The You I've Never Known

  • by Ellen Hopkins
  • Narrated by Candace Thaxton, Rebekkah Ross, Kirby Heyborne
  • 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

How do you live your life if your past is based on a lie? A new novel in both verse and prose from number-one New York Times best-selling 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 17, 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 14 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 best-selling author Ellen Hopkins' 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.

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Truly touching

This story was truly amazing. I have loved Ellen Hopkins since I first read Crank (keeping the book tucked in my uniform pocket while I completed medic training for the army). I was skeptical about listening to the book, and will still purchase the print copy so that I can look at the words on the page, but am overall very satisfied.
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- Andrea J. Fuentes-heimark "A.J. Fuentes"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-24-2017
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio