The You I've Never Known by Ellen Hopkins

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the prose itself flows capably, but the variation from Hopkins’ signature format doesn’t contribute anything particular. Faraway characters in Hopkins books often come together, but Maya and Ariel’s connection is among Hopkins’ best.
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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.
 

About Ellen Hopkins

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Ellen Hopkins is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Crank, Burned, Impulse, Glass, Identical, Tricks, Fallout, and Perfect, as well as the adult novels Triangles and Collateral. She lives with her family in Carson City, Nevada, where she has founded Ventana Sierra, a nonprofit youth housing and resource initiative. Visit her at EllenHopkins.com and on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter at @EllenHopkinsYA. For more information on Ventana Sierra, go to VentanaSierra.org.
 
Published January 24, 2017 by Margaret K. McElderry Books. 608 pages
Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Below average
on Dec 06 2016

the prose itself flows capably, but the variation from Hopkins’ signature format doesn’t contribute anything particular. Faraway characters in Hopkins books often come together, but Maya and Ariel’s connection is among Hopkins’ best.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jun 23 2017

Hopkins creates a satisfying and moving story, and her carefully structured poems ensure that each word and phrase is savored.

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