The Blonde Bookworm: Little Do We Know by Tamara Ireland Stone -- Review

Little Do We Know by Tamara Ireland Stone -- Review

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Title: Little Do We Know
Author: Tamara Ireland Stone
Pages: 416
Publishing: June 5th 2018 by Disney Hyperion
ISBN: 1484768213 


Next-door neighbors and ex-best friends Hannah and Emory haven’t spoken in months. Not since the fight—the one where they said things they couldn’t take back.

Now, Emory is fine-tuning her UCLA performing arts application and trying to make the most of the months she has left with her boyfriend, Luke, before they head off to separate colleges. Meanwhile, Hannah’s strong faith is shaken when her family’s financial problems come to light, and she finds herself turning to unexpected places—and people—for answers to the difficult questions she’s suddenly facing.

No matter how much Hannah and Emory desperately want to bridge the thirty-six steps between their bedroom windows, they can’t. Not anymore.

Until their paths cross unexpectedly when, one night, Hannah finds Luke doubled over in his car outside her house. In the aftermath of the accident, all three struggle to understand what happened in their own ways. But when a devastating secret about Hannah and Emory’s argument ultimately comes to light, they must all reexamine the things they hold true.

In alternating chapters, a skeptic and a believer piece together the story of their complex relationship and the boy caught somewhere in the middle. New York Times best-selling author Tamara Ireland Stone deftly crafts a moving portrait of faith, love, and friendship.


Little Do We Know was a completely wonderful and surprisingly addictive read. Typically, contemporary YA is kind of a hit or miss for me, but this novel was definitely a hit. I loved the story line and the characters, and I thought Stone did an amazing job covering some touchy topics. The characters we complex and the setting of the novel was perfection. 

This novel hit home for me because I grew up in Christian family and attended a Christian private school. While I never questioned my faith, I still felt a unique attachment to Hannah's character. I loved how even though Hannah and Emory were battling the need to remain angry with each other, they continued to long for their friendship also. The relationships in this novel were so well crafted and I absolutely adored how the novel ended. 

All in all, Little Do We Know was a fantastic contemporary read filled with complex relationships and character growth. I would highly recommend this novel to readers who enjoy contemporary YA. Thank you to Disney Hyperion and NetGalley for sending this novel in exchange for an honest review. 

Rating 3.5/5


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