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Everything I Thought I Knew

Written by Shannon Takaoka

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Debuts of the Month Featured Books for Young Adults Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE) Romance / Relationship Stories School Stories

A teenage girl wonders if she's inherited more than just a heart from her donor in this compulsively readable debut

June 2021 Debut of the Month

Seventeen-year-old Chloe is on track for good grades and attending a top college but everything falls apart after she collapses while running and is told that she needs a new heart.

Eight months after her transplant, everything is different. Stuck in summer school with the underachievers, all she wants to do is go surfing– which is strange, because she’d never surfed before her transplant. (It doesn’t hurt that her instructor, Kai, is seriously good looking.) But that’s not all that’s strange. There’s also the vivid recurring nightmare about crashing a motorcycle in a tunnel and memories of people and places she doesn’t recognise.

Is there something wrong with her head now, too, or is there another explanation for what she’s experiencing? As she searches for answers and as her attraction to Kai intensifies, what she learns will lead her to question everything she thought she knew…

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Everything I Thought I Knew Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old Chloe had a plan: work hard, get good grades, and attend a top-tier college. But after she collapses during cross country practice and is told that she needs a new heart, all her careful preparations are laid to waste. Eight months after her transplant, everything is different.

Stuck in summer school with the underachievers, all she wants to do now is grab her surfboard and hit the waves - which is strange, because she wasn't interested in surfing before her transplant. (It doesn't hurt that her instructor, Kai, is seriously good looking.) And that's not all that's strange.

There's also the vivid recurring nightmare about crashing a motorcycle in a tunnel and memories of people and places she doesn't recognize. Is there something wrong with her head now, too, or is there another explanation for what she's experiencing? As she searches for answers, and as her attraction to Kai intensifies, what she learns will lead her to question everything she thought she knew - about life, death, love, identity, and the true nature of reality.

Everything I Thought I Knew Press Reviews

Everything I Thought I Knew is a page-turning, mind-bending story of hope and healing. The reader will root for Chloe from page one as she navigates her world post-heart transplant and tries to meld her prior reality with her new one. I couldn't put it down; it is a beautiful debut from a talented new voice in YA. - Alexandra Ballard, author of What I Lost

The thoughtful balance of self-discovery, humor, and realistic relationships will bring in fans of John Green and Nicola Yoon. Readers looking for a good, cathartic cry will love Chloe's journey from losing everything she thought she was, to finding the person she was meant to be. - School Library Journal

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ISBN: 9781406395365
Publication date: 03/06/2021
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406395365
Publication date: 3rd June 2021
Author: Shannon Takaoka
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Suitable for: YA readers
Genres: Personal Social Health Economic , Romance / Relationship Stories, School Stories
Recommendations: Debuts of the Month
Collections: Summer Reading 2021,

About Shannon Takaoka

Shannon Takaoka has worked as a writer, editor, and public relations consultant in the technology and life sciences field. She is a lover of all things nerdy - from time travel to weird science and dragons. Everything I Thought I Knew is her first novel.

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