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Everything I Thought I Knew

By Mandie Caroll, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Romance, science blend in emotional heart transplant tale.

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The aftermath of an ambitious teen's heart transplant is a compelling premise for a YA novel and this highly readable first novel does not disappoint. Though Chloe's central problem in Everything I Thought I Knew -- trying to figure out who she is following a life-threatening medical crisis -- is highly particular, teen readers will relate to her search for meaning and identity. The main characters are well-drawn and interesting. Chloe and Kai's slow-burn romance is fun and deeply satisfying. It's easy to understand Chloe's desire to run from her internal crises by surfing, her opposites-attract friendship with Jane, experimenting with drinking and marijuana, and driving fast.

The weaving in of quantum physics and the possibility of multiverses opens up the story to fascinating possibilities. Author Shannon Takaoka's writing is precise and at times raw, and the action is well-paced. A major plot twist might feel over-the-top to some readers, but the catharsis and growth it leads Chloe to feel is hard-won and somehow right. With its high stakes, sci-fi bent, great surfing scenes, love story, and emotional ups and downs with family and friends, this book is a page-turning pleaser for many different kinds of readers.

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