In “Little Do We Know,” by Tamara Ireland Stone, Hannah and Emory are next-door neighbors and former best friends who haven’t spoken in months, ever since their falling out, the one where they said things they can’t take back, the fight that caused a rift between them.
Now they couldn’t be more different. Emory is fine-tuning her UCLA performing arts application while also trying to make the most of the months she has left with her boyfriend, Luke. He has to head off to a separate college from Emory soon.
Meanwhile, Hannah’s strong faith is shaken when her family’s financial and personal problems come to light. She finds herself turning to unexpected places and people for the difficult answers and questions she’s suddenly facing.
Hannah and Emory desperately want to bridge the 36 steps between their bedroom windows, however they can’t. Not anymore. Not after what happened.
Then one night their paths cross unexpectedly when Hannah finds Luke doubled over in his car outside her house. In the aftermath of the accident, all three will struggle to understand what happened in their own separate ways. But when the devastating secret about Hannah and Emory’s argument ultimately comes to light, they must reexamine the things they hold true. They will have to overcome disagreements and fight for what truly matters.
This book was adorable. I especially loved Luke, who changes the fate of the girls and his fate as well. “Little Do We Know” perfectly captures the existential questions teens ask themselves, and it did so through characters that were so believable and complex I could picture them actually existing. This is a unique YA title that gets you thinking about what you believe in, and where you go to look for comfort, for hope and what to do in difficult situations.