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LITTLE DO WE KNOW

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Stone pens an affecting Young Adult contemporary about a fractured friendship and the accident that sparks a journey to healing and self discovery. What this novel does extraordinarily well is conveying one life event that everyone goes through — that moment when you realize that maybe your parents don’t always do the right thing or have all the answers, and you begin to form your own opinions. Stone also touches on the subject of faith and how the definition of faith is different and ever-evolving for each individual character. The main characters, particularly Hannah and Luke, are well developed, allowing for a fully immersive reading experience, whereas the side characters could have been more thoughtfully explored. The story is quiet and emotionally charged, and doesn’t rely on heavy dramatics. The revelation of the secret between Hannah and Emory may feel anticlimactic to some readers.

Something ended the lifelong friendship between Hannah and Emory, but both refuse to discuss it with anyone. Emory’s hurtful words fester inside of Hannah, prompting her to question two constants in her life: her Christian faith and her pastor-father’s steadfast assurances. Emory must navigate her senior year and her relationship with her boyfriend, Luke, without Hannah’s sound advice. But an accident involving Luke lands him in the middle of both girls, leading them all on a journey to finding themselves and mending their hearts. (DISNEY-HYPERION, Jun., 416 pp., $17.99, 14 & Up)

Reviewed by: 
Megan Simpson