Things I Should Have Known by Claire LazebnikThings I Should Have Known by Claire Lazebnik

Things I Should Have Known

byClaire Lazebnik

Hardcover | March 28, 2017

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From the author of Epic Fail comes the story of Chloe Mitchell, a Los Angeles girl on a quest to find love for her autistic sister, Ivy. Ethan, from Ivy's class, seems like the perfect match. It's unfortunate that his older brother, David, is one of Chloe's least favorite people, but Chloe can deal, especially when she realizes that David is just as devoted to Ethan as she is to Ivy. Uncommonly honest and refreshingly funny, this is a story about sisterhood, autism, and first love. Chloe, Ivy, David, and Ethan, who form a quirky and lovable circle, will steal readers' hearts and remind us all that it's okay to be a different kind of normal. &nbsp
Claire LaZebnik has written many adult and YA novels, has coauthored two books on autism, and has contributed to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal . She lives with her TV writer husband and four children, one of whom has autism.  
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Title:Things I Should Have KnownFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.08 inPublished:March 28, 2017Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0544829697

ISBN - 13:9780544829695

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Realistic and Wonderful Chloe is a popular seventeen year old. Her older sister Ivy is autistic. She thinks Ivy is lonely and goes on a mission to find her a boyfriend. Ethan seems like the perfect match. He's sweet, and kind, and also autistic. Ethan's brother David is someone that Chloe can't stand. Chloe's friends including her boyfriend don't understand what it's like to live with Ivy and seem to think that being autistic means she's "messed up". David the only person who understands what Chloe is going through with her sister because he goes through the same thing with Ethan. David hates how ignorant people are about autism. Ethan may not be the right person for Ivy but will David be the right person for Chloe? This book is a wonderful depiction of teens caring for their autistic siblings. It shines a light on autism and shows that individuals with autism are not strange. It's realistically describes what their daily life is like and informs the reader what it's like to take care of someone autistic. A lot of people are ignorant to what autism really is and this book is a great resource for understanding it. Autistic individuals are people too and deserve to be loved and treated equally. The love that Chloe and David have for Ivy and Ethan is special. It realistically portrayed their feelings when being with their siblings. They talk to them normally, enjoy their company, but sometimes they get annoyed with them. At the end of the day they have their best interest at heart. This book also has LGBT representation. I liked that the friends to lovers trope was included. I also liked the fact that it showed that no family is perfect but they can surprise you.
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Diverse YA Contemporary Romance I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (Thanks!) I sat down and read this whole entire book in an evening. That's just how addicted I was. Things I Should Have Known is about Chloe, a girl who cares deeply about her autistic older sister. Chloe notices that her sister is feeling lonely and tries to help her get into a relationship. But the potential love connect that Chloe finds for her sister is the brother of her enemy, David. But as she gets to know David, Chloe finds a friend who understands her sibling situation. Maybe I don't read enough YA books featuring autistic characters, but I thought this one was great. As someone who does not know a lot about autism, I felt like this book really gives you an inside look at what that world looks like. You see how autism affects those who care about the person affected, and how society reacts to people on the autism spectrum. Going into this book, I didn't know a lot about what constitutes as autism and I didn't know what the daily life of a person with autism looked like. After reading this book, I feel like I have a better understanding and I believe anyone else looking for education in YA fictional form should check this book out. (in my opinion) I liked that the main character, Chloe, was never ashamed of her sister. Chloe is a popular girl at school with a hot boyfriend. But above all, she really cares about her sister. Sometimes she would get annoyed with her, but her emotions toward her sister were like what anyone feels toward a sibling. I'll admit, Chloe is very oblivious to what happens around her, which can be frustrating. But I always find it a bit difficult to blame characters who have this issue, because who says I'd figure it out in a reasonable amount of time in real life? Another thing you should know about this book is that it is kind of romance heavy. If you couldn't tell from the synopsis, the plot revolves around relationships. It does feature an LGBTQ character, which is nice, and I think that the relationships were well written. Overall, I think this book is quite unique from other contemporaries I've read. I'd highly recommend it if you're looking for something new or looking for a YA book that has realistic autistic characters.
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love, Family, Friendship & Autism Claire LaZebnik's Things I Should Have Known is a refreshingly candid and heartwarming story about love, family, friendship, and autism. And I'm saying it right now: if you're a fan of YA contemporary novels, this is an absolute must-read for you. Everything about Things I Should Have Known felt so realistic and utterly relatable. It's an honest perspective of what it's like to live with someone who has autism without relying on stereotypes or tropes. When Chloe's sister, Ivy, who is on the autism spectrum, makes a passing remark that she'll probably never have a boyfriend, Chloe has the bright idea to play matchmaker. Ever since becoming a senior, Chloe has been worried what graduating and going to college would mean when it comes to Ivy. She knows her older sister must feel lonely since Ivy only really travels between home and her special needs class, but maybe a boyfriend could keep her company and give her new experiences. Ethan, the sweet movie-obsessed boy from Ivy's class appears to be the perfect candidate. However, there's a catch—his brother, David, unexpectedly happens to be in Chloe's English class and he always seems to know exactly what buttons to push to get on her nerves. Ivy and Ethan aren't too comfortable being on their own together for the dates, so Chloe and David find themselves tagging along each time and unwittingly becoming closer. Chloe might've set out to find love for Ivy, but her plans just might be going astray... Chloe and David are definitely unlikely love interests at first. Whereas Chloe is popular and loves socializing, David is cynical and standoffish. But what they truly bond over is their love and devotion to Ivy and Ethan, and it's a shared understanding that allows them to both drop their guards. At school, Chloe tries to be carefree and happy around her friends, and doesn't speak too much about her sister. It's mostly because she doesn't want to come across as too sensitive, even though it does bother her when her friends or people say unintentionally hurtful or ignorant comments about Ivy. When Chloe is with David, she doesn't have to worry about that. I absolutely enjoyed Things I Should Have Known! It's definitely Claire LaZebnik's best book yet. It was cute and romantic. Funny and endearing. But also filled with moments of heartbreak, frustration, and worry. It was an addictive and compelling read, a book I couldn't set down until I was finished. I loved Chloe and Ivy's tight relationship. Ethan and Ivy's quirks made me laugh a few times. I admired how Chloe and David would do anything to protect their siblings from any outside scrutiny, and just wanted them to be safe and happy. There is just so much to love about Things I Should Have Known and its open acceptance that being normal comes in all kinds of different forms. ** I received an ARC from Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review. **
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I absolutely loved this book! Claire LaZebnik takes multiple characteristics that are usually (and unfairly) avoided/ignored by authors and creates wonderful realistic characters. I found the plot very engaging, and I genuinely loved the pacing, as well as the way the story turned out. I honestly cannot think of a single thing about this book that I disliked, and therefore I highly recommend this!
Date published: 2017-01-27

Editorial Reviews

March 2017 ALAN Pick! One of Bustle's 16 Best Young Adults Books Coming in March 2017" One of Children's Book Review's "Best New Young Adult Books March 2017" "This hilarious, sweet and romantic book reminds us that if we open our hearts, life offers up so many wonderful kinds of normal." -Justine Magazine "There's just something about [LaZebnik's] writing that keeps me coming back. Her characters have fully realized lives; she strikes a great balance in her stories between the romantic and the familial? [LaZebnik] explores particularly complicated sibling relationships here, and does so in a way you can feel, in equal parts, the devotion and frustration leaping off the page."-Forever Young Adult"Heartwarming." -Entertainment Weekly "LaZebnik's wise and tender new book? is [a] touching story of two sisters." -The Huffington Post "More a love story about sisterhood than romantic, it's a story that will illuminate what it's like to live an ordinary teenage life when you have autism." -Bustle "We highly recommend Things I Should Have Known ? a thought-provoking portrayal of autism and the people it touches." -HelloGiggles "LaZebnik hits it out of the park with her story about pretty, popular Chloe and her loving relationship with her older, autistic sister, Ivy? With perceptiveness and ample skill, LaZebnik paints a vivid picture of what the sibling of a person with high-functioning autism might go through. Never resorting to stereotype, she depicts appealing, three-dimensional characters who flesh out a narrative that is compassionate, tender, funny, and wise all at once. This insightful, well-written story will entertain readers while inspiring meaningful empathy." -Booklist, starred review "Readers with special needs siblings are the natural audience for this, but the wit holds broad appeal, and the mostly nonjudgmental insights will certainly give readers a new perspective on young adults on the spectrum and those who love, protect, and advocate for them." -Bulletin "In this insightful account of misconceptions, family conflict, and the ironies of love, LaZebnik ( Wrong About the Guy ) examines the evolution of several relationships. . . . Writing with honesty and wit, LaZebnik offers a thought-provoking portrayal of how people can come together despite, or perhaps because of, their differences." -Publishers Weekly "An eye-opening look at autism and those it touches." -Kirkus "This story about a girl who upends her own life by trying to help someone else is a winning read for young people ready for a realistic romance about life's challenges." -School Library Journal "Characterization here is spot on, as LaZebnik ably depicts the speech patterns and behaviors characteristic of people on the spectrum as well as very different versions of sibling, parental, and stepparental response? Readers with special needs siblings are the natural audience for this, but the wit holds broad appeal, and [the book] will certainly give readers a new perspective on young adults on the spectrum and those who love, protect, and advocate for them." -The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "A charmingly honest, insightful story about love, family, and frozen yogurt. So good you'll finish it in one sitting!" -Robyn Schneider, author of The Beginning of Everything and Extraordinary Means " Things I Should Have Known is funny, compassionate, and loving. LaZebnik writes with authority and ease, capturing the complexities of sibling bonds and first love, and crafting characters to root for from start to finish." -Emma Mills, author of First & Then "At once romantic and touching, perceptive and honest, Things I Should Have Known is about first love, the bonds of sisterhood, and living your most authentic life. I couldn't put it down." -Julie Buxbaum, author of Tell Me Three Things "A fiercely honest and surprising story about family, first love, and the beauty of individuality. LaZebnik reminds us that sometimes the most wonderful things in life are the things you never expected." -Ashley Blake, author of Suffer Love "