You Don't Know Me but I Know You

336p. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. Aug. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062494191.
Gr 9 Up—A contemporary YA that examines the impact of a life-changing choice. Audrey is a black 17-year-old artist who has just found out that she's pregnant. Her best friend Rose is strangely emotionally unavailable, and Audrey is ashamed of her current situation. Her boyfriend Julian is supportive, but he's a musician with an opportunity to attend a music academy. Audrey receives encouragement and support from her adoptive mother Laura and her stepfather Alex. They work to provide a relatively judgment-free zone for Audrey and Julian to make a decision that will affect the rest of their lives. A recent letter from the protagonist's birth mother shines a different light on her adoption and her birth mother's life after adoption. The teens experience all the thrills of being potential parents and the agony of maybe missing out on their own opportunities. Both work together to figure out the best path. The debut author adeptly portrays the weight of the decision-making process and its effect on all of the characters. The birth mother's role is superficial, but otherwise this is a good read for realistic fiction fans who enjoy YA with complicated relationships.
VERDICT A strong choice for large YA collections.

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