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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Customer Reviews

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Not Ellen Hopkins' Best

What did you like best about The You I've Never Known? What did you like least?

The narrators for this book were beautifully chosen, and added a lot of personality to the characters. As for what I liked least? The plot summary! There is a MAJOR spoiler in the plot summary that completely ruined the experience for me. Rather than having that event come out of left field the way it was intended, I was waiting for it to happen. Very disappointing.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Change the plot summary and remove the spoiler! Also, the book felt a little long for me. There are definitely points at which it could have been shortened.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I am a big Ellen Hopkins fan, and have read physical copies of most of her novels, but this was my first audiobook experience with her. The story seemed to move along nicely in the audiobook version, and as previously stated the narrators performances added a lot of depth. But in future, I will probably just read her books rather than listening.

Was The You I've Never Known worth the listening time?

Yes and No. While it isn't my favorite from this author, it is an entertaining read overall. If you have enjoyed other Ellen Hopkins books, you will probably enjoy this one as well, but be advised it isn't quite as dark and gritty as some of her other novels (i.e. Crank and Impulse).

Any additional comments?

It is such a shame about the plot spoiler in the description of the book. I would have enjoyed the experience much more without it. Still, it is well written overall and worth a listen.

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- Greta Carlsson

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

Book Details

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