Saturday, January 7, 2017

Book Review (ARC) | Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik

Title: Things I Should Have Known
Author: Claire LaZebnik
Publication: March 28th 2017 by HMH Books for Young Readers
Series: Standalone
Pages: 320
Genre: YA Contemporary
Copy: ARC provided from Netgalley & publisher in exchange for an honest review
Summary: From the author of Epic Fail comes the story of Chloe Mitchell, a Los Angeles girl on a quest to find love for her autistic sister, Ivy. Ethan, from Ivy’s class, seems like the perfect match. It’s unfortunate that his older brother, David, is one of Chloe’s least favorite people, but Chloe can deal, especially when she realizes that David is just as devoted to Ethan as she is to Ivy.

Uncommonly honest and refreshingly funny, this is a story about sisterhood, autism, and first love. Chloe, Ivy, David, and Ethan, who form a quirky and lovable circle, will steal readers’ hearts and remind us all that it’s okay to be a different kind of normal.

This book is the definition of adorable.  The characters are all completely different, but likable in their own ways.  Chloe could have easily become an annoying character: she's popular and has the perfect boyfriend and friends.  The usual.  But even though her friends and boyfriend made me want to punch myself in the face half the time (we'll get to that later), Chloe remained an easily likable character.  Her relationship with Ivy especially made me like her.  Chloe defends Ivy and is patient with her most of the time, which was really sweet.  David also does the same with his brother, Ethan.  The sibling relationships were super relatable for me, so I really enjoyed that aspect of this book.

As for the romance, I also enjoyed it!  I loved Chloe and David's transition from enemies to friends to romance, although I wish they would have kept the enemy status for a little longer.  I loved the character growth that both of the characters went through as they started to warm up to each other.  As for Chloe's boyfriend, James, and her best friend, Sarah: that's a different story.  Their insensitivity towards Ivy and her autism made me so incredibly mad.  If my boyfriend treated my sister like that, I would have never dated him (I'm judging you, Chloe).

Overall, this is a super cute contemporary that addresses not only autism but LGBT+ issues as well, which I really appreciated.  I would definitely recommend reading this if you like contemporary and adorable characters and romance!

Does this sound like something you would like?  Let me know in the comments if you want to read it or not!