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characters Things I Should Have Known ↠ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ò Things Chloe knew Her sister Ivy was lonely Ethan was a perfect match Ethan’s brother David was an arrogant jerkThings Chloe should have known Setups are complicated Ivy can make her own decisions David may be the only person who really gets ChlN their own so Chloe and David have to tag along Soon Chloe Ivy David and Ethan form a uirky and wholly lovable circle And as the group bonds over frozen yogurt dates and movie nights Chloe is forced to confront her own romantic choices and the realization that it’s okay to be a different kind of norma. This book was WONDERFUL 3333Review posted on The Eater of Books blogThings I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnikPublisher HMH Books for Young ReadersPublication Date March 28 2017Rating 4 starsSource ARC sent by the publisherSummary from GoodreadsFrom the author of Epic Fail comes the story of Chloe Mitchell a Los Angeles girl on a uest 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 uirky and lovable circle will steal readers’ hearts and remind us all that it’s okay to be a different kind of normal What I LikedMonths ago I received a galley of this book it was sent unsolicited from Houghton Mifflin and of course receiving this galley in no way affected my opinion of the book So I wasn't sure if I would read it but recently a few of my blogger pals read this book and all of them really enjoyed the book Throw in the fact that I really enjoyed the one LaZebnik book I've tried The Last Best Kiss and I knew I had to sueeze this one into my schedule somehow I'm so glad I did because it was a wonderful thought provoking sweet story With great diversity tooAt a glance Chloe Mitchell has a great life; she is smart and gets really good grades her boyfriend is hot athletic and a fairly nice guy and she seems really social and has a great group of friends But behind closed doors everything isn't as put together as it seems Chloe doesn't have the best relationship with her stepfather or her mother since her father died and her mom got remarried Chloe's older sister is autistic and Chloe is very protective of and careful with her sister Chloe's friends don't know much about Ivy and Chloe sometimes feels as isolated as Ivy Chloe knows how lonely Ivy is and so she gets Ivy to start hanging out with Ethan a boy in Ivy's classes Ethan is autistic as well and when Ivy and Ethan hang out Chloe comes along as well as Ethan's brother David David is one of the most annoying jerks that Chloe knows but as she hangs out with him and Ivy and Ethan she realizes that he is somewhat antisocial and alone all the time because his devotion to his brother is similar to hers with Ivy But what if Ethan isn't the right person for Ivy What is David is the right person for Chloe I don't really love or care for most YA contemporary novels that I come across I'm much of a fantasy girl when it comes to YA But certain YA contemporary authors have produced amazing books that really worked for me like Kasie West Emma Mills Jenny Han Huntley Fitzpatrick Julie Buxbaum I think it's safe for me to add Claire LaZebnik to that list I'm two for two with books of hers that I've readReading from Chloe's POV was so entertaining and interesting I love how selfless Chloe is she sacrifices a lot of time and social opportunities to take care of Ivy or meet Ivy's needs or demands And yet Chloe is also good about not giving into to all of Ivy's demands she does a fairly good job of taking care of herself Chloe is such a good sister and a good friend and girlfriend too I especially liked seeing her stand up for her sister to everyone even their stepfather of all peopleIvy is a lovely character one that I liked getting to know and learn about I've had a lot of experience with young adults with autism but I've never lived with someone with autism or had to spend hours and days with them I think the author captured Ivy so well not just Ivy with autism but Ivy the person Ivy the older sister Ivy the lonely almost twenty one year old Ivy is a secondary character in this book but she is so important to the storyDavid was a character that surprised me a little He comes across as an antisocial jerk who gets good grades but is never seen with friends or a girl so everyone thinks he is weird and unlikable Even Chloe isn't nice to him at all in the beginning But I love how the author changes our minds about him; he stills seems a little antisocial and not a people person but we start to understand why David is always with his autistic brother Ethan when they're not at their respective school so David doesn't have much of a social life His father and stepmother have no time or patience for Ethan and David is all that Ethan has David is incredibly selfless and such a good person when you dig deeper In fact I'd say Chloe is of a jerk than David is in terms of how mean she was to him initially Autism is a big part of this book and I thought LaZebnik handled the condition well in both characters Ivy and Ethan and their fellow classmate Diana and others in the class they all have similar tics and mannerisms but they're also very different in terms of the spectrum I appreciated this a lot because in my experience there are so many different behaviors and mannerisms within the spectrum of autism The romance both romances is not what you'd think Chloe has a boyfriend for about half of the book James is cool and there's nothing really wrong with him he doesn't cheat on Chloe he's not sleazy he's not a jerk to her But he doesn't really get why Chloe is so attentive and devoted to her sister and about halfway into the story Chloe and James break up It seemed fairly natural and with minimal drama and I actually ended up not minding that Chloe had a boyfriend that wasn't the intended love interest usually this bothers me because LOVE TRIANGLEBut this aspect of the romance worked fine for me because Chloe and David barely knew each other at the time and they didn't have the best opinions of each other By the time they both start to develop feelings for each other Chloe and James break up and it's a fairly clean break Chloe and David are great together They're supportive of each other and they understand each other I didn't really swoon over them because there weren't a lot of swoony scenes or magical kisses but I liked their romanceIvy's own romance is great I had a feeling about it and I think everyone else does too It was great to see Ivy come out of her shell a little and try new things with Ethan and explore her feelings about him possibly being than a friend Ivy's tentative friendship with Ethan was interesting to see unfold but her romance is even betterIt was also pretty cool to see the evolution of Chloe's relationship with her stepfather I hated him initially and I still don't totally like him but I liked him towards the end of the book Chloe's mom too David has a strained relationship with his stepmother and his father and those relationships don't mature like Chloe's do but they still improve LaZebnik handled the development of these familial relationships fairly well in my opinionOverall I have to hand it to LaZebnik this was a fantastic book I don't usually like YA contemporary especially the ones that are heavy with tough issues This book had tough issues difficult stepparents struggling find a balance with an autistic sibling xenophobia exploring relationships but I like the tone of the book and how the issues were brought across This isn't a book that will make you ugly cry and break your heart which made me very happy It is definitely a book that makes you stop and think about xenophobia and how you view autism and loved ones of those with autism What I Did Not LikeNothing really Maybe kissing from David and Chloe Would I Recommend ItIf you like YA contemporary then definitely put this one on your TBR I'm not a YA contemporary person and I enjoyed it It's worth the read if anything it'll open your mind to the a completely different world that you might never have thought about isn't that the lovely thing about books I've never read a YA book like this I'm sure they exist I just haven't read anyRating4 stars I really enjoyed this light yet thought provoking novel Especially with the diversity it contains I'm glad I took the chance and read it I'm excited to see what else LaZebnik will be publishing

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Things Chloe knew Her sister Ivy was lonely Ethan was a perfect match Ethan’s brother David was an arrogant jerkThings Chloe should have known Setups are complicated Ivy can make her own decisions David may be the only person who really gets ChloeMeet Chloe Mitchell a popular Los Angeles girl who’s d. Find all of my reviews at seriously have no recollection of how I ended up reuesting this from the library I’ve never heard of this author and zero of my friends have read it At this point I’m almost convinced that I have some sort of weird sleeping disorder where I log on to the library in the middle of the night in order to All I know is I woke up on Saturday morning and turned on the WiFi in order to retrieve a porno scientific study on the mating rituals of werewolves and saw this pop up Me being me I took a uick glance at GR and glossed over the synopsis but Because that’s who I am So going into this I thought it was about Chloe trying to set her autistic sister Ivy up on a date with a dude named Ethan who just so happened to be the brother of David a real toolbag from Chloe’s lit class which then resulted in Ivy and David hitting it off But per usual I’m going on record to say the above story would have probably euated a 4 Star rating from me but I do realize baby steps and all and it’s a farkin’ miracle authors have finally started branching out and writing about characters who don’t belong in some cookie cutter white upper middle class utopia full of instalove and bullshit This wasn’t a bad little story at all Although teenage sex is hinted about which I know would be a dealbreaker for a lot of parents I would recommend this to younger teens A good job is done showing how people can be offensive without even meaning to when it comes to talking about someone “different” than them and that maintaining popularity isn’t necessarily a guarantee to happiness 3 Stars I’ll definitely read by this authorThe following is actually a legit spoilsie time so don't open it unless you want to know things and definitely don't come crying that I Alright so the one thing that annoyed me to no end was view spoilerthat when Ivy realized she may like girls Chloe made some statement about needing to find a “young gay woman with autism” Again I realize #babysteps but the idea that only an autistic person would be an option for Ivy was pretty small minded hide spoiler

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Things I Should Have KnownEcided that her older sister Ivy who’s on the autism spectrum could use a boyfriend Chloe already has someone in mind Ethan Fields a sweet movie obsessed boy from Ivy’s special needs classChloe would like to ignore Ethan’s brother David but she can’t Ivy and Ethan aren’t comfortable going out o. Shockingly enough this was a book I had passed over because of a couple miniscule details I picked up on in the synopsis But seeing as how I have a very particular set of books that work for me nowadays upon further inspection this book looked like it was right up my alley I mean come on Douchey guy arch nemesis pretty much the whole school’s to be fair being pushed together in a selfless act for their siblingsI just couldn’t help but balk and give this one a try Though I should have stuck with my first instinct “No thank you” she says as David catches it neatly in his free hand “I insist” David says and whips it back at them It can’t possibly hurt anyone—I mean it’s a bag of chips but the gesture is violent and they both cower away from the Lay’s with little noises of distress Lately I find that I’m so picky that it’s beyond obnoxious Almost nothing fits my tastes but what I literally have no time to read Like say Victoria Schwab’s latest release COME TO ME But alas I refuse to ruin something because of time restraints that I know I’d love normally if I had time to read it within a few days But if I were to pick up my favorite genre at this time YA Fantasy I’d be ruining every book I attempted to soak in So here I am trying to navigate the YA realistic fiction waters with blinders on David has one of those bland faces that would get him off for murder because not a single eyewitness would be able to describe him They’d all be saying stuff like “Oh you know hair that’s kind of brown not that straight but not curly either His nose Just kind of normal I guess  Dark eyes probably brown Average size ” Meanwhile he’d be off killing a bunch innocents And they’d come interview everyone at our school and we’d all be like “Yeah I’m not surprised Guy was weird ^^^ Okay this is actually one of those moments I laughed out loud Yes sure this is a favorite genre as well but when you don’t have the same dialogue with all your GR friends you used to and don’t get to scroll the feed for common interests or things that piue your curiosity you’re constantly stuck looking at the ‘books similar to’ section and let’s face it That’s basically a big pile of ‘less than’ Not often do I find a winner in this section But here I am stuck looking and surfing and perusing these dumb attempts to grab suckers who actually think these books have anything in common with a book they adore and aren’t just cherry picked by GR I never ever did this before because I had all the friend advice possible guiding me through all the winners each and every time I was looking for an awesome read Now here I am settling in amidst the bottom feeder sectionwho’s the sucker now “Okay” she says “Just not bowling I don’t like bowling” “It’s because you’re not very good at it” Ethan pats her shoulder consolingly But I’m not totally being fair I guess some of those comparisons are astute and I’m being a bit of a pessimist these days because I just Can’t Find The TIME To read and review and it makes me sad And ya know this book wasn’t half as bad as I’m making it out to be I’m just always looking for that ‘wow factor’ now and I’m trying to accomplish this with minimal effort it just doesn’t work that way and I know better You have to really pay attention and research to find new favorites they don’t just fall into your lap Unless you have great friends like I dodid who are always telling you what you’d love every time you finish a book Ethan glares at him but opens his mouth and David shoves the rice in Ethan chews and swallows “It still hurts” “You shouldn’t have eaten the chili pepper” Ivy says “Everyone knows they’re hot” “I didn’t mean to” Ethan roars at her spraying chewed up rice across the table “It got in my mouth on accident” “Chilis can be sneaky” I say “Tricky little beasts” David agrees “You can’t trust a chili” “Bell peppers though—they’re trustworthy” “The really evil ones are those little shishito bastards” David says “Some of them are hot and some aren’t You can’t tell until you bite into one How is that fair” “It’s not” I say “It’s not fair at all” But enough whining this book was pretty cute in concept I loved the guy in this story I already can’t remember their names and it’s only been a couple weeks since I finished thisnot a good sign but found his character was a bit underdeveloped Or rather he was unexplored He was this mean guy at school snarking at everyone’s opinions like he was God and knew all but then all of a sudden he makes exceptions for our MC Now this might be me acting a tad selfish I love assholes in books and he just showed how nice he truly was too soon for my taste I wanted a bit asshole a little less ‘now you see me for who I am’ so early on in the book Not that he even said any such Disney type line but you get it I think So in a way it was too uick a change of heart for both characters I can’t decide if the world would be a better or worse place if everyone was as honest and literal as these two Better in some ways I guess but maybe a little harsh But what I’m not saying is that obviously we see a little change in our MC because we are in her head boring as it is so it’s a bit forgivable With him we are just like WHAT THAT’S IT BE MEAN TO HER A LITTLE MORE I think the feminists of the world might not like that statementI’m sounding a bit crazy But I am who I am so oops Let’s move on “Come on” I say and shove him toward the exit “Let’s go But admit you were wrong about that whole kissing in public thing It’s not such a crime” “It is when I’m not the one kissing you” “Were you jealous of James Even back then” “I don’t know” he says “Not exactly And you guys were pretty annoying I was sincerely disgusted by you”“Thanks” “But I’ll admit that if I’d been standing where he was standing I’d probably have had a different view of the whole thing” I didn’t mind the big discovery and the exploration of differenttastesbut I just thought it was handled so oddly I think this is perhaps just my opinion though so take that as you will It seems like others really enjoyed the secondary character’s adventures so I stand alone here One thing I WILL stand firm on though is the shortness of the chapters I hate this I have NEVER liked this And I never will I kind of thought it made for a disjointed story and mixed it up to the point I didn’t even feel like I could immerse myself into the book one minute we’re getting somewhere and then it’s abruptly onto the next chapter Not a fan And the characters or at least our main girl were written a bit juvenile and a touch vapid in a ditsy not easy to relate to way And I found the way our main guy’s brother was handledtreated was off handed and not handled the way it should have beenIt was just thrown in there and not explored as much as I think it should have been And his family And her boyfriend for that matter Give me a break Keep your money cuz I’m not buyin’ it Justso odd if you ask me So I think these are by far my largest problems with this bookHad these details been fleshed out I would have had a much larger respect for the story and I wouldn’t have been so nitpicky but when you can’t help but skim and roll your eyes and continually think THAT’S IT Then there is something wrong This review was odd had stunted writing and was like a list of reasons I liked and disliked everything but who am I trying to impress I disliked this story and it was handled poorly IT HAD SO MUCH POTENTIAL Sooo much wasted potential Perhaps if a little effort had been put into the story I’d have written a fleshed out review But as it is I don’t give a damn Oh wellUpon further review looking back at the uotes I’d chosen when I read the book before writing the review I did think there were a lot of cute moments and I laughed out loud a lot The main character was actually kind of a funny smart asssosnaps to her Also David ahh that’s his name lol was so sweet I already said this but he really was And his brother was really funny So just a positive note to add to my surly review What’s funny is I was in a GREAT mood when I wrote the original reviewand right now I’m in a HORRID moodyet I’m being nicer Curiouser and curiouser For of my reviews please visit