ABOUT THE BOOK:
Title: You Don’t Know Me but I Know You
Author: Rebecca Barrow
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publishing: August 29, 2017 (Harper Teen)
Source: Print ARC from publisher
“The whole world is full of people trying to get through, making the best of what they have, pretending like they can pull it off. And there’s no shame in that.”
Rebecca Barrow’s bright, honest debut novel about chance, choice, and unconditional love is a heartfelt testament to creating the future you truly want, one puzzle piece at a time.
There’s a box in the back of Audrey’s closet that she rarely thinks about.
Inside is a letter, seventeen years old, from a mother she’s never met, handed to her by the woman she’s called Mom her whole life. Being adopted, though, is just one piece in the puzzle of Audrey’s life—the picture painstakingly put together by Audrey herself, full of all the people and pursuits that make her who she is.
But when Audrey realizes that she’s pregnant, she feels something—a tightly sealed box in the closet corners of her heart—crack open, spilling her dormant fears and unanswered questions all over the life she loves.
Almost two decades ago, a girl in Audrey’s situation made a choice, one that started Audrey’s entire story. Now Audrey is paralyzed by her own what-ifs and terrified by the distance she feels growing between her and her best friend Rose. Down every possible path is a different unfamiliar version of her life, and as she weighs the options in her mind, she starts to wonder—what does it even mean to be Audrey Spencer?
You Don’t Know Me but I Know You took me by surprise! Some books you pick up and know fairly well what you’re getting into, but this book was unexpected — in a good way!
“Rebecca Barrow writes stories about girls and all the wonders they can be.” Barrow did just that in her debut novel, You Don’t Know Me but I Know You. She is compelling and honest, and her writing evokes so much feeling.
There is a lot more to this book than being a story of teen pregnancy, and that is what took me by surprise! You Don’t Know Me but I Know You thrusts the reader into Audrey Spencer’s world which gets turned about when she discovers she is pregnant, but the real story, for me, is in how she handles everything.
I flashed back to my younger years (because, yup…I’m in my thirties, remember!), and I couldn’t help but feel that this book was laced with realism, covering everything from diversity to first love to fallouts, and more! This is what I enjoyed most about You Don’t Know Me but I Know You — Barrow didn’t hold back.
The one thing this book lacked was cliches, and I was entirely fine with that! The authenticity of this type of a story is important, I feel.
Although I found the storyline to be captivating and the characters to be perfectly complex and flawed, I was less of a fan of Barrow’s writing style, itself, aside from its ability to make me feel.
Overall, I did enjoy You Don’t Know Me but I Know You. I caution readers of a hot topic that traverses the storyline, but if one can read this book with an open mind, I think it’s worth it for fans of YA Contemporary lit!
Until next time… xo
*Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book. Please note that it, in no way, had an effect on my opinion or review.