Wednesday, 18 October 2017

You Don't Know Me But I Know You by Rebecca Barrow Book Review

Author: Rebecca Barrow
Genre: YA, Teen Drama, Romance
Rating: 4/5
Released: Available to purchase now

"...fear can be a strange thing. It can do strange things to your mind. You have to see through that and remind yourself of your own truth."

You Don't Know Me But I Know You is the latest book I've finished from my ever growing pile of TBR. I instantly wanted to read this one when I saw the blurb about it, it just really sounded right up my street and I couldn't wait to jump into the story. The story is set around Audrey, her friends, her family and her boyfriend. Everything's going well for Audrey, she's looking forward to applying to various art schools to continue her passion of photography, she's absolutely smitten with her boyfriend: Julian, whose in a band and who hopes to become a musician, and she has the best group of friends she could ask for. 

Except, when things change and Audrey finds out that she's pregnant at 17, she has no idea how to handle what's going on, Julian's there by her side when she needs him, but he's just as freaked out as she is, the story continues about what Audrey and Julian are going to do, whether she's going to have the baby, or have an abortion.

All Audrey can think about is being pregnant and wondering what to do, which doesn't go down well with her best friend: Rose, who she hasn't told, she doesn't know how to tell her and it's hard for her to keep a secret from Rose, but when the two start clashing, and Audrey thinking that Rose never cares about what she wants to say, they end up arguing and becoming distant with each other. With her best friend no longer by her side, Audrey still has one of the the biggest decisions she needs to make on her mind, does she keep the baby with Julian? But then what does Julian want? He hasn't really mentioned it, he's just been there for her through it all as are Audrey's parents, her mum Laura, who adopted Audrey when she was a baby, and Adam, the guy who treats her like his daughter. 

There's a letter in the back of Audrey's closet from her birth mother and she's never read it, never wanted too, but since becoming pregnant she's been wondering whether she should, that maybe it would help her in some way. I love the way this book was written because it takes you through the journey of everything Audrey is currently going through with being pregnant at 17 and how it will change her life whichever decision she and Julian make. I really enjoyed reading it and seeing how Audrey and Julian grow throughout the story, and to see how their relationship plays out. 

*This post contains a PR sample. 

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