You Don't Know Me But, I Know You by Rebecca Barrow
There's a box in the back of Audrey's closet that she rarely thinks about. Inside is a letter, seventeen years old, from a mother she's never met, handed to her by the woman she's called Mom her whole life. Being adopted, though, is just one piece in the puzzle of Audrey's life?the picture painstakingly put together by Audrey herself, full of all the people and pursuits that make her who she is. But when Audrey realizes that she's pregnant, she feels something?a tightly sealed box in the closet corners of her heart?crack open, spilling her dormant fears and unanswered questions all over the life she loves. Almost two decades ago, a girl in Audrey's situation made a choice, one that started Audrey's entire story. Now Audrey is paralyzed by her own what-ifs and terrified by the distance she feels growing between her and her best friend Rose. Down every possible path is a different unfamiliar version of her life, and as she weighs the options in her mind, she starts to wonder?what does it even mean to be Audrey Spencer?
~I was sent a copy from the publishers-all opinions are my own~
I give it - 4/5
My review - What a fantastic story! A brilliant debut from Rebecca Barrow.
In this book we follow Audrey. In a box in Audrey's house there is a letter to her from her birth mother. A Mother who gave her up for adoption because she was only a teenager at the time. Audrey doesn't want to read the letter, yet.
Then the unexpected thing happens. Audrey falls pregnant. She is the same age her real mother fell pregnant at as well and so the story begins. She realises she is more connected to her birth mother than she thought. With being a pregnant teen, she starts to think about her future. About what her birth mother went through and where she wants to go in life and what she wants to do with her choices she's been given for being pregnant.
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the relationship between Audrey and her boyfriend Julian. Yes, they are both shocked about her being pregnant but, they discuss things and they both have their worries, some times hide their feelings but, they really have a strong head on their shoulders and a great family support. It was nice reading a story where, even though the parents are shocked, they would do anything to help their children.
Not only does Audrey deal with this but there is also drama with friends and also the letter. Audrey does a lot growing up in this book but, not too much, she doesn't want to loose being a teenager. There are some hard times in this book and it was great to read a book about a teen whose past is unknown but, she can decide on her future with the help of her boyfriend and family.
A fantastic story, the writing is beautiful and yes, the characters are flawed they have their own problems but, that is being a teenager. You make mistakes and it's okay. And it's okay to choose a path for you and this book will help teenagers and adults who have been in this situation and choose this option.