REVIEW – THINGS I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN by Claire Lazebnik

SYNOPSIS

From the author of Epic Fail comes the story of Chloe Mitchell, a Los Angeles girl on a quest to find love for her autistic sister, Ivy. Ethan, from Ivy’s class, seems like the perfect match. It’s unfortunate that his older brother, David, is one of Chloe’s least favorite people, but Chloe can deal, especially when she realizes that David is just as devoted to Ethan as she is to Ivy.

Uncommonly honest and refreshingly funny, this is a story about sisterhood, autism, and first love. Chloe, Ivy, David, and Ethan, who form a quirky and lovable circle, will steal readers’ hearts and remind us all that it’s okay to be a different kind of normal.

*****Dee’s Review*****

FIVE STARS*****

Uplifting and beautiful. Things I Should Have Known is a wonderful novel. A compelling story about a girl who’s trying to find love for her autistic sister. The love and acceptance these sisters have for one another took my breath away, and made my heart sing. I laughed and cried, and had the most amazing time reading this book. I’m completely enamored with Claire Lazebnik’s writing style, now that I’ve discovered her work, I’ll make it my mission to read every single one of her books.

Chloe Mitchell is seventeen, she’s a year away from graduating high school, has good grades, a great social life, and a gorgeous boyfriend. Chloe’s older sister Ivy is autistic; the Mitchell sisters have a wonderful bond. Chloe is always looking out for Ivy, and lately, she’s been noticing that her older sister seems lonely, so Chloe has come up with the great idea, to find Ivy a boyfriend.

Ethan Fields is Ivy’s classmate, and he seems like the perfect candidate to become her first love. When Chloe arranges their first friendly outing, Ethan also shows up with his brother, who turns out is Chloe’s least favorite person in the world, David Fields. David and Chloe go to school together, and they are constantly bickering and at each other’s throats. David is sarcastic, negative and plain rude. But the more the four of them go out in hopes that Ivy and Ethan will fall in love, Chloe realizes that there’s more to David than his bad attitude, and when things don’t turn out the way she’s planned and Chloe’s world turns upside down, her once nemesis is the only person who she can find solace with.

Honest and refreshing, this is a story that will make you smile. The devotion both Chloe and David had for their siblings was heartwarming and beautiful. I loved how inside a world of chaos these characters defended what was most precious to them, love.

Claire Lazebnik’s writing style was so seamless and entertaining that  I almost forgot I was reading a book. Her words transported me right to the heart of this novel. She made something unknown to me feel completely familiar. Lovely story, I would definitely recommend this book to everyone.

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