February 20, 2017

Review: The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins



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I’m struggling with putting my thoughts into words. Did I enjoy The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins? I sure did. The way in which the different point of views for Ari and Maya were written were interesting to me (verse vs. prose). You can definitely hear the difference in voice for these two characters. You can also feel their desperation for freedom in their voice. I think that’s one of the reasons I couldn’t put this one down. I had to find out if these two would, in fact, find a way to flee their suffocating lives.

I think what I didn’t like most about the book was the end. There were so many questions that I had that were left unanswered. It felt like there was a complete chapter missing… Or perhaps even an epilogue that could have followed? I don’t know. It just felt incomplete to me, and it didn’t sit well. Another thing that didn’t sit well with me was the way in which Ari would “speak” at times. At certain points in the story, she sounded like a believable teenager, and then near the end, she started using “bigger” words that didn’t match how she was in the beginning.

It’s a little difficult to give you a run down of what happens but I will say this. With a twist of fate, the lives of Ari and Maya cross paths, but in a way that may shock you (although I did figure out the “twist” midway through the book). I would say The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins is a story of two young girls struggling with their sexuality and having to live in fear of the ones that are supposed to love them the most.

I will give author Ellen Hopkins some props. She does an amazing job in creating a character(s) that I absolutely detested and wished so many bad things to happen to them.

For those who are into “coming of age” reads, definitely check out The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins. I think you too will come to appreciate the writing style and will get drawn in by the struggles of both Ari and Maya.

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1 Comment

  1. Ethan

    You have to give props to an author who can make you interested in characters who are inherently unlikable. This sounds like a really interesting read!

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