The You I've Never Known by Ellen HopkinsThe You I've Never Known by Ellen Hopkins

The You I've Never Known

byEllen Hopkins

Hardcover | January 24, 2017

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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.
Ellen Hopkins was born in Long Beach, California on March 26, 1955. She started her writing career with a number of nonfiction books for children, including Air Devils and Orcas: High Seas Supermen. She has written about 20 non-fiction books. Her first novel, Crank, was written in verse and met with critical acclaim. Her other fiction ...
Title:The You I've Never KnownFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:608 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.8 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.5 × 1.8 inPublished:January 24, 2017Publisher:Margaret K. McElderry BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1481442902

ISBN - 13:9781481442909

Appropriate for ages: 14


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it to the end!! 110% happy to have bought this book! Loved it in every​ way possible!
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of my favorite book! so good. really different with the books i usually read.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intimate novel in verse exploring important teen issues Really different, intimately, even lovingly written novel in verse. I don't go out of my way to read poetry, but I love that the narrative in verse does something very different to the usual contemporary teen issues. It heightens it somehow and makes it more urgent and shocking whenever she unveils subtle details about the protagonist's life.
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book The You I’ve Never Known follows the story of 17 year-old Ariel. Ariel and her dad have never stayed in one place for long. Now they’ve finally stayed put long enough for Ariel to form some real relationships, friendships and more. Life gets complicated when Ariel’s mother shows up claiming her dad had abducted her a a toddler. I enjoyed this book. The characters are good, and the plot is intriguing. I only wish we would have gotten to see a deeper side to Ariel’s relationships. We never get to truly know any of the characters other than Ariel and her dad.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Incredible. A Ellen Hopkins classic The You I've Never Known follows Ariel as she discovers who she is and how she fits into the world. The reader follows her struggle with her overall identity, sexual identity, friendships, and family ties. What makes this book such a pleasure to read is its departure from everything that is usually found in young adult novels. Instead, the reader is given a diverse novel full of different cultures and different sexual orientations. It's a breath of fresh air and I expect nothing less from Ellen Hopkins. The synopsis of the book proclaims it to be a novel about a young woman as she discovers that her father kidnapped her as a young child. This is part of the novel, but it's not the whole the novel. The You I've Never Known focuses almost solely on Ariel as she struggles with friendships, relationships, and her relationship with her father and what each of these relationships mean to her. Hopkin's verse is incredible. Her ability to manipulate words to create beautiful poetry is one of the reasons she's an automatic buy author for me. I'm never disappointed. The only complaint I have is that there are a few moments that feel contrived and their only purpose is to move the plot along. Overall, The You I've Never Known is an incredible novel that I would recommend to everyone.
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dark, suspenseful and everything you would hope for from Ellen Hpokins! Ellen Hopkins has been at the top of my favourite authors list probably since about the time I was in grade 9. Which would be about 12 years ago now…okay, before I go through an existential crisis, you should know that I was beyond excited when I found out that Ellen Hopkins had a new novel that would be released this year. Not only that, but I literally freaked out when I found out I’d have the opportunity to read and review it for Big City Bookworm! The You I’ve Never Known is a perfect addition to the wonderful world of Ellen Hopkins and I really enjoyed reading it! What I Liked The dual perspective. After reading the first few chapters from Ariel’s perspective, the reader is introduced to the new point of view of Maya. I loved the dual perspectives as it showcased these two different girls and their very different, yet uniquely troublesome lives. Ariel lives on the road with her father and she has never had the opportunity to live in the same place for very long until now. As a teenager, Maya becomes pregnant with the child of an older man. Eventually these two characters and their complicated stories become intertwined. The characters. As the book went on, I really started to enjoy reading about all of the characters. I enjoyed slowly learning about Ariel’s past as well as her present struggle with self-discovery as I read through each chapter. I liked reading about her two love interests, Monica and Gabe, and how Ariel knew she loved them both, but for different reasons. Even though Ariel’s father wasn’t the greatest person (I’m trying not to spoil things here), it was interesting to learn about his past and the issues that he had to deal with…which probably caused him to do half of things that he did. The writing style. Ellen Hopkins is known for writing in prose. I LOVE her writing, and I have ever since I was an early teenager. I had never read anything written in prose before reading Crank and because it was something so new to me, I absolutely loved it. Her books look huge and intimidating at first glance, but they are so fast paced and they move so smoothly while also being so beautifully written. It was different. Different in the sense that it was very unlike the many other books that I have read by Ellen Hopkins in the past. It was a lot lighter…which is kind of funny considering that The You I’ve Never Known contains some pretty serious subject matter. It’s just that in comparison to some of the topics that Ellen Hopkins has covered in the past (of which I have read) this was pretty tame…which was a really nice and interesting change. What I Didn’t Like The spoiler synopsis. I really REALLY wish that I hadn’t read the description on the back of this book. I felt like it gave so much away and basically spoiled what could have been a pretty great twist/shock. Overall, I’m still beyond excited that I was able to read and review this for Big City Bookworm. I really enjoyed The You I’ve Never Known and I can’t wait to read more from Ellen Hopkins in the future!
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Really Fantastic Look at Teenage Sexuality I love, love, love the take on bisexuality in this novel. Once again, Hopkins opens our eyes to a reality that might not be our own, and she stands in solidarity with the people who can identify.
Date published: 2017-01-10

Read from the Book

The You I’ve Never Known I Can’t Remember Every place Dad and I have called home. When I was real little, the two of us sometimes lived in our car. Those memories are in motion. Always moving. I don’t think I minded it so much then, though mixed in with happy recollections are snippets of intense fear. I didn’t dare ask why one stretch of sky wasn’t good enough to settle under. My dad likes to say he came into this world infected with wanderlust. He claims I’m lucky, that at one day till I turn seventeen I’ve seen way more places than most folks see in an entire lifetime. I’m sure he’s right on the most basic level, and while I can’t dig up snapshots of North Dakota, West Virginia, or Nebraska, how could I ever forget watching Old Faithful spouting way up into the bold amethyst Yellowstone sky, or the granddaddy alligator ambling along beside our car on a stretch of Everglade roadway? I’ve inhaled heavenly sweet plumeria perfume, dodging pedicab traffic in the craziness of Waikiki. I’ve picnicked in the shadows of redwoods older than the rumored son of God; nudged up against the edge of the Grand Canyon as a pair of eagles played tag in the warm air currents; seen Atlantic whales spy-hop; bodysurfed in the Pacific; and picked spring- inspired Death Valley wildflowers. I’ve listened to Niagara Falls percussion, the haunting song of courting loons. So I guess my dad is right. I’m luckier than a whole lot of people.

Editorial Reviews

**STARRED REVIEW** “Delving into issues of teen pregnancy, scientology, bisexuality, same-sex marriage, family, and determination, this book is as substantial as it is beautifully written. Hopkins’s fans will love the newest edition to her published works, a must for contemporary young adult collections.”