Title: Things I Should Have Known
Author: Claire LaZebnik
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: March 27th 2017
“Meet Chloe Mitchell, a popular Los Angeles girl who’s decided 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 class.
Chloe would like to ignore Ethan’s brother, David, but she can’t—Ivy and Ethan aren’t comfortable going out on their own, so Chloe and David have to tag along. Soon Chloe, Ivy, David, and Ethan form a quirky 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 normal.”
Things I Should Have Known explores the relationship between younger sister Chloe and her Ivy, her older, autistic sister and shows how Chloe, her mum and step dad all find way to try and connect with Ivy and look after her. I was so excited to read this book once I got it from Netgalley and devoured it within two days!
I absolutely loved the way that LaZebnik explored the relationship between both sisters. It showed the way that Chloe loved her sister aby thea nd wanted to do the best by her but at the same time, it showed how she sometimes struggled with trying to gain an emotional connection with her sister and how she got frustrated with the things that Ivy would do. Chloe was a character that I wasn’t a massive fan of right at the start of the story but as I learnt more about her, I did begin to like her that little bit more.
The book didn’t focus on a lot of romance which was refreshing to read. We got to find out more about Ivy and Ethan and how they were trying to break out of this box that they’re family was trying to put them in. On a whole, the book was extremely well written and there were so many thing that I loved about it.
There were one or two small issues that I did experience with the book. I thought the relationship that did develop happened a little too fast and with very, very little explanation. As much as I loved not having the entire plot revolve around it, I feel that there could have been a little more time taken on it. As well as that, I felt that there were a few things at the end of the book that could have been wrapped up a little better as I did think that the ending was a little rushed.