Book reviews: The You I’ve Never Known, by Ellen Hopkins

Hopkins, Ellen. The You I’ve Never Known. Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2017. 608p. $18.99. ISBN: 978-1481442909. Gr. 9-adult. P9 Q9

It is unreal how this author can pack so much character and emotional energy into her books through such sparse prose/poetry. I have read all of her books now and this one is one of my favorites. It is unusual for her, in that it doesn’t revolve around a single theme (like prostitution or drugs) but centers on the very complex lives of two teens who face the lies and delusions of their parents in similar ways.  There are themes woven into this book (homosexuality, kidnapping, predation) that might make some readers squeamish, but any Hopkins fans should be used to this by now.  The characters are really inspiring but they are far from perfect, which makes them relatable.

April 2018 review by NHS student.


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