- By Rebecca Barrow

You Don't Know Me but I Know You

  • Title: You Don't Know Me but I Know You
  • Author: Rebecca Barrow
  • ISBN: 9780062494191
  • Page: 346
  • Format: Hardcover
  • You Don t Know Me but I Know You Rebecca Barrow s bright honest debut novel about chance choice and unconditional love is a heartfelt testament to creating the future you truly want one puzzle piece at a time There s a box in the

    Rebecca Barrow s bright, honest debut novel about chance, choice, and unconditional love is a heartfelt testament to creating the future you truly want, one puzzle piece at a time.There s a box in the back of Audrey s closet that she rarely thinks about.Inside is a letter, seventeen years old, from a mother she s never met, handed to her by the woman she s called Mom her wRebecca Barrow s bright, honest debut novel about chance, choice, and unconditional love is a heartfelt testament to creating the future you truly want, one puzzle piece at a time.There s a box in the back of Audrey s closet that she rarely thinks about.Inside is a letter, seventeen years old, from a mother she s never met, handed to her by the woman she s called Mom her whole life Being adopted, though, is just one piece in the puzzle of Audrey s life the picture painstakingly put together by Audrey herself, full of all the people and pursuits that make her who she is.But when Audrey realizes that she s pregnant, she feels something a tightly sealed box in the closet corners of her heart crack open, spilling her dormant fears and unanswered questions all over the life she loves.Almost two decades ago, a girl in Audrey s situation made a choice, one that started Audrey s entire story Now Audrey is paralyzed by her own what ifs and terrified by the distance she feels growing between her and her best friend Rose Down every possible path is a different unfamiliar version of her life, and as she weighs the options in her mind, she starts to wonder what does it even mean to be Audrey Spencer

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    1. (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)“You’re going to think I’m insane, but – I think I might be, maybe, a little… pregnant?”This was a YA contemporary story about a girl who found herself accidentally pregnant.Audrey was an okay character, and she really did seem to take time over her decision and look at all the possible options after finding out she was pregnant. I understood how hard it was for her to break the news to her moth [...]

    2. “Anyone who ever wondered how much they could love a child who did not spring from their own loins, know this: it is the same. The feeling of love is so profound, it's incredible and surprising.”----Nia VardalosRebecca Barrow, an English author, has penned a heart warming and extremely compelling debut teen fiction called, You Don't Know Me but I Know You that is centered around a young high school teenager, who has a loving adoptive family, great friends and a charming and kind musician boy [...]

    3. Perhaps it's lofty to say Rebecca Barrow's YOU DON'T KNOW ME BUT I KNOW YOU is everything I love about contemporary YA, but it's 100 percent true. I devoured this gorgeous gift of a novel. The writing is stunning, the characters' relationships are authentic and messy, and the dialogue is pitch perfect. The cast of characters is diverse in a natural way -- because that is our world. This book is BRAVE and it pushes boundaries and I cannot wait to discuss it with more readers!!Highly recommend thi [...]

    4. Really, really good. This book just feels sohealthy? Like, YDKMBIKY is to reproductive choice after consensual sex as EXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR is to reproductive choice after rape. If you loved the latter, please read this too. I think it'll go a long way toward helping teens who've chosen the same path feel less alone and less judged.

    5. This charming, challenging contemporary YA goes for the sweet spot between Holly Bourne and Non Pratt and lands right on target.High-schooler Audrey experiences not one but two unexpected upheavals: an unplanned pregnancy, and the arrival of a letter from her birth mother. Coupled with a falling-out with her best friend, Audrey's secure, loved life suddenly involved choices she could never have anticipated.What could easily have become dark and difficult remains upbeat, as we see Audrey grow thr [...]

    6. Audrey is in high school--leading a busy life filled with her art and photography, her boyfriend, her friends, and planning for her future. Audrey is also especially close to her mother, Laura, a formerly famous actress who adopted Audrey as a baby. Overall, Audrey thinks her life is pretty good. But things change dramatically when Audrey learns she is pregnant. She loves her boyfriend, Julian, and the two of them have been practicing safe sex. Yet, here she is, with some major decisions to make [...]

    7. (view spoiler)[I found the main character to be selfish and annoying. She tried to (view spoiler)[make it seem that her birth mother giving her up for adoption was the same as her having an abortion - sorry I don't see it that way. To me, the one is selfless and the other is selfish. I have to point out, it's not that she had an abortion that I didn't like the story (even though I am against abortion), it's because of the main character's reasoning and justification of it. (hide spoiler)] Needle [...]

    8. “The whole world is full of people trying to get through, making the best of what they have, pretending like they can pull it off. And there’s no shame in that.”You Don’t Know Me but I Know You is a beautiful story of family, growth, and acceptance. It’s about making choices you aren’t ready for and finding the strength in yourself and those around you to know you will be okay. Audrey Spencer finds herself unexpectedly pregnant and must look at her own past, including her own adoptio [...]

    9. You Don't Know Me But I Know You is another book that has left me with very mixed feelings. It has a writing style that is easy to read, but without characters who really grabbed me, I struggled with reading this book. In the end, I would pick it up only to put it down and distract myself with another book. I guess I was expecting something different. Something that broke all the moulds and would make me care about this story, care especially about this girl and her journey through a surprising [...]

    10. I was lucky enough to read this book early, and I really fell in love with it. YOU DON'T KNOW ME BUT I KNOW YOU tackles difficult subject matter with both nuance and integrity, and Rebecca Barrow has created a cast of characters who feel like genuine people. (As an author, I know firsthand how difficult this is to do.) Audrey, the main character, has to make the most important decision of her life when she learns she is pregnant. Audrey's thoughts and emotions are chronicled so believably, and t [...]

    11. I really wanted to like this, but it was just so boring. It's never good when I start to skim parts of a book, like I did this one. There was a lot going on but at the same time, it felt like nothing was really happening, if that makes any sense. Some of the writing and dialogue was almost annoying in some spots? Maybe that's the best way I can think to describe it? If you were to ask me what the plot of this book is, I'm honestly not sure how I'd explain. Like I said, a lot of random things wer [...]

    12. *I received advance readers copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Edelweiss and HarperCollins*This book is about a young girl making a decision on whether she wants to keep her baby or not. Audrey finds out she's pregnant and she has no idea what to do. Her birth mother gave her up for adoption when she was younger and Audrey finds herself in a happy family now without her. Audrey is faced with all the pros and cons of having a baby at 17. It doesn't help when her best friend-Rose is [...]

    13. I'm not even a little bit surprised by how much I enjoyed this contemporary YA; its author is lovely and wonderfully sharp, much like her debut. I really can't pinpoint why, but it reminded me of my all-time favorite Judy Blume book, Just As Long As We're Together (though You Don't Know Me But I Know You is firmly YA). It's the story of Audrey, a girl who finds herself accidentally pregnant -- even though she and her boyfriend, Julian, have been careful -- and is forced to make some seemingly im [...]

    14. This book was less about adoption and more about Audrey's decision regarding her pregnancy. The dialogue and relationships between the teenage characters are spot-on, but the writing lagged a little at times and not all of the background characters were fleshed out to their full potential. Barrow should definitely be praised for her use of POC and LGBT characters. Overall pretty good and fun to read

    15. Well well, after more of one month, I'm finally reading!!! But I sadly can't read more fast since university and homework is killing me.Anyway, this book was cute but that's it. I didn't felt more with it. I know I don't like contemporary books and I thought this was going to be an exception but nope. It's still recommendable tho

    16. I had a chance to beta read this and even though it was awhile ago, I remember loving it. The writing and voice are spot on, and the characters believable and fully developed. I didn't always agree with their decisions, but that made them all the more real to me. This was a beautiful contemporary YA story and I can't wait to have the real book on my shelf!

    17. WOW. This book!!! This is an exceptional example of an "issues" novel done well. It treats its issue -- teen pregnancy -- with care, honesty, and nuance, but delivers an amazingly heartfelt and gripping story, as well. It honestly took the issue in a direction I didn't expect, and I LOVED that! Rebecca Barrow is definitely an author to watch.

    18. 3.5-4 enjoyable and heart warming stars! I have been thinking about this one, Rebecca's debut novel is one that will make you smile throughout the book; not that there is lack of anxiety and heartache but the message conveyed from the book is so uplifting and heart warming that it makes you feel good after reading it. This is a coming of age YA story about a teenage girl, who has navigated her way through her school, her relationship with her parents and her friends when an unexpected event happ [...]

    19. There is so much to love about this book. First, the female friendships: SO real and complex. Audrey and her best friend Rose are fully realized young women with their own strengths and weaknesses and their relationship (as well as their relationships with the other friends in their orbit) is so well done. Audrey's world is populated with an intersting and diverse cast of characters. The way Audrey's reaction/decision-making process unfolds after she finds out she's pregnant is the best depictio [...]

    20. I expected a lot(because, mostlywell, the gorgeous cover) of this book. I wish I could say I loved it, like so many others have, but overall I was disappointed. Maybe I was missing some important edits,(I read the Uncorrected proof preview) but this book was just blah to me. It gave me some stereotypical coming of age vibes, and I kind of thought this story would be original. I also noticed that even though Audrey wasn’t the narrator, we still got a lot of voice rationalizing what she did. Tha [...]

    21. If I put my issues with abortion aside and look at this story, it's still two stars. The diversity felt forced; none of the characters seemed that authentic to me; there wasn't much of a plot. I liked that the adults were cool and the main character, whatever her name was, had a supportive relationship with her boyfriend, whatever his name was. And there was, like, some photography I guess? And it wasn't unpleasant to read. But at the end of the day, this book felt like it was written to dispens [...]

    22. You Don't Know Me But I Know You is a remarkably real and honest portrayal of what it's like to become suddenly pregnant as a teen. I adore this book. I love its rawness and its humor and its uncompromising exploration of an extremely difficult situation. Audrey is wonderful, and her story will resonate deeply with so many people.

    23. *Complimentary review copy provided by the publisher.An easy quick read which deals with tough topics. But I felt the diversity and moral issues in the story were there just to tick boxes, not naturally part of the story.

    24. A wonderful debut about the power of choice, taking your life into your own hands, and deciding your own destiny.

    25. Uh. Wow. I'm emotional now. This was just a genuinely good book, honestly. I don't have any personal experience with teen pregnancy, adoption or (view spoiler)[abortion (hide spoiler)], but I think Rebecca Barrow did a good job of handling a sensitive issue in a nuanced way that didn't feel preachy or turn into an Issue Book™.So, oh book, let me count the ways I love thee.*Strong relationships between women! Audrey has lots of women in her life between her mother and her friends, especially he [...]

    26. What a frustrating book! Audrey spent so much time in limbo — indecisive, uncommunicative, and combative. I hated how often she had her head in the clouds, intentionally ignoring reality. I hated how she revealed the weight of these secrets in snippets, to selective individuals. But the cherry on top of that was how she'd then get MAD at all these people for not understanding her. And she had the audacity to tell a friend to communicate more. Do what I say, not what I do, huh? And then there w [...]

    27. Rating: 3.5 StarsAt 17, Audrey finds herself in the same place that her birth mother was. She young and unexpectedly pregnant, and must decide between the three available options: termination, adoption, or keeping the baby. When I was 22, I was faced with the same decision as Audrey. I was a little older, but I still had all the same fears and doubts, and I thought Barrow did an excellent job portraying that. It was clear, that this was very difficult for Audrey. It was taking a physical and men [...]

    28. You Don't Know Me But I Know You by Rebecca Barrow (Review) Blogpost HereYou Don't Know Me but I Know You This book was really good. I wasn't expecting to be this likeable. This story is about a seventeen years old girl Audrey who finds herself accidentally pregnant. This story revolves around the process of discovery and the decision than she has to make.I picked this book up this evening and i manged to finish it by tonight. It was a fast paced read. With diverse characters.This is a beautiful [...]

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