mix that with the cute boy next door and we have a hankering for a good story.

My Likes

Multi-Level Characters

Driven houses many different types of characters. It has our troubled protagonist, Oliver, that just wants to move on with his life but his past keeps creeping behind every corner. The cute boy next door, Simon, who is still in the closet but begins to open up around Ollie. Of course we can’t forget the lovely ladies Vera and Tude, who have such big hearts to want to take Ollie in and help change his life for the better.

Mulhall does a great job making these characters jump off the page with varying levels of personality and backstory. Although the overall story can sometimes feel pretty cliche and unrealistic, the characters are what keep it grounded.

Cute Romance

I quite enjoyed the romance between Ollie and Simon. You can tell there were sparks shooting off the page every time they were in the same room. Even though they started off pretty rocky, we can see them grow closer chapter after chapter.

Mulhall was able to show off the cute charms that both boys have and it was hard not to swoon over the two. Although they don’t get much further than kisses, you can tell that this is just the beginning of a steamy relationship!

Quick Pace

Driven moves at a brisk pace. One of the highlights is how the story keeps going without being muddled by too much unnecessary back story. Everything seems to flow nicely.

Mulhall makes sure that there is never a dull moment which makes for a very quick read. If you’re looking for something fun and easy, definitely give Driven a go!

My Dislikes

Lacks Depth

Here lies the biggest issue I had with Driven. There was a huge lack of depth in a couple areas of the story. Driven’s over all plot lacks proper execution of sympathy. I never felt the emotion of sorrow for Ollie, which given all that happens to him, would seem to warrant some. I liked him as a character, but the lack of depth in the plot took away from that.


I recommend this for the contemporary lovers. Let me know what you guys thought of Driven by MB Mulhall! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

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M.B. MulhallMB Mulhall has been reading and writing since childhood; her love of stories so great it pushed her to earn a BA in Comparative Literature and Languages from Hofstra University. Wanting to share that love and inspire young writers, she also has an Elementary Education background from Georgia Court University.

Currently, her full-time job is working with developmentally disabled adults, and she gets her writing time in before or after hours.

She has dedicated much of her time not only to writing great stories but also to navigating social media and educating herself in the industry. She runs a successful blog sharing her writing challenges and advice with other authors.

Born and raised a Jersey girl, MB is often inspired by the beauty of her state and the people who visit its shores, snapping pictures and making up stories in her head to writing down at a later date. When not writing, she’s plowing through her cascading to-be-read piles, crafting, doing her nails, or watching Doctor Who.

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History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera | REVIEW

reviewsHistory is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
Published by Soho Teen on January 17th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT
Pages: 320
Format: ARC

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

History is All You Left MeWhen Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.

To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.

If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.

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5 Stars

** Received an ARC from from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion at all. Thank you!! **

First Line:

You’re still alive in alternate universe, Theo, but I live in the real world, where this morning you’re having an open-casket funeral.


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History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera is a contemporary YA about a boy who has lost his ex-boyfriend, Theo, and now must come to terms with his death by finding out more about his new life through Theo’s new boyfriend, Jackson. This book is equal parts touching, sad, and enjoyable. I highly recommend it!

The Good

Complex Characters

What I have come to expect from Silvera’s novels are complex characters. There is no shortage of them in History is All You Left Me. Griffin was by far my favorite character aside from Theo of course. Griffin has OCD, so he is always doing things in even numbers. Though this is a big aspect of his life and personality, it doesn’t take away from the overall picture Silvera is trying to tell. He is confused, grief-ridden, and just looking for answers. He came across exceedingly real on the page and I was able to connect with him on many levels.

Theo was also a stand out character for me. Although we only see him in the flashbacks of history, we still get a chance to know a great deal about him alive and in death. He was caring and sweet towards both Griffin and Jackson. He plays an extremely important role in History is All You Left Me for both boyfriends, past and present. He represents the rock that holds both characters grounded. In his death, they find the answers they need to begin to move on.

Good Grief

It makes sense that there would be a lot of grief going around in a book about losing the one you love the most in the world. Silvera does a fantastic job making the grief in both the story and the characters come across real, personal, and emotional. It is a hard thing to put across on page in way that resonates with readers, but History is All You Left Me does just that.

We see the most grief through Griffin. Being separated from Theo was hard on him and the only way to move on was to connect with Jackson and learn more about his time with Theo in California. Through is turmoil we see him grow and learn to accept what has happened and to cherish the history he shares with Theo.

 

Beautiful Writing 

The writing in History is All You Left Me is a testament to how amazing Silvera is at what he does best. His writing is filled with emotion, humor, nostalgia, grief, and realness. He is able to bring his characters to life off the page and make you feel what they feel, and see what they see.

Flipping from the past to the present, Silvera offers a wider view into the lives of Griffin, Theo, and Jackson. With a distinction between both times, it never leaves the reader confused to what is going on, or what time frame you’re in. For contemporary, Silvera is a force to be reckon with!

 

The Bad

In my honest opinion there was nothing I found indecent about History is All You Left Me. What I will say is that it doesn’t live up to the amazingness that was Silvera’s first book, More Happy Than Not though. They each have their stories to be told, but I felt more when reading the former.


This was a great read and a fantastic sophomore novel for Silvera. Let me know what you guys thought of History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

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Adam SilveraAdam Silvera was born and raised in the Bronx. He has worked in the publishing industry as a children’s bookseller, marketing assistant at a literary development company, and book reviewer of children’s and young adult novels. His debut novel, More Happy Than Not, received multiple starred reviews and is a New York Times bestseller, and Adam was selected as a Publishers Weekly Flying Start. He writes full-time in New York City and is tall for no reason.

February 2017 Releases

ANTICIPATED RELEASES

Hey guys!

Every month I post the books that I’m most excited about that are going to be released. For February I’m bringing you seven exciting releases. Let’s check them out:


At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson

Release Date: February 7th, 2017

At the Edge of the UniverseTommy and Ozzie have been best friends since second grade, and boyfriends since eighth. They spent countless days dreaming of escaping their small town—and then Tommy vanished.

More accurately, he ceased to exist, erased from the minds and memories of everyone who knew him. Everyone except Ozzie.

Ozzie doesn’t know how to navigate life without Tommy, and soon suspects that something else is going on: that the universe is shrinking.

When Ozzie is paired up with new student Calvin on a physics project, he begins to wonder if Calvin could somehow be involved. But the more time they spend together, the harder it is for him to deny the feelings developing between them, even if he still loves Tommy.

But Ozzie knows there isn’t much time left to find Tommy–that once the door closes, it can’t be opened again. And he’s determined to keep it open as long as possible.

Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

Release Date: February 7th, 2017

Empress of a Thousand SkiesEmpress
Rhee, also known as Crown Princess Rhiannon Ta’an, is the sole surviving heir to a powerful dynasty. She’ll stop at nothing to avenge her family and claim her throne.

Fugitive
Aly has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a DroneVision show. But when he’s falsely accused of killing Rhee, he’s forced to prove his innocence to save his reputation – and his life.

Madman
With planets on the brink of war, Rhee and Aly are thrown together to confront a ruthless evil that threatens the fate of the entire galaxy.

A saga of vengeance, warfare, and the true meaning of legacy.

The Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom

Release Date: February 7th, 2017

The CrueltyWhen her diplomat father is kidnapped and the U.S. Government is unable to help, 17 year-old Gwendolyn Bloom sets off across the sordid underbelly of Europe to rescue him.

Following the only lead she has—the name of a Palestinian informer living in France—she plunges into a brutal world of arms smuggling and human trafficking.

As she journeys from the slums of Paris, to the nightclubs of Berlin, to the heart of the most feared crime family in Prague, Gwendolyn discovers that to survive in this new world she must become every bit as cruel as the men she’s hunting.

Gilded Cage by Vic James

Release Date: February 14th, 2017

Gilded CageNot all are free. Not all are equal. Not all will be saved.

Our world belongs to the Equals — aristocrats with magical gifts — and all commoners must serve them for ten years. But behind the gates of England’s grandest estate lies a power that could break the world.

A girl thirsts for love and knowledge.

Abi is a servant to England’s most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of the noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family’s secrets might win her liberty, but will her heart pay the price?

A boy dreams of revolution.

Abi’s brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution.

And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts.

He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate—or destroy?

The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine

Release Date: February 14th, 2017

The Wish GranterThe world has turned upside down for Thad and Ari Glavan, the bastard twins of Súndraille’s king. Their mother was murdered. The royal family died mysteriously. And now Thad sits on the throne of a kingdom whose streets are suddenly overrun with violence he can’t stop.

Growing up ignored by the nobility, Ari never wanted to be a proper princess. And when Thad suddenly starts training Ari to take his place, she realizes that her brother’s ascension to the throne wasn’t fate. It was the work of a Wish Granter named Alistair Teague who tricked Thad into wishing away both the safety of his people and his soul in exchange for the crown.

So Ari recruits the help of Thad’s enigmatic new weapons master, Sebastian Vaughn, to teach her how to fight Teague. With secret ties to Teague’s criminal empire, Sebastian might just hold the key to discovering Alistair’s weaknesses, saving Ari’s brother—and herself.

But Teague is ruthless and more than ready to destroy anyone who dares stand in his way—and now he has his sights set on the princess. And if Ari can’t outwit him, she’ll lose Sebastian, her brother…and her soul.

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

Release Date: February 21st, 2017

A Conjuring of LightThe battle between four magical Londons comes to a head in this stunning finale to the New York Times bestselling Shades of Magic trilogy by rising star V. E. Schwab

London’s fall and kingdoms rise while darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire—and the fraught balance of magic blossoms into dangerous territory while heroes and foes struggle alike.

The direct sequel to A Gathering of Shadows, and the final book in the Shades of Magic epic fantasy series, A Conjuring of Light sees Schwab reach a thrilling culmination concerning the fate of beloved protagonists—and old enemies.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Release Date: February 28th, 2017

The Hate U GiveSixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.


Let me know if you guys are looking forward to any of these books this month! I really can’t wait to get my hands on them.

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The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins | REVIEW

reviewsThe You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on January 24th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT
Pages: 608
Format: ARC

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The You I've Never KnownFor 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?

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3 Stars

** Received an ARC from Simon Schuster Canada for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion at all. Thank you!! **

First Line:

To Begin

Oh, to be given the gifts

of the chameleon!


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The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins is a contemporary YA written in prose about a girl living someone else’s life. What she doesn’t know is that her mother didn’t abandon her, but her father kidnapped her and that’s the reason they have been constantly moving around the country. (Sounds like a spoiler, but it’s not… it’s in the synopsis).

The Good

The Writing

The You I’ve Never Known is not only the first Ellen Hopkins book I’ve read, but it is also the first book I have read in prose. I didn’t know what to really expect from it, but I was completely enamored by it. I thought it was a unique way to tell a story and I will definitely be on the look out for her other books/other books written in prose.

Hopkins knocks it out of the park with her very real and raw writing style. We not only read Ariel’s emotions, but we feel them on an authentic level; something I find hard to do when it comes to contemporary novels. We see Ariel for who she is deep down, and that’s a testament to Hopkins’ talents for the written word.

Bisexuality Exploration

It is rare to find a young adult contemporary that explores bisexuality. The You I’ve Never Known does a spot on representation of it. Ariel struggles to find herself throughout the course of the book. She knows she is attracted to guys, but she also has growing feelings for her best friend Monica. Everything her homophobic father as drilled into her brain about her lesbian mother has left a huge block in her mind against it.

Hopkins doesn’t brush it off as “just wanting to have fun,” or “being greedy and not wanting to choose a gender” like the many people that have preconceived notions about bisexual people. She shows that it is possible to love more than one gender and that their is nothing wrong with that. Ariel goes on an emotional journey of self discovery and ultimately comes to terms with herself.

Dual Perspectives

I loved that The You I’ve Never Known is told in dual perspectives. We get an insight on both Ariel and Maya’s lives and the trials and tribulations that they have to overcome. While Ariel’s perspective is written in prose, Maya’s is written in a letter style. This adds a layer of depth to the story overall that I quite enjoyed!

Hopkins takes you on a journey about love, abuse, and self discovery through these two girls. It was nice to see the two stories intersect with each other as the story unfolds. It ends quite ambiguously which I liked. Let’s me know that there is more to their story that doesn’t necessarily need to be told.

The Bad

Slow Moving

I felt The You I’ve Never Known was extremely slow moving. There were bits and pieces that I felt could have been left out of the story to move it along a little quicker. What interested me the most about the story was the aspect of being kidnapped and not even knowing it. Sadly, Ariel doesn’t find this out until page 406. That’s a long way to go to finally start picking up speed in my opinion.

No Plot Twist

So what drew me in is also what I didn’t like about The You I’ve Never Known. Had the synopsis not spilled the details about Ariel being kidnapped by her father and her mother’s never ending journey to find her, might have made for a major plot twist.

Put it this way, we got a dual perspective of two teenage girls whose stories will eventually intersect. It would have been perfect if we didn’t already know the major plot line of the story.


If this is your first Ellen Hopkins book, then I recommend you pick up her other highly acclaimed stories before this one, but if this isn’t your first Hopkins rodeo, then I think you will quite enjoy this step in her literary career! Let me know what you guys thought of The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

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Ellen HopkinsEllen 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.