320 pages | Candlewick Press| Contemporary | Release Date: 10/13/2020
On the blog, Kat and I sometimes refer to slice-of-life books that don’t make it into the hype rotation as “the quietest YA to ever quiet” and that’s how I feel about Everything I Thought I Knew. It’s the low-stakes story of Chloe, whose senior year is thrown off balance when she discovers she needs a heart transplant. Soon someone else’s tragedy becomes her miracle and after the transplant, Chole begins to see flashes of her donor’s life and begins a journey to give them closure.
I think it’s hard to talk about this book without spoilers and the ending was evocative if not a tiny bit predictable. This book reminded me of the YA I read back in the day when I was a teenager. Stories that drop you in at the most impactful moment of a teenager’s life and then gently back out. Though this is one of those “new adult” type books that takes place the summer after graduation.