October 13, 2020

Everything I Thought I Knew

"If you became aware that what you were experiencing was a dream, you could control it. You could change the outcome." ~ pg. 230

When heart meets neurology. Chloe is a 17-year-old with a plan: get good grades, excel in cross-country, attend a top college. Her plans literally collapse during cross-country practice. One minute she's running and the next minute she's in the hospital. After medical tests and such, it is found that Chloe needs a new heart.

Fast forward eight months and the novel reaches its plot. It seems Chloe received more than a heart from her transplant donor. She now hits the waves on a surfboard, rides motorcycles and has flashing memories of people, places and a motorcycle crash that do not belong to her. Everything Chloe thought she knew is questioned.

Everything I Thought I Knew serves sad ill teenage love story with every page. But it never tugged at my heart strings. Of course I sympathized with the main character's diagnosis of Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia (ARVD). And yes, I learned about cellular memory. The novel certainly had the potential. It just wasn't enough for me to turn the pages faster or for the characters to stick with me long after finishing. Hence why I recommend it as a good in-between-books choice.

Happy Pub Day, Shannon Takaoka! Everything I Thought I Knew is now available.

Disclaimer: An advance copy was received directly from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are my own and would be the same if I spent my hard-earned coins.

Title: Everything I Thought I Knew
Author: Shannon Takaoka
Published: October 2020
Pages: 320
Edition: Galley
Rating: 🖤 🖤

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