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The You I've Never Known de Ellen Hopkins
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The You I've Never Known (edició 2017)

de Ellen Hopkins (Autor)

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With both joy and fear, seventeen-year-old Ariel begins to explore her sexuality, while living with her controlling, abusive father who has told Ariel that her mother deserted her years ago.
Títol:The You I've Never Known
Autors:Ellen Hopkins (Autor)
Informació:Margaret K. McElderry Books (2017), Edition: 1st Edition, 608 pages
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The You I've Never Known de Ellen Hopkins

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I loved it. I honestly did. I won the book in a goodreads giveaway, but listened to it on audio from the library. I"ll be giving the book away to a teen in my teen group at work. It is a great storyline that will keep you reading through the night. ( )
  Starla_Aurora | Oct 29, 2018 |
This story is absolutely heartbreaking and shows how easily it is to have someone manipulate your identity. Ellen Hopkins, thank goodness she uses her amazing writing for good, always highlighting issues that teens and adults alike should be aware of. I have known of cases where parents kidnap their children but never knew the difficulties of getting that child or children back. I also did not realize it happens as much as it does. Such a good read and proves that Hopkins is the queen of verse! ( )
  IntrovertedBooks | Mar 26, 2018 |
If you are familiar with Ellen Hopkin’s books you know that most of her books are in verse form. This book has two voices, Maya and Ariel. Their stories alternate with Ariel’s story being entirely in verse form and Maya’s entirely in prose. Hopkins has often relied on dysfunctional families as the root cause of her protagonists’ problems and this story is no different. She also uses realistic language and situations that, unfortunately, may all too familiar to young people today. All the things that fans love about Hopkin’s books are present. This book is better than some of her more recent books in that the teenage problems/angst is kept to a minimum. They don’t overwhelm the story telling so that the resolution is a satisfying one; unlike Hopkin’s book Identical which makes you feel like you are watching a horrific train wreck.
This story is based on Hopkin’s real-life experience. Her ex-husband picked up their three-year-old daughter form daycare one day and kidnapped her. Hopkins didn’t see her daughter for three years. Maya and Ariel are victims of the same experience and is very comforting seeing their stories merge as the book progresses. Out of all the Hopkins books, this is one of my favorites. ( )
  SWONroyal | Oct 26, 2017 |
It has always been Ariel and her dad. Her mother took off when Ariel was little, and her dad has nothing nice to say about that. They have moved around a lot, but Mark has always taken care of Ariel, even though he sometimes flies off the handle and is verbally abusive. Because they move around so much, Ariel has never really had time to make any friends, until now. They have finally stayed somewhere long enough she can build a relationship with someone, and that relationship has started to raise questions for Ariel: does she like guys or girls? And what does she tell her dad, because the story he tells about her mom is that she left him for another woman. How will he take the news is Ariel is gay? And then another bombshell: Ariel's mom comes to town one day claiming Mark kidnapped Ariel when she was three and has moved around ever since so they couldn't be found. Oh, and another thing - Ariel's name isn't really Ariel. As Ariel tries to sort out the truth of her life and how she feels, she doesn't know what to believe or who to trust. Ok - confession: I marked this book as read, but I didn't completely finish it. I usually love Ellen Hopkins's books, but this one I just struggled to read. I got almost to the end and finally gave up as I kept choosing other books over this one. I just didn't care about the characters that much or what happened to them. The themes and topics of the book are, as always, important ones and very timely in our society currently. The topics are not the issue I have with this book; the characters just didn't connect with me so I couldn't get into the story. ( )
  litgirl29 | Apr 17, 2017 |
Ariel has spent her entire life drifting from place to place with her Dad, Mark. Abandoned by her Mom as a baby, Ariel and her father move often, leaving Ariel unable to form relationships and always feeling as if the latest place they touch down is just the next in a series of temporary stops. They've been living in Sonora long enough for Ariel to finish an entire year of school, and she's finally formed a few friendships. One of them is to her closest friend, Monica, to whom Ariel feels a deep friendship-- and attraction. Their friendship and potential relationship is complicated somewhat when Ariel meets Gabe, the nephew of her father's girlfriend, Zelda. Ariel is attracted to Gabe, too, and she isn't sure exactly what that means.

Meanwhile, Maya is trying to escape her hateful mother, and the only out she can see is Jason Ritter, an older man in the military. But now Maya is pregnant, and married life with Jason is turning out to be scary and lonely.

Told in both prose and verse, there's no doubt that Hopkins' story is often beautifully done. My biggest issue with the novel wasn't the book itself, but that the plot description reveals, in my opinion, a major spoiler that doesn't actually occur until past page 350. If you ask me, that's far too deep within the tale to reveal in the description, and I would have enjoyed figuring that twist out myself and getting there on my own. The story itself, as I mentioned, is told in various ways, and you need to be prepared for the verse, as it does take some getting used to. I haven't read many of Hopkins' books (in fact, Goodreads tells me I've just read [b:Tilt|11133791|Tilt|Ellen Hopkins||16057047], which I'll confess I don't recall at all), and I probably had to go at least 75 pages until I was sort of in the swing of the verse "thing." The book is told from both Ariel and Maya's point of view (though mostly Ariel) and most of Ariel's pieces are in verse.

So, combine the verse/prose aspect and the fact that I was constantly waiting for this plot twist to happen while reading, and it took a bit to get into the book. There's definitely a lot going on this novel, but it was nice that at least Ariel's sexuality wasn't always the main focus. It was also refreshing to find a bisexual teen heroine. Overall, the book seemed to handle it fairly well, too, without so much of the usual stereotyping you can find in other novels and/or the media. I think a teen struggling with similar issues could find some comfort in this book, and that's important. For me, I wasn't completely sure that all the threads of the book were truly fully formed. I'm not completely sure how to explain that fully; it's not that I expected resolution to everything, but there were some serious topics dealt with in in the novel (beyond Ariel's sexuality) and it sometimes felt like they all got glossed over or moved past rather quickly. Bisexuality, rape, abuse... those are serious topics, and I'm not sure they got the ultimate focus they always needed.

So, in the end, I find myself a bit stumped by THE YOU I'VE NEVER KNOWN. I was certainly intrigued by the book and enjoyed it. As a bisexual female, I greatly enjoyed the character of Ariel and welcomed finding her in literature. While parts of the book went on a bit for me (though perhaps that was the verse format, I'm not sure, or waiting for the aforementioned spoiler), I found it interesting. Still, in the end, something felt a tad off for me. However, much of the writing was lovely, and the storyline different and often engaging. Overall, I'd probably give this one 3.5 stars.

I received a copy of this novel from the publisher and Edelweiss (thank you) in return for an unbiased review; it is available everywhere as of 01/24/2017. ( )
  justacatandabook | Jan 25, 2017 |
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